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Old 06-29-2010, 03:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
I decided to improve my work on people (portraits mainly and maybe some weddings) with new lens appropriate for FullFrame camera such as Canon 5D and 1Ds MKII.
I allready have Canon 50mm f1.4 and Canon 70-200mm f4.
My thinking is to consider one of the following:

1. Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM (price is around 485eur for new lens)
2. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM (price is around 385eur for new lens)
3. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM (price is around 700 used lens)
4. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM (price is around 850-900 eur used lens)
5. Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM (price is around 850 eur used)

I heard that the 24-70 is maybe the best lens but the price is high.
What about 24-105, is this good portrait lens.

I would be pleased if the first two lens are good enough for portrait of 35mm Camera and the price for me is important. Your comments and expiriance are very respected and needed for my deccission.
Thanks in advance.
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Re: Portrait lans for 35mm Camera
Old 06-29-2010, 06:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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24-105 f4 and the 85 1.8 would be my choices
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Re: Portrait lans for 35mm Camera
Old 06-29-2010, 07:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't know anything about the relative merits of one piece of Canon glass versus another, but I do know that the 85/1.8 would give the most selective focus, is a great length for head/head-and-shoulders type work, and might encourage a little low-light work, too. However, I'm a great believer in primes and "sneaker zoom," so beware.
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Re: Portrait lans for 35mm Camera
Old 06-30-2010, 10:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I use a 135mm for portrait work. It keeps you at distance with the model and not so intimidating.
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Re: Portrait lans for 35mm Camera
Old 07-01-2010, 10:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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For a full frame camera the 28-135 or the 24-105L at 105 is best for portrait head and shoulders. I have the 5D and the newer 7D. I am shooting head and shoulder shots with the 7D at about 90mm with the 24-105. An amazing lens! The 28-135 is fine also, just not as sharp but it has been a real money maker for me doing sports groups and individuals. The 24-70 doesn't have enough telephoto length.
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Re: Portrait lans for 35mm Camera
Old 07-02-2010, 09:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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A good portrait Lens.

I bought an 85mm exclusely, just for Potraits. .... I also bought a 105mm just for a little variety, but rarely if ever use it, as it forces me too far back.

But some people are different!
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Re: Portrait lans for 35mm Camera
Old 07-03-2010, 04:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I would highly reccommend the Tamron 28 - 75mm F2.8 XRDI. To the best of my knowledge this is a full frame lens and will work on 35mm film and digital full frame/sensor cameras. The lens is 1/3rd the price of the Canon lenses and easily outperforms them. The best bang for your buck out there.
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Re: Portrait lans for 35mm Camera
Old 07-03-2010, 06:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I would highly reccommend the Tamron 28 - 75mm F2.8 XRDI.
If you go with a zoom, I'd recommend the Tamron as well, especially if you're using a cropped frame sensor. With a cropped frame, it's plenty long enough. For a prime, for portrait work and if you have a full-frame sensor, my first choice would be the 135 f/2 L. It's about $900 new. For half that money and, again, if you have a cropped frame camera, I'd go with the 85mm f/1.8. It's really good glass for the money.
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Re: Portrait lans for 35mm Camera
Old 07-06-2010, 08:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Not a Canon shooter....... however, an open question like this is going to net you many opinions based on how each photog shoots.......

What I would tell you is this... Get a bit more specific..... for example, are you looking for a head and shoulder shot lens? Are you looking for a tight headshot lens? Is space/distance to subject an issue? (studio or on-site or both)

I'll mention some generalities.... in general, for "portraits" you want to err on the long side as opposed to the wide angles. This is to limit perspective distortion. (ie. Big noses) You typically want to shoot from a distance and with a longer lens. Spend the maximum you can and the perhaps surpass that by 10%. Why? You'll regret the cheap lens later. There is a reason why an 85mm f/1.2 costs over $1,000. It's not just the brand as many would have you believe. Trust me an 85mm f/1.8 is not the same as the f/1.2.

I am currently shooting a FF camera. This lets me work with a 200mm lens very easily in a relatively (15 foot or less) confined space. It is not uncommon. I rarely if ever use anything below a 50mm in the studio unless I need to get various persons in the shot. Even then, I am working at a good distance. Personally, if I had to pick the one portrait lens I would never be without.... the 85mm. (In the Nikon world, the f/1.4 is king)

Hope this helps a bit.......
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Re: Portrait lans for 35mm Camera
Old 08-14-2010, 01:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Hi and thank you very much for your inputs that helped me choose portrait lens.

Since I did not manage to find 135mm f2L used one(new is very expensive for me now) I sold my 70-200 f4 and bought EF 70-200 f2.8L.....
Love this new lens (for me new although I bought used one) and this is the lens I use mostly when shooting portraits on first camera body that is 1Ds MKII and on 5DMKI(old one not MKII) I use 50mm f1.4 for wider shoots....

Thanks and Rgds Zak
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