04-05-2013 09:05 PM
There are several threads on the topic already but because cameras (DSLR's) today use different sized sensors we need to know which one you're using. The same lens on a 1.6 crop body doesn't give the same results (FOV or DOF) on a full frame body.
04-05-2013 11:31 PM
Opinions will vary but my vote goes to the EF 85mm f/1.8. This is the only non-L lens I own and it's my favorite for portraits (I have the 24-105 f/4L, 24-70 II f/2.8L, 100mm f/2.8L macro, 70-200mm f/4L IS...any of which can make a nice portrait lens but none can beat the 85mm bokeh @ f/1.8.
04-06-2013 02:43 PM
04-06-2013 08:02 PM - edited 04-06-2013 08:03 PM
In my opinion 50mm is not as good for portraits even for crop sensor
04-07-2013 01:28 AM
04-08-2013 09:02 AM
Maybe a funny recommendation on the Canon forum, but I am going to say the Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX.
It bests the Canon 85mm f1.8 and rivals the Canon f1.2 L. The Siggy is not an "L" lens, however. It is rugged build but not weather resistant. The best part, it is $1000+ cheaper than the "L". So don't use it in the rain and save a buck or two.
Although not my number one choice for a crop camera, at 136mm equivalent, still workable.
There are just a few Sigma lens' that rival Canon and this is one.
I personally don't recommend the Canon 50mm f1.8 to anybody.
04-09-2013 07:26 PM