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Re: What is the best but affordable lens for portraits

Sorry ebiggs1, but you are banished.  Smiley Wink

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Re: What is the best but affordable lens for portraits


@diverhank wrote:

In my opinion 50mm is not as good for portraits even for crop sensor 


But the 85mm on a crop is?  Smiley Frustrated

 

I even like 50mm on a FF for portraiture, but it can be a bit uncomfortable for the model if they're not used to a camera in their face.  You also have a much larger background to deal with.

 

That said, I'm not crazy about the 50/1.4 as a lens.  I try to love it, but I don’t.  The 85/1.8 is a better lens IMHO.  And providing that you have the space, you can always go longer with portraits.  85mm is a workable distance on either crop or FF.

 

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Re: What is the best but affordable lens for portraits

40mm f/2.8 STM is very cheap and I think nicer than any of the 50mm for portraits.
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Re: What is the best but affordable lens for portraits

I also find macro lens can be a really good portrait lens. The Canon 100mm Non-IS is good and doesn't cost that much too.
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Re: What is the best but affordable lens for portraits

hsbn wrote:

I also find macro lens can be a really good portrait lens. The Canon 100mm Non-IS is good and doesn't cost that much too.
 
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I agree.  I also use the 100 f/2.8L as a portrait lens.   However, part of the reason the 85mm f/1.8 is better is because of the bokeh below f/2.8.  Because the 85mm is affordable, I recently bought it just to see (having owned the 24-70II, 100 2.8L, 70-200 f/4L already).  The 85mm is now my portrait lens...it is that good.
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Re: What is the best but affordable lens for portraits

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85mm 1.8L is on my wishlist Smiley Happy. I don't want to spend cash for the 1.2L Smiley Happy

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Re: What is the best but affordable lens for portraits

I kind of like the Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic!

 

http://lensbaby.com/optics-edge80

 

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Re: What is the best but affordable lens for portraits

You may want to try the Canon EF 40mm pancake, f2.8 stm.  I use it on some of my portraits, and the cost is low, only $149.00 at most NYC houses.  You just have to get close to the subject.

 

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Re: What is the best but affordable lens for portraits

I suppose if you are using it on an APS-C DSLR with a 1.6x multiplier, it would come out to a nice 64mm for portraiture!....Not too shabby!

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