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Old 04-03-2008, 08:14 PM
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Re: Pro advice on portrait lens for canon

I also have a 24-70 f2.8. A great lens. I'd also like the 135f2. I too want a 5D, but I keep reading rumours that the next generation 5D will be out this soon? Hasn't the 5D been on the market almost 2 years now?
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:14 PM
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Re: Pro advice on portrait lens for canon

The 85 1.8 is a great lens for portraits. Ant is right about the 135. Not so sure myself about the fixed part though. The 24-105 is also a fantastic lens for Beauty and Portrait.

Having only an aging Rebel 300d, the best I can hope for is a nifty-fifty.
Thinks seriously about that new 450 though!
Good luck with whatever you go with.
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:34 AM
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Re: Pro advice on portrait lens for canon

I Agree with Chris ,105 is a classic portrait lens.Also buy the best you can afford its an investment which will last.Also do not buy slow lenses you will eventually be sorrow,but the fastest lens they have,I know some people may disagree buy sorry ,I know on this sublect I am right seen this happen a 100 times
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:48 AM
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Re: Pro advice on portrait lens for canon

okey, let's sum this up here:

Everyone is agreeing on the 135mm 2/L ? But can we all agree that maybe 24-70 2.8/L is a very good substitute? I've been down to the local photo shop in Bergen, Norway and I got to try the 24-70 out with a 5d...REALLY NICE!!! I'm so in love with the luxury lenses

The thing is I'm going for composite images and not so much beauty atm...I'm also settling for either the 50m 1.2 or 1.4...1.4 is cheapest and gives good results...Me and a friend are building up a studio on a long term plan...so next year we are all ready...good equipment is very expensive But I will look out for the 135mm 2/L and see if I can try that out as well

Thanks guys! Much appreciated!

WHat do people say about wideangle here? Any good pointers?

Gerry
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Old 04-04-2008, 06:54 AM
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Re: Pro advice on portrait lens for canon

Hi Superkoax,
the 24-70 2.8/L is a good lens - thats for shure.
Shooting Portraits I would use lenses from 50mm to 200mm.
It depends on the subject - the person - and the picture I want to create.
I use a lot my 85mm 1.2/L on 1Ds Mark II full format. It has maximum sharpness at f5.6-8 and I like selective sharpness at portraits.

I am not really satisfied with the wide angle lenses.
O.K. for general use I own the 24-70 2.8/L.
If I have to deliver high-end results I use large format or alpa medium format with schneider digitar lenses on leaf aptus 75. No distortion, no need to retouch the poor quality of the lens ;-))) ...

So it all depends on what the use of the pictures is.

Michael
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:44 AM
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Re: Pro advice on portrait lens for canon

girlsfather: thanks...Buying lenses is a tough decision...I have the 85mm 1.8, but I want a bit more creativity, I think your are a bit locked up to when shooting only prime...I'm shooting outdoors, indoors in all kinds of angles and distances...So I'm almost going fro the 24-70...but almost everyone here says go for 135mm 2/L...so I'm doing som heavy thinking here...

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