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Old 04-02-2008, 04:38 PM
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Pro advice on portrait lens for canon

I need pro advice here. I'm buying a canon 5d, but I want a really fantastic starter lens with it. Money is an issue, but i want the Luxury lenses from canon...Is there anybody out there with any experience with these lenses?
I have heard good stuff about 24-70 2.8 L , but want to have some honest feedback!

Thanks, guys and girls!


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Old 04-02-2008, 04:55 PM
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Re: Pro advice on portrait lens for canon

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Used to be that a lens like that was too tele, but nowadays, they are going even closer for portrait lenses. I find 135mm to be ideal. You will sacrifice sharpness with a zoom. Stick with fixed.

http://luminous-landscape.com/forum/...howtopic=24351
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:49 PM
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Re: Pro advice on portrait lens for canon

thanks, Ant...I have the 85mm 1.8 I feel that is nice, but I miss sometimes to be more "zoomalistic" if we can say that...But I will look upon that lens on photosig...cheers


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Old 04-02-2008, 05:51 PM
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Re: Pro advice on portrait lens for canon

I have Canon EF24-70 2.8 L; luckily my copy is very sharp, nice color rendering and bokeh.
If you go for this lens make sure you do testing, beautiful lens btw.
Canon EF 70-200 2.8l also great lens.
They are not cheap
Also don’t overlook canon EF 85 1.8 relatively inexpensive portrait lens.
It’s all subject matter only you know what focal lens you really need, for example Canon EF 35 1.4L, a little extreme but can be beautiful results
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Old 04-02-2008, 06:10 PM
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Re: Pro advice on portrait lens for canon

The Canon 24-70 f2.8 L is my main lens and I would highly recommend it. IMO you won't find a better lens in that focal range. Of course, on my 20D I get the crop factor, but I do most of my stuff in that range. For wider I use the efs 10-22 but that wouldn't work on the 5D. My brother also uses the 24-70 quite a bit on his 5D. The ef85 f1.8 is a very good lens and would work nicely for portraits on full frame.

A lot of it depends on what you're planning on shooting and the focal range that you need to cover.
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Old 04-02-2008, 06:12 PM
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Re: Pro advice on portrait lens for canon

Diamonds: Thanks for input...I feel maybe the 70-200 is a bit to much zoom for me atm...I like to get it close, I really am trying to get my pictures in new directions with model on different backgrounds...so therefor I think zoom within the 24-70 is the right one...But the 35mm looks interesting to me as well...

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Old 04-02-2008, 06:15 PM
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DW: thank you for clearing stuff up here I'm really excited about getting my new gear...so I want to absolute sure...Thanks!
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Old 04-02-2008, 06:42 PM
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Re: Pro advice on portrait lens for canon

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DW: thank you for clearing stuff up here I'm really excited about getting my new gear...so I want to absolute sure...Thanks!
No problem. You'll love the 5D. Puts out great images and ISO-800 is very usable. The 5D or its replacement is high on my list, especially if something happens to my 20D.

I don't have the 35mm, but hear it's an excellent lens as well.

Enjoy!

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Old 04-02-2008, 08:15 PM
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Re: Pro advice on portrait lens for canon

If you don't need a super fast lens, the Canon 180 3.5L Macro is pretty good if you get a good copy. It's a pity that there are so many poor lenses in the Canon line and that there are even bad ones if you spend loads. Back when I shot that format, I was a Nikon guy and nowadays it's all Zeiss. If I pick up a MKIII DS or the 5D replacement I'll probably throw down for the Zeiss lenses there too.
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Old 04-03-2008, 03:21 PM
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Re: Pro advice on portrait lens for canon

Gerry, i have a 5D and the 24-70. I like it but for portraits, listen to Ant and go
for a fixed focal length. The 135 is great. Remember generally a lens
it's at it's sharpest 3 full (not 1/3) stops over it's lowest possible so
depending on what you like to shoot at, this could affect your selection also.

70 is much too short for me with most portraits and i use the lens more
for it's wide angle and distortion.

Good luck.
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