best bokah lense on this page?

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  1. ryanjennings

    ryanjennings TPF Noob!

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    I want to shoot at a medium distance outdoors and get some good bokah can anyone help me by selecting a lense on this page that is around 1000 or less?

    Canon : Lenses - BestBuy
     
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    50mm f/1.4 meets your criteria. great lens.
     
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    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    What *kind* of bokeh ate you after?
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Lenses that I've had experience with and I liked the bokeh produced in your price range:

    Canon 50mm f/1.4
    Canon 85mm f/1.8
    Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro

    You can also look into the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro... I would recommend checking out samples online as I'm recommending this based on an older (manual focus version) design which is similar to the current AF one.

    If the bokeh you are after has a lot of specular highlights, remember to remove filters (assuming you have one)
     
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    Dominantly TPF Noob!

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    Boy, I wouldn't mind having an 85mm f/1.8
     
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    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    Canon's 135/2-L has lovely bokeh, as well as a nice rendering or drawing style. The 85/1.8 is not in the same league, but it's decent. The "OLD" Canon 100mm f/2.8 EF Macro, the pre-USM model, the one that extends when focused closer, is a legendary lens among bokeh nuts; the newer 100mm f/2.8 EF USM model (which I own) has sharp-sided out of focus highlights at smaller apertures, and the Tamron 90mm AF-SP f/2.8 has prettier bokeh than the 100mm 2.8 USM Macro. Canon's 135/2.8 Soft Focus is low-priced and not too bad either. (I am not talking about the new 100/2.8 L-series Canon macro.)

    Going to some of the larger photo sharing sites and entering a lens name and searching for it will bring up collections of photos shot with individual lenses. You mentioned "shooting at medium distance outdoors"--so, most of the $1,000-price lenses with good bokeh will probably need to be telephoto lenses to achieve much of a defocused backdrop at medium outdoor ranges. Most manufacturers' 300mm f/4 models have decent bokeh,and are around the $1,000 price point also.

    Not sure what you need the lens for...one not too bad bokeh lens is the Nikon 100-300mm f/5.6 AiS manual focus zoom--it's got an absolutely perfectly round wide-open aperture, which is f/5.6, and it goes from 100 to 300mm...kinda' hard to beat that as a cheap "f/5.6 bokeh" lens that also works super with a reversed 6T cloesup lens as a macro setup.
     
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    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I love my EF 85mm f/1.8
     
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    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have that 10mm macro lens, I may want to try that and see how good it is and compare it with my 85mm
     
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    Canon ain't got nothin' on Pentax, which makes a 135mm 1.8.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I agree (I've also shot with that wonderful glass) BUT I didn't mention it because I wouldn't consider it a medium telephoto especially on a crop.

    I would in no way recommend the 100mm soft focus...
     
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    if you do get the 50mm 1.4 don't buy from Bestbuy, esp at that price. $580???

    More like $350-370
     

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