Best Canon body for Portraits?

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  1. Tulsa

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    I am shooting a 50d right now, I am considering selling it and downgrading to maybe a 30d or 20d. The reason I got the 50d was the higher MP, because I was printing large landscapes. I will not be doing that anymore.
    My thoughts are sell the 50d, and with the difference in money, pick up a nice prime lens.

    I know a couple photographers locally are using older lower MP DSLR cameras for portraits.
     
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    The best body is a 5D, 5D MKII, 1Ds MKII, or 1Ds MKII, imo.

    But you could get away using a rebel and some decent glass if it suits you. Lighting is more important than any of that when it comes to portraiture. At least that's my view on it. I used a 30D for the longest time with no ill effects. I've even blown up photos to poster size for clients off of the 8mp files.
     
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    Thanks. I guess I should say, best body under $500. I do not want to go back to rebel. I am thinking a 20d or 30d. I am also considering going to a 1D mark II. be a bit more, but it is Full Frame right?
     
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    I know a professional who got great results with a Nikon D100, which is only 6MP. I agree with Village Idiot that lighting and lens are the most important factors. Definitely get a good prime lens.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    Now if I went to the 1d mark II, I would have to sell my beloved Sigma 10-20mm EX DC, as I believe it is only for croped frames. Which I would miss it, but I do not use it much anymore, and that would be even more I could put toward a prime lens.

    I would love a 80-200 2.8L IS, but that would be out of budget. what would be a cheaper option. Would it not be wise to get Non IS for the 80-200 2.8 L?
     
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    my 5 cents...
    First, I'm not a prime fan so I'd rarely recommend one. Aside from that, I see no point in downgrading the body. If you want to improve your portrait product, I think you should learn lighting. Start with basics and them move on to mode advanced techniques Portrait Lighting
     
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    Why are you not a fan of prime lenses? Your saying an f4 lens can do the same as f2.8?
     
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    Although primes are usually fantastic lenses you should have plenty of lighting doing portraitures meaning a quick lens really isn't needed. And go with the 70-200 f/4L IS. Best quality and sharpness ive ever seen in a lens.
     
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    f4 vs f2.8 has nothing to do with prime vs zoom. An f4 lens is 1 stop smaller than an f2.8 lens, but a 70-200 f2.8 and a 50 1.4 can both shoot at f2.8 and f4.

    Constant aperture is not the same as fixed focal lenght.

    A 70-200 f2.8 and a 50 f1.4 can both shoot at f2.8 and f4. The difference is that the 70-200 can do it over all its focal range but the 50 only at 50mm. But the 50 costs $400 and the 70-200 costs $1500 and is WAY heavier.
     
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    I currently have the 50mm 1.8, thats what I use for most portraits.
     
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    As for selling the 50D for a 20/30D, not sure that would give you that much. With the 7D out there and the 60D coming up, how much you going to get for that 50D?

    I dont really see the point in taking a step back to older technology in the 20/30D to get what, $500? Sell the 50D for $800 and then buy the 30D for say $300. What are you going to do with that $500, buy a 50mm 1.4 or 85mm 1.8? Meh...

    I'd keep the 50D and just buy a prime lens if money is tight. Hell, look at the 50mm f/1.8 for now which is a nicely sharp lens, built like crap, but costs $100 new.

    If you really want to get into portraits, you should seriously look at L lenses and a 5D Mk II.
     

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