Best Lenses, Trying to pick TWO.

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  1. Alpha_Omega

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    OK,

    So I am an amateur photographer, VERY AMATEUR, lol.

    Anyway I have just bought a new 40D.... I am looking to purchase two lenses. I allot of Glamor and close up modeling pictures.

    I am wondering what everybody would buy if they were in my shoes. I take allot of advise and would love everybody to pitch in.

    Thank you.
     
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    Couldn't you just have made a single topic for all your questions?

    Anyway, get the 50mm f/1.4.
     
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    I guess I could have, kinda new to all this forum stuff... I'm sorry.

    nathan
     
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    50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.8
     
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    While the 50 f.14 is an incredibly sharp lens I think the OP would be better served with either the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 or Sigma 18-50 f2.8, plus the 50 f1.8.

    While the 50 f1.4 is an incredible lens it's 3 times the price of the f1.8. For an admitted total amateur I don't think it's really worth it when, for the difference, he can get another lens.
     
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    Canon EF-S 17-55mm F2.8 IS
    Canon EF 70-200 F2.8 L IS
     
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    Wow mike... Going for the gold! hehehe lol. No doubt good lenses at a premium.

    If I were in "their" shoes, I would still go with the 50mm f/1.4 even if it were the extra cost. Why? Because the extra aperture blades will make for a more pleasing smooth bokeh which seems to make it way into many "glamour" or portrait shots. Don't get me wrong, the 50 f/1.8 is a wonderful lens for the buck and I recommend it all the time.

    I also believe that someone who is looking to do portrait and glamour shots will be best served by a couple of excellent primes rather than 1 good prime and 1 good zoom.

    PS.. don't forget about lighting... just as important for portrait/glamour shots.
     
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    Many portrait shooters use 70-200 f2.8L when shooting glamour.

    With a good lighting solution, it's rare that you will be using apertures larger than even f4.

    I like Mike's suggestions
     
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    hehehe


    well at least the 70-200 2.8 i will recommend as well, it's "THE LENS"
    you can get the 17-40 4.0 wich is cheap but has like a lot of barrel distortion wich will be less noticeable in the 40d (i use a 5d) the point is you get a nice IQ for the price very nice IQ and a hood.
    The 17-55mm 2.8 i've heard it;s great, the thing is the price...
    As usayit said , you need some lights, so you can think on maybe 1 or 2 flashes.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The OP didn't give us much...and no budget...just 'Best lenses'. So that's what I gave. :er:
     
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    Haha, true.
    *sighs*
    Wish I had a reason to get those.. In fact, I wish I could afford them, as well as have a reason to get them..:(
     
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    OK, I like the two canon lenses that BIG MIKE suggested.... And he is right, I did not specify any cost parameters.. with that said, I really want good lenses and am now wondering if there is a better way to get what I want without spending 2 grand on two lenses. What does everybody think of Sigma or Tamron.... what two would everybody say of of a generic lens company ?

    Thanks
     

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