Best portrait lens for canon under $1000

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  1. jeffie7

    jeffie7 TPF Noob!

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    Current Camera, XSi/450D

    I'm starting to do research on building my lens collection. two lens I want to buy are an ultra wide and a good portrait lens.

    For the wide angle lens I plan on going with either a canon 10-22 700ish or sigma 10-20 450ish

    However for portrait, I'm lost.

    Trying to keep the budget under $1000 for a portrait lens, what would be a good lens to look into? I would like the option to upgrade my body and still use the lens down the road on a camera like the 40D.

    Thanks for any input.
     
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    Just placed an order.

    Canon 85mm 1.8 plus a hood
    Tokina 11-16mm
    and 2 extra memory cards

    Says it will be here Wednesday! can't wait!
     
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    I have heard that wide angle lenses like the Sigma 10-20mm are bad for portraits because when you use a zoom of less than 35mm or so you get distortions because of the viewing angle a wide angle lens offers.

    I have heard good things about 50mm 1.4f lenses for portrait use. I see you have already made a decision though.

    And forgive my terminology above, I am still learning the terms of the trade.
     
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    You should be quite happy with the Canon 85mm F1.8, great portrait lens, as long as you have enough room to work with.
     
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    You are correct a wide angle lens would be bad, but that's what the 85mm is for. The wide angle lens was something else on my list. I already knew I wanted one, I just wasn't sure about a portrait lens. Hopefully the 85mm 1.8 will make me happy, if I don't have enough room to use it I'll pick up a 50mm lens since they're dirt cheap for an extra lens, then use the 85 for things like parties/weddings and such.
     
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    You will love the 85mm....GREAT portrait lens. GREAT bokeh.
     
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    I'm sure you'll love it. It's a great lens, and I think it's priced very reasonably too.

    Even if you do find it a little long (not sure what kind of space you're working with), it'll still be a great lens for head & shoulders shots.
     

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