Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by jeljohns, Mar 12, 2009.
If you could only have one lens for portraits what would it be?
Depends on the camera you are using, mainly if its a crop sensor camera.
While not a portrait shooter (still learning), I've read that a great focal lenght for portraits is between 85mm and 105mm, on a full frame.
So if you are shooting with a crop sensor camera, that would be between 50mm and 70mm.
I'd say a 50mm 1.4 would be a great portrait lens, or even maybe a 24-70?
Canon 85mm 1.2L II
sharp and great bokeh.
The staple portrait lens for individual head/shoulders is probably the 70-200 2.8.
yeah 70-200 in a larger studio, 24-70 2.8 otherwise
Yep, and this is also impacted by what crop format you're working with-- I've found the 70-200 much more indispensable on full frame than I did on a 1.3x crop-- the 24-70 is fantastic for lots of things but I get too much distortion on close up headshots that I didn't get on a crop.
For which camera? DSLR? 35MM? 645? 6x7cm? 4x5? 8x10?
So long as I'm using a Canon with a crop sensor, then the 60mm f2.8 macro does the job admirably.
Got the Canon 50F1.4 thats nice but it would have to be a Canon 85mmF1.2L
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