portrait lens

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  1. jeljohns

    jeljohns TPF Noob!

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    If you could only have one lens for portraits what would it be?
     
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    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?
     
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    Canon 85mm 1.2L II

    sharp and great bokeh.
     
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    The staple portrait lens for individual head/shoulders is probably the 70-200 2.8.
     
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    yeah 70-200 in a larger studio, 24-70 2.8 otherwise
     
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    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.
     
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    For which camera? DSLR? 35MM? 645? 6x7cm? 4x5? 8x10?
     
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    So long as I'm using a Canon with a crop sensor, then the 60mm f2.8 macro does the job admirably.
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Got the Canon 50F1.4 thats nice but it would have to be a Canon 85mmF1.2L
     

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