portrait shooting

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  1. jkopp

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    canon eos rebel xt 8mp or canon 12mp g9 for portraits?

    does the higher MP p/s camera out perform the 8mp for close up/portrait shooting?

    i can get the g9 for 434.99 or the rebel for 466.65 ... what's the best bet?
     
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    DSLR is your best bet.
     
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    6MP DSLR > 20MP Point and Shoot
     
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    DSLR is always better than a P&S.
     
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    Don't fall for the MP trap...it's mostly a selling gimmick. 8 MP is plenty for normal size portrait shots
     
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    thanks guys
     
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    Try to get the 50mm f/1.8.
     
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    what is the advantage of that?
     
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    Pros:
    -sharp as can be
    -best bang for buck, $75 prime that can be sharper than a $1200 zoom
    -good for low light with 1.8
    -good bokeh @ 1.8
    -autofocuses fairly quickly

    Cons:
    -cheap construction, brittle lens
    -5 aperture blads for choppy pentagon bokeh
    -crappy manual focus ring
     
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    is $350 the going rate for that type of lens?
     
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    I don't know the Canon line well but the 50 mm f/1.8 should sell for around $100 and the f/1.4 for $350. The aperture increase is not significant but the lens construction is drastically different. Here's a shot that I took with the Nikon 50 mm f/1.4 (on a D80 body) that I've posted many times on this forum.

    http://web.mac.com/george.dick/Photos/Katie.html

    When you get there, you might wish to click on the "Nine-O-Nine" at the top. That shot was taken with an 85mm f/1.8 on a film SLR. The other two shots were with a Casio P&S.
     

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