Recommend a good portrait lens.

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  1. danny

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    Hi all, I'm looking for a new portrait lens for my Canon 10D. I'm currently using the 50/1.8 and need something wider. The area I use for my studio is too shallow to allow for a full body shot without having the subject against the backdrop. Would rather have a prime lens than telephoto as I already have the 28-135 and it's a bit soft on portraits. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
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    Look at the exif data on your pics when you shoot with that zoom. At what focal length can you shoot full body comfortably? I personally find 24mm and 35mm a little too wide for portrait. I personally like the 85mm f1.8 and 135mm f2L. If both are too long, I also like my 50mm f1.8 even though I hear the 50mm f1.4 is really nice.
     
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    He has a 50mm 1.8, and its not wide enough.
     
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    oops... thats what happens when you don't get enough sleep.....
    oh well.

    Another option... go with a full frame digital camera or 35mm film and avoid the 1.6x factor.
     
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    Thanks for your help guys. Those L lenses are really nice, and as much as I would love to have one, the price is just a little steep. Anything in the 24 to 28mm range would work fine. I might have to go with the standard Canon 28.
     
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    what type of portraits are you doing? are you in too tight of a space so you can't back up? it's dangerous using wide lenses with people unless you use exaggerated perspective purposefully. i suggest the sigma 30mm 1.4. I've heard alot of good about it.
     
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    Thanks Daniel, I've actually been looking at that lens. Yes my studio area is too shallow with the 1.6 crop factor of the 10D to allow me to use a standard portrait lens. Most of my shots are head and bust but sometimes I need to do a full body shot.
     
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    Ewww... sigma...

    That thing is way overpriced for what it does.

    Get 28/2.8 EF Only 170 bucks
    Or 24/2.8 EF for 250 approx...
     
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    do you know anyone with this lens? i have some friends that have tested it against canon's 35mm 1.4L USM and it actually had superior sharpness and contrast in the center at most apertures.

    as far as the 28 2.8, the sigma is lightyears ahead of it in terms of build quality, sharpness, bokeh, and autofocus speed (which is much louder also). the 24 is probably too wide for portraits. never underestimate third party lenses. the sigma may be a tad on the pricey side, but for it's quality, it's certainly not too expensive, unless you've tried a bad copy or are just biased against non-canon glass.

    if you're not stuck on only primes, a nice fast zoom might do the trick too. the tamron 28-75 2.8 is a heck of a zoom (another instance where a third party lense tends to be better than the 'L' counterpart) and you can snag it for like 300-350 USD.
     
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    Tamron is better than L glass? How stupid of me to spend extra 800 for 24-70 L

    Wow! At most apertures? :lmao: Like f/2.8 and above?

    "the best" 50mm in the world - the contax 50/1.4 is 300 bucks. If you want to get sigma for almost twice as much, be my guest. :hail:

    Why do you need silent AF in studio environment?
     
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    I've got a Sigma 17-35 f2.8 and L.O.V.E. it. Even with the magnification factor of the 10D, you should still be able to get a full body shot with it. The Sigma was reasonably priced and is tack sharp. Sure it takes a little longer to focus than my other lenses do but out of all the lenses in my bag I consider it to be the best bang for the buck. My other lenses are "L" glass and I consider this Sigma lens to be far superior than the standard Canon lenses that I had used before upgrading to the fancy stuff.
     

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