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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
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.

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