portrait shots, what lens should I buy Canon Rebel XSI

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  1. RetroRescue

    RetroRescue TPF Noob!

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    I own a Canon Rebel Xsi and I just have the free lens that came with it when I bought it at Best Buy many years ago. I am looking to take pictures of children and families (outside) and want a lens that really captures them. I'm down in TX and the blue bonnets are coming in and just want something better then the EFS 18-55mm I have. Thanks :)
    -super new to photography I don't know the lego or slang or really anything lol


     
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    The 50 1.8 is often the first lens that people add to their kits as beginners. On a crop sensor like yours, it's a good portrait length lens. It can let more light in than your current lens and create more subject isolation (by blurring the background) as well as being sharper and usually even faster to autofocus.

    The 85 1.8 is also a classic and worth looking into.
     
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    35mm 1.4
    50mm 1.4
    85mm 1.8
     
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    table1349 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    100mm f2
    100mm f2.8 macro
    135mm f2L

    You working room will also determine what lens you may want to use.

    Of course if you have money to burn 85mm f1.2
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    pixmedic I am the Lord thy Mod Staff Member Supporting Member

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    28-75 f/2.8
    older tamron or sigma version.
    lens can be had for ~300 or so and is good quality.
    also a FX lens if you move to a full frame camera at some point.
    covers typical focal ranges for portraits on a DX camera, and almost hits the 85mm range.
     
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    The 50 1.8 is going to be the best bang for the buck you can ask for. New for under $150 and will produce very good images.
     
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    I have the 60D which is cropped sensor as well. here the lens i have used

    1. Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8: walk around lens. fast and great quality. best replacement for your kit lens.
    2. Canon 85mm f/1.8: used 100% for portrait. if space is limited then it may not work for you. You have to move back around 40 feet for a full body shot.
    3. Canon 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.8. same as the 85 but don't have to move back that far. Still check your space.
     
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    ronlane What's next? Supporting Member

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    I would add my vote for the 50mm f/1.8 and/or the 85mm f/1.8. The 85mm, if you have the room will give you more compression than the 50mm and both will give you some really nice background bokeh.
     
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    70-200 is the ( one of) go to event lens. It has the versatility and will change your photography forever.

    It is a portrait lens at any of its focal range.

    Pairs well with a 24-70 similar to what @pixmedic suggested and covers most of the range suggested so far.

    A 50mm nifty fifty is a very mediocre lens. If mediocrity is your cup of tea and your looking to have fun, it will pair well with your Xsi.

    @Derrel recently tore the 50mm 1.8 II a new buthole so Im going to go ahead and throw mine out. I dont think I'll even sell it, I'd feel bad for the buyer.

    @ronlane they are shooting outdoors they probably need reach right?
     
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    50mm 1.8 STM - refurbished ~ around $95
     
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    I'm curious to read the rant as i just gave away my 50mm II and got the STM.
     
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    Well considering that........
    1. The thread is almost a year old.
    2. The OP made one post total and has never been seen again.

    I feel sorry for all the kittens today. Apparently this is dig up old thread day and post to it day. Two more months and this one will officially enter Zombie status.
     
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