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 Post subject: Portrait Lens Advice.
PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 2:50 am 

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Hello all. First time poster and glad to be here.
I read the guide for portrait lenses plus I read an almost identical post but 2 bits of info were left out so I will be sure to add them in my question.

Choosing between the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM & Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM what's going to be better for image quality, especially when I shoot in my garage bonus room/studio? It's long and narrow.
Price on either lens is comparable so that's no issue, I'm just looking for best image and of course, flexibility in a tight area.

I'll be using this on my Canon 60D.

Any advice is appreciated.

Thank you.


PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 4:30 am 
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Hi welcome aboard.

Both good lenses, image quality are both very good, personal preference for focal length is the thing. I much prefer the 85 1.8 over my 50 1.8 that I have, but I don`t have the 1.4.
On my 7D so same as your 60D, I don`t like the focal length of the 50 and the 1.8 is horrible to use. Maybe that is why I dislike it so much.
If I was to try a portrait shot I would take the 85 and the Sigma 30 1.4.
Canon 85 is nice for tighter shots, the 30 for wider full body portrait. The 50 seems to get lost in the middle, but like I said at the start its personal preference.

Have you got other zoom lenses, try using them at setting of 30, 50 and 85 and see if that gets you what you need.

Canon Powershot S95, Canon 6D,7D, Canon 40 2.8 STM, Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC, Canon 17-40 L, Canon 15-85, Canon 85 1.8, Sigma 30 1.4, 50mm 1.8, Canon 100 2.8L Macro, Canon 70-300L +Kenko 1.4 Pro 300DGX, Canon 430EX II and RS 4 Classic

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 4:27 am 

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On a crop body, such as your 60D or my 400D/XTi, the 50mm gets a little too narrow at times. The 85mm even more so.
Lately I prefer the look of my 85mm but I am not always in position to be able to use it as I would like.
However, some of my favorite pictures have come from my 50mm.

Personally, I am glad I got both as I find them useful.

maxjj had a good suggestion in setting your zoom to roughly both lengths to get an idea of what each lens focal lenth would mean to you, then pick which ever one you think will suit you.
Hopefully you will enjoy it enough that you will get the other one later on.

Though I would recommend the Sigma 35mm ART lens they just released over the older 30mm.
The Canon 40mm pancake would also complement the 85mm well.

Canon 5DIII, Rebel XTi/400D
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II, 24-105mm f/4L, 50mm f/1.4, 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DO, 85mm f/1.8
Sigma 150mm F2.8 EX Macro

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Canon 430EX II
Opteka 13mm, 21mm, and 31mm extension tubes
Vivitar 50mm f/1.8 for OM System

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