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 Post subject: Canon Portrait Lens
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:06 pm 
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I have a canon T3i and looking to take some portrait pics of my my wife and family but i am on a budget. So i am looking for a good portrait lens. I am looking at a 50mm 1.8 but i am unsure. looking for help. Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Canon Portrait Lens
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:48 pm 
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Hi and welcome to the forums!

The 50mm f1.8 it's quite a great option for portraits when on a budget, but I think it does boil down to this question: What's your budget? You might be able to afford something different depending on that, but you can't go wrong with the 50mm f1.8, it's a great deal for the cost.

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 Post subject: Re: Canon Portrait Lens
PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:47 am 
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Most say a true portrait lens should start at a minimum of 85mm and if you are doing full-on tight faces you really need to get up into the 135mm. The 50mm on a crop sensor is equal to 80mm. I've been using the 50 f/1.8 for a while as my only lens here in Afghanistan and have done some great portraits. If you're on a budget go for it. I do want to get the f/1.4 but I'm in no rush for it.

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 Post subject: Re: Canon Portrait Lens
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:46 pm 
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What type of portrait? Full length, Half length, Head and Shoulders?

For the first two definitely a 50mm with a crop body. With head & shoulders it's a toss up between 50mm and 85mm. The 50 starts to give facial distortion when you get close. Despite the effective focal length being 80mm it's still a 50mm lens.

To prevent this distortion you either use the 85mm lens or stay a little further back with your 50mm and crop the image in post.

This video gives a good example of this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG1pN5Vic8E

Greg does get a good roasting in the comments but he does have a point :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Canon Portrait Lens
PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:56 am 
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the 50 1.8 is a good option, but not patch on the 85 1.8 for portrait work in my opinion.

But it depends on what focal length suits you, personally I find the 50 focal length gets lost between not being tight enough for some portrait shots , but not wide enough for other. I get more use out of my 30 Sigma 1.4 and the 85 1.8 than the 50. 1.8.
Naturally it depends on how close you are to your subject and what subject isolation via dof you are aiming for.

What other lenses have you got. Maybe to appreciate the difference between the focal length , put your lens on 30 then 50 then 85 and take some portrait shots so you get an idea of what you will get.

here is just some happy snaps of my kids on f2 with the 85. they are straight jpg`s taken on a nice warm afternoon light shortly after I got it. They are all fast action shots and with its built, focus speed and accuracy, I think it shows why I like the 85. In comparison the 50 1.8 lacks build quality, focus speed and focus accuracy, but does produce nice sharp pictures when used to its strength.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/maxjjj/set ... 351030719/

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