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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:07 pm 
I take outdoor portraits and I'm using the Sony A330. I have tried to find the best lens to use for this. Right now I'm just using the 55mm that came with it! I have heard many different things. One being the 85mm. Others saying the 50mm. I am so confused. I am on a tight budget and cannot afford to try both. What is the best lens to buy? I don't need anything too fancy. I don't do weddings etc. Just basic people portraits in town for the middle class families. Please help!


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:19 pm 
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I'd get the 'nifty fifty', to put it that way. I.e. the 50mm f/1.8 SAM from Sony :).

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:23 pm 
Thank you!!! I'm guessing the f# is all that matters. :) Whats the difference in the mm#? Sorry i'm new to all this! LOL


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It'll be a little shorter (so you'll have to stand a little closer to your subject) than your kit lens. It will however, be sharp from f/2.8 and smaller, which should allow you to blur out any distracting backgrounds more easily :).

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:46 pm 
Fantastic! Thank you heaps!


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:25 pm 
If you want an out and out portrait lens, also look at 85mms. The bokeh on 50mm lenses can be quite harsh.

Id get an 85mm, but 50mms can be nice.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:26 am 
all the 50mms I know don't produce creamy bokeh,but there's a learning curve for handling a prime lens. yes,I would also recommand the 50mm from Sony,it's a great lens for the money. (looks nice too)


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Well, Sony does have a pretty good 85mm (the 85/2.8 SAM), but I've heard of focusing issues. It doesn't seem to focus as well as the 35/1.8 SAM or the 50/1.8 SAM do.

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