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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:33 am 

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 1:34 pm 

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In my opinion, you should consider different focal lengths depending on the working space you have. If you're doing street photography in a crowded place, a 35mm would suit you, or maybe something wider. If you're shooting in a less crowded place, a 50mm is the way to go. If you're shooting a wedding, maybe you could have a 100mm for some nice bokeh. Of course you can always have a zoom lens, but those are just more expensive and don't have IQ as good as a prime lens.
And from where I see it, if you consider both what you and I said, you can choose your lens for portrait. Of course I think that what you said is more important, but sometimes you might have to consider what I said as well.

Anyways, if what I said is ridiculous in any way, don't hesitate to criticize me (constructively obviously), I'll be more than glad to be corrected :)

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:38 pm 

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I'm not a portrait guy but I dabble. What I have learnt is i have pretty much 2 options.

1 go with a 35-50mm prime which is fast and sharp enabling quick capture or ability to operate in low light.

2 go with a tele say 100-200mm with image stabilising for the bokeh and sharpened focal length.

This is my experience.

I have used a 17-85 zoom but the results are not as good as a fast prime or from a distance with the tele.

Just my experience.


Canon 550D, Canon EFS 17-85 IS USM, Canon EF 75-300 IS USM, Canon EFS 10-22mm USM, Canon EF35mm F2.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:57 am 

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It does demonstrate how to shoot people with big noses, hope you didn’t tell him that :o Good tip.


Nikon D7000, Nikkor 80 - 400G, Nikkor 18- 200 VR II, f3.5-5.6.

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