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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:18 pm 
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Hey all

I have a canon 50mm 1.8 lens, but, I want to get a new one as I'm starting to get asked to do not only solo portrails but family portraits and I would just like some advice on what's the best lens for this sort of thing??

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:34 am 
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There is one question we need to ask: What's your budget?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:25 am 
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I have got the canon usm 85 1.8 and can highly recommend it for portrait work, if you also want to do macro the 100 macro 2.8 would also be an option.
I use the 85 1.8 and the Sigma 30 1.4 all the time, I don`t even bother with the 50 1.8 anymore.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:00 pm 
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Welcome to the forum! :)

A good place to start will be at the top of this section of the forum. Scroll to the topic at the very top, with the subject of recommended Canon lenses. Click on that, which will take you to another page, where you can click on a section for recommended portrait lenses.

The lenses that you will find there are, of course, not the only good portrait lenses. I happen to really like the 100mm 2.8L Macro lens, which is just a bit longer focal length than the oft-recommended 50mm and 85mm. I make no claim to being a portraitist, nor a "professional" photographer. Most of my "portraits," by far, however, are quite specialized, as my human subjects are usually crime victims, so I am photographing a series of images that progress from far to near, culminating in 1:1 images of specific injuries, which the macro lens allows me to do. Moreover, this "L" lens is weather-sealed, so I can use it outdoors in bad weather. Even so, there are others who like this 100mm 2.8L Macro because they prefer the 100mm focal length for portraits, anyway, and this lens has IS (image stabilization) and notably nice bokeh, the latter term referring to the pleasing effect of out-of-focus highlights, such as leaves on plants in the background.

If you are working in a studio setting, the size of your studio will affect what focal length you can use. Inside a tiny room, I can have difficulty using a 100mm lens, as I cannot find enough distance from the subject. Some professional photographers like to use very long focal lengths, such as 300mm, but their studios are huge.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:45 pm 
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Basically I'd ask two questions to sort this out:
1.- What's your budget?
2.- How big/small are the spaces you're going to work in?
This second question is because, for example, a 100mm lens won't work great in really small places, and a 35mm might be unnecessary for big places. Ideally, if you're going to be working in large places, I'd go for either an 85mm or a 100mm, depending on your budget.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:37 am 
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I would say the best portrait lens by Canon would be the 85mm 1.2L II actually... its just soo bokehlicious!!! xD

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