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Old Mar 24, 2007, 10:11 PM   #1
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Hi, I tried usingthe 100mm macro...but it is too sharp for close up portraits...does fine if I keep my distance. What about the 85mm? Donna
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Old Mar 24, 2007, 10:38 PM   #2
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for a 30d i would say a 50mm would be much better. 85mm would just be a tad long...

85 on a 5d gets face portraits..

i am not sure whats better but i would try the 50mm f1.8 before getting the 50L or the 501.4

the 50mm f1.8 is around 75 bucks and its more lens for the money...

http://flickr.com/photos/godvivek/194489422/

thats one with the 50mm on a friends 30D


may be if u need something really sharp the 60mm macro would be good
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Old Mar 25, 2007, 2:46 AM   #3
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Hey Donna,

Depends on the kind of portraits you like to take.

My favourite portrait lens is my 28mm f1.8.

You know where my photo stream is :-)

But a 70-200 f2.8 zoom isn't a bad choice either for flexibility. Or Sigma's new 50-150 f2.8 perhaps?
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Hi Donna,

I have a small home studio where I can get about 15 to 18 feet between my subject and camera. For full body shots I use my 50mm or 28mm depending on wheather it is a group or individual. For head and shoulder shots I use my 85mm. For outdoor shots where distance is not an issue I usually use my 85mm or 70-200mm. As far as background bokeh (blur) is concerned I think the 85mm wins hands down and is probably my favorite portrait lens, although the others are not too bad. My 50 and 85mm are both Canon and my 28 and 70-200 are both Sigma.
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Old Mar 25, 2007, 7:30 AM   #5
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Hi and thanks,,,I have the 50mm 1.8 and the 70-200L IS maybe one of those will suffice until I can buy the 85mm, from what I have seen from my friends on flickr, it does a nice job. donna
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Check out this amazing lens:
http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...5_28/index.htm

-> As sharp as any 50mm, 85mm, 0r 135mm primes!



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Hi, I tried usingthe 100mm macro...but it is too sharp for close up portraits...does fine if I keep my distance. What about the 85mm? Donna
Did you try a Gaussian blur in post-process? :idea:
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Old Mar 25, 2007, 7:50 PM   #7
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no, but I will...donna
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Old Mar 25, 2007, 8:07 PM   #8
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I love my 85mm... Great lens and does a great job with portrait shooting.

Love it!!!
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Old Mar 25, 2007, 8:12 PM   #9
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yeah I have a feeling there is one in my future. donna
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Old Mar 25, 2007, 8:29 PM   #10
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Another vote for the 85mm
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