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Old Jan 12, 2006, 11:19 AM   #1
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I know that this is not strictly where I should post this, but know that the best portrait photographers look in here.

I have a KM 5D (gives a 1.5x crop) and would like to geta lens that is better for portraiture. The lenses that I have at the moment are the kit 18 - 70mm f3.5/5.6, Tamron 70 - 300mm f4/5.6 LD, Minolta 50mm f1.7 and Sigma 70 - 200mm f2.8.

I am looking at the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG MACRO. Is this a good choice (allowing for limited budget) to give me a good all round lens? Any other suggestions for a similar price Approx £270 or $400 depending where you are.

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Old Jan 13, 2006, 2:27 AM   #2
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I don't know for that brand but for Canon I LOVE the 50mm 1.4 on a 1.6 body and probarbly the Tamron 90mm 2.8 for a FF.
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Old Jan 13, 2006, 3:20 AM   #3
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Cool, so I should try some work with the 50mm 1.7. I had purchased that for indoor sports work. I will give it a go.


Thanks a lot....... and love your work by the way.

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Old Jan 13, 2006, 3:23 AM   #4
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probarbly the Tamron 90mm 2.8 for a FF.

Another question. What is a FF??? Would I be able to get away with the Sigma 70 - 200 2.8 that I have to cover this initially while I am learning?
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Old Jan 13, 2006, 6:23 AM   #5
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The 90 mm lens would work with th your 1.5 crop factor making it equal toabout 135 mm.

Typically the "ideal" lens focal length for portraits ( 3/4 & head shots ) is usually referred to as 105 mm ( 35 mm camera equivalent).

Too wide or narrow and your portraits can be distorted.

May I suggest you research portraiture on the web, and the recommended focal lenghts. Here is a short essay:

http://www.nyip.com/tips/archives/bracket.html

Hope this helps you a bit.

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Old Jan 13, 2006, 6:32 AM   #6
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That's great....... I would have gone for a much wider angle (shows my lack of knowledge with portraits). I will play around with the lenses I have for now before spending anything extra then.

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[align=center]:?I thought that the ‘Focal Length Multiplier' is 1.6 verses 1.5?[/align]
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[align=center]:?I thought that the ‘Focal Length Multiplier' is 1.6 verses 1.5?[/align]

1.6 on a Canon but 1.5 on the KM's, just to add confusion.
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