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PORTRAIT LENSE -ON A BUDGET

Youngie is off-lineSilver Member
16 July 2016 04:06
Youngie
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Hi all..

FirSt time I've posted so forgive me..

I'm wondering which is the best budget portrait lense. Since I'm not super rich and pennies need to stretch..
I do feel that I could use something different, that gives me a bit more range maybe..

I'm shooting with a 50mm 1.8 and the kit lense.. body is 50d..

Sounds all dated.. but it does the job for me at present..

Many thanks

Steve


Ellesse Photography is off-lineSilver Member
16 July 2016 05:51
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May help to give better advice if you could indicate your budget.


Steven Jardine is off-linePlatinum Member
16 July 2016 08:19
RedChecker
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The 50mm f1.8 is the best portrait lens on a budget with a crop sensor.
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Youngie is off-lineSilver Member
16 July 2016 17:55
Youngie
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Ops sorry.. still very new to forums..

I might he able to stretch to £120.. and I agree 50mm is good but like I said it does get very up close and personal for some


Profile Pictures is off-line
16 July 2016 18:32
profilepictures
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85 1.8 is the next step probably if you feel close with a 50mm. Aside from fringing, its pretty good.


16 July 2016 19:43
skphoto
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85mm 1.8 is a cracking lens that is definitely a step up!


Ellesse Photography is off-lineSilver Member
16 July 2016 20:03
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Quote from profilepictures
85 1.8 is the next step probably if you feel close with a 50mm. Aside from fringing, its pretty good.



Agree, the 85 f1.8 is pretty good value - there is also the 100mm f2 to consider as well.  However, both of these would be out of your budget, even second hand.  As a stop-gap, you may wish to look at something like the ef-s 55-250mm f4-5.6, which should be available s/h within budget.  Probably not the best lens, and not as versatile due to larger apertures, but may get you by for the time being.



Youngie is off-lineSilver Member
17 July 2016 04:24
Youngie
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Darlington

Cheers people.. I'll have a look and let you all know..

In the meantime I need to start updating images and get more shoot time in...

Practice practice practice..

Lol


exuphoto is off-line
17 July 2016 05:26
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Conventinally, I'd say that the 85mm f1.8 would be the next step for portraits...
... But if you feel that the 50mm is getting 'too close' on your crop sensor, then it won't do you good. So my recommendation would be -
1. Work on your interpersonal skills (not saying yours aren't good, only that it tends to dictate outcome more than the lens you pick...)
2. Have a look at the 35mm or even 24mm - that'll give you some more space in the frame


Anthonygh is off-line
17 July 2016 06:45
anthonyh
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Kent


An old but well regarded lens is the 24 - 85mm USM. I have some fairly good lenses including L lenses.....but I am not 'disappointed' when I use this particular lens....which I have used on a crop and FF body.

Alongside that and the same vintage....there is the 28 - 105mm MK2 (getting the Mk2 version is important). I have that lens and it is good....not sure why I don't use it more often come to think of it....will dig it out later!!

I haven't checked their eBay prices recently.....but they were around the £100 mark a couple of years back.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Canon-EF-24-85mm-f-3-5-4-5-USM-/122025503920?hash=item1c69496cb0:g:x2IAAOSwl-FXNZyB



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