PORTRAIT LENSE -ON A BUDGET

PORTRAIT LENSE -ON A BUDGET

13 posts
16 July 2016
Youngie
Photographer
Youngie
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

Posted 16 July 2016
EllessePhotography
Photographer
EllessePhoto..
May help to give better advice if you could indicate your budget.

Posted 16 July 2016
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
The 50mm f1.8 is the best portrait lens on a budget with a crop sensor.

Posted 16 July 2016
Youngie
Photographer
Youngie
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

Posted 16 July 2016
profilepictures
Photographer
profilepictu..
85 1.8 is the next step probably if you feel close with a 50mm. Aside from fringing, its pretty good.

Posted 16 July 2016
skphoto
Photographer
skphoto
85mm 1.8 is a cracking lens that is definitely a step up!

Posted 16 July 2016
EllessePhotography
Photographer
EllessePhoto..
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.

Posted 17 July 2016
Youngie
Photographer
Youngie
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

Posted 17 July 2016
exuphoto
Photographer
exuphoto
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

Posted 17 July 2016
anthonyh
Photographer
anthonyh
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
Posted 17 July 2016
Edited by anthonyh 17 July 2016
mph
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mph
exuphoto

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


Depends if he means he is too close to the subject or not........
Posted 17 July 2016
exuphoto
Photographer
exuphoto
mph
Depends if he means he is too close to the subject or not........
True... He said "it" gets up to close... which I, upon reflection, suppose means that the portraits are too tightly cropped (and too much blemishes visible *S*). So, I'll still maintain 24/35 to get some distance. Or, do the opposite of F. Kappa; get FURTHER away from the subject. Or, and I'm not joking, put a thin stocking over the 50mm 1.8 and shoot 'softer smooth portraits"
Posted 17 July 2016
Paul_Jones
Photographer
Paul_Jones
exuphoto

Or, do the opposite of F. Kappa; get FURTHER away from the subject.......



"If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough."
Robert Capa




Posted 17 July 2016
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