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Best Portrait lens for Canon EOS 7D

Steve Parisi , Jan 25, 2010; 08:38 p.m.

I recently purchased the Canon 7D and was interested in either purchasing the Canon EF 85 mm F 1.2 or Canon 50 mm F 1.2 lens. I will be using the lens strictly for location portraits and my subject will be only one person at a time. I'm leaning towards purchasing the 85 mm lens, any suggestions?


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Frederick Stevens , Jan 25, 2010; 09:17 p.m.

I find the fairly standard 17-85mm IS Canon zoom OK for portraits. The lens should probably have an effective focal length of around 90mm and you never want to be too close to the subject. You need to multiply the focal length of the lens by 1.6 in the case of the 7D and this gives you a 27mm-136mm lens when using the 17-85mm zoom. The lens quality is very adequate and I feel no need to use any other lens. The lenses you mention will cost an arm and a leg and there is no need to go that route. Give the cheap 17-85mm a try! I think you will be very impressed.

Frederick Stevens , Jan 25, 2010; 09:25 p.m.


Frederick Stevens , Jan 25, 2010; 09:34 p.m.


Jeff Bubis , Jan 25, 2010; 09:45 p.m.

How about the 35/2.0 or 35/1.4? If money is an issue (which you did not mention), the Nifty Fifty is excellent for this, as well.

Steve Parisi , Jan 25, 2010; 09:58 p.m.

Thanks for the early responses. I might need to clarify my question to help with my needs. I will be shooting mostly high school senior portraits outdoors. Most, but not all, of the photos will consist from the waist up. I really want the ability to blurr the background as much as possible. I hope this helps.

Ken Papai , Jan 25, 2010; 10:03 p.m.

Nothing wrong AT ALL with the 85mm 1.8 . I'll be using that lens with my 7D (in 4-5 days).

Buffdr Rasouliyan , Jan 25, 2010; 10:18 p.m.

What lens do you have now? I too like my 85 1.8. On my full frame, I use the 70-200 2.8 IS and or 135 2.0. Since you mentioned the 85 1.2 or 50 1.2, for that price you can get the 85 1.8 AND a 70-200 2.8 (non IS). v/r Buffdr

Steve Parisi , Jan 25, 2010; 10:44 p.m.

Actually, I only own the body right now. I like the idea of the 85 mm 1.8. I think it will accomplish my needs, not break the bank, and let me keep distance from the subjects. Thanks for everyones help!

Tommy DiGiovanni , Jan 25, 2010; 11:13 p.m.

I have the 85 1.8 and 70-200 2.8 non IS and they both work very well for portraits on a full frame body. 85 may be a little long on a 7D so I guess it depends on what kind of portraits your taking.

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