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Portrait and Landscape Lenses

Jen Luis , Jul 26, 2012; 09:49 p.m.

I made the transition. Sold my Nikon D300 and bought myself the all glorious Canon 5D Mark III. I don't regret it one bit. I'm still learning as it has different buttons but it is awesome.
Being new to Canon, the first lens I bought was the Canon EF 50mm 1.4USM. It is sharp and fast. It's my first lens but not my last.

I mainly do landscape photography but on occasion some portrait work too. My question is, which would be a good portrait lens for indoors. I mostly work with natural light.

And, I also need some suggestion for landscape lenses.

I'm asking for help because I know nothing about Canon lenses but I'm beyond excited and happy that I made the transition from Nikon to Canon.


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Scott Ferris , Jul 26, 2012; 09:54 p.m.

What is wrong with the 50 you have as a portrait lens? I use mine a lot, if it isn't long enough for you the 85 f1.8 is, perhaps, even better then the 50 f1.4 and is reasonably priced. If that is too close to the 50 then the 100 f2 is a great "portrait" lens that is widely overlooked. If that is not long enough then the 135 f2L has an unmatched reputation as one of the greatest portrait lenses ever.

For landscapes nothing beats, or comes close to (with the possible exception of the 17mm TS-E), the TS-E 24mm MkII. Expensive but worth every penny and some.

Brad - , Jul 26, 2012; 10:35 p.m.

>>> My question is, which would be a good portrait lens for indoors. I mostly work with natural light.

35mm f/1.4 L. It's the only lens I use for portraiture on my full-frame and is also very good indoors in low light. These were all shot with that combination.

Howard Vrankin , Jul 26, 2012; 10:36 p.m.

70 to 90mm would be a perfect portrait lens with your full frame sensor, so the 85mm mentioned above is probably the ideal.

Jeff Spirer , Jul 26, 2012; 11:05 p.m.

I'd use the 50 unless you're having some sort of problem with it.

Bob Bernardo - LA area disabled , Jul 26, 2012; 11:09 p.m.

I use the TS-E 24mm for a lot of landscapes. Everything from about your toes to infinity can be sharp. You have to be careful here, mainly in the early mornings to close to evenings. It's manual focus only. I've missed a few really special shots up in Yosemite and Death Valley but the 16-35 backup worked ok, but not what I was looking for. There was some angle displacement with the 16-35. Not so with the great TS-E 24mm . If you set it up correctly, the scene you are taking is magically uniform on all sides and heights are incredibly sharp. The 90 TS is fantastic as well, however I use it for taking photos of paintings. Again you can make all of the 4 corners perfect. It's the only lens I've used that will do this type of work. It's also a macro. This comes in real handy when taking food shots and stuff like watches. The lighting takes hours to get it right. This type of shooting for me is by far the hardest type of photography. Well it works well for portraits if the subject is willing to wait. With models it's not a problem.

Portraits - if I have the room I enjoy the 70-200, 2.8L. For close-ups I'll throw on a German soft focus filter Zeiss. Much less retouching and the filter doesn't make the people look out of focus. With lenses like this you can add comfort to the person or people because of the distance from the people. For me this leaves out the 50mm almost always. People can get weird about that comfort space between the camera and the subject from the 50mm and smaller, unless you don't use a full frame camera. Then the 50mm is about an 80mm and that is a good distance.

Brad - , Jul 26, 2012; 11:21 p.m.

>>> I'd use the 50 unless you're having some sort of problem with it.

>>>> Being new to Canon, the first lens I bought was the Canon EF 50mm 1.4USM.

I didn't notice you already had a 50. Jeff's right, keep using that until you feel a different focal length would suit you better. For me, anything longer than a 50 feels like a telephoto and removes a lot of photographer/subject engagement that drives good portraiture. Also, indoors at longer focal lengths makes any kind of environmental portraiture tough (unless you are planning on head shots).

Alan Bryant , Jul 27, 2012; 01:46 a.m.

The 85/1.8 is a excellent lens and a great buy. If you want to go a little longer the 100/2 is very similar.

G Dan Mitchell , Jul 27, 2012; 02:19 a.m.

If by portrait you mean a traditional focal length, the. 85mm f/18 is a fine and inexpensive lens.


William W , Jul 27, 2012; 03:13 a.m.

“which would be a good portrait lens for indoors. I mostly work with natural light. [on a 5D format]”

Wear out the 50/1.4, it is very good for that application.
A 35/1.4 and 85/1.2 or 1.8 would make nice partners for the 50.
I would buy the 35/1.4 before an 85: most definitely.


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