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Old 24-09-2011, 13:23   #1 (permalink)
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Hi
I have a Canon 450d
I don't take many pictures of people, but there are occasions when needs must.

Hence I don't want to spend too much. What lens would you suggest for a decent portrait.

Thanks

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Old 24-09-2011, 14:57   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Portrait lens

Ideally a lens in the 50-85mm or even 105mm will be good for portrait work. However, if you are going to do this indoors you might find that lack of space might be an issue. The value for money option is the 50mm f1.8.
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Re: Portrait lens

I used the kit lens for a long while, then bought a 50mm prime as Dabhand as metioned, and have just bought a better quality 17 - 85. The more you pay the better quality really
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Re: Portrait lens

On a crop sensor like the 450D a 50mm F/1.8 does make a good budget portrait lens! You'll have to spend 4 or 5 times as much to gain just a little more speed and quality.

Bang for buck - nothing matches a nifty fifty
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Re: Portrait lens

As Oy says, the 50mm f1.8 is the great bargain of the Canon range. I only just treated myself to one for my 40D and it is a very solid performer, well up with most of the 50mm lenses I've used over the years.

On APS-C, it's close to the 85mm on full frame, generally considered the default head and shoulders portrait lens. For larger groups, you might want to look out for a decent, secondhand 24mm, equivalent to a 35mm on full format.
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Re: Portrait lens

If you dont want to spend much then the 50mm will do fine! other than that the 85mm.....105mm are very good lenses for portraiture...sorry but I am talking about Nikon lenses I dont have a Canon DSLR, but theres not much difference in the makes.............
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Re: Portrait lens

Guys
I will get a 50mm from the Canon outlet, as soon as they get them back

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I will get a 50mm from the Canon outlet, as soon as they get them back

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