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Best Lens for Portait?


BernieS 6 243 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 5:09PM
I have been "volunteered" to do some portrait shots on Friday. The subjects are an elderly couple, and the shoot will take place in their house.

I have two lenses which may suitable - a Canon 50mm f1.8 & a Canon 24-105 f4L. I'm tempted to use the 50mm as it will allow me to throw the background well out of focus, however should I sacrifice DoF for the higher quality of the glass in the 24-105?

Any suggestions please?

Thanks,

Bernie

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Pete Plus
13 18.7k 96 England
11 Nov 2009 5:12PM
The 50mm may be restricted if there's not much space in the house and it's more suited to portraits, whereas the 24-50 part of the zoom may be more practical.
davidbailie Plus
11 451 6 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 5:17PM
From my point of the 24-105 will do all the 50mm will - not to mention allowing you to get out of their faces -

and if it's dof you are worried about just stop down ??

db
justin c Plus
11 4.6k 36 England
11 Nov 2009 5:21PM

Quote:I'm tempted to use the 50mm as it will allow me to throw the background well out of focus, however should I sacrifice DoF for the higher quality of the glass in the 24-105?



I wouldn't have said the 24-105mm was of a higher optical quality than the 50mm, not so you would notice anyway.
Pete Plus
13 18.7k 96 England
11 Nov 2009 5:29PM

Quote:and if it's dof you are worried about just stop down ??

I think Bernie means lack of dof because of the f/1.8 lens which will give a pleasing out of focus background.
davidbailie Plus
11 451 6 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 5:42PM
Of course you're right Pete - a bit of straight thinking on my part would help Sad

db
arhb Plus
7 2.5k 68 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 5:43PM
Use both, and then compare results...
BernieS 6 243 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2009 9:53AM
Thanks Guys - will take some practice shots today & see which lens I prefer ... ... ...
ade_mcfade Plus
10 15.1k 216 England
12 Nov 2009 10:08AM

Quote:I wouldn't have said the 24-105mm was of a higher optical quality than the 50mm, not so you would notice anyway


Having got both, you can tell the difference, the 24-105 is brighter and punchier and nicer.

If you're stopping down to f1.8, just be sure you get the focal point right, the DOF is miniscule at that aperture and you could end up with sharp ears and blurry eyes!
JackAllTog Plus
5 4.0k 58 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2009 11:38AM
thanks ade, i'd always assumed a prime would be better than a zoom, i'd also assumed the 50mm would be brighter, even at an identical f4 as it had less glass. You've put the 24-105mm up further in my estimation.
ade_mcfade Plus
10 15.1k 216 England
12 Nov 2009 11:42AM
F1.8 is loads brighter of course

its just that you're talking about a 60 lens V one that's about 700 - I used to think, from reading this forum, that the 50f1.8 was the best lens in the world, but having used them both in the same situation, I know which I prefer - both from a useability stand point (focus, ability to zoom etc.) and image quality

Not sure that holds true for the F1.4, that's very very sharp indeed and probably is up to L quality... but I still rarely use it!

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