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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?
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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.
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 ??
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.
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.
Of course you're right Pete - a bit of straight thinking on my part would help
Use both, and then compare results...
Thanks Guys - will take some practice shots today & see which lens I prefer ... ... ...
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!
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.
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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