Upload your photos, chat, win prizes and much more
Can't Access your Account?
New to ePHOTOzine? Join ePHOTOzine for free!
Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!
I have a canon 400D - which lens would be the ideal for portrait work ?
Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.
Suprisingly one the best options is the Canon 50mm f/1.8, Taking the crop factor into account, Its around 75mm.
Its sharp, Light, Not expensive ( well under £100 )
If you have money to spare, There is the Canon 24 - 70mm f2.8, But that makes a big hole in £1000.....
Some like using the 70 - 200mm range, But it really depends on how much space you have for indoor work.
The old rule of thumb for a portrait lens used to be 90mm, But that was based on a Full Frame 35mm, Hence you can get away with shorter lens on a crop digital.....
Wot 'e said... (Love ya Vince!! )
85mm was always viewed as the 'perfect' portrait focal-length in 35mm FILM terms (Full-Frame in digital terms).
At 85mm the lens presents facial detail as the eye perceives the face in real life with (virtually) no 'pin-cushion' or 'barrel' distortion.
50mm on a crop-sensor is so close as to be of no significance.
I would agree with all of the above but another one to consider is the Sigma 50mm f2.8 macro, Its about £250 but does give you a reasonably good macro lense (although 50mm can be a bit close for insects) should you ever want to try out macro photography.
Also being part of Sigmas EX range it does come with a 3 year warranty.
Any lens with a fast aperture and a focal length of 50mm to 135mm or so will be perfect for portraits. The more money you spend the better but even cheap lenses like the Canon 50mm f/1.8 is excellent and razor-sharp.
Go for prime glass if you can as the quality will be better.
ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.
Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.
You must be a member to leave a comment
Get the latest photography news straight from ePHOTOzine in your email every month and win prizes!
1st April 2014 - 30th April 2014
Check out ePHOTOzine's inspirational photo month calendar! Each day click on a window to unveil new photography tips, treats and techniques.
View April's Photo Month Calendar