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Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 or Canon EF 24mm f/2.8

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Yes F4 does not make for nice bokeh. 85 is nice. But between the 35mm F2 and 24mm F2.8 I'd get the 35mm F2. Or just get a 5D and a 50mm F1.8.
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sfu_engineer wrote:
May 11th, 2010 2:53 pm
Please don't get the 70-200mm F4 for portraits.
There's nothing wrong with using a 70-200 F4 for portraits in my opinion. I know people who use a 100mm prime for portraits. F4 bokeh isn't nice as 2.8 or higher - that's a given but creamy bokeh isn't everything. You can still utilize the 70mm to 100mm range (without taking crop into consideration) for portraits just fine. The long zoom gives you a narrower DOF anyway. I recommended it because it is more of a versatile lens than the 85mm. If you want to do nothing, nothing but portraits than by all means go for the 85 but if you want a lens that can do a little bit of everything aside from portraits, then the 70-200.

Keep also in mind, at 1.8 aperture, the DOF is super thin so you really have to be careful that what you want in focus is actually in focus! =P
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no more discussion.. I need more input!
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faken wrote:
May 12th, 2010 9:43 pm
no more discussion.. I need more input!
Sir yes, sir!

Ken, just get a 85 1.8mm since it's in your budget, and call it a day... :)
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Might as well go for the 17/18-50 F/2.8 route!

The tamron and sigma are both only $300 - $450.
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get 200 f/2 IS and just call it a day


or rather let your mortgage call it a day lol
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sfu_engineer wrote:
May 11th, 2010 2:53 pm
Please don't get the 70-200mm F4 for portraits.
I agree, if the OP is on a crop.

Lulz wrote:
May 12th, 2010 11:02 pm
get 200 f/2 IS and just call it a day


or rather let your mortgage call it a day lol
I am not inclined to use a 280mm equv FOV lens to do a portrait. If you have that budget and hunting for bokeh, 85L is a more realistic alternative.
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I have owned the following EF Canon primes.

24mm 2.8
28mm 2.8
35mm 2.0
50mm 1.8 Mk I
85mm 1.8 USM

The 35mm 2.0 is the only one I still have, and I would recommend it highly for a crop body.

The 24mm 2.8 is a really nice lens but was too slow to justify keeping since I owned a 2.8 zoom that covered that length.

The 85mm 1.8 USM is a really nice lens but a little too long for a crop and a little too expensive for the little amount of use it would get from me. If I didn't have the 70-200 2.8 IS I would probably have kept it.
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sorry for bumping this thread.. I don't see a point of having another equipment thread..

So im' thinking of selling the 50mm 1.4 and buying a used 85mm 1.8. What do you guys think? then maybe buy 50mm 1.8 after for $80 off the used market.

I'll be at a 135mm with the new lens. Good move? I mainly want to shoot outside so I think it will be alright. Plus 50mm 1.8 isn't that bad.. I just hate the build quality on it.. :lol:
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beside the timing, looks like you are selling the 1.4 for the 1.8.

i would save until you can buy the 85 1.8, or you can buy a refurb copy from the US
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personally, 30f1.4 and 85f1.8 is a better combo. I'm not a fan of 50mm on crop so I got rid of mine (f1.8mk1 and f1.4 versions) and I haven't missed it
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I've had the sigma 30 1.4 for about three years now on nikon crop.
it's very sharp and delivers great separation. bokeh is not too shabby.
As far as portraiture it really excels in the extreme close up, wide open focused on eyes and the top of the head out of frame, nose and ears are slightly out of focus.

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