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portrait lens (canon)

SIGMA 24-70 F2.8mm DG DF AF ZOOM


This used lens has come up for sale in my city... $600.00. I am contemplating a purchase of a 24-70 mm f/2.8L for portrait work ($1400.00 new) Do you think this is a reasonable substitute?
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Do NOT get the Sigma 24-70 unless it's the new revised version with the HSM motor.

The precursor is very soft wide open, prone to lots of flaring, inaccurate focus.

The new one is a lot better and some claims to be on par with Canon's 24-70.

If you're near a Henrys, go and try it out. Trust me, you'll notice the difference right away.

Honestly, the first generation Sigma 24-70 can be had for $450 instead of the $600 you have. The new version goes for about $900-$1000 second hand.
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How could one tell what revision the lens is?
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For portrait work, I would not choose a zoom lens at all. IMHO, much better choices would be the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM or the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens. But they are pretty expensive. So how about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM or the Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM?
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How is the bokeh on the 85 MM f/1.8? I have a nifty 50 and I find the build and bokeh relflects my investment. I have been shooting some of my shots between 70 - 85mm with a 70 -300 IS USM f/4.0 -f/5.6. It is much better glass than anything else I own and used correctly is does a nice job blurring the background even at f/4.0.

Will I notice a huge difference outdoors?
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Reave wrote:
Nov 20th, 2009 2:02 pm
How is the bokeh on the 85 MM f/1.8? I have a nifty 50 and I find the build and bokeh relflects my investment.
It is very nice as the lens has an 8 blade aperture.
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You can't go wrong with the 85mm 1.8 or 100mm 2.0
If your budget allows it, the best alternative would be the 135L 2.0
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CSAgent wrote:
Nov 20th, 2009 1:04 pm
Honestly, the first generation Sigma 24-70 can be had for $450 instead of the $600 you have. The new version goes for about $900-$1000 second hand.
Yup. Got mine for $450 due to budget, and I wanted the 24-70 range.
Lens is iffy. Even after calibration.

For the newer HSM version, around $1000, I would much rather just invest $200 more or less, for the Canon 24-70 F/2.8.

I would say get the Canon 85 F/1.8, if you're coming from the 50 F/1.8.
It's around $450 as well.
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I am sure this matters I have a cropped sensor body.
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Reave wrote:
Nov 20th, 2009 6:58 pm
I am sure this matters I have a cropped sensor body.
not really...

lenses will produce similar compression regardless of sensor. saying this i would still go 85mm or longer for portraiture

if you really wanna do JUST portraiture i would even suggest the 70-200 f4 which can be had for 500-600

but that is assuming you have other glass to supplement

its also not as fast as others
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The Sigma 24-70mm non-HSM is "iffy" and so is the newer HSM version. The "iffy" focusing is now just faster. Doesn't help when it focuses quickly at the wrong spot.

I think the 85mm would be a nice portrait lens as the 50mm has too much distortion when brought in close. The 85mm would allow you to get nice looking photos up close as well as backed up a bit.
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Agreed with many post here, get the 85 f1.8 if the focal length works for you, it is a much better lens than nifty 50. I sold it once because I already have 50 f1.4 and 70-200 f4 L, but still miss it so much that I bought it back, the bokeh is beautiful.
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sfu_engineer wrote:
Nov 21st, 2009 3:48 pm
The Sigma 24-70mm non-HSM is "iffy" and so is the newer HSM version. The "iffy" focusing is now just faster. Doesn't help when it focuses quickly at the wrong spot.
Oh yeah? I've heard some great user reviews though. :(
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kay188 wrote:
Nov 22nd, 2009 7:34 pm
Oh yeah? I've heard some great user reviews though. :(
Well you here some great reviews on the Sigma 24-70mm non-HSM as well and you now know how THAT went. :D
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