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Thread: Prime lens usage - Canon 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.8 or 100mm F2.8

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    Default Prime lens usage - Canon 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.8 or 100mm F2.8

    Hi All,

    I'm using Canon 100D & need some opinion/experience from members here.
    I can't make up my mind which to buy among this 3 lens.

    So, which above 3 primes lens are more suitable for portrait as I'll be using it for the coming Halloween Night & Taiwan trip?

    Thanks for all input in advance!!!

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    Default Re: Prime lens usage - Canon 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.8 or 100mm F2.8

    Truthfully, any lens can shoot portraits. 12mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50, 85, 100, 135, ... ... 400mm.

    If you don't know what to buy, then don't do it. Shooting portraits does not mean you need to buy a new lens. Just put to use the lens that you have now. (assuming the kit 18-55).
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    Default Re: Prime lens usage - Canon 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.8 or 100mm F2.8

    Really depend on the situation, cuz the main difference is the focal length for prime length.
    Read this article from Canon and it will show you the difference:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

    My advice since it's an overseas event and you're using a crop body.
    Get either EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM, save you the trouble especially if
    you happen to encounter situations where your subject is not reachable.
    Difference between this two lens is the f stop and focal length, the EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 is more suitable for night photography
    while either EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 has a longer focal length.
    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by 86proshooter; 15th August 2013 at 04:36 PM.

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    Default Re: Prime lens usage - Canon 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.8 or 100mm F2.8

    I use all three lenses. So I suggest you get all three lenses, or simply a 18-200mm (cover all your needs).
    I am not a photographer, just someone who happened to have a couple of cameras.
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    Default Re: Prime lens usage - Canon 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.8 or 100mm F2.8

    Have you thought about what kind of portrait you want to get and what the distance to the person will be? That will determine which lens will be suitable. And if this is not fixed (e.g. moving persons) then a zoom lens will be more suitable for the job.
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    Default Re: Prime lens usage - Canon 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.8 or 100mm F2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by SkyStrike View Post
    Truthfully, any lens can shoot portraits. 12mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50, 85, 100, 135, ... ... 400mm.

    If you don't know what to buy, then don't do it. Shooting portraits does not mean you need to buy a new lens. Just put to use the lens that you have now. (assuming the kit 18-55).
    Hmmm..okie but abit hand itchy to buy new len

    Quote Originally Posted by 86proshooter View Post
    Really depend on the situation, cuz the main difference is the focal length for prime length.
    Read this article from Canon and it will show you the difference:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

    My advice since it's an overseas event and you're using a crop body.
    Get either EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM, save you the trouble especially if
    you happen to encounter situations where your subject is not reachable.
    Difference between this two lens is the f stop and focal length, the EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 is more suitable for night photography
    while either EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 has a longer focal length.
    Hope this helps.
    Okie Tks! Maybe I will consider 17-55mm & will go read review from others first.

    Quote Originally Posted by rhino123 View Post
    I use all three lenses. So I suggest you get all three lenses, or simply a 18-200mm (cover all your needs).
    Tks & will consider 18-200mm too but not getting all this 3 prime lens together definitely Lol

    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    Have you thought about what kind of portrait you want to get and what the distance to the person will be? That will determine which lens will be suitable. And if this is not fixed (e.g. moving persons) then a zoom lens will be more suitable for the job.
    Tks & mostly I will taking photo of "stationery" person

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    Default Re: Prime lens usage - Canon 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.8 or 100mm F2.8

    buy canon 50 1.8 great value. especially for overseas trip.. no need so ex lens.
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    Default Re: Prime lens usage - Canon 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.8 or 100mm F2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by Akiraboy View Post


    Okie Tks! Maybe I will consider 17-55mm & will go read review from others first.


    Tks & mostly I will taking photo of "stationery" person
    Here are few good reads for you before you buy:
    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx

    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx

    You might want to consider one 40mm/50mm along with 1 zoom:

    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx

    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx

    This one will cost below $200 or so.

    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx

    Do some reading first, if still not convince maybe you can rent these lens before buying.
    Hope this helps!
    Or you can get 40mm pancake lens since this len is rather popular and you can also use it as a body cap anyway! LOL!
    Last edited by 86proshooter; 17th August 2013 at 05:41 AM.

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    Default Re: Prime lens usage - Canon 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.8 or 100mm F2.8

    save the money for more street food and bubble tea.

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    Default Re: Prime lens usage - Canon 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.8 or 100mm F2.8

    Since you are on a crop camera, a shorter focal length like 50mm would be easier to use, giving you 80mm equivalent.

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    Default Re: Prime lens usage - Canon 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.8 or 100mm F2.8

    50mm is easier to use on an aps-c camera.
    The others, while good in their own right needs more working distance btwn you and subject.
    Thats not always possible with ppl milling around.

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    Default Re: Prime lens usage - Canon 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.8 or 100mm F2.8

    I think a 50mm f1.8 and a 18-200 will cover all your needs.
    Or you can opt for the 17-55 or 15-85.

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    Default Re: Prime lens usage - Canon 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.8 or 100mm F2.8

    Have you tried the lens itself? It is really your personal preference. Best is you go and try it out or rent it for a day. Get used to fixed focal length and see if the focal length limitation troubles you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akiraboy View Post
    Tks & mostly I will taking photo of "stationery" person
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stationery

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