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    Dear all,

    i have own a kit lens 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM.

    i would like to upgrade my lens with low budget 500-800 any recommendation?

    85mm f1.8 will it be a good choice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junqi Ng View Post
    Dear all,

    i have own a kit lens 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM.

    i would like to upgrade my lens with low budget 500-800 any recommendation?

    85mm f1.8 will it be a good choice?
    if Bokeh is what you are looking for...
    than the short answer is Yes.

    but if you want to know more shooting portraits, I would recommend read up more on basic photography and portrait shooting, it will cost less in give better results.
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    Default Re: any lens recommendation for shooting model?

    I think Catchlights have pretty much summed it up.

    OTOH, it may be a good idea now for you to realize that generally, there is no such thing like "Lens for shooting <insert genre>" (extreme genre like Astro/Birding etc or other likes asides). Each lens have their use. It depends on the user.


    And for 85mm, you need to consider about the working distance you have. Especially indoors where space is extremely limited.

    *not sure if this is any way related to what you want to shoot. But You may also want to consider reading this old article: http://blog.zhangjingna.com/2010/10/...omes-from.html *
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    Prime lenses without distortion like 35mm and 50mm are good for portraits as well. Including 85mm, your consideration is at distance you like to stand away from the model, half or whole body, compression of background (or no need at all to consider) and the bokeh you like.
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    My favourite lens is the 24-85mm which include studio, portraiture and coverage of events. Most importantly
    is your own feel of what the lens can give you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeisser View Post
    My favourite lens is the 24-85mm which include studio, portraiture and coverage of events. Most importantly
    is your own feel of what the lens can give you.
    wow! very "zen" leh!
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    85 1.8 will be a great portraits lens within your budget

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    wow! very "zen" leh!
    Bro not 'zen' but 'zeiss' am overwhelmed
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    When I think of portraits I am in classical mode so I am thinking 85, 105, and 135 focal lengths. When I need 24, 35, or 50 I'm more thinking street shooting maybe documentary as opposed to portraiture. That is just me...

    My advice is to study carefully your options and there are a bunch of them for you. Crawl before walk. Walk before run. Maybe no need to upgrade lens for example. Maybe better to get strobes or reflectors etc instead and save money for when you are better grounded and understand your needs and desires with more clarity.

    If you insist though the 85 is an excellent portrait focal length...it is my understanding that 85 was the premier focal length for fashion shooters back in the day. (Perhaps it still is...maybe brother Leon knows and will say something about that???) That would make it more of a figure lens rather than a close framed head and shoulders shooter. Mind I am talking full frame here.

    Just about any short tele is a good portrait focal length.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeisser View Post
    Bro not 'zen' but 'zeiss' am overwhelmed


    you are too humble liao.
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    TS is having a 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM lens,

    at 18mm focal length setting (equivalent to 24mm on FX), is good for environmental portrait

    at 24mm focal length setting (equivalent to 35mm on FX), is good for full length shot

    at 35mm focal length setting (equivalent to 50mm on FX), is good for three quarter shot

    at 50mm focal length setting (equivalent to 50mm on FX), is good for half length shot

    at 85mm focal length setting (equivalent to 125mm on FX), is good for head and shoulder shot

    at 105mm focal length setting (equivalent to 150mm on FX), is good for close up head shot

    this lens is already cover whatever constitute the ideal focal length to create a good portrait,

    portraits is not able about giving shallow depth of field, or bokeh, if this is what most people think, than their definition of good portrait is as shallow as the depth of field they are looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    TS is having a 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM lens,
    Also has nice wide side to play with angles where you all live... (note correction to your post above 50 DX is equivalent to 75 on FX)
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    TS, it really depend on your needs and your camera. If you are having a crop body, say Nikon (1.5X crop) or Canon (1.6X crop) then a 85mm 1.8 might be too long for you if you do not have the working space and or to take a full body shot.

    35mm (Sigma 1.4 2nd hand is about $350-400-/+) would be a good choice, else 50mm F1.8 (YongNuo - $85 or Canon $120-/+) will be more than enough.

    Else if u want more flexibility, u can get an EF 24-105mm F/4 IS.

    Used to use it for walk-around and portraits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikonzen View Post
    Also has nice wide side to play with angles where you all live... (note correction to your post above 50 DX is equivalent to 75 on FX)
    thanks for the correction.
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    Recommend you the 200mm f/2.0

    Its all about the lens. So get the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonB View Post
    Recommend you the 200mm f/2.0

    Its all about the lens. So get the best.
    No bro... only the best. 400mm f/2.8. The sharpest lens from Nikon. Then portraits will be very sharp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonB View Post
    Recommend you the 200mm f/2.0

    Its all about the lens. So get the best.
    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    No bro... only the best. 400mm f/2.8. The sharpest lens from Nikon. Then portraits will be very sharp.
    these set up looks very pro....
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    70-200 f2.8 but over your budget.
    Nikon D90

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikonzen View Post

    If you insist though the 85 is an excellent portrait focal length...it is my understanding that 85 was the premier focal length for fashion shooters back in the day. (Perhaps it still is...maybe brother Leon knows and will say something about that???) That would make it more of a figure lens rather than a close framed head and shoulders shooter. Mind I am talking full frame here.

    Just about any short tele is a good portrait focal length.
    For me I do not have any specifics for using a certain lens for certain scenarios. Just adapt as I go along.
    As bro coolthought sharing it's about the distance from the subject.

    85/1.4 - Full body.



    50/1.4 - Head and shoulder



    100/2 Full body



    100/2 Portrait in studio



    So basically it's one's own desire to create the image that really matters. No hard and fast rules.
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