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    Hi Everyone,
    I am still new to photography and would like to try out new lens aside from the Kit lens I have for my CANON 450D camera.
    Would any of you could give some advice and recommendations?

    I would like lens meant mostly for Indoor Portrait shooting.

    Thanks a lot!

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    50mm f1.8
    Cheap, good, sharp & lovely bokeh!

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    Get a 50mm prime lens, the version depends on your budget.

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    Default Re: Recommended Lens for Indoor Portrait shooting

    EF 50/1.2L then don't need to think about getting better next time . Realistically though, the 50/1.4 USM is the best of the 50 Prime range I think in terms of value and performance. The other alternative to the 50/1.4 USM is the 85/1.8 USM which has a more solid build compared to the 50/1.4 USM and for just S$10 more.

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    Default Re: Recommended Lens for Indoor Portrait shooting

    Quote Originally Posted by liquidityzero View Post
    50mm f1.8
    Cheap, good, sharp & lovely bokeh!

    Agree.... Prime lens would be good. Do get the EF 50mm f1.4 USM if your buget could handle. The USM is worth the extra $$$

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    ahh do note how big of a area indoor you have. 50mm on a crop sensor will probably need a few meters for full body shot. 85mm will need even more. but in the end just pick the one you can use best. personally its 50 1.4 for me.
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    haha 50mm f1.8 II definitely for me... value for money... won't be able to get a lens twice as good with twice its price =D
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    If your budget allows, I'd recommend 24-70 f2.8L.
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    Is your shots full body shots?

    If so, 85mm might be too long for your purpose indoors.

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    50mm or 85mm depends on how u want to compose and take your subject. But for portraitures, 50mm or 85mm are your best bet. Alternatively, u can consider the 24-70 or 70-200 series. U will also have to increase your budget.
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    Default Re: Recommended Lens for Indoor Portrait shooting

    Mind if I pop in and ask something...?

    Is the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM worth the money? Since its more expensive than the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scandiacus View Post
    Mind if I pop in and ask something...?

    Is the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM worth the money? Since its more expensive than the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
    I've not tried the Sigma one but it's the first time i heard that 3rd party is more expensive than original of the equivalent type.

    I still recommend original.
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    Default Re: Recommended Lens for Indoor Portrait shooting

    maybe 35 f2?
    on crop body giving bout 50 plus

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    yeah it would depend on your studio/home settings though.
    50mm f1.8 personally is good.
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    second that.
    after all it gotta depends on your budget.
    50mm f1.8 is value for money.

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    Default Re: Recommended Lens for Indoor Portrait shooting

    I have the 50mm f/1.8. Find it fast, sharp and good value for money. But in an indoor situation such as living room it is not good for a full body shots unless you're shooting a small kid. I'd tried the Tokina 11-16mm, easily cover head to toe with room to spare. But price-wise is more expensive.
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    Default Re: Recommended Lens for Indoor Portrait shooting

    Thanks all for your advices and recommendations.

    I am also considering Sigma 20mm F1.8. Is this lens also good for indoor? Is this worth the money?

    Thanks again!

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    Default Re: Recommended Lens for Indoor Portrait shooting

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffrox View Post
    Thanks all for your advices and recommendations.

    I am also considering Sigma 20mm F1.8. Is this lens also good for indoor? Is this worth the money?

    Thanks again!

    Found this on a Camera Lens Reviewing website -

    In conclusion, I recommend not buying the Sigma 20mm f/1.8 EX DG Lens. Sorry Sigma, this one is a dud. If you want a fast 20mm lens, I suggest saving for the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM Lens. It far surpasses the performance of the current Sigma and Canon 20mm lenses in all regards. If you want a good 20mm lens but do not need a fast aperture, the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM Lens is a great choice.

    Read more from this link - http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sigma-20mm-f-1.8-EX-DG-Lens-Review.aspx

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