I must agree with juste, portraits are normally taken with PRIME big glass ( F1.4, like 85mm ) will be ideal. Normally, the background should be as blur or creamy as possible. The face or model should be as sharp as possible. A big aperture prime will be a good choice, if you can afford canon 85mm F1.2 or Zeiss 85mm F1.4 that will be the best liao. haha
I use this 70-200 F2.8 for macro ( extension tube ), and sports ( with tele converters ) too. and of course, sometimes portraits.... no choice, limited $$$.
General speaking... (though some use lens rather creatively different), UWA lens is less critical to have the big apertures... Zoom lens in the 180mm onwards, suffers from shakes greater so its impt to have the IS if aperture not that big in the region of F2.8 or better...
"General speaking" is not a good measure for you. You have to indicate you shooting style... so my guess is that your preference inclines towards portraiture... my bet for you is on the option 1. Haa.... Juste gave very good suggestions i must say.. 50mm F1.4 is a must to try if u do consider 85mm at F1.8...
Billy would be in absolute right if u do more event or clubbing shoot.
NPNT.. the picture below belong to a series with very grainy pics.. cos i took in low lights and high ISO (@6400) which I tested the 5D with 70-200mm F2.8... I would say it would not be possible if I was shooting with the F4... so does your needs inspire you shoot or does your shoots need to inspies.. your take
Thanks 4 de pointers guys.Appreciated.
Don't be afraid to shoot, it will not repeat twice
You all inflicting poison on michael sia. lol
aiyoh... lens no need so great one
Camera: Canon EOS 20D
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Focal Length: 240 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/2 EV
Last edited by juste_millieu; 18th February 2009 at 05:27 PM.
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