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    Hey guys,

    Just wondering on an opinion....I'm looking at doing a few portraits to get my portfolio up, and I was deciding on a lens. I don't have a lot of money, so I can only buy one lens. I'm trying to decide between a 35mm wide angle, a 50mm standard lens and an 85mm telephoto. I need this lens for all round portraiture, and was just after opinions of some people who have done this before.

    Thanks heaps

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    My opinion of these lens are

    35mm f2 = $400++ (1.6x = 56mm , sharp; good built for a non-USM lens; good for indoor portrait; can take as close as 0.25 cm)

    50mm f1.8 = $140++ (1.6x = 80mm , sharp; plastic built & noisy ; good for indoor portrait; can take as close as 0.45 cm)

    50mm f1.4 USM = $650++ (1.6x = 80mm, sharp; good built & quiet ; good for indoor portrait; can take as close as 0.45 cm)

    85mm f1.8 USM = $640++ (1.6x = 136mm , sharp; good built & quiet ; good for indoor/outdoor portrait; can take as close as 0.8 cm)

    I own 35mm f2 & 85mm f1.8 USM and I like them very much.

    the rest is depend on you ...
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    Well, for all round, maybe the 50mm will suffice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by megaweb
    My opinion of these lens are

    35mm f2 = $400++ (1.6x = 56mm , sharp; good built for a non-USM lens; good for indoor portrait; can take as close as 0.25 cm)

    50mm f1.8 = $140++ (1.6x = 80mm , sharp; plastic built & noisy ; good for indoor portrait; can take as close as 0.45 cm)

    50mm f1.4 USM = $650++ (1.6x = 80mm, sharp; good built & quiet ; good for indoor portrait; can take as close as 0.45 cm)

    85mm f1.8 USM = $640++ (1.6x = 136mm , sharp; good built & quiet ; good for indoor/outdoor portrait; can take as close as 0.8 cm)

    I own 35mm f2 & 85mm f1.8 USM and I like them very much.

    the rest is depend on you ...
    think the 50/1.8 is pretty decent value for money~

    and mega the min focus distances you mentioned should be in metres instead of cm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by megaweb
    50mm f1.8 = $140++ (1.6x = 80mm , sharp; plastic built & noisy ; good for indoor portrait; can take as close as 0.45 cm)
    I think U mean 0.45m ( 45cm ) ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by avatarzero
    and mega the min focus distances you mentioned should be in metres instead of cm?
    ya

    35mm f2, 0.25m

    50mm f1.8, 0.45m

    50mm f1.4 USM, 0.45m

    85mm f1.8 USM, 0.8m
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    megaweb is correct, I have a 35mm f/2... excellent lens...

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    God this is a hard choice. I'm still not sure. There's a 100 dollar price difference on both lenses, so I don't want to waste money getting a lens that I wont use. I'm swaying more to the USM 50mm, but I'm still not totally convinced. The 35mm would be good, but whats the difference between a USM and a non-USM lens? What would be the pro's and cons of each size?

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    The 5 Famous Canon Cheap Primes are.

    28mm F2.8 $330

    35mm F2

    50mm F1.8II

    85mm F1.8

    100mm F2 $720+

    Now you can choose two combos,

    28mm & 50mm & 100mm set. (Landscape)

    35mm & 85mm set.(Street and Portraits)

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