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    Hi Guys and Senior,

    I would like to move into human shooting or Potrait. I see so many LENS and I am at a lost what should I get?

    Budget from 100 to 1000.

    Between I am using Canon 60D. Hope I can have some answer or clues.

    Thanks and Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamboJambo View Post
    Hi Guys and Senior,

    I would like to move into human shooting or Potrait. I see so many LENS and I am at a lost what should I get?

    Budget from 100 to 1000.

    Between I am using Canon 60D. Hope I can have some answer or clues.

    Thanks and Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai
    50mm f1.8 @ aprox $100 from B&S section?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MamboJambo View Post
    Hi Guys and Senior,

    I would like to move into human shooting or Potrait. I see so many LENS and I am at a lost what should I get?

    Budget from 100 to 1000.

    Between I am using Canon 60D. Hope I can have some answer or clues.

    Thanks and Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai
    How far do you feel is comfortable to shoot portraits from?
    For face only, or head and shoulders, or half body, or whole body?

    Assuming you have a general purpose zoom lens now, why not try shooting portraits with it, and find your comfortable focal length?
    Exploring! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyStrike

    50mm f1.8 @ aprox $100 from B&S section?
    Agreed. 50mm f/1.8.
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    make use of all the manay for 135
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyStrike View Post
    50mm f1.8 @ aprox $100 from B&S section?
    2nd this
    7D w/ 70-300mm/50mm1.8/70-200F4L/17-50mm F2.8

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    Canon 85/1.8
    Canon 50/1.4
    Canon 50/1.8
    Sigma 30/1.4
    Sigma 50/1.4

    Take your pick

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    TS wants good bokeh. I'm not sure 50mm f/1.8 gives good bokeh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Moving Chair View Post
    TS wants good bokeh. I'm not sure 50mm f/1.8 gives good bokeh.
    Good is relative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Moving Chair View Post
    TS wants good bokeh. I'm not sure 50mm f/1.8 gives good bokeh.
    Still considered the cheapest for the best quality (for poor man like me) Just that it's abit blown up on crop bodies....
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    At least my lens now doesn't give me any bokeh. EF-S18-200mm kit lens

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Moving Chair View Post
    TS wants good bokeh. I'm not sure 50mm f/1.8 gives good bokeh.
    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    Good is relative.
    Some sample pix just for reference, noting that they are not shot in the same lighting, "size of subject" and distances, your mileage would varies...


    Full body + background @ 17F2.8






    1/4 body using 50F1.8






    Full body using 85F1.8







    Head shot @focal length (80mm) and F5.0 using 18-200IS

    Last edited by Anson; 1st February 2011 at 10:15 PM. Reason: Added 18-200IS lens pix

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamboJambo View Post
    At least my lens now doesn't give me any bokeh. EF-S18-200mm kit lens
    Erm, you sure 18-200 cant give you bokeh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyStrike View Post
    Erm, you sure 18-200 cant give you bokeh?
    Again, the word bokeh is misused. Bokeh is the quality of out of focus areas, not the ability to produce out of focus backgrounds (which all lenses technically can, just that it may not be visible to the human eye). I'm not trying to be anal about the technical stuff, but yeah. Just thought I'd mention it so we don't make the same mistakes again. About achieving out of focus areas, the 18-200 can do it, just that maybe the background wont be as creamy as a fast prime

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    To many, a good bokeh is a good picture. it only serves to illustare how much we can appreciate a good pic.
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    85mm F1.8 is a very good lens to start with both on cropped and FF. Sharp, budget, good focal length.
    Looking for Canon 100mm F2 USM :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by brapodam View Post
    Again, the word bokeh is misused. Bokeh is the quality of out of focus areas, not the ability to produce out of focus backgrounds (which all lenses technically can, just that it may not be visible to the human eye). I'm not trying to be anal about the technical stuff, but yeah. Just thought I'd mention it so we don't make the same mistakes again. About achieving out of focus areas, the 18-200 can do it, just that maybe the background wont be as creamy as a fast prime
    Learnt something new again
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    Quote Originally Posted by MamboJambo View Post
    At least my lens now doesn't give me any bokeh. EF-S18-200mm kit lens
    This phrase is wrongly used.

    I assume you meant to say that (to you) the 18-200mm doesn't give you enough "subject isolation through thin DOF"
    Exploring! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    This phrase is wrongly used.

    I assume you meant to say that (to you) the 18-200mm doesn't give you enough "subject isolation through thin DOF"
    Maybe he need a 70-200mm F2.8IS instead....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anson View Post
    Maybe he need a 70-200mm F2.8IS instead....
    but that one busts the "100-1000" budget
    Exploring! :)

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