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    Default Canon EF24mm f/2.8 or EF28mm f/1.8 USM?

    Hey everyone, I'm pretty new in photography and presently own a Canon 550D with an EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

    I've been thinking of getting a prime lens for taking sharper portraits with a good bokeh. I have come down to the following two:

    - EF28mm f/1.8 USM
    - EF24mm f/2.8

    As the price difference isn't much, can you guys suggest me which one to go for and why?

    Appreciate the help!

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    24 and 28mm are quite wide, it will be hard to blur out the background. As for bokeh, this will depend on the lens design. Take a look at the reviews on photozone.de for example.
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    Default Re: Canon EF24mm f/2.8 or EF28mm f/1.8 USM?

    Quote Originally Posted by margoob View Post
    Hey everyone, I'm pretty new in photography and presently own a Canon 550D with an EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

    I've been thinking of getting a prime lens for taking sharper portraits with a good bokeh. I have come down to the following two:

    - EF28mm f/1.8 USM
    - EF24mm f/2.8

    As the price difference isn't much, can you guys suggest me which one to go for and why?

    Appreciate the help!
    I would suggest neither. Get the cheap 50mm f1.8 first. Then you might want to consider a 85mm, 135mm or even a 200mm for portrait shots.
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    28, 24.. i think quite wide for portrait? you should look into 50, 85 or 135 prime.. better for portraits.
    for starter... many would get a 50 1.8 like rhino mentioned.. its consider 1 of the cheapest option.

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    thanks you all for all the advice

    Hmmm.. so I should got for at least a 50mm 1.8 then..

    Just one concern, as 550D has a crop factor of 1.6x, don't I have to stand quite far away from the subject?

    I just checked some sample shots of 85mm and it looks wicked good!

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    Default Re: Canon EF24mm f/2.8 or EF28mm f/1.8 USM?

    Quote Originally Posted by margoob View Post
    thanks you all for all the advice

    Hmmm.. so I should got for at least a 50mm 1.8 then..

    Just one concern, as 550D has a crop factor of 1.6x, don't I have to stand quite far away from the subject?

    I just checked some sample shots of 85mm and it looks wicked good!
    (iirc) For a full body shot, you need to be at least >4m away. If you need more "space", further more.
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    Default Re: Canon EF24mm f/2.8 or EF28mm f/1.8 USM?

    Quote Originally Posted by margoob View Post
    thanks you all for all the advice

    Hmmm.. so I should got for at least a 50mm 1.8 then..

    Just one concern, as 550D has a crop factor of 1.6x, don't I have to stand quite far away from the subject?

    I just checked some sample shots of 85mm and it looks wicked good!
    For 85mm yes u have to stand quite far if u want full body shot..haha. That time trying out my fren's 85 1.8D...gosh i had to jog FAR! lols. cus it's almost 130mm.

    50mm shld get u rather gd distance and gd dof.
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    For a start I will seriously recommend you start with 50mm f1.8 first ..
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    The 18-135 can also produce bokeh as well as long follow a few steps nd stepping down the f-stop cn also improve the perceived sharpness. On a crop sensor, the 50mm is actually closer to 85mm so if budget is there, i recommend either the 35mm f/2 or the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 which will improve "standard" fov the lowlight performance.
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    go for 24mm f2.8, u wun regret it.

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