Recommendation for Potrait LENS with good DOF and Bokeh


MamboJambo

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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:)
 

SkyStrike

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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:)
50mm f1.8 @ aprox $100 from B&S section?
 

ZerocoolAstra

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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:)
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?
 

daredevil123

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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
 

MamboJambo

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At least my lens now doesn't give me any bokeh. EF-S18-200mm kit lens
 

Anson

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TS wants good bokeh. I'm not sure 50mm f/1.8 gives good bokeh.
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

 

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brapodam

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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
 

Legoz

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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.
 

ombre

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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.
 

SkyStrike

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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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