Recommended Lens for Indoor Portrait shooting


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Jeffrox

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Hi Everyone,
I am still new to photography and would like to try out new lens aside from the Kit lens I have for my CANON 450D camera.
Would any of you could give some advice and recommendations?

I would like lens meant mostly for Indoor Portrait shooting.

Thanks a lot!
 

ahbian

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Get a 50mm prime lens, the version depends on your budget.
 

MarkTan89

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EF 50/1.2L then don't need to think about getting better next time :bsmilie:. Realistically though, the 50/1.4 USM is the best of the 50 Prime range I think in terms of value and performance. The other alternative to the 50/1.4 USM is the 85/1.8 USM which has a more solid build compared to the 50/1.4 USM and for just S$10 more.
 

zerartul

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ahh do note how big of a area indoor you have. 50mm on a crop sensor will probably need a few meters for full body shot. 85mm will need even more. but in the end just pick the one you can use best. personally its 50 1.4 for me.
 

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Deming86

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haha 50mm f1.8 II definitely for me... value for money... won't be able to get a lens twice as good with twice its price =D
 

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If your budget allows, I'd recommend 24-70 f2.8L.
 

ahbian

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Is your shots full body shots?

If so, 85mm might be too long for your purpose indoors.
 

Snoweagle

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50mm or 85mm depends on how u want to compose and take your subject. But for portraitures, 50mm or 85mm are your best bet. Alternatively, u can consider the 24-70 or 70-200 series. U will also have to increase your budget.
 

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Mind if I pop in and ask something...?

Is the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM worth the money? Since its more expensive than the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM :dunno:
 

Snoweagle

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Mind if I pop in and ask something...?

Is the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM worth the money? Since its more expensive than the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM :dunno:
I've not tried the Sigma one but it's the first time i heard that 3rd party is more expensive than original of the equivalent type.

I still recommend original.
 

parampita

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I have the 50mm f/1.8. Find it fast, sharp and good value for money. But in an indoor situation such as living room it is not good for a full body shots unless you're shooting a small kid. I'd tried the Tokina 11-16mm, easily cover head to toe with room to spare. But price-wise is more expensive.
 

Jeffrox

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Thanks all for your advices and recommendations.

I am also considering Sigma 20mm F1.8. Is this lens also good for indoor? Is this worth the money?

Thanks again!
 

diver-hloc

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Thanks all for your advices and recommendations.

I am also considering Sigma 20mm F1.8. Is this lens also good for indoor? Is this worth the money?

Thanks again!

Found this on a Camera Lens Reviewing website -

In conclusion, I recommend not buying the Sigma 20mm f/1.8 EX DG Lens. Sorry Sigma, this one is a dud. If you want a fast 20mm lens, I suggest saving for the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM Lens. It far surpasses the performance of the current Sigma and Canon 20mm lenses in all regards. If you want a good 20mm lens but do not need a fast aperture, the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM Lens is a great choice.

Read more from this link - http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sigma-20mm-f-1.8-EX-DG-Lens-Review.aspx
 

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