« Last post by axtstern on Today at 06:21:45 AM »
Let me sum up the advice of roughly 30 years:
If you want to be a professional and have the skills required almost any lens will be sufficient.
But if you want to either ease your live or gain that specific advantage to distinguish yourself from others through the hardware you use than you will need dinstinctive lenses.
Let me run through what I used or have stopped using...
The Canon 2.8 soft focus lens.... obsolete in the age of Photoshop and Portrait Pro
The Ef 85 1.8 (you have it)
This is the lens I always tell myself that it is the best compromise but which I somehow always carry around and seldom use. Almost nothing to complain and so much easier to use than the 1.2 Grapefruit
The EF 85 1.2
Heavy, slow, unforgiving as with 1.2 the usual aim for the eyes than compose workflow will result only in almost sharp pictures. However this lens has a unique picture style and can save you from having to repair the background afterwards thanks to the shallow field of depth. I have long stopped carying this lens arround so it is studio only for me.
The EF 200L 2.0
Rented once, loved it for everything it is, can't afford to buy it, and you will shout yourself hoarse using it on a crop as the distance to your model is simply to long. So one more to forget about.
The EF 180L 1.8
Bought it for 1300 Euro, unbelievbale nice portrait lens which you never will use as it requires your private Askari to carry it and each time you use it something in the backside of your brain says: No more spareparts for this one... do not break anything further than it already is.
Any Canon EF TSE lens you like
now here is my private hot tip.
Use an TSE for some of your portratits. align the optical axis though tilt and shift with the cheekbones or dependening on your model with other protuding bodyparts. You now have the DoF going almost diagonal through your picture. For example left side of the face sharp from Eye to Ear, right side facing the full effect of shallow DoF and Bokkeh.. Can be photoshopped but with this lenses you have it out of the camera.
Canons and Sigmas line up of 50s
Have bought the EF 50 1.8, 1.4 ,1.2 and the Sigma 1.4... have sold the EF 50 1.8, 1.4 ,1.2 and the Sigma 1.4
It all blurs in my mind but to heavy, strange bokeh, bad focus, slow focus ahh non I liked on a crop.. but still looking for the perfect one.
Sigma 18-35 and the 50-100 1.8
To be honest I do not know what can beat this duo.
Both together with an 80D make for a heave load in your bag, but since I use this combo I have tretired:
Canon Ef 85 1.8
Canon EFS 17-55 2.8
Sigma 24 1.4
Sigma 50-150 2.8
Oh and last but not least:
The dinosaur of all lenses:
Tamron 35-105 2.8
can be shot at the bay for small coins.
Not sharp...but eh you can achieve your own Billitis style without any post production
AF speed and sound is close to a cheap accu drill
and touch and feel is more retro than any of Nikons latest camera attempts but 35-105 on a crop at 2.8 is very handy if you have to shot candid portraits especialy when paired with the Sigma 18-35