I used to have a 7D, and on APS-C I used the 50 1.4 most often for portraits+1
The 50 1.4 is wonderful for portraiture on an APS-C camera.
I'm looking to get a few primes, and wondered if others could provide some info on why they chose the focal lengths they own.
For example, I'm considering the two following combinations: 24, 50, 135 or 35, 85.
Anyone with preferences of one of these combinations over the other? (I'm less interested in specific lenses (E.g. 24 f/1.4 vs. 24 f/2.8 IS), but the focal lengths themselves.
I'm shotting with a 5d3, and mostly interested in the primes for portraiture and events.
For studio portraiture with one subject I would choose an 85mm or a 100mm. It depends on how much space you have and/or how close you want to be to your subject. For larger groups I'd choose a 28mm or a 50mm depending on the size. For large groups 28mm is probably adequate. Of course this is personal preference and that's mine. Oh, and I have an 85mm and a 100mm. I bought both with the intention of keeping one and selling the other but I like them both. I think I use the 85mm a bit more but not by much.
Similar with events but with the caveat that neither of those "long lenses" (85mm or 100mm, or even a 135mm) may be adequate from the back of a dark church. You may want a fast 200mm or longer at that point. The times I've shot from that vantage point I've used either a 70-200mm IS L +/- 1.4x or a 300mm IS.