Looking for my next portrait lens

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by blockburner28, May 31, 2010.

  1. blockburner28 macrumors 6502


    Jun 27, 2009
    New Orleans
    Looking for a new portrait lens. Feel free to add more. My budget is 600. Feel free to add more. These are the two I had a eye on atm.

    Tamron 28-75 2.8
    Canon 85 1.8
  2. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    I suggest looking at the Sigma 70mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro. Really sharp focus even wide open. Price is about $500 give or take.
  3. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    What about the image quality of your Canon 50mm f/1.8 do you not like? I thought it was a great lens when I had it. The f/1.4 is nice too, and it runs about $350.

    Since you're on full frame, you might even check out the 100mm macro. It works very well as a portrait lens and does wonders with macro photography!
  4. gnd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2008
    At my cat's house
    I would imagine since you are using a full frame camera that the Tamron would not be long enough for portrait? I would look for something between 85mm and 135mm. 100mm f/2 is a great lens that fits your budget (430$ new on Amazon), also 100mm f/2.8 macro (520$ new on Amazon).
  5. Experiment13 macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2004
    Best IQ for the money!

    You will have to get an adapter and manual focus, but it will be very hard to beat the Zeiss/Contax 85mm f1.4 at any price. Do a search and you will not find a bad thing about it. In fact, people compare or rate it better than the Canon 85mm f1.2L which runs about 2-3 times the price. I bought a Sony just to use the AF version. I love it. KEH has the manual versions for around $600.00.

    Look at photos here http://web.mac.com/akayaalp/iWeb/Site 3/Contax Zeiss Planar T* 85mm 1.4.html

    Quote from dpreview posting.

    I have this lens and it's stunning. I don't use on my 20D but on my 1D II. The larger viewfinder makes it easier to focus. Colours and contrast are superb as is sharpness. Even wide open I get good results. There's some fringing but any lens at f1.4 will do that. Built like a tank but much smaller and lighter than the 85L, it's the best $500 I've spent on glass.

    Good luck and always be creative.
  6. The Mad Kiwi macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2006
    In Hell
    I'd wait until the Sigma 85mm 1.4 is out and see what the reviews say, the Sigma 50mm is a fantastic lens and optimized to shoot wide open. I'd imagine that Sigma will optimize the design of the 85mm the same way. Could be very nice indeed.
  7. gødspeed macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2009
    Played around with an old Nikkor 135mm f/2 AIS on my 7D with an adapter today -- that's an amazing portrait lens. You'd better be a damn good manual focuser though. You can find them used for $600.
  8. gødspeed macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2009
  9. Kronie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2008
    I second the 100 focal length for FF.

    I have the 100L and it replaced my 85 and my Sigma 150 macro.

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