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pk5 05-16-2013 02:48 PM

A good or great canon portrait lens
Hi everyone

I am doing some group shooting this weekend and I was wondering what is a good portrait lens that can handle low light to rent?

Currently I have this:

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and the Canon Pancake.

This is the list that I can pick from:

Cost is not much of an issue, but I want to get the best bargain vs. quality.


chopper duke 05-16-2013 03:27 PM

If it were me, I'd look at a fast prime like the 85 f1.2, the 100 f2 or the 135 f2. At 2.8 they're nice and sharp and would work well in low light.

77monteballer 05-16-2013 03:59 PM

For group is look more to the 50 1.2L. The 17-40L is super nice but you'd probably be better off with the 28-70.

pk5 05-16-2013 04:12 PM

I guess I should have fill in more detail:

I am not too concern about the group photo, I think I can use the pancake for that and call it a day.

My main focus is the couple's photos after the group photo. I am shooting around 4 PM - San Diego time and 7 PM (still bright out).

77monteballer 05-16-2013 05:25 PM

Well then exactly what duke said.
What body will you be using?

pk5 05-16-2013 05:25 PM

Mark 5 D II

Kermit 05-16-2013 07:31 PM


Originally Posted by pk5 (Post 2710613)
5D Mark II

Fixed, I think. :D

I just picked up a 50 f1.4. I really like it so far and it works great it low light. Cheaper to rent than a 50 f1.2.

Mike Deep 05-17-2013 04:31 AM


tomdabmb 05-17-2013 10:44 PM

I use a 50 1.4 or 50 1.8 for my portraits. I would like a 85 1.8 or 85 1.4 for portraits.

fullofpaint 05-17-2013 10:51 PM

The 85 1.2 is a GORGEOUS lens especially on the MKII, I rent it all the time for beauty shots and interviews.

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