New Portrait Lens: 35 1.4, 50 1.2, or 85 1.2?

Started Dec 31, 2011 | Discussions thread
Nick Wignall
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Re: New Portrait Lens: 35 1.4, 50 1.2, or 85 1.2?
In reply to forbaz, Jan 1, 2012

Thanks everyone for the comments. From the comments, it seems like it would be best to hold off on the 85 1.2 for now. As far as my next lens goes, I think it comes down to this: do I get the 35 1.4, use it on the 5D, and then put the 50 1.4 on the 7D to basically have a 35 and 75 set up; or, do I get the 50 1.2, leave it on the 5D, and continue to use the 70-200 on the 7D?

In my mind, the latter option seems "safer" given that 50mm has, for the most part, been wide enough for me in the past, and with the 1.2 version would continue to be with the added benefit of 1.2 over 1.4. On the other hand, using the 35 would be a bit more risky since it's usually considered a bit wide for traditional portrait work.

Maybe I should refocus my question like this: if you could only have two fixed focal length lenses for a portrait session similar to the ones I do, which would they be?

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