Canon 60 f/2.8 vs. 50 f/1.8

Started May 4, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Wrong body for portraits
In reply to DoctorPDA, May 14, 2012

The problem you're facing is that the 60mm isn't quite fast enough for shooting children under average indoor lighting, and the 50mm isn't a portrait lens. The optical formula of most 50mm lenses exhibits poor bokeh under many conditions (related to distance to subject and distance to background), and therefore inconsistent IQ.

The other difficulty you're facing is that there are no true portrait lenses that will be convenient to use indoors on a crop body, due to their magnification. For the work you're describing, you would be miles ahead with a full frame body and the 85mm f/1.8 or 100mm f/2. Even the first 5D is a very competent body with excellent image quality. They're reasonably priced on the used market.

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