50mm or 85mm for portraits?

Started Jun 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
TTMartin Veteran Member • Posts: 7,304
Re: 50mm or 85mm for portraits?

Orange88 wrote:

Jeff Peterman wrote:

I find the 17-55 f2.8 paired with the 70-200 f2.8 to be a great combination for portraits - but a little more expensive than the lenses being discussed here!

Agreed! I use the 70-200 for head and shoulder portraits and the 17-55 for full-body and groups. Tough to beat this combination, though you really do pay for it.

Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 OS and 70-200 f/2.8 HSM II cuts the cost substantially, without sacrificing image quality (unless you're talking about the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II).

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS vs Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 OS

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM vs Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 HSM II

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