Best Portrait Combo?

Started Aug 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
Ido S
Ido S Veteran Member • Posts: 4,955
Re: Best Portrait Combo?

A fast telephoto lens for APS-C will yield some very shallow depth of field, too - you don't necessarily need 35mm full frame equipment for that purpose. Take the Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2 lens for example:

The lens is effectively an 85mm f/1.8 lens for full frame.

If you choose to go for a full frame interchangeable-lens system, your options are Canon, Nikon and Sony. You should preferably stay with Sony, as you're probably already familiar with the menu and buttons layout.

Full frame options to consider:

Sony Alpha 7 / 7R / 7S. There's a 55mm f/1.8 lens available (which can be great for portraits), but currently no native fast telephoto primes. You can use a Sony adapter and hook up one of their excellent lenses for the A-mount, such as the 85mm f/1.4 or 135mm f/1.8.

Canon EOS 6D. Really, it should be enough - you probably won't need the 5D Mark III. And the 6D is better than any of the older Canon EOS full frame cameras, such as the 5D Mark II. As far as lenses are concerned, you should probably consider the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM and the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM. If you cheap out and get the 85mm f/1.8, or a 70-200mm f/4, you won't get any benefit over the Fuji 56mm f/1.2 and the upcoming 50-140mm f/2.8.

With Canon, I highly recommend buying manufacturer-refurbished, as they have good prices for both cameras and lenses, and a 1-year warranty.

Nikon D610, or refurbished D800, with an AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G and/or AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II. Much like with Canon, if you cheap out and get an 85mm f/1.8 or a 70-200mm f/4, you won't have any benefit over the Fuji combo.

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