Best Portrait Combo?

Started Aug 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
Just another Canon shooter
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Re: Best Portrait Combo?

teseg wrote:

Amamba wrote:

teseg wrote:

I have had a Sony RX1 for 1 1/2 years and absolutely love it for all manner of photography. So much so to the point that 95%+ of all my 10K+ photos since it was purchased have come from this lovely machine and several months ago I sold off all my cropped sensor equipment. When I would take crop sensor pictures the malleability and quality of the files were clearly inferior in many ways. The RX1 sensor + lens really makes an unbeatable combo. HOWEVER... I never have been into shooting portraits... until recently.

More recently my wife and son have started to appreciate my photographs and more and more have been asking I photography them or their friends at various functions. With a 35mm FL lens I have finally found the RX1's limitation.

What is the ideal camera body and lens for amazing portrait photography (make + model)? I'm interested in a FF body and ~90mm lens. Suggestions and samples appreciated.

You don't need a FF body, the best portraits I've ever shot were with a Canon APS-C DSLR and an $350 Canon EF85/1.8 - an amazing lens for colors, sharpness and bokeh. If I was only shooting portraits and could use only one lens, a T4i + EF85/1.8 would be my preferred combo.

Interesting observation that a FF camera does not add that extra something special for portraits.

It does more than that.

I suppose purely from bokeh/separation perspective there could be a FF advantage... but then with a f/1.2 to f/1.8 lens on a cropped camera it would not be much of an issue.

It would be softer, more CA, etc. BTW, the new Fuji 56 lens for crop is very good.

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