Portrait Lens Suggestion

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bbsrailfan Junior Member • Posts: 33
Portrait Lens Suggestion

I am looking to capture full-body (head to knee) portraits with good bokeh and separation. I'd already preordered the Sony 50mm f/1.8 but now I seem to be unsure of my choice. The 50 mm does perform great for a head-and-shoulders portrait but the full-body samples I found online do not seem very appealing for full-body portraits (head to knee).

OIS is not a necessity but AF is a must-have, so I'm not considering manual lenses like the Samyang 85mm f/1.4 even though I came across some great samples.

I have a maximum budget of $500 and I am looking at the following:

- Sigma 30mm f/1.4

- Sony A-Mount 50mm f/1,4 (SAL50F14) with LA-EA3

- Sony A-Mount 85mm f/2.8 with LA-EA3

- Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 (this overshoots my budget but may consider)

Would any of these lenses provide a better background defocussing than the SEL50F18? Should I stick with the 50mm f/1.8? Are there any other alternatives?

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