Hobbist Looking for 50mm

12 years 9 months ago #52639 by 1919 Vin
What I really want is a nice fixed 50mm lens.

I read in my manual for my camera though that you should multiply the focal length by 1.5x to get the 35mm film equivalent. Is that correct? If so does that mean if I want a portrait lens I should go for a 35mm?


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12 years 9 months ago #52643 by Rathers
I love my 50mm 1.8, i will never be able to justify the price of a 1.4. It can however be a bit long for some pictures.


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12 years 9 months ago #52649 by DestinDave
In the 35mm world a 105mm lens is considered the perfect portrait lens - so you would want a lens that would approximate that with the 1.5 or 1.6 crop factor... a 70mm prime lens that would be the equivalent of 105mm in the old film SLR... or you could use a zoom that covers that focal length but a prime lens is a much better choice (imho).

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12 years 9 months ago #52657 by 1919 Vin
So for a good portrait prime lens I would want a 70mm. When I was browsing for lenses, I don't think I saw a 70mm. The closest I saw was a 85mm. Would that be ok to buy?


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12 years 9 months ago - 12 years 9 months ago #52685 by DestinDave
Sigma makes a 70mm f/2.8 for about $500 ... if that's too rich, check e-Bay..
But, yeah, 85mm would be okay as well.. a little more distortion in the background as you move up in the telephoto range but for portraits, you want the BG slightly to completely blurred anyway I would think..

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12 years 9 months ago #52686 by Baydream

DestinDave wrote: Sigma makes a 70mm f/2.8 for about $500... if that's too rich, check e-Bay..
What kind of camera do you have?

Looks like the OP has a T1i . That's a 1.6 factor.

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12 years 9 months ago #52688 by DestinDave
And here's Canon's 85mm ..

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12 years 9 months ago #52692 by 1919 Vin

DestinDave wrote: Sigma makes a 70mm f/2.8 for about $500 ... if that's too rich, check e-Bay..
But, yeah, 85mm would be okay as well.. a little more distortion in the background as you move up in the telephoto range but for portraits, you want the BG slightly to completely blurred anyway I would think..


I agree... too rich for my blood. lol


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