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1 Kate M November 5, 2013 at 4:45 pm

What would you recommend for someone just starting out professionally with family portraits? Right now I have a 50 mm 1.8 on a crop frame, should I swing for a 50 mm 1.4 or an 85 mm 1.8? Or are there other options that are under $1000


2 Neil vN November 6, 2013 at 1:20 am

The difference between the 50mm f/1.4 and f/1.8 is going to be marginal for you. You’d be better off with an 85mm since it would give you a different field of view (and hence, perspective.)


3 Stan Olszewski November 25, 2013 at 2:54 am

Curious as to why you have the 17-40mm f/4L listed and not the 16-35mm f/2.8L II. What’s your reasoning behind that recommendation?


4 Neil vN November 25, 2013 at 3:25 am
5 Damian December 5, 2013 at 8:53 am


I wonder what do you think about the 100 2.8L IS. I was between this one, Sigma 85 1.4 and Canon 85 1.8. Being an L lens with macro and the stabilisation made my decision (also another photographer recommended it). I know you use a Nikon 85 1.4 and 105 2.8 VR… wonder how it compares to those two.

I’m new to full frame, and I think the DOF is thin enough.



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