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Linda Buchanan

Prime Lens for Outdoor Portraits

I am planning to purchase a prime lens for my Canon Rebel XT. I would like one that would perform well for outdoor portraiture. I can spend in the $500 range. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what would be the best lens? Thank you for your help.

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6/8/2006 7:33:29 AM

Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  I would recommend the Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens. There is a rebate right now that puts it under $300. It is an excellent lens.
Traditionally, portrait lenses are a bit longer, starting around 85mm. I also have the Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens, and it is also a great lens. But with the 1.6x lens crop factor of the Rebel, you have to really back up a ways from your subject to get in more than a headshot.
If you want the flexibility of doing full-length portraits or small groups, I think you would be happier with the 50mm lens.
Chris A. Vedros

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6/8/2006 11:25:10 AM

Linda Buchanan   Thank you for your reply. I will look into that lens. Have a great day.

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6/8/2006 11:36:41 AM

Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  I second Chris' choice. I love my 50mm 1.4 and use it all the time. It's especially useful indoors or in the shade - plus it has a sturdy feel to it. You can use the leftover money to buy a filter or two for it.

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6/8/2006 3:53:18 PM

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