Portrait lens advice for Canon 450D

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  1. Melba Eulalia

    Melba Eulalia New Member This Topic's Starter

    Jun 24, 2010
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    I have a Canon EOS 450d DSLR and am wanting to take great pictures of my kids. I am in awe of that great speckled effect - bokeh!
    Can someone tell me what kind of lens I would need for this and how much it costs? I have heard something about a 1.4 USM lens - could I use this, or is this type of lens just for professionals, or is it easy to use?

  2. Slug

    Slug Check six! Moderator

    Aug 1, 2009
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    I've moved your post to a more appropriate forum, on the off-chance you're actually interested in a reply. ;)

    The 50mm f1.4 USM you mention is a lovely short portrait lens on the APS-C sensor, equivalent in FOV to an 80mm lens on a full-frame body. It's sharp as a tack even fully open, and the 'bokeh' is to die for! It's as easy to use as any other USM lens; autofocusing is fast and precise. Current price here in the UK is around
  3. mrspeedmaster

    mrspeedmaster Well-Known Member

    May 16, 2010
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    I second the recommendation of the 50/1.4. They only cost like $300. Or try the 1.8 50 at $80-$120 street price.
  4. aiz4andy

    aiz4andy Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2010
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    Don't have my DSLR anymore, but my lens of choice for family pics was my Sigma 20-40 2.8. I think its a bit of a rare one, but is a good wide angle lens to get more into the picture for portraits - but great for architectural and landscape shots too.

    Downside is its size and you will need and external flash for close ups otherwise you are dealing with shadows.

    I bought mine second hand for
  5. mbell75

    mbell75 Banned

    Jan 16, 2010
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    I do this for a living so I can help I think. As mentioned, the 50 f/1.4 is a solid choice and I prefer primes. However, will you be trying to capture kids in a moment running around/playing or will they be standing still? if you are shooting kids and trying to capture a moment, you will most likely want a zoom. My favorite zoom for portraits is the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. It rivals Canon's L glass in sharpness, IQ and bokeh and having a constant f2.8 in a zoom is very nice. Excellent lens on a camera like the Rebel. Only slight downside is the AF is not super fast, but its not a deal breaker IMO. You can rent lenses really cheap from places like rentglass.com and try em out before you buy.

    Tamron - 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Can - AF09C700 -

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