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    What are peoples opinion on the best portrait lens, crop Canon, that has IS/OS/VC etc built in?

    Looking at the Canon line up, many of the typical 'primes' or L's don't have IS. Maybe it's not needed at short focal lengths, but I have trembly hands, so figure it may be worth ensuring I have it. There's a 28mm and a 100mm with IS, but neither seem like the best FL for a crop camera?

    Currently saving up for a wide angle walk about, likely the 17-55 or sigma 17-50. I'm leaning towards the Sigma at the moment, assuming I can get a good one. Anyone used the 17-5x lenses for portraits at the long end? How do they stack up against a prime? Would it make an adequate portrait lens compared to the other offerings..?

    Your thoughts and opinions are welcome

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    17-55 on a crop is a great portrait lens.
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    Failing that, you next best IS offering (assuming you want f2.8) is the 70-200 which would work well for head shots if you are not stuck for working space.

    If f4 is ok, then you'd be hard pressed to find a better option than the 24-105L (again assuming IS is required.
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    17-55 makes an OK portrait lens, f2.8 , 55mm and 2 stop IS. IMO 55mm is still a little too short.

    I'd look at a 70-200 IS, f2.8 if possible, or the 100mm f2.8L IS macro which is a superb portrait lens with a good 4 stop IS.

    Remember you can have pretty fast shutter speeds sometimes and not need the IS help, that only helps somewhere in between plenty of light and must use a tripod - also remember people moveso shooting at 1/20th or slower may cause issues anyhow!
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    How about a (make believe) 135L IS?
    http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=8388.0
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    Thanks for the input. I was a little dubious how the 17-55 might perform for portraits, especially compared to the 50 1.8 I have. F2.8 would certainly be nice, but I don't think the 70-200 2.8 is realistic for me at the moment, though maybe the Sigma could be,.,. ? I know a fast shutter (good light) can make up for no IS, but I guess I just want to give myself the best chance I can at a sharp image.

    The F4 version of the 70-200 is within my budget, but would leave me with no walkaround. I'm not sure at the moment which one I want more The portrait shooting would be mainly outdoors, street style.

    I think I may wait until photokina before diving into something, just to see what else is on the horizon.

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    Most of these were taken on the 17-55mm https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...5099042&type=3
    and all these ones: http://www.clarenceu.co.nz/p583523969
    I think it's a great portrait lens on the crop.
    If you are going to be shooting indoors, the 70-200 will be too long I reckon.

    *Edit* Just read your last post, as it is going to be "street style" shooting, then I'd definitely recommend the 17-55 over the 70-200mm.
    Last edited by sooshee; 03-08-2012 at 01:14 AM.
    Lighten up!
    I shoot with Canon EOS 500 & 6D, EFS17-55 f2.8, EF35L f1.4, EF135L f2, Speedlites 580EX II & 430EX II.

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    the 17-55 has only very average IS, but everything else about it is very good. Pity Canon did not see fit to add IS to the mk2 24-70, although its prohibitively expensive already. The 24-105 is a great lens, and at above 70mm it makes a good to great portrait lens/walk about lens/general lens. But, its only F4, so low light challenges it. Its my main lens but I augment it with fast primes for low light ( which I would like to see IS on but they simply don't come in that flavour ). I do have a 24-70 but don't like it as much as the 24-105, and now I use a full frame camera, I have sold my 17-55. I did not use the 17-55 overly often, preferring a 10-22 and the 24-105 even on a crop sensor.

    Of course, If I am wanting a great portrait lens, on the FF camera, I either grab my 70-200 2.8 or my 100 L IS. I would love the 135mm F2, and its the next lens I suspect I will be buying, although the 14mm L is very appealing too.

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    If you'll stay with Crop Body then go with 17-55.

    if you'll upgrade sometime in future for Full frame body ill go with 24-105/70-200.

    as this also the lenses I have compared.
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    Heres some portraits I shot with the 17-55.









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    those are awesome shot rjd. loved the 2nd and 3rd photos.

    @pearlyred

    also here are some estimated cost for the lenses as I've already searched for this.

    canon 24-105 f4L
    -p. import = $1200-$1500
    -nz new = $2300-$2500
    -2nd hand tm = $1000-$1100

    canon 17-55 f2.8
    -$1200-$1300

    tamron 17-50 f2.8 non-vc
    -$550 - $600

    tamron 17-50 f2.8 vc

    -$500-$550

    *note: all prices are estimate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jdr-Photo View Post
    those are awesome shot rjd. loved the 2nd and 3rd photos.

    canon 17-55 f2.8
    -$1200-$1300
    Is this used price?

    On a related note, has anyone purchase from B&H and had it shipped? Seems to be a cheap way to do it too, without using dodgy parallel importers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pearlyred View Post
    Is this used price?

    On a related note, has anyone purchase from B&H and had it shipped? Seems to be a cheap way to do it too, without using dodgy parallel importers.
    I have, you're likely to get clipped for GST so you need to factor that in. They're fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrfinster View Post
    I have, you're likely to get clipped for GST so you need to factor that in. They're fine.
    +1, got my 5D3 and 50L through B&H. I didn't have to deal with NZ customs though fortunately.
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    Bugger, that could be expensive. So it's pot luck if you get hit for customs duty by the sounds of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pearlyred View Post
    Bugger, that could be expensive. So it's pot luck if you get hit for customs duty by the sounds of it?
    Got mine while I was in Dubai, so just had to pay the 5% import tax here. NZ will probably want their 15% though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pearlyred View Post
    Bugger, that could be expensive. So it's pot luck if you get hit for customs duty by the sounds of it?
    It shouldn't be pot luck. If its over $500 (I think) then you pay. Oh, any buying from B&H is basically a Parallel import. Nothing dodgy about it, but it s exactly the same as buying from Asia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    It shouldn't be pot luck. If its over $500 (I think) then you pay. Oh, any buying from B&H is basically a Parallel import. Nothing dodgy about it, but it s exactly the same as buying from Asia.

    You can have a go at beating the rules by getting whoever sends it to you to mark the package as a repair return or gift, and put a different value on it, but that's obviously a bit dodgy and I doubt B & H would want to do that.

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    Is this used price?
    thats new.
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    Ah parallel imports yeah, I guess. I've heard some dodgy things about some of those companies.

    If you buy from b&h do you still get canons international warranty that covers NZ (lenses not body). I know it used to in the past.

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