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    Portrait zooms

    Has anyone tried the canon 28-105mm f/3.5? Does it get relatively good bokeh and DOP for portraits? I think i'm goin to go with a zoom for portraits for the moment for the versatility. I want something in the portrait range but i can't fork out $1000 right at the moment. I need something not too bulky that i can travel with.

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    Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 is a good portrait zoom.
    Used they go for 500-650.
    I don't know about the lens you mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crispy_023 View Post
    Has anyone tried the canon 28-105mm f/3.5? Does it get relatively good bokeh and DOP for portraits? I think i'm goin to go with a zoom for portraits for the moment for the versatility. I want something in the portrait range but i can't fork out $1000 right at the moment. I need something not too bulky that i can travel with.
    http://www.canogacamera.com/detail.aspx?ID=4490
    This was my primary zoom lens for a couple of years. I had a very good copy - it was quite sharp. It is OK for portraits depending on when/where you're shoot - in good light or using strobes it's fine. In low - natural light, it will require higher ISO.

    DOF depends on body but even on a crop camera it's probably OK for most users. The lens also has nice bokeh.

    But... it doesn't compare to the 85 1.8 for shallow DOF and sharpness. Even the 50 1.8 is probably better if shallow DOF/bokeh are your main considerations.

    That being said, the 28-105 is a very good value for $230, esp if you get a sharp copy. Check out my imageevent galleries - I have hundreds of portrait shots taken with the lens - www.imageevent.com/24peter
    Canon A720 IS, 40D w/ BG-E2N, 28 1.8, 50 1.4, Sigma 70 2.8 macro, 17-40 F4 L, 24-105 F4 L IS, 70-200 F4 L IS, 430 EX, Kenko 2X TC & Ext Tubes, AB strobes and more...
    View my photo galleries here: imageevent.com/24peter

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    I had bought this lens for my Canon film cameras years ago and I still have it. It's a reasonably good small and light weight walk around lens for my DSLR's. Only downside on the DSLR is the wide end only going to 28mm. With the aperature wide open it can get crisp images with good color.
    I do also have a 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.8 which are good for low light situations.

    The best way to get an idea of what a lens can do is look at images shot with it. PBase has a great collection of wide variety that may give an idea if the lens would fit what you're looking for. Most of the images have the shooting information.

    http://www.pbase.com/cameras/canon/e...5_35-45_usm_ii

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    I had the 28-105 f/3.5-f/4.5 and I must have had a bad copy because mine was quite soft.

    The only zoom I've ever owned that I liked for portraits is the 70-200 f/4. It may be a bit bigger and a longer FL than what your looking for though. It can be had in the used market for $450-500 - amazing lens.

    I know you said your looking for a zoom, but have you considered picking up a 50 f/1.8 just for portraits? Its AF isn't the best indoors, but for outdoor portraits its a decent lens, plus its silly small/light and its ultra-cheep (< $100).
    Michael B.
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