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    Feb 2007

    Portrait Lens Question: 50mm vs 85mm

    Hi, Everyone:
    I know that many of you tout the 50mm 1.4 as superior to the 50mm 1.8...

    Also, I keep reading how terrific the 85mm lens is for portraits, too.
    The 85mm would force the photographer to stand back much further from his subject than the 50mm would...
    I imagine it would be more ideal for 'studio portraits'?

    I love a good prime lens, but with my newly purchased 50mm (F/1.8), I see that I stand plenty far back from my kids to take informal portraits.

    So, do I really need an 85mm? Would it's far superior quality be of importance to someone like me?

    Thanks, guys!!!
    Last edited by DLugassy; 11-16-2007 at 07:46 AM. Reason: Added info: Assume cost of the 85mm lens is of no concern...

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