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I have been really really looking to get a new lens, the problem is, I can't decide which one I want... I've narrowed it down to 2, can you guys help me decide???

The first one, looks really nice, super sharp, macro capability... Supposedly good for portraiture, but the sharpness can be unforgiving.
[ame=http://www.amazon.com/Canon-100mm-Macro-Lens-Cameras/dp/B00004XOM3/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1299028550&sr=8-2] Number #1[/ame]

The second one, great for portraiture, walking around. Very versatile.
[ame=http://www.amazon.com/Canon-70-200mm-Telephoto-Zoom-Cameras/dp/B000053HH5/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1299028566&sr=8-4]Number #2[/ame]

Can you guys let me know what you think? Check out my flickr below for a small idea of what I like to shoot.

Current lenses:
Canon 50mm F 1.8
Canon 18-55 Kit
Canon 28-90 F4-5.6
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For your sort of photography, why not an 85mm f/1.8? Should do portraits well, which seems to make up the majority of your portfolio.
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Because, I am kind of trying to branch out of portraits, and would really like something with a decent macro capability. But I will look into that.
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Originally Posted by Cole19;12575371 
I have been really really looking to get a new lens, the problem is, I can't decide which one I want... I've narrowed it down to 2, can you guys help me decide???

The first one, looks really nice, super sharp, macro capability... Supposedly good for portraiture, but the sharpness can be unforgiving.
Number #1

The second one, great for portraiture, walking around. Very versatile.
Number #2

Can you guys let me know what you think? Check out my flickr below for a small idea of what I like to shoot.

Current lenses:
Canon 50mm F 1.8
Canon 18-55 Kit
Canon 28-90 F4-5.6

I agree with the 85/1.8, much more suited for portraiture. The 100/2.8 will be seriously tight on APS-C (160mm FOV equivalent) and f/4 on a crop won't give you a very shallow DOF, perhaps a halfway decent one if you always shoot at 200mm.
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Originally Posted by Cole19;12575526 
Because, I am kind of trying to branch out of portraits, and would really like something with a decent macro capability. But I will look into that.

In that case, you might consider the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro. Less expensive and damned sharp. Much more useful focal length.
Edited by GoneTomorrow - 3/1/11 at 5:34pm
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post #5 of 23
i know someone that occasionally uses a 70-200 2.8 for portraits it creates some great photos with the blurred out background that is sooo blurred its just splashes of color.

if your doing mostly portraits i agree with the guys that an 85 1.8 would be an excellent choice.
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post #6 of 23
tamron has a 60/2 macro which is tack sharp and some people use it for a portrait shots, might be worth considering too.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mz-n10;12577121 
tamron has a 60/2 macro which is tack sharp and some people use it for a portrait shots, might be worth considering too.

How do you feel about third party lenses?
This Tamron would be a good option to add some new capabilities and the cost (about $500 new, less used) savings might allow you to add a low level flash or ring-flash.

I think that there might be other things out there as well if you're upto 3rd party.
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post #8 of 23
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I actually have a 420EX, and an old flash+ wireless kit....

But I am open to third party lenses.
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post #9 of 23
I'd say go for the 70-200, with that 50mm that you have on a APS-C, it's pretty much the perfect portrait lens. the 70-200 can also easily be used as a portrait, but also has many other uses.
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post #10 of 23
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I am actually going to be shooting on my buddy's 50 1.2 for the next few weeks and hope I don't get to attached to it. = )
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