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The Best Portrait Lens in The Business

Posted on: 2 November 2008

When David Ziser, world renowned portrait and wedding photographer speaks about glass, people listen. I found a couple of articles on zoom lenses that he has used and reviewed.

First, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens.

Today we take a peek at one of my favorite lenses in my gear bag. That, my friends, is the inestimable Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS zoom telephoto. If you are a Nikon shooter, then the Nikon version is a must have lens in your gear bag for all the same reasons I’m going to state here.

Let me say flat out, this is my only choice for family portraits. Why? Because of the beautiful way it renders the background at my shooting aperture of F4.0 while still keeping the subjects tack sharp. It’s rock solid image stabilization also let’s me shoot at unheard of slow shutter speeds.

Some quick words of advice – even though this lens is available in a non-image stabilized version – spend the BIG bucks and stick with the image stabilized version – it’s worth it. If you really need to save a few bucks because of your budget, then opt for the 70-200mm F4.0 IS version of the lens – it’s still a very sharp lens in the Canon arsenal and saves you about $500. [via Digital Pro Talk]

Read the complete article to find out David’s quick hit techniques for using this lens.

Next, here’s an article on the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens.

You know as a wedding photographer, most of the “subject matter” does not go edge to edge so any sharpness fall off is of less concern for me. Also, I vignette nearly all my images in Lightroom anyway, so the vignetting that shows up in some test reports is of little concern to me. All in all, I LOVE one lens on my camera for most of the time. The bottom line is this – this focal length lets me work extremely fast and get shots I otherwise would or could miss if I was doing too many lens swaps. It also is a great lens for party candids – for this application, it is a “one size fits all” solution.

So where am I on the lens, I would have to say I’m pretty pleased with it. I want to “live with it a little longer, learning it’s nuances and idiosyncrasies, but my first impression is that it will probably replace my 17-85mm IS lens as my primary P/J shooting lens. I get to hang out with the lens for another week or two so if anything new hits me, I’ll post it here at DPT. [via Digital Pro Talk]

Read the complete review here.

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1 Response to "The Best Portrait Lens in The Business"

I agree! I love my Canon and the lens!

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