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09-26-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
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50mm 2.8 macro lenses for Weddings?

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I have a wedding in over a months time & I am having a hard time trying to decide on which portrait Lens to buy for the occasion. I am still quite new to DSLR,s and in that short time have bought a DA 15mm & DA 40mm lens. One lens that I have in mind for portraits is the DA 55mm 1.4. There's a lot to like about it but my main concern on the lens is the busy Bokeh & can be a little harsh from pics that I've seen. The sharpness & detail of the subject is fantastic but I can't seem to find smooth Bokeh pics with the DA 55 (sorry if i may seem a bit picky or carried away with this). I have selected a list of 50mm to 85mm lenses a few months ago, which have great ratings & positive reviews on this forum and 60% of them are 50mm 2.8 macro lenses. Some of those lenses include:
D FA 50mm 2.8 - FA 50mm 2.8 - F 50mm 2.8 - Sigma 70mm 2.8

I had a look at three pics which have been taken by Adam, with the FA 50mm 2.8 & I absolutely love them. Sharp subject with smooth bokeh, just what I'm after.

My main question is, are 50mm 2.8 macro lenses ideal for wedding portrait photo's or am I better off going for a wider apeture, F/1.4 for instants?

I'm open for suggestions of other lenses which are sharp & have smooth Bokeh.


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09-26-2012, 06:14 PM   #2
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Bokeh, Shmokeh
You think your client knows, or cares?
09-26-2012, 06:29 PM   #3
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The two lenses that I find I use the most for portraits are the 70 Limited and the Vivitar (Samyang) 85/1.4.

When I'm being lazy it's the 70 because of it's AF, but when I've got more time the 85 just produces some amazing photos with a terrific bokeh. Most people can't tell you what bokeh is but they sure like pictures with a creamy bokeh better when they can choose. I find 50 too long for casual shots indoors, generally, and too short for portraits. I have 4 50s and I like the output from the M50 macro best for portraits, the field is very flat. The other lens that has produced some of my favorite portraits, but is fiddling to use, is my K45-125, great colors and saturation with good contrast.
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QuoteOriginally posted by johnyates Quote
Bokeh, Shmokeh
You think your client knows, or cares?
Yes and no. They have no idea what bokeh is, but they sure as heck like a smooth oof background. Thus my 60mm macro and my 135 f2 photos often become favorites just because everything looks so creamy. A good sharp lens is a wedding must. I shoot FF canon, so the 135 is not too long, on a crop body it gets unwieldy. I would suggest you take a look at the FA77 or FA43. The 43 is bit of a workaround lens (you gotta get closer), but I use the 77 all the time at weddings. Granted I have a FF Pentax (the K1000 ) but it does a great job as a medium telephoto with good background control. Plus its fast for those challenging lighting conditions!


K1000 and 77ltd @ 2 TMAX 400

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You already have a quality DA 40, so I would think the Sigma 70 macro would be a better choice for sharp portraits to go along with the 40. Unless you are only taking portraits and/or will be using more than one body, I would think that a quality zoom would be a better choice for a wedding, like a 50-135, 28-75, 70-200, etc.
I let an inexperienced friend use my K5 to take our wedding photos 3 weeks ago. There were a few shots that were usable...lol. Good luck.
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Mind that macro lens have the slowest autofocus speed.
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I really like my DFA50/2.8, Its sharp, sharp sharp, does a great portrait, and then you can do a shot of the rings, closeups of cake decorations, shots of something old and something new, something borrowed and something blue, wedding signatures, ect ect, all without changing lenses.
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