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Unread 05-12-2014, 06:15 AM   #1
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Which lens for cosplay shoots?

In my short time using my 24-105mm Canon L Lens, I've found the bokeh to be too weak sometimes for a full body subject. Portrait / Torso only, the bokeh is pretty strong but would anyone recommend me a better all-around lens?

I had a 70-200mm for only a week or so, but never got to test it on full body / portrait subjects. Would this be a good lens?
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Unread 05-17-2014, 09:14 PM   #2
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You're not going to get great bokeh for full body shots, especially if the background is not ridiculously far back, no matter what lens you use. With that said, the Sigma 85mm 1.4 is really good based on the endless samples I've seen.

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Unread 05-17-2014, 09:24 PM   #3
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Agree with the above poster. For full body shots, it's usually more a factor of how far the background is if you're looking for strong bokeh. I have the 24-105 used on my full-frame Canon 6D. I sold almost all my other lenses so I could get that as my all around lens and rarely use my 70-200 f2.8 anymore other than dedicated headshot sessions.

Which camera are you using it on? If it's APS-C that may be a factor but even then I think that's only giving up like 1.5 stops worth or so.
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Unread 05-18-2014, 12:30 PM   #4
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Agree with the above poster. For full body shots, it's usually more a factor of how far the background is if you're looking for strong bokeh. I have the 24-105 used on my full-frame Canon 6D. I sold almost all my other lenses so I could get that as my all around lens and rarely use my 70-200 f2.8 anymore other than dedicated headshot sessions.

Which camera are you using it on? If it's APS-C that may be a factor but even then I think that's only giving up like 1.5 stops worth or so.
I use it on a 6D as well, although there are times the 24-105 isn't that ideal. Wish I had the luxury of multiple lenses, but I only really want to get a general purpose lens, and either a macro (figure photography) or telephoto lens. Would you say this is the lens for cosplay photography? Thanks for the help.

The 70-200 L I used for a short while seemed to give me a much stronger bokeh than the 24-105 IMO. Also I thought that maybe my subjects would be more comfortable if I were further away since this lens has a good zoom capability.
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Unread 05-19-2014, 01:39 AM   #5
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I have my cosplay portfolio attached in my signature if you want to see samples. I would say 95% of it is with the 24-105 f4L. I personally think it's the go to lens on full frame for everything including video because of the IS. Only thing I don't like is lack of a zoom creep lock and noisy noisy IS which can ruin some video shots if you're not recording off camera.

There are several 70-200 lenses. I have the f2.8. If you were shooting at 200mm, that's twice the crop of 105mm, more or less, plus the 2.8, giving you about 2 stops of effective extra bokeh (the physical reality doesn't work this way, but I'm simplifying it, for all the photogs who just smashed their keyboards at what I just typed).

The problem with a 70-200 for full body shots is one, you have to stand significantly further back and two, standing further back gives you a different perspective on the body compared to wider angles. This is good or bad depending on your intended composition. I tend to shoot around 35-50mm for full body shot so I can stand closer and give that more intimate feel. Do you have a sample link of a fully body shot with the 70-200? We may be able to help break it down for you as to why it looks the way it looks, especially bokeh and how far the subject had to be from the background and camera.

I personally think the 24-105 is an amazing lens and partly why I switched to full frame.

Hope that helps!
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Unread 05-20-2014, 10:46 AM   #6
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You can try a 50mm 1.4 or 50mm 1.2 from Canon. Also there are third party manual lens.

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Unread 05-22-2014, 02:45 AM   #7
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If you want bokeh, use a prime.

If you have the money, the 85/1.2 L has the most beautiful bokeh in the Canon line. But it's hella expensive.

On the shorter and cheaper side, I really like what the 50/1.4 gives off.
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Unread 06-11-2014, 08:41 AM   #8
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Hello AUR,
I think that it's all related at the composition that you want to make. If I have to take close portraits (I've a Canon 550d) I could use one of the following:

Canon 30 mm F2
Canon 50 mm F1.8
Tamron 17-50 F2.8 (my favorite)

I still think that 90% of the composition is made by the skills of the photographer and the rest by the camera.

Franz

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