Need Help Choosing a Canon Lens

by | Aug 22, 2010 | Recommendations | 3 comments

Recently someone told me that they were seriously updating their lenses and wanted my recommendation on what portrait lens I would recommend. I couldn’t really tell her exactly what lens to buy because I don’t do enough portraiture to be 100% confident, but I could point her to this website which I have found to be extremely helpful in finding detailed information about Canon’s lens lineup: I frequent this sight all the time.

But I am curious. For anyone reading this blog, which lens would you recommend as the best portrait lens?


  1. Paul Burgess

    Hi James,

    If I were just doing head-shots or working in a studio, I’d probably try to go for the 135mm f2.0 or the 100mm f2.8 macro (which, of course, is useful for more than just macro). I’ve heard that both have great value for the money.

    However, if ‘portrait’ means photographing people at functions, something like a 24-70 f2.8 or a 24-105mm f4 might be a better choice. Here’s an album from a Bible conference that I photographed with the 24-105mm.

    God bless,


  2. Robert

    I like Paul’s suggestion of a 24-70 f2.8.

  3. James

    I really appreciate your comment, Paul. I’d like to know more about the benefits of fixed lenses. Would you mind sharing some of your experience?


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