Which camera to choose for portrait?

Discussion in 'Beginner Questions' started by Julianne Stemme, Oct 16, 2019.

  1. Julianne Stemme

    Julianne Stemme New Member

    Oct 16, 2019
    Olympus 5
    Hello, everybody! I want to buy a camera for portrait photography? Will Canon- EOS-R be good enough https://cameravs.com/Canon-EOS-R or should I choose another?

  2. johnsey

    johnsey Site Moderator Staff Member Site Supporter

    Apr 21, 2017
    Fargo, ND
    5dMk4, 5dMk2, 20D, 70-200 2.8L IS, 100mm 2.8 Macro USM, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 17-40mm 4.0L, Rokinon 14mm 2.8; Pixma Pro-100
    That camera is more than enough camera. The real question is lenses, that's the important investment. For portraiture 50mm or 85mm are ideal options usually depending on portrait length. You wan't a fast lens so you can blur the background out of focus when the shot call for it, usually 1.4/1.2 are sought after. Both of these in the RF mount are L lenses over the $2000 price of the camera.

    To toss out a second idea.... If that is adding up to more than you were looking to spend, you can still get great results from the 50mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.8 in the EF mount , they are about $350 a piece. You could pair it with maybe a 6dMark2 and be all in for roughly $2200 which is about what you were looking at sinking into the EOS R itself.

    Either way, you want fast sharp prime lenses suited to shooting portraits.
  3. porkphoto

    porkphoto Active Member Site Supporter

    May 9, 2017
    Southern California, USA
    Cameras 1DmkIII, 1DSmkII, 50d, 7d, 6d, 70d, 5Ds ,90D
    Lens 17-40 f4L, 24-70 f4L IS, 100 f2.8L IS macro, 200 f2.8L, 300 f4L IS, 300 f2.8L
    Welcome to the forum and ditto on johnsey's reply.
  4. Craig Sherriff

    Craig Sherriff Well-Known Member Site Supporter

    Apr 25, 2017
    Tasmania, Australia
    60D, 10D, 50D 1dmark3, T70, AV1, lenses ranging from 28mm to 600 mm, canonet Junior, Canonet QL 25, Mamiya C3 and 3 lens sets, Pentax MG and various lenses
    As PP, said Johnsey's advice is spot on, now may I add if you are serious about your choice, go along to a camera store and ask to see and test the camera with a 50mm or the 85mm lenses he suggested.
    You will see and feel how the camera is in your hand and if you feel it suits you, same with the lenses.
    Any good camera store should let you take some test shots, Look at their second hand cameras and lenses, as you may find something else a bit cheaper.
    Go armed with a heap of questions, this will help in your decision, all the best with it.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2019
  5. GDN

    GDN Well-Known Member

    Jul 22, 2018
    South Island, NZ
    A little Canon stuff
    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    The EOS R will be a fantastic camera for portraits.

    Just to put a third idea out there. Look at third party lenses, such as Tamron and Sigma. Both of them do fast portrait lenses in EF mount. There is the choice of 85mm, 105mm, and 135mm lenses. All worth having a look at.


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