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jamaljan
26th June 2014, 09:06 AM
Hi..

I've already got the 14-42mm kit lens and the 45mm 1.8 lens as well. Have some money atm and want to purchase a few more lenses as I'm getting some discount on them.

75-300mm - 465usd
17mm 1.8 - 435usd
25mm 1.8 - 365usd
14-150mm - 510usd


which lens should I go with ... 17mm or 25mm - for portraits?

IainMacD
26th June 2014, 09:39 AM
I would have thought the 45 mm you already have would be better suited to portraits than the 17 or 25? The 14-150 would be a great general purpose lens including portraits (the zoom would really help), but it isn't very fast so probably no good for moving subjects.

jamaljan
26th June 2014, 10:50 AM
I would have thought the 45 mm you already have would be better suited to portraits than the 17 or 25? The 14-150 would be a great general purpose lens including portraits (the zoom would really help), but it isn't very fast so probably no good for moving subjects.

thanks, the 14-150mm is not fast because of the f point? Its f/4.0-5.6...

benvendetta
26th June 2014, 11:32 AM
thanks, the 14-150mm is not fast because of the f point? Its f/4.0-5.6...

Correct.
The 45mm f1.8 is probably the perfect focal length for portraits. Using anything much longer will mean you are further from the subject, which in an indoor environment may be difficult. Outdoors is different of course, which is where the 75mm f1.8 would come into its own.......

jamaljan
28th June 2014, 09:10 AM
Correct.
The 45mm f1.8 is probably the perfect focal length for portraits. Using anything much longer will mean you are further from the subject, which in an indoor environment may be difficult. Outdoors is different of course, which is where the 75mm f1.8 would come into its own.......

thanks, what about the 25mm?

is the focal length fixed on 75mm lens as well?

StephenL
28th June 2014, 10:00 AM
Lenses where there is a single number, such as 25mm or 75mm, are single (fixed) focal length. Those with two numbers, such as 14-42 or 40-150, are zoom lenses and have a variable focal length within the range given.

StephenL
28th June 2014, 10:53 AM
We who have been around photography for longer than I care to remember tend to forget that others are just starting out. We bandy-about terms which we are comfortable with but which must seem strange to beginners. There's no harm in asking genuine questions. :)

yorky
29th June 2014, 04:54 PM
Just use what you have for awhile-then you will find the missing one that may be useful. the more lenses you have the worse it will get.