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Tom K.
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


A list of what Canon's elite portriat shooters are using as their favorite camera lens combo.

Sue Bryce: 5D Mark 3 & 24-105 f4 L IS
Joel Grimes: 5D3 & 24-105 f4 L IS
Harry Benson: 1Ds Mark 3 & 24-105 f4 L IS
Frank Veronsky: 5D3 & 24-105 f4 L IS
Jack Reznicki: 5D3 & 24-105 f4 L IS
Douglas Kirkland: 5D3 & 24-105 f4 L IS
Greg Heisler: 5D3 & 24-105 IS lens since it's the highest quality & most versatile combo
Walter Iooss: 1Ds Mark 3 & 24-105 f4 L IS
Nick Vedros: 1DS Mk 3/1D Mk 4 & 70-200 f2.8 L / 24-105 f4 L IS
Bob Davis: 1D Mark IV & 24-70 f/2.8
Parish Kohanim: 1Ds Mark 3 & 24-70 f2.8
Michelle Celentano: 5D Mark 3 & 70-200 f2.8L IS
Greg Gorman: 5D3 & 70-200 f4 L
Hanson Fong: 5D3 & 70-200 f4 L
Bambi Cantrell: 1D Mark IV and 70-200 2.8 L
Clay Blackmore: 1D Mark IV and 70-200 2.8 L

They use other lenses but would choose the above for the majority of their portrait work.



Mar 19, 2013 at 05:36 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


wheres the 85mm 1.4?? is that really just a novelty lens then?

also, source?



Mar 19, 2013 at 07:00 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


You need to change the topic to What today's great CANON portrait shooters use.



Mar 19, 2013 at 07:05 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


^ I thought that was implied in the header


Mar 19, 2013 at 07:14 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


Wow! ALL zooms! Nine out of 16 using the oft-maligned 24-105! Very interesting, Tom, thanks!

I was looking for 50L, 85L, 100L, 135L, or 200L...



Mar 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


Poff Photo wrote:
Wow! ALL zooms! Nine out of 16 using the oft-maligned 24-105! Very interesting, Tom, thanks!

I was looking for 50L, 85L, 100L, 135L, or 200L...


Who would have guessed... Thank you, Jim



Mar 19, 2013 at 10:32 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


blob loblaw wrote:
also, source?


The source is from the photographers via direct communication.




Mar 19, 2013 at 03:03 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


The 24-105 is a great lens. 99% of my portraits are shot with this lens. Sharp as a tack.


Mar 19, 2013 at 03:42 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


Where's Hoffer? Hassas? Crismann?

BTW, Pete d'Souza the white house photographer also sports 5d3. Used to have 5d2.
Just watched a Nat Geo episode on this guy. Really amazing stuff.



Mar 19, 2013 at 04:51 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


Ghost wrote:
Where's Hoffer? Hassas? Crismann?



to my knowledge, the list above that Tom mentions are all portrait photographers. the photographers you mention are wedding photographers.




Mar 19, 2013 at 05:40 PM
 



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


And Bambi Cantrell now uses Nikon


Mar 19, 2013 at 06:07 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


Woods23 wrote:
And Bambi Cantrell now uses Nikon


I wonder why she made the switch.



Mar 20, 2013 at 06:16 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


Thanks Tom. Interesting - and surprising - list.

I don't shoot a lot of portraits, but I use the very versatile 24-105mm f4L quite a bit.



Mar 20, 2013 at 08:06 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


I thought most portrait shooters use prime lens




Mar 20, 2013 at 06:59 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


If you're shooting in a studio/strobe environment, the 24-105 makes a lot of sense.


Mar 20, 2013 at 08:27 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


Tom K. wrote:
I wonder why she made the switch.


Green is her favorite color



Mar 21, 2013 at 01:00 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


Interesting that "high megapixels" are not necessary for this work consider the use of the 1Ds, 1D-III and 1D-IV.


Mar 21, 2013 at 01:20 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


Tom K. wrote:
I wonder why she made the switch.


She did cover that in her last creativeLIVE course "Successful Studio Businesses". I recall that she had a play with a D4 at some point and she was just "blown away" by the image quality and the AF. Sounded like a pretty wishy-washy response. It seems that most photographers that make the switch (one way or the other) have a gripe about their current setup, test the alternative and find that that gripe is addressed in the current model, and believe that "all other things being equal" it's worth the switch. It's only later that they discover that the new system has flaws of it's own and remember how good the previous system handled those things. Not to mention that the next model of the old system usually/often rectifies the major flaws of the old model.

Jerry Ghionis made the switch to Nikon after being a long time user of Canon. Jerry made the switch before Bambi and they are supposed to be good friends, maybe he put her onto it. Anyway, he dropped and broke one of his Canon bodies, and had won a D3s (?) in some competition some time earlier and decided to have a play with it while waiting for the Canon to come back...was so impressed with the Nikon...made the switch.

I'm sure there have been countless high profile photographers that have gone the other way too.

I am intrigued by the prevalence of the 24-105L in the list above. I know Sue Bryce does like the 35L and uses it quite often these days. I know that in her studio she has enough natural light (and is happy to bump ISO where needed), for the f/4 aperture to not be an issue. The 24-105/4 has, certainly in my mind, been labelled as a entry-level L Series lens. I picked one up in a bundle with a second hand body and on-sold it straight away even though I didn't have a 24-70/2.8 at the time...I just thought it wouldn't cut it for me in the long run.

For portrait shooters the f/4 probably isn't an issue as they can be more picky about their light and when / where they shoot with clients. Wedding photographers and PJs don't have that luxury and often find themselves shooting in very low light situations, so I suspect faster glass has a higher importance? (NB: I don't know a lot of the photogs listed above so can't comment whether they shoot weddings as well as portraits.).



Mar 21, 2013 at 01:23 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · What today's great portrait shooters use.


Every lens works great at f/8.

The 24-105 / 70-300 (at 85mm), 85/1.8 and 85L all look almost the same at f/8.
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=358&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=3&LensComp=397&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=7

Go with the combo kit with the camera body = save money on gear. Makes sense they use the 24-105/4 L



Mar 21, 2013 at 01:12 PM





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