Top Result: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM Lens

Pros

  • Very sharp
  • Fast aperture
  • Extremely versatile
  • Excellent build quality

Cons

  • Tripod foot gets in the way of hand holding
  • Heavy
  • Expensive
  • Large

Note From Jim

My favorite portrait lens is the 70-200. It's sooo versatile! I'd feel like a fish out of the water attempting most portrait shoots without one. The next lens I'd pick is the 24-70, and then an 85 prime for very low light and super shallow depth of field.