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Old 04-08-2009, 10:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well it looks like I might be able to afford Rolando's workshop in Rockville MD. I was wondering about the best lenses to use. First I'm a amateur on a budget. I have a Canon XTI with kit lens 18-55 and a 50mm f/1.8 II. I might be able to afford one more lens before the workshop, but I need to keep it below $300. I know most of you will say save your money and get something better, but like I said, on a budget. I have 2 lenses I have been looking at a 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM for $149.99 or a EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS for $250.99. Should I save money with the first or go for the IS? Or Does any one and good lens recomandations for glamour, beauty and nudes for unde $300?
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Old 04-08-2009, 01:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First of all, the two lenses you mention, I would not waste my money on as you'll wind up with something you don't need for glamour, beauty and the nude photos. If it means saving up for six months, then wait and purchase the right lens. The lenses you are asking about are too "slow" (f/4.5-5.6) and obviously at that price are not the best glass either.

What many people fail to realize is that lenses with that type of aperture cause many issues like a darker viewfinder than a lens say at F/2.8 would give you. A F/2.8 lens will give you twice as much light in your viewfinder, thus making it brighter and easier for the camera to focus. Cameras struggle with focus when lenses of F/4 or higher are mounted especially in low-light conditions, such as sunsets, or even darkened studios.

Marketing hype has made it where people say, "I don't need a fast lens as I don't plan on shooting in low-light conditions so I'll settle for the F/4.5 slower lenses." In reality when you do this, you suffer with darker viewfinders, the camera takes longer to focus and cannot focus in all conditions and you get lower-quality lenses and glass and of course you won't have a lens when you do find yourself in low-light conditions and need one.

If you're going to shoot glamour, beauty or nudes, think about at least a "prime" lens like the 85mm F/1.8 or something from the 85mm-180mm range zooms, the 70mm-200mm is fine but make it the F/2.8 model, nothing less.

On another note, if you need to borrow my lens at the workshop, I have no problem loaning it to you for the workshop provided you take care of it during the workshop. I have an 85mm F/1.2 and the 70-200mm F/2.8 image stabilized (USM L series) lens. These are my personal lenses I purchased so you must ask me immediately before someone else asks first, though you'll only need one of the two. Personally I use the 85mm the most.

I hope that helps, thanks, rg sends!
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Re: Lens sugestions for Rolando's workshop
Old 04-08-2009, 10:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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OK. So I should look for a lens with a f/2.8 or less? The 85mm might be in my price range, I found a 85mm f/1.8 USM for $355. The 70-300mm will be out of my range for a while. But a none prime lens f/2.8 or less should be OK? Is the 50mm f/1.8 II I have be OK for now? Yes it is the cheap one, but when I get better I will upgrade. Thanks again Rolando for your help.
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The other option is to rent a lens for the workshop.

I am taking the Portland workshop next month and, like you, am fairly new so don't have much glass yet. I have the two kit lenses and a 1.4 50mm prime. I'll probably rent a 105mm 2.8 prime for the workshop. Most major cities have a store that will rent lenses, or there are some online places who do rentals too.

Just a thought.
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The 85mm F/1.8 is perfect. The 70-300 you don't need now. The 50 1.8 will work because your camera has a multiplier that should bring it up to the medium-telephoto range. I hope that helps, thanks, rg sends!
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You might also consider this lens I recently purchased on the strength of the many stellar reviews I've read:

http://www.garageglamour.com/forums/...n-28-70-l.html (Tamron AF 28-75 vs Canon 28-70 L)
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Well it's official, I am paid in full for the Rockville, MD. Glamour, Beauty & the Nude workshop! If I can't afford the Canon 28mm lens I found that I can rent it online from Lensrentals.com for $53.00 for 7 days. Has anyone used them before.
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Welcome to the Rolando Gomez, International Glamour, Beauty & the Nude workshop alumni. It will be a pleasure to meet you. More information will follow as we get closer. On the lens rental, I can't speak for them, but I'm sure if you did your research they should be fine. Worse case, if you have a Canon, I'll let you borrow mine, just hit me up right away when you see me at the workshop. Thanks for your support, we'll see you soon, thanks, rg sends!
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If I can't afford the Canon 28mm lens I found that I can rent it online from Lensrentals.com for $53.00 for 7 days. Has anyone used them before.
You don't really mean a 28mm lens for glamour, right? You mean a 28-70L, yes? Or maybe a 28-135 IS USM?
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Good catch Jimmy! As I said before, minimum of 85mm "effective" if you have a multiplier. Thanks, rg sends!
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