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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE F/STOP
Old 10-23-2004, 06:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm about to buy a new lens for my 10D, I'm not sure if I should purchase the 70-200 2.8 or the 4.0. What is your favorite f/stop when doing swimsuit and other outdoor glamour (full length)?
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Old 10-23-2004, 06:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If it were me and I could swing the cost difference, I'd always go with the more-opened aperture. Increases the versitility of the lens and creates a much better separation between the subject and background. So f/2.8 would be the ticket for me.

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Old 10-23-2004, 06:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not only will a larger aperture lens allow you to take pictures in lower light or faster shutter speeds it will give you a brighter picture in the view finder when composing your pictures.

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Re: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE F/STOP
Old 10-24-2004, 12:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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In the studio, with strobe lighting, I am often shooting around f5.6

On location when shooting a model in overcast lihgt....or the sun light being diffused through a scrim,....or shooting a model with the 80% shade and 20% sun on her face...with a reflector bouncing light back at her, f2.8.

I really don't use f4.0 for much of anything.. I just don't.. I will use f2, f2.8, f5.6, f6.7, f8 and f11....for 95% of my applications...and probably more than 95% when shooting people.. F4 is right in the middle where I don't have enough depth of field...or too much depth of field...

Just get the f2.8 lens..

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Old 10-25-2004, 08:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Get the 2.8 lens. If you get a 4.0 lens then the max aperture you could use would be 4.0, but if you get the 2.8, you could go as low as 2.8 which would greatly increase your ability to shoot in low light. If you find for your particular brand of photography, you prefer to use a 4.0 aperture, then use 4.0 but do it on the 2.8. The extra stops will come in really handy, trust me.

I use 5.6, 8, and 11 most of the time when shooting portraits and events (weddings). When I am doing something more dramatic for a particular look, I will use a much wider setting.

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Re: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE F/STOP
Old 10-26-2004, 01:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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personally, and assuming the difference in cost doesn't matter, i think it's a no-brainer: go with the 2.8

why limit yourself to a minimum aperture of f4? especialy shooting this stuff where you want the ability to control DOF (usually by reducing it.) I shoot a lot of stuff with an 85mm f1.8 prime on my 10D. And I'm often lighting for wide apertures. then, for one reason or another, I'll throw, say, my 28-135 zoom on the camera, absentmindedly forgetting it's an f4-5.6 piece of glass. so then i have to change shutter speed or ISO or adjust the lighting or a combination of all of that.

trust me, you'll be happier with the 2.8
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200mm f2.0
Old 10-26-2004, 04:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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200mm f2.0 wide open in my favorite along with the 300mm f2.8 wide open ... and I'll use a drop-in polarizer on occasion.

You will be handicapped by the fact that lenses (other than the two above and a few others) are not at their sharpest wide open and you need to find their sweetspot, usually around F8, where diffraction and aberation distortions are balanced out to relative minimums.

I find that most zooms do not give a sufficiently sharp image unless stopped down at least 2 stops from their maximum.

So all things being equal, definately get the fastest one you can afford.
 
 
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I am currently using the 70-200mm f/2.8 and love it. It is a great portrait lens. Just a little on the heavy side sometimes ( you know, when your waiting for that toddler to look at you and smile). I used the 80-200mm befor this lems and it was one of my favorite portrait lenses. It is my favorite shooting with Nikon. I also have the 300mm 2.8. Great pictures, but hold that up for a few minutes and your ready to put it down. Ken.
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Old 10-26-2004, 05:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That's what a monopod is for! I even use it in the studio instead of a tripod when I am doing sets with candles and the 200mm f2 when I have have to drop the shutter speed down to 60th to get the candle flames.
 
 
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Old 10-27-2004, 09:49 AM   #10 (permalink)
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" I also have the 300mm 2.8. Great pictures, but hold that up for a few minutes and your ready to put it down. Ken."


LOL... eat your spinach! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

I almost never use a monopod when shooting with the 300mm f2.8....(sports that is)...when shooting glamour or portraits stuff on the beach or downtown, I just mount it on a tripod.. Monopods just get in the way for me when covering action...and don't provide enough steadyness in the composition for shooting stills.. If I'm shooting on location and like exactly what I see in the background and want to keep the horizon line the same, I will use a tripod w/gear head..

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