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Old 03-16-2005, 06:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Newbie Question here. I am using a Fuji Finepix S20 pro. my studio is approximately 20' x 12' my question is..may it sound "Dumb" do I really need an expensive lens? I have noticed I get better picture quality if i zoom in a bit. Anyway..maybe someone can give me a tip.
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The easy answer is "probably not". JT shoots with a Fuji and most of his shots are done with a Tamron 28-70, which is not a particularly expensive lens at about $400. I think his shots look pretty good.

There's lots of good deals in glass. I often shoot in studio with a basic 50mm f:1.8 which is not expensive at all (I shoot Canon though).

As long as your lens is giving you good sharpness, contrast, color, and low distortion, you're good to go. So unless your lens is seriously lacking in one of these areas, your money may be better spent elsewhere.

(This answer is probably overly simplified, but you asked a very broad question.)

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My .02 worth. It has always been my opinion that to buy the best tools you can afford and upgrade as you can hoping to raise your skill level to match the tools your useing. In a perfect world, Your only as good as your tools. It gives me great confidence in my work knowing that I have great tools to work with and the end result will be the best I can do. May be to deep for a better Lens. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img] KEH .com is the best place I've shopped for camera equipment. They have a large selection of new and rated used pieces. I have bought thousands of dollars of lens from them and everything I've got has been better than they advertise. Buy the best you can . You wont regrete it.
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What lens are you currently using ?
I use a nikon 28-70 af-s 2.8 ( mostly for speed and low light)
AND/OR nikon 28-105 4-5.6 ( mostly because it weighs less )

You really don't need the " BIGGER " glass if you are in a studio shooting at what f8 or around there ??

as far as looking better " zoomed in a little " I am sure a lot of people can tell you each lens has its own " sweet spot"
I hear things ... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] that did not come out right
I read and hear its near the middle of the zoom
( all the way out is just angle distortion all the way zoomed= more chance of "shake")
and also the middle of the aperture range

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I say YES, by having the best equipment you eliminate one possible issue...
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