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Old 09-27-2005, 04:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Have a question for you guys. I shoot a Canon 20d using mostly an 85mm 1.8 and a 75-300 mm zoom lens. I noticed on the last shoot that I had to get so far back that in some close shooting situations, I couldn't completely frame the way I wanted to. I am thinking about getting a 50mm/1.8 or something of the like but wanted to get some input. Any suggestions or recommendations?

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Old 09-27-2005, 05:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you can afford it, the 1.4 will give you a nicer bokeh.

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Old 09-27-2005, 05:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Jim,

I have herd people like Andy ( florida beach shooter ) And I think Jeff Black talk about the 50mm and they love that lens. I have the same lens for my Nikon and I just have not been able to get a shot I liked with it. So maybe the Canon Lens is better or something. I don't think you can go wrong with it as two very good shooters seem to like it. Have you looked into a zoom lens that might give you what you are looking for ?

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Old 09-27-2005, 05:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would be very open to a zoom lens as well. What length span of zoom would you recommend? As RVMD said (and thank you by the way), I would also assume that a 1.4 or 1.8 would be preferable (but that is an assumption). I have a very confined area to shoot when indoors and right now it seems I have to open the garage door and stand outside to get the right framing [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

Thanks Mike and your help is very much appreciated...

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Old 09-27-2005, 05:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If you are useing strobes indoors I would think a lens like this would be in the right range for what you are looking for. If you shoot natural light you will need to find a faster lens..

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I have the Canon 50 f/1.4 and think it's a great lens. But I also have a 28-105 3.5-4.5 that does a pretty good job. It's not as sharp as the 50, but it allows me to change the framing when I can't change my position.
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I use the Tamron 28-75 DI 2.8 and find that I get great quality pictures with it.

This is one of the pics I did with the lens

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I've been using a 28-200MM Tamron or Nikon zoom on an S2. They're not the sharpest glass in the world, but then the prices are pretty affordable. The softness helps a bit with skin smoothing. They're slow but with strobes I am at F8/125th anyway. With the S2's CCD factor it works out to about 40-280 MM. I do a fair amount of close work since I shoot in my living room. It works out fairly well.

My favorite all time lens is a 70-150MM zoom with close focus capability. Unfortunately, nobody makes a lens like that anymore.




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I have the 50mm 1.8 for my Canon 20D, but don't use it very much. When you are in a typical small studio situation, you often still can't get back far enough even with a 50mm (80mm crop factor), especially for full length shots. So what I normally use in the studio is the Sigma 18-125 for medium to full shots and the Sigma 70-200 2.8 for medium to head shots. The Sigma 18-125 is moderately sharp which is just right for glamour which you usually need to soften a bit anyway. Since you'll usually be at f8 and f11 in a studio, you're at the sweet spot of the lens. The 70-200 is ultra sharp (full equal to the Canon L lens in reviews). This is a bit too sharp for glamour so you always have to do some post processing to get rid of the ultra sharp skin which shows every pore, etc.


Wow, that's sharp, was Emilia's response when shot with the Sigma 70-200 2.8.

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Old 09-28-2005, 09:59 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Hey all, thanks for the input. I appreciate it and it really helps. Now just time to decide [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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