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First Lens(es) for move to studio
Old 01-05-2006, 12:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Given the quality of the feedback that this group provides, I'm going to just hang my rookie status out there and accept the fact that I need help. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

Long time recreational shooter who has finally decided to get in and do a little studio shooting. I'll never make money at it, but that's not really why I'm doing it (except for IRS purposes).

Currently shooting a Canon 1D with limited lens selection (Canon EF-300mm, Tamron 28-70 mm, and Tamron 70-300mm). Bought the camera and Canon lens used from a friend in "the biz" at a screaming deal when his company upgraded their equipment, and had the other lenses from my previous Elan-IIe. I'm ready to get serious.

I'll be doing Rolando's Chicago workshop in April, and want to make sure that I've got the right stuff in the case when I arrive. Given the 1.3 mag factor on the Canon 1D, I suspect that I could probably make do with what I have, but that is an amateur's speculation. I want to know what an experienced photographer would do.

I will be upgrading to all Canon lenses from this point on (since I clearly now have more money than good sense), so spending a bit to do this right is an option. My thanks in advance for your comments.
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Old 01-05-2006, 12:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You've actually got a reasonable starting setup already. Rather than worry about what lens you're "supposed" to have, use what you've got, and when you run into situations where you can't get the photo you want with the equipment you have, THEN start filling in with new glass.
If you've got money burning a hole in your wallet, then the first and foremost consideration is speed; the faster your glass, the lower light you can use, and the happier you'll be...
I can't imagine you'll find yourself at a loss at a workshop with what you've got, though!
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Old 01-05-2006, 01:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm assuming you've got the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 Di? I don't think they have other versions. That lens is perfectly fine, and a good studio lens. I use mine all the time. Slow to focus in dark areas, but works great otherwise.

If you've got a pile of money lying around and you're really desperate to spend some, a nice glamour/portrait lens is a 70-200 f2.8. That, along with the Tamron will give you about all the focal lengths you'll need.
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I second Larry and Sam... assuming your studio's reasonably deep so you can put 10-15' between you and your subject. I don't know Tamron's (I hear good things about'em) but a 28-70mm on small sensor is excellent.

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Thanks for the feedback guys. I had reviewed a number of suggestions as to "the best lens" and had done the math and was hoping that you might think this was a workable scenario. Sadly, I am not tripping over as much money as I would like and there are other things that I would like to do as well. If I don't need to drop a couple hundred bucks on a new lens it gives me hope that an in home studio...albeit a basic one...is that much closer.

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I found my 28-85 to be just about perfect for the Philly workshop. I tried my 135 but it was too long for almost all the set-ups.
You should be fine with a 28-70, take lots of storage cards.
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Hmmm.... mind if I ask first..

How large is your shooting bay..?

How long is your shooting space?

Do you plan to shoot a subject up against a wall,...or pulling them out aways....either way,...how far away would they be in each place from you, while still allowing for ample coverage of the background, and lighting equipment..around them & you..?

I prefer primes over any zooms in my studio,...even my L zooms.. and not everyone's shooting bay is the same size [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Short answer; The best lens for sooting people is the 85mmL from canon..
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I got to agree with that about preferring primes; used to be that's all I owned. But since I moved to a smaller studio (18'x30') in a dusty old millhouse, I bought a 28-70mm 2.8 so I wouldn't have to change lenses so often and risk getting dust on the sensor. So far I like it a lot. I don't mind the beast in the studio but I still keep my primes in my 'to go' bag.

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When I had a Canon 1D, I attended several workshops with the Tamron 28-75 2.8 XR Di and the Sigma 70-200 2.8 APO EX. Both did an excellent job.

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