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Old 04-26-2006, 11:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone,
Just wanted to get some opinions on lenses & filters. I was wondering what lenses you find yourself most commonly using for indoor and outdoor shoots. Also what type of lens & filters you would consider to be indispensable or a must have.
Your opinions are greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-26-2006, 12:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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On my Nikon, the 50mm f1.8 is a must have. This lens is very sharp and a great multi-purpose lens as well. I like the f1.8 which makes it good for indoor or darker shots and the amazing sharpness makes it handy outside. Not to mention this lens is really cheap.
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For indoor shoots, I love my new Nikon 70-200 f2.8 -- great shallow DOF and very sharp images I also like using the Nikon 28-70 f2.8 for the same reasons. IMO -- for any studio work you'll be happier with a fixed aperture lens, regardless of the focal length.

For my outdoor work, I really like wide angle lenses ... but still use my 70-200 when shooting models.
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Old 04-26-2006, 10:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i like my Nikons
17-55/f2.8
50mm/f1.8
85mm/1.8
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Well, speaking from the Canon side of things (I see I'm in the minority here. :-)), I use the 24-70L/f2.8 almost (but not quite) exclusively in the studio and the 70-200L/f2.8/IS outdoors.

As for filters, nothing more than a circular polarizer when shooting outdoors.

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on my S2

nikon 50mm 1.8
sigma 24 - 70 2.8 with circ. polariser
Sigma 70 - 200 2.8

looking at a new d200 with nikon 17 - 55 2.8 in the next couple of months. all my lenses have skylight filters on permanently

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Thanks guys!
I'm seeing a trend here with the 24 / 28 to 70 and the 70-200. I'm shooting canon, but regardless. This has help narrow down the field for me quite a bit.
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To answer the second part of your question ... when I shot film, I carried a lot of color correction and special effects filters. Since my switch to digital, I only carry two filters -- my polarizing filter (which is great for those deep blue outdoor skys; and a pair of neutral density filters (half and full). I sometimes use my polarizing or ND filter in my studio when I want to shoot at a wider aperture for shallow DOF.

Here's a shot I took in Banff with a polarizing filter --

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