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Old 04-01-2009, 06:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Generally speaking what is the preferred lens or focal length used in studio nude photography?
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I can't speak to the 'studio nude' part of your question since I don't do a lot of that but for the vast majority fo my studio work I use the Tamron 28 - 75 MM F2.8 XRDI lens and I can't say enough good about it.

Razor sharp, good color and contrast, the whole package. I would put it up against a comparable 'L' lens from Canon or an 'ED' lens from Nikon and this lens costs only $299.00 which leaves a lot more in your bank account than some other lenses do.

On occassion if I want tight headshots that really pop I will use my Sigma 70 - 200 MM F4.0 EX APO lens. Again, this lens is sharp and has good color and contrast at a fraction of the price of the high end glass.

If you have a full service pro photography shop close to you they might let you rent a lens for a shoot. This is a good way to test drive a couple of lenses without spending money on something that might not be for you so check it out.

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How big is the studio?
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How big is the studio?

Is this a serious question? (not your question Steve) I started to post a reply, but wasn't sure. Since the person who asked the question has answered, maybe I will wait to see before I say anything else.
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It is a serious question because I recently received a scathing review where a so-called professional photographer referred to his "knowledge" of using "the right lens". So, I'm just trying to find out what, if anything, he means by that.
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There is no such thing as "the right lens", every situation is different and we all have different tastes or visions of what our shots should be.
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Simple. Start with a high quality zoom lens with a fixed f/2.8 or similar. This way you can set your aperture according to your lighting and now have the ability to do close-ups, 3/4 length or full body photos with minimal movement on your part. This assumes that your main concerns are all set and not a problem.

What are those concerns? Lighting, wardrobe/accessories, posing, 'something else-I forgot, and the photographer-model interaction.

Once you feel comfortable with this first lens, then you can play with the wide angle or tele-zooms for interesting effects you've always wanted to try.

Simple! Right? Good shooting..
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It is a serious question because I recently received a scathing review where a so-called professional photographer referred to his "knowledge" of using "the right lens". So, I'm just trying to find out what, if anything, he means by that.
You have given so little information, it is not possible to give a 100% accurate answer. You did not state, but it is probably safe to assume you are using a digital camera. You did not say if you are shooting full length, or what the situation was on the "review" you received.

Her are some examples of what I find appropriate for general portrait styles.. whether clothed or not. Using a 28 -105 (in this case)

Full length standing - 38mm to 50mm
3/4 pose 55mm to 105mm
Head & shoulder 80mm to 105mm

Nothing extreme about these focal lengths.. just basic shots. So much depends on what you are trying to achieve. So about the only information I can give is for regular, portrait style shots.

This may not help much, but I am still not clear as to what look you are after.
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