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Hate my lense, any suggestions? Help!

Postby photofashionista » Thu Jul 22, 2010 2:25 pm

Hi guys, I have a cannon DSLR, Rebel XTIi. Not the greatest I know, but it was in my price range. Usually I get good pics out of it but I shot a much smaller subject than usual (baby) and my lense was crap. Any suggestions for new lenses are welcome! I've been out of this game for too long and need to get some practice in before my little one gets here. Shooting babies is soooooooooo hard.

Sadly, these were the best. :oops:

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Postby chaychayolei » Thu Jul 22, 2010 2:55 pm

Are you sure it's the lens? What dont you like about it?
I think those came out great!
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Postby photofashionista » Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:07 pm

Thanks Chay :) I guess it's not horrible but it buggs me that the colors are off and the focus is crummy. It wasn't a client or anything, just a friend's baby I asked to practice on. I still want to give her good pics and this isn't up to my standard. Of course I can't do anything as cool as Marie can, but I will kill myself trying. Ha!

Well, it's a comination of things.... the photographer being pg and lazy (lol), poor lighting (again too lazy to bring lights, just used a reflector), grumpy baby, and my dang lense that never wants to focus up close. It's just the reg 18-55mm. I also have a 35-80mm but didn't use it. I just know there is better out there but I'm not sure which one to get. I feel so clueless when it comes to equipment. And some of you ladies take such beautiful baby pics.

This is what I usually shoot. As you can see they are larger subjects and at a greater distance. And even then sometimes my lense has a hard time focusing if my depth of field is narrow.

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Postby puddingpop » Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:46 pm

I'd go with a prime/ telephoto lens if I was you. Personally I'm having a fight with my self right now about less. This the conversation in my head that goes off twice a day at least.

Self: I need a new lense

Me to self: Yeah! That 50 mm is fun but we need a new lens.

Self: I should start looking into a wide angle or macro.

Me to self: NOOOOOOOOOOO! Get the 85MM :twisted:

Self: But I already have a telephoto lens. We need an assortment of lens. What about a lens baby?

Me to self: No D*m* it! Get the 85MM with 1.4 F-Stop. You know you want it :twisted:

Self: But I really need these other lens for other classes

Me to self: Get the 85MM or less :twisted:

Self: Uh maybe a speedlite would be better. I'll think about it

Disclaimer~ I really am not this crazy but, I can not make up my mind on lens right now. One thing I look at lens is how close can I get to my subject with the lens. Just something you may want to keep in mind with lens shopping.
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Postby photofashionista » Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:35 pm

Thanks for the advise! I guess my first mistake was in not using my other lense that goes to 80. That would have been better than 50. :doh:
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Postby victoria_1024 » Sat Jul 24, 2010 7:03 am

I use my 50mm for indoor baby or portrait sessions. I LOVE my 85mm to death but I only use it outside. Honestly there is no way I would have space for the 85mm inside.
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Postby blue-eden » Sat Jul 24, 2010 7:36 am

I agree it likely wasn't a lens problem, that lens would work ok for the distance. The 85 mm is WORSE for close focusing (I have to be back further) plus you'll have the problem of not being able to fit the subject within the frame. I use it outdoor, like Vic.

The 50 is good indoor, for portraits, but not full body.

Honestly, if I were to recommend one to you in that price range, I'd recommend the 18-55 or 35-80, which are the ones you already have!

Or you can get the 35 mm, which is a FAB lens. It's my favourite right now!
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Postby **Tasha** » Sat Jul 24, 2010 10:17 am

I'm saving up for the 35mm right now! I do lots of indoor stuff so I need something shorter than my nifty fifty!
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Postby photofashionista » Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:27 am

LoL, well aren't I a dork. I should have used the other lense. Thanks ladies for your replies. I will try again with the other one. I was stressing about not having money to buy another lense before baby comes because I so want to capture everything. Be prepared for spam in Sept. :)
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