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Old 29th of December 2011 (Thu)   #1
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Question Best lens you use for Family/Kids photoshoot?

Hi All!! I just purchased the Canon 60d slr. I also purchased the Canon 18-135 mm lens. Im obvi a newbie to photography and am waiting for the new semester to start(i will be taking photography & photoshop classes) I would like some of the more experienced photographers to give me some input on lenses you feel is best for nautral light photography and what lenses you like for family/kid photo shoots.I dont have too much more money to spend on lenses so If you could narrow it down to three that would be great. THANK YOU
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Old 29th of December 2011 (Thu)   #2
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Default Re: Best lens you use for Family/Kids photoshoot?

Sigma 30mm f/1.4, and the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II is in most bags...
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Old 3rd of January 2012 (Tue)   #3
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The 50mm 1.8 is a must have and it'll run you around $100 new. If you can swing it, the 24-70 2.8 is a lifetime lens that you'll never want to get rid of, but it'll cost you around $1k.
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Old 5th of January 2012 (Thu)   #4
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Default Re: Best lens you use for Family/Kids photoshoot?

As you stated that you are new to this. But as you grow in experience you will come to settle on a certain focal length that would work with your style. What works for some may not apply to others.

I have various zooms and primes to cover focal lengths as wide as 17mm up to 200mm (320mm in cropped). I mix it up as I see fit. Specifying a certain lens would just limit your creativity.
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Old 11th of January 2012 (Wed)   #5
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50mm f/1.8 is so cheap and effective it makes too much sense to own one. For family the first thing I'd get is a flash. I'm new to Canon, I only own one lens so far, the 50mm f/1.8 II. I'd rather have this than a kit zoom 18-55.
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Old 12th of January 2012 (Thu)   #6
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Hi All!! I just purchased the Canon 60d slr. I also purchased the Canon 18-135 mm lens. Im obvi a newbie to photography and am waiting for the new semester to start(i will be taking photography & photoshop classes) I would like some of the more experienced photographers to give me some input on lenses you feel is best for nautral light photography and what lenses you like for family/kid photo shoots.I dont have too much more money to spend on lenses so If you could narrow it down to three that would be great. THANK YOU
While prime lenses are hard to beat optically, if you have young children that don't sit still, a good fixed aperture zoom lens goes a long way.

For your price range, I'd strongly recommend the Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 (non-vc), along with a Canon 50mm 1.8. You could snag both of these for about $500 total...probably <$400 if you buy used.
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Old 16th of January 2012 (Mon)   #7
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I use my 50 for majority of my children sessions.
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Old 20th of January 2012 (Fri)   #8
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I have a 60D too, and I use my 85mm 1.8 almost exclusively for kids and family shots! Here's a couple with the 85




ETA: My 2nd runner up is the Sigma 50mm 1.4, and 3rd runner up is the Canon 50mm 1.4
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I love my 50mm f/1.4 for kids.
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For Solo shots of the kids or family member, the 70 to 200 f4 would be awesome. Group shots, the 50 1.4 would be a nice option. Super Sharp. I also have intro training videos on my website.
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