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Lens for Newborn photography

 
tkbslc
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Mar 27, 2013 14:00 |  #16

renlok wrote in post #15760363external link
Hello all,

I have a baby on the way, due in July and want to pick-up a lens to take photos of my baby.

Any suggestions?

I'm thinking of getting the 85mm f1.8 as its not too expensive. Any negatives to getting this lens for taking photos of newborns and babies?

With the baby on the way my budget isn't too big so trying to keep it under $500

I'd recommend the 35L, 24-105L and 100L. :)

No seriously, you have almost the perfect setup already for baby photos. All you need is some soft window light and some thought to props and clothing.


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Mar 27, 2013 14:03 |  #17

03062k3 wrote in post #15762069external link
i suggest against using a flash with newborns. sudden flashes of bright light (even diffused or bounced) may not be very good for a newborn's eyes when they are open and may wake them up when eyes are closed.

An old myth not supported (and even refuted) by optometrists and doctors.


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Mar 27, 2013 14:06 |  #18

No offence, of course, it was the reason why I sold 100F2 and 90 2.8 for 100L to be able to use IS for no flash. But once NB grows to five, six months they starts to moderate flash well.
Flash with compensation set to minimum and high ISO doesn't hurt much.

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Mar 27, 2013 14:15 |  #19

Nightdiver13 wrote in post #15760457external link
You already have two lenses that I would recommend in the 35L and 100L. The macro will be the perfect lens for newborn shots, both of details and for portraits alone and with mom.

Agree! Some of the best baby photos I ever took were with the 100mm 2.8 macro. Great for close ups of soft beautiful baby skin, not to mention feet & hands. Because it's a longer focal length, you're never right in a baby's face like you would be with a wide angle.




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Mar 27, 2013 14:37 |  #20

35L is all you need. You have the best lineup for newborn already. Newborn don't run around. 35L + 5D mark II centerpoint can do what you want. I would consider to upgrade to 5DIII for focus flexibility, speed and accuracy down the road.


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Mar 27, 2013 16:53 |  #21

03062k3 wrote in post #15762069external link
no offense to kf095, but considering you already have fast lenses and a body that can handle "high" isos, i suggest against using a flash with newborns. sudden flashes of bright light (even diffused or bounced) may not be very good for a newborn's eyes when they are open and may wake them up when eyes are closed. why risk that when natural or ambient light will be sufficient...? granted, this becomes progressively less of a problem as the baby gets older

Agree that using flash poses a risk of waking the infant up and making him/her cry. However, with newborns, your responsibility is to make sure they are fed, clean, and sleepy during photoshoots. Using a flash shouldn't wake them up easily.

Also, flash has no effect on an infant's eyes, even when open. It won't damage it as long as you're not putting it 1 inch from their face, and blasting it at full power. I'm in the medical field, I've done rotations in labor and delivery and spoke to all the doctors. They all agree it won't damage an infant's eyes.


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Mar 27, 2013 16:57 |  #22

A friend of ours is a pro who does lots of newborn sessions. Her favorite lens is the 50L folllowed by the 100L and 85L.


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Mar 27, 2013 16:59 |  #23

adamg5 wrote in post #15762744external link
A friend of ours is a pro who does lots of newborn sessions. Her favorite lens is the 50L folllowed by the 100L and 85L.

these are the lens I would use. fast primes. only problem with 85L is the slow autofocus... but it's fine for newborns :D


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Mar 27, 2013 17:00 as a reply to fashionrider's post |  #24

I just recently welcomed my second daughter on St. Patrick's day. I brought my 6D and 50mm 1.4 with me to the hospital along with a 430exII flash. The below photo was taken in the hospital room 24 hours after she was born. I bounced the flash off the ceiling and she never even flinched.

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I prefer the shallow depth of field for babies. I just gives them that soft, angelic look.

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Mar 27, 2013 17:27 |  #25

steve126a wrote in post #15762764external link
I just recently welcomed my second daughter on St. Patrick's day. I brought my 6D and 50mm 1.4 with me to the hospital along with a 430exII flash. The below photo was taken in the hospital room 24 hours after she was born. I bounced the flash off the ceiling and she never even flinched.

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I prefer the shallow depth of field for babies. I just gives them that soft, angelic look.

Nice picture.


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Mar 27, 2013 17:48 |  #26

stick with what you have or get a wide open 50 (widest you can afford). I don't have your lenses, do any of them have macro? If not one that has macro is also great, for close up tiny fingers/toes and eyes etc.

Or save the money for a nice flash to take off camera down the road.

Or for something completely different, get a waterproof P&S to take into the bathtub, under the sprinklers in summer next year etc. You can get some unique POVs with a waterproof camera, fun stuff! And if s/he pees on it (or worse) you can wash it off :-)

Babies are a messy business, trust me :-D


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Mar 27, 2013 22:11 |  #27

phantelope wrote in post #15762943external link
Or for something completely different, get a waterproof P&S to take into the bathtub, under the sprinklers in summer next year etc. You can get some unique POVs with a waterproof camera, fun stuff! And if s/he pees on it (or worse) you can wash it off :-)

Don't get me started... I've got a Olympus TG-1(great camera). But I'm now lusting for one of those new gopro 3...

thanks everyone.

I'm going to use the money and pick up some comfortable sheets for the baby and props/toys.

Can't wait for it to come :D


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Mar 27, 2013 22:11 |  #28

phantelope wrote in post #15762943external link
Or for something completely different, get a waterproof P&S to take into the bathtub, under the sprinklers in summer next year etc. You can get some unique POVs with a waterproof camera, fun stuff! And if s/he pees on it (or worse) you can wash it off :-)

Don't get me started... I've got a Olympus TG-1(great camera). But I'm now lusting for one of those new gopro 3... WILL MY LUST FOR CAMERA TOYS EVER END??

thanks everyone.

I'm going to use the money and pick up some comfortable sheets for the baby and props/toys.

Can't wait for it to come :D


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Mar 27, 2013 22:45 |  #29

35L and a fast 50 would be my recommendations


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Mar 28, 2013 00:10 |  #30

I got 24-105, 100mm macro and 50mm 1.4

The 50mm 1.4 get the most usage so far for baby photos followed by the 100mm macro


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