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View Poll Results: What lens is the best option for newborn babies?
Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro 7 18.42%
Canon 85mm f/1.2 16 42.11%
Canon 85mm f/1.2 with extension tube 3 7.89%
Canon 24-105 f/4 10 26.32%
Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS 2 5.26%
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Old 17th of March 2009 (Tue)   #1
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Default Best lens for newborn photos

Just wondering what lens/combo you think is best for newborn (like one week new) photos. (I'm only including the lenses that I own). I'm inclined to think either the 100mm macro or the 85 f/1.2 with extension tube. I'm specifically referring to use on a full-frame body.
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Old 17th of March 2009 (Tue)   #2
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Were it me (and it was/is), it would be the 24 / 1.4L and 15 / 2.8 FE. For example:

Canon 5D + 24 / 1.4L @ f / 2, 1/60, ISO 1600

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/92131266




Canon 5D + 24 / 1.4L @ f / 2.8, 1/50, ISO 400

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/96627913





Unfortunately, I didn't get my 15 / 2.8 FE until sometime later:

Canon 5D + 15 / 2.8 FE @ f/2.8, 1/250, ISO 1600

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/106560765




Canon 5D + 15 / 2.8 FE @ f / 2.8, 1/100, ISO 3200

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/109433099

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Old 17th of March 2009 (Tue)   #3
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Default Re: Best lens for newborn photos

Nice shots... 24 and 15 aren't normally what spring to mind when people ask about baby portraits, but those shots work well

I'd go with the 85mm f/1.2, though I don't have the 1.2 (only the 1.8 ) so I don't know what the MFD's like (and whether you need the extension tube).
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Nice shots... 24 and 15 aren't normally what spring to mind when people ask about baby portraits, but those shots work well

Thanks! For my tastes and style, the wider AOV and closer perspective that UWAs offer seems more fitting for infants and toddlers than does the more classic framing and perspective used with longer lenses.
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Old 17th of March 2009 (Tue)   #5
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Hey man. I like how you're being encouraging and all, but shouldn't you get your little one something easier to manage than an SLR? At a week old they don't have a lot of strength or coordination.

I'd recommend a g10 while they're developing their eye.
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None of these options, either a fast 24, 35 or 50. You don't want to flash your newborn too much, nor does the hospital.
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Default Re: Best lens for newborn photos

I noticed many people recommended a 24-105 and I'm a bit surprised by it. For those that recommended it, could you please explain?

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Nice shots... 24 and 15 aren't normally what spring to mind when people ask about baby portraits, but those shots work well

I'd go with the 85mm f/1.2, though I don't have the 1.2 (only the 1.8 ) so I don't know what the MFD's like (and whether you need the extension tube).
I've tried to use the 85 f/1.2 before and the minimum focus distance has been an issue. That's why I thought that an extension tube would be useful. I also figured that since a flash would not be preferred, a fast lens would be useful.

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Thanks! For my tastes and style, the wider AOV and closer perspective that UWAs offer seems more fitting for infants and toddlers than does the more classic framing and perspective used with longer lenses.
I never even thought of using a wide angle lens, but I love the shots and will try using a wider angle.

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Hey man. I like how you're being encouraging and all, but shouldn't you get your little one something easier to manage than an SLR? At a week old they don't have a lot of strength or coordination.

I'd recommend a g10 while they're developing their eye.
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Hey man. I like how you're being encouraging and all, but shouldn't you get your little one something easier to manage than an SLR? At a week old they don't have a lot of strength or coordination.

I'd recommend a g10 while they're developing their eye.
No no no, get them a rebel, the larger control surfaces and buttons will make it alot easier for a little one to hold and use...
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The FE makes beautiful pictures. Nice shots!
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For me it would think the 24 & 50.
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None of your choices, imo, but if those are the only choices, the 24-105. The other lenses are too long.

An extension tube on those lenses would give you, in some cases, only a few inches of focus range (I asked about tubes on another thread), so that's not an option.
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I will be using the 24 1.4 II on Friday for the birth of my daughter. I have a 17-55, but rented the 24 for the next few weeks. I really like the minimum focusing distance of the 24.
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I shot my son on his "birthday" with my 85 and 30 primes (on my 40D) I didn't start to "flash" him until week #2.
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I would intuitively go for a set of primes, like 24+85, because of the need to use natural light. However, newer cameras handle ISO noise rather and f/2.8 zooms will certainly work if you are willing to increasing the ISO.

Edit: Joe, I forgot to say that these shots are stunning !
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