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Old 13th of February 2010 (Sat)   #1
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Default whats the best lens for newborn close-up?

what would you all recommend for close ups of feet and toes and all that good stuff. I have a t1i and am using 50 1.4 but am looking for something better for the close shots. thanks for any advice
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Old 13th of February 2010 (Sat)   #2
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85mm f/1.2 L
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What's wrong with your 50? On your t1i, it has the field of view of an 80 on a 35 mm SLR. That's an ideal portrait lens. How close do you really want to go? Any closer and you'll need a macro. But I really don't think you need a macro on baby toes. Just close down the aperture of your 50 a little so you have more depth of field.
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What's wrong with the 50mm 1.4?
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Default Re: whats the best lens for newborn close-up?

nothing wrong it works great. I have just seem some other photos of close ups of toes and hands and i dont seem to be able to focus that close.. maybe its just me? this is all pretty new to me
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What's wrong with your 50? On your t1i, it has the field of view of an 80 on a 35 mm SLR. That's an ideal portrait lens. How close do you really want to go? Any closer and you'll need a macro. But I really don't think you need a macro on baby toes. Just close down the aperture of your 50 a little so you have more depth of field.
The 50mm f1.4 and f1.8 have a pretty poor max magnification level of .15x (about 1:7). So, no I don't think it is the case that to go any closer you will need a macro. Most of the standard zooms for aps-C (18-55, 17-50, 18-50, etc) have a 1:4-1:3 macro mag, which is roughly double that of the 50mm.

However, you have a lot of room to crop tighter with the newer cameras.
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Cheapest way to get closer is with extension tubes. Newborns are pretty still most of the time, so they'd work quite well.
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Uh, no. MFD on the 85L is not too great.

A cheap option for the OP is the Canon EF 50 1:2.5 Compact Macro. Some other 'close focus' lenses that are not true macro lenses are the EF 135L and the EF 300/4L IS. The latter two are close to $1000 while the former is much more affordable.
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EF-S 60/2.8 macro
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I don't think you would need a real macro lens. You guys are grossly underestimating the size of a baby. 1:1 is for filling the frame with a ladybug. 1:2 would likely even be to much to fit a baby hand.
The OP's signature says "looking for a good zoom" and I think most of the good standard zooms focus close enough for newborns.

Here's what you can do with just the 18-55 kit lens at 1:3. Not quite 3" in the frame and that's my finger.

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This was with the Tamron 28-75 which can do 1:4 max, and I don't think this was quite at max.
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I don't think you would need a real macro lens. You guys are grossly underestimating the size of a baby. 1:1 is for filling the frame with a ladybug.
That'd be a one BIG ladybug!
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That'd be a one BIG ladybug!
What, you don't have elephant ladybugs in NZ?

Okay, got me there. But it would be one TINY baby foot, too.
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I'm loving my Rokkor 58/1.2 for everything I try shooting with it. The surprisingly close MFD of about 18" is incredible.

Its not a lens for everyone tho. It takes a LOT of patience.

Maybe consider the Tamron 60mm f/2 1:1 Macro. Its insanely sharp, with just gorgeous bokeh. And at under $500 its a steal for what it is.
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Another option to consider would be a closeup filter, such as the 500d.

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Uh, no. MFD on the 85L is not too great.
With a focal length of 85mm and a 1.6 multiplier, you don't need a "great" MFD. At .95m, the FOV would be about 25 x 17cm. I don't know how small these particular baby feet are or how much of the frame the OP wants to fill with feet, but this FOV would be sufficient in most scenarios. Besides, one can always slap on a few extension tubes to decrease the MFD (A set of extension tubes can be obtained for about $100.)

One thing nice about the 85L is its super shallow DOF. It can create a very dreamy-like effect, which I imagine would be desirable for this type of photograph.
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