I realize that there are probably threads covering what I am asking but I have spent hours getting sidetracked and absorbed in all sorts interesting topics and still require some specific advice so I thought I’d be brave and directly ask for help…
I come from an Art Education background and want to setup a home based business making portraits of babies, toddlers and families.
I am aiming at slotting somewhere in between the professional studio photographer and the kind you find at your department store (called PixiePhoto here in NZ).
I have pretty much decided to upgrade from my Canon 300D to the 20D due to the technology advances, price, size/weight, it’s sturdiness and it being reviewed as "almost like a baby1D".
I would appreciate advice on Canon lenses specific to the 20D and suitable for portraits of babies, toddlers and families for use in; basic studio type situation, environmental portraits, indoors and location shots (beach etc). I would like to achieve very shallow D.O.F and close ups of body parts (baby feet, hands etc).
I understand that fixed focal lenses have the edge in quality and achieving shallow D.O.F but to what extent??? I like the flexibility and range of zoom lenses, but want to know how much I would be compromising in image quality and achieving shallow D.O.F?
Would I be better off getting a range of fixed focal lenses?
I am currently considering the following Canon lenses; 70-200 f/2.8L USM, 24-70 f/2.8L USM, 16-35 f/2.8L USM (this last one maybe later due to limited$$)
Do I need a specific macro lens for close-ups of body parts or can I achieve this with the above?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated