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Hospital/Birthing Pics - Lens Needed

 
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Sep 24, 2010 22:08 |  #1

My wife is due Christmas Day so I am beginning to plan my hospital kit. Camera is a 7D. As I have read through a couple threads concerning this topic, I have noticed alot of people saying no flash, high ISO, greatly stopped down aperture (around F8). I'm not following the logic here as I was thinking bounced flash at low power, lower ISO, wider aperture - say f/4-5.6.

I see that some of you have done this before and was wondering what you used and how you did them? I have a 17-50 2.8, which was my planned lens, and had thought about picking up a 35 f/2, possibly 1.4, if I get froggy.

Someone give a little advice here. Where's my thinking going wrong?


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Sep 25, 2010 06:09 |  #2

Your 17-50 will work just fine. Those that say not to use flash are just being ridiculous. Make sure you are bouncing off the ceiling or walls (as you planned), or your photos will look like snapshots.


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Sep 25, 2010 06:11 |  #3

Your 17-55 should be fine.

Unless you want to tell your wife you really need the 35 1.4 since it is for your baby and you only want the best. :)


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Sep 25, 2010 21:02 |  #4

Apollo.11 wrote in post #10975000 (external link)
Your 17-55 should be fine.

Unless you want to tell your wife you really need the 35 1.4 since it is for your baby and you only want the best. :)

17-50, not 55. I've got the Tammy. I was actually thinking about picking up the 1.4, but I think I may go with the 2.0 and save the cash for a 50 1.4 and/or 60 f/2 macro. Still debating the 50 but I've got some time.


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Sep 29, 2010 14:36 as a reply to  @ huntersdad's post |  #5

Congrats on the pregnancy! Your 17-50 will work just fine, and should give you all the focal range you need, especially with a 7D. I recommend keeping things simple: Low aperture, high ISO and no flash. I've done this with all 4 of my kids and it's worked out great. With how many shots I took, flash would have been a major distraction both for my wife and the hospital staff.


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Oct 26, 2010 10:23 |  #6

My wife gave birth to my second son this past July. I took the 5DII, 7D, 85L, 24-105L, and 18-50 with me :D

Tried to capture the whole experience, however, I couldn't take any photos during the actual birth because I was too busy holding a leg and staring at the wall trying not to pass out!


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Oct 26, 2010 17:20 |  #7

Apollo.11 wrote in post #10975000 (external link)
Your 17-55 should be fine.

Unless you want to tell your wife you really need the 35 1.4 since it is for your baby and you only want the best. :)


This.

The 17-55 was my main lens for the past 3 years but OMG..i just got the 35L and it is magic on my 7D.....you should get a fast prime for sure. It will be invaluable long after the baby comes home.....


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Oct 26, 2010 17:22 |  #8

I see that you have the 50 1.4 but you may want a bit wider....I've been in 5 deliveries....7 if you include my own.....35L would be perfect! :D


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Oct 27, 2010 14:09 |  #9

Same situation here.

Before you trust someone telling you that flash is fine, be sure they know about childbirth as well as about photography. It's not a simple issue and if you are there in the moment and your wife decides that she just can't stand another damned flash, what then? You know her best, but I would absolutely be ready to go with a no-flash setup. I'll have a Sigma 30mm 1.4 on hand.

Have you toured the hospital yet? Do it again. Pull the drapes, dim the lights, take some photos with her. Test it, and have some fun!! Have enough DOF? Can you hand-hold it? Where are you going to pick up your WB? Get the nurse to tell you which lights they will want to have on. BTW you're going to have other things to do so don't be thinking you can devote yourself 100% to it.

EDIT: and be ready for both day and night!!


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