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Apr 15, 2011 14:23 |  #1

Whats up guys. Just wondering what you guys think is best for shooting cars. Ima nub and just started with a 75-300mm. I sold it last night for a little extra cash to go towards a shorter lens. I like taking pics of my baby boy and everything but I'v always wanted to shoot rides, including mine. I was looking into getting a 50mm 1.8 prime but I was told last night its still not wide enough for the best possible shot. What you guys think?

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Apr 15, 2011 14:32 |  #2

the 17-55 f2.8 would be a good all round lens.


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Apr 15, 2011 14:36 |  #3

^^ Assuming he's not shooting full frame.

I like my 24-70 for cars. And the 50 1.8 is fine for cars if you have the room to work with.


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Apr 15, 2011 14:52 |  #4

I would just be shooting cars at this IA meet here in TN so yea plenty of room for sure. I can't look at the size of the lens and tell if its expensive cheap good bad, but I did google the 17-55 f2.8 and it's a bit pricey. I guess I should have mentioned I'm on a budget haha. Getting things ready for my car > a really good lens. At least right now.


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Apr 15, 2011 14:54 |  #5

Tamron 17-50 w/o VC


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Apr 15, 2011 15:05 |  #6

+1 for the 17-50 2.8


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Apr 15, 2011 15:09 |  #7

get the tamron 17-50 AND the canon 50mm f/1.8 They're cheap lenses.




  
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Apr 15, 2011 15:11 |  #8

I can't afford some of those at the moment. But I will defiantly bookmark them for future buys.


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Apr 15, 2011 15:13 |  #9

robertwsimpson wrote in post #12229272 (external link)
get the tamron 17-50 AND the canon 50mm f/1.8 They're cheap lenses.

The 50mm 1.8 forsure.


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Apr 15, 2011 15:14 |  #10

tamron 17-50 used is like $300 or so. You're not going to find a better deal for a lens than that.




  
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Apr 15, 2011 15:16 |  #11

One of the 17-50 f/2.8 zooms would be better than the 50/1.8. Still somewhat fast, but much more flexibility for getting the shot, especially if you want different perspectives.

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Apr 15, 2011 15:22 |  #12

my favorite car lens is my 70-200.

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Apr 15, 2011 15:30 |  #13

Yet another unanswerable question -- promptly answered by people at POTN.

People, there is no right and wrong in photography. OP nub (it's "noob" by the way), what do you prefer, the focal distortion you get at wide angles or that which you get at telephoto ranges? Do you get right up inches from the bumper for your shots or do you like that far away "candid" feel.

There is no BEST ... the sheer multitude of suggestions in this thread should have already clued you in to this fact. Photography is an art, not a mathematics question. The best lens is the one that best fits your style of photography, technical requirements (for instance maybe you really need weather sealing or you need a 2.0 max aperture) and your budget.

Lenses do NOT make good photographs - good photographers do (and 99% of the time they do this by creating the lighting in the scene via strobes, light modifiers, gels, relfectors, etc).


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Apr 15, 2011 15:34 |  #14

Bill Ng wrote in post #12229402 (external link)
Yet another unanswerable question -- promptly answered by people at POTN.

People, there is no right and wrong in photography. OP nub (it's "noob" by the way), what do you prefer, the focal distortion you get at wide angles or that which you get at telephoto ranges? Do you get right up inches from the bumper for your shots or do you like that far away "candid" feel.

There is no BEST ... the sheer multitude of suggestions in this thread should have already clued you in to this fact. Photography is an art, not a mathematics question. The best lens is the one that best fits your style of photography, technical requirements (for instance maybe you really need weather sealing or you need a 2.0 max aperture) and your budget.

Lenses do NOT make good photographs - good photographers do (and 99% of the time they do this by creating the lighting in the scene via strobes, light modifiers, gels, relfectors, etc).

duh, but if you read between the lines, he's asking for suggestions... not advice. If he wants to buy a lens, let him buy one!




  
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Apr 15, 2011 18:14 |  #15

spoolinsnail wrote in post #12228980 (external link)
Whats up guys. Just wondering what you guys think is best for shooting cars. Ima nub and just started with a 75-300mm. I sold it last night for a little extra cash to go towards a shorter lens. I like taking pics of my baby boy and everything but I'v always wanted to shoot rides, including mine. I was looking into getting a 50mm 1.8 prime but I was told last night its still not wide enough for the best possible shot. What you guys think?

(Sorry if their is already a thread made about this.)


just how wide do you need?

the cheap 18-55IS is good at 18mm, the 50mm 1.8 will be sharper but 50mm can be a little restrictive in the field of view

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