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Jul 04, 2011 19:19 |  #1

I'm a beginner playing around with shooting various things: landscapes, flowers and insects, and loads of action shots of my three very active preschoolers. Currently, I have a 18-55 IS, a 55-250 IS, and a "nifty fifty", all pretty basic... And now I'm curious about trying something else I'm too much of a beginner to upgrade in quality of lenses - wouldn't know the difference just yet! But I'd like to maybe try another prime for portraits, like the 100mm macro. Or, I've also looked at Canon's 70-300mm... but that one seems hardly worth since I already have the 55-250. Ideas? What would you add to a pretty basic beginner's kit to get a bit more versatility?

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Jul 04, 2011 19:39 |  #2

How about the Canon 85mm 1.8. really fast focusing and good in low light.


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Jul 04, 2011 19:40 |  #3

If you want macro capability the 100 is a good choice, but if your primary goal is a portrait lens the 85 1.8 is a great value.




  
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Jul 04, 2011 19:54 |  #4

go for the 100mm macro...good for portraits, and insects/flowers...


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Jul 04, 2011 19:59 |  #5

A flash if you don't have one.


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Jul 04, 2011 20:26 |  #6

Craign wrote in post #12704705 (external link)
A flash if you don't have one.

Not a bad suggestion.:)


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Jul 04, 2011 20:31 as a reply to  @ GregoryF's post |  #7

how much do you want to spend? if you like insects/flowers the 100mm macro would be good, or the 60mm macro. both are excellent.




  
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Jul 04, 2011 22:05 |  #8

Craign wrote in post #12704705 (external link)
A flash if you don't have one.

Ke, this might sound really silly but what are the benefits of adding a flash to my basic kit?:oops: Again, pardon my ignorance, is the flash most useful for indoors? My kids are sensitive even to the small flash on my SXi, which limits me for the time being, but I just make sure I take most pictures outdoors. Do you use a flash outside?


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Jul 04, 2011 22:38 |  #9

nishywishy wrote in post #12705175 (external link)
Ke, this might sound really silly but what are the benefits of adding a flash to my basic kit?:oops: Again, pardon my ignorance, is the flash most useful for indoors? My kids are sensitive even to the small flash on my SXi, which limits me for the time being, but I just make sure I take most pictures outdoors. Do you use a flash outside?

"My kids are sensitive even to the small flash on my SXi" - No one likes the harsh flash from a camera at short range. An external flash has much longer range and can be bounced off reflective objects or diffused to soften the light generated by the flash. They are often used outdoors as fill flash, extremely useful when photographing back lighted subjects.

This is a link to information about flashes for Canon cameras. I have not read all of it and only list it as a source of information (probably more information than you want.)
http://photonotes.org/​articles/eos-flash/#faq1 (external link)


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Jul 04, 2011 22:47 |  #10

I have three kids, dog and cat...)

If you are OK with 55-250 look at 85 1.8 as it was mentioned before.
Combined with Raynox macro lens it is good for macro as well.
Great lens for portraits and fast enough to keep kids non disturbed by flash.
You could use reflectors instead of camera flash or get flash with tilt and rotate head. It is much less harsh on kids eyes because you could bounce it and or use diffuser.


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Jul 04, 2011 23:21 |  #11

kf095 wrote in post #12705334 (external link)
I have three kids, dog and cat...)

If you are OK with 55-250 look at 85 1.8 as it was mentioned before.
Combined with Raynox macro lens it is good for macro as well.
Great lens for portraits and fast enough to keep kids non disturbed by flash.
You could use reflectors instead of camera flash or get flash with tilt and rotate head. It is much less harsh on kids eyes because you could bounce it and or use diffuser.

Hi,
do you mean to combine the 85 1.8 with Raynox macro? I've never heard of Raynox, will have to research it.

Yeah, I know nothing about flashes so I will need to read up on that...


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Jul 04, 2011 23:23 |  #12

Yeah, a flash. No light, no pic! Think "school auditorium". If you're not there yet........




  
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Jul 04, 2011 23:40 |  #13

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Yeah, a flash. No light, no pic! Think "school auditorium". If you're not there yet........

Nope, not there yet... out at the playgrounds, mostly. or the rockies. loads of beautiful wild flowers around this season (tons of late rain) and I've been disappointed with my lenses...


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Jul 05, 2011 05:01 |  #14

Get 100 macro, for portrait and macro:D
Or 85 f/1.8 for shooting yoir kids.


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Jul 05, 2011 07:27 |  #15

As you have said you are too new to get a better lens then go for light. take a look at the photos with fill flash and bounced, to quote Pham's sig. lighting will make or break your photo.
If you haven't got a flash that would be the way to go.
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