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What's a good alternative to the 18-135 kit lens for kid candids

 
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Dec 19, 2012 19:08 |  #16

I love the 200mm 2.8 for kid candids outdoors. With a 50mm, the photo will hardly be candid. You're right in front of the child. The 200mm allows you to really distance yourself. This lens was made for candids. The lens also has some very pretty bokeh. I also like the 300mm f4 for candids.




  
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Dec 19, 2012 19:15 as a reply to  @ post 15387033 |  #17

28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS or 70-200mm f/4L IS

Actually, the 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or the 70-200mm f/4L IS lenses are great for outdoor shots of kids and if used with bounced flash, also great for shots indoors.

The 28-135mm is not very wide on a crop camera but, I detest w/a lenses for people shooting due to perspective distortion...


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Dec 20, 2012 03:39 |  #18

I'm a little puzzled...

The title of the thread is alternative to 18-135 for kid candids, but the body of your post is looking for a walk-around.

There's nothing wrong with the 18-135 for kid candids...especially outdoors in daylight. Where that lens comes up short is indoors as it's a slow f4.5-5.6, and reaches f5.6 about 70mm or so. What it definitely needs indoors is an external flash...perhaps a 440EX or a 580EX i or ii. Bounce the flash off the ceiling and you should have good results. That's how I solved the problems with my 18-135 on the 30D and later 60D until I upgraded to L glass.

If you're really looking for a fast 'indoor' lens, how about the 50 mm 1.8, 1.4, or the pancake 40mm?

I still think the 18-135 is a near-perfect walk-around lens, even more so than the 24-105L I replaced it with because of it's great zoom range with surprisingly good IQ.


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Dec 20, 2012 07:14 |  #19

I previously had the Tamron 18-270 PZD VC which was extremely versatile but really isn't the sharpest lens. I rarely found myself past 200 anyway...

Now I have the 15-85 and its a great lens. These are in abundance right now for some reason for around $500 used. Thats a steal. The only negative is its a bit slower.

I also don't think anyone has mentioned the Tamron 70-300 VC. My copy is very sharp in the center, which if you are taking candids is really whats important. I bought my copy for $280 a few months back.


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