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Baby on the way - what lens?

 
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Jan 07, 2013 11:08 |  #1

Just wondering what lens would you guys suggest for capturing memories of our baby? Budget is around $400 so I am thinking 100mm? But are there any other lenses that might be better? Currently have 17-85, 50-1.8, 28-80 converted to macro. And a couple speedlites with wireless triggers. Thanks in advance!




  
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Jan 07, 2013 11:10 |  #2

What body are you using?


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Jan 07, 2013 11:11 |  #3

Since you must have a crop body with the 17-85, I suggest Sigma 30mm f1.4. You can get in pretty close and it's a good focal length with a large aperture. While the baby is sleeping, you'll be able to capture images in less ambient light.

Don't see why you would need something as long as a 100mm because of a baby.


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Jan 07, 2013 11:11 |  #4

i think you should be good with what you have, get some stands and umbrellas/soft boxes instead.


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Jan 07, 2013 11:12 |  #5

I took most of my baby pictures with a 50mm f/2.5 compact macro.




  
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Jan 07, 2013 11:19 |  #6

I'm with mike, get yourself an umbrella setup if you dont have already, you're covered already. Babies are slow, and you can easily retake if needed.


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Jan 07, 2013 11:24 |  #7

My son was born Sept 18th this year. I'm finding that my most used lens on FF is the 35mm, followed closely by the 85mm for portrait like stuff.

As others have said, the next most used thing is an umbrella and speedlight.

Get to be a pro with making supports out of blankets and pillows to support the baby. For seated shots, I'll lay a blanket over the back of the couch, and build a U shaped "bucket" out of pillows under the blanket for the little guy to drop his butt into. If I do this right over where two of the back cushions come together, I can use the vertical split between the pillows, behind the blanket, to help prop him upright... I can normally get off 5-6 shots before the weight of his head starts pulling him one way or another.

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For lying down shots, you can do pretty much the same thing with blankets and pillows, making a "pocket" for the baby to stay in.

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Jan 07, 2013 11:44 |  #8

I was going to say that on a FF body 35mm and 85mm would be ideal. On a crop, you have it all covered with speedlites and such.

Personally, I would get comfortable with the focal lengths you already have and start saving for faster lenses (primes or zooms) to get more pop from your photos.



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Jan 07, 2013 11:44 |  #9

I agree with those who suggested you go with the wider side. To me the the biggest advantages of a longer FL for portraits are more room for lighting, flattering perspective, and the ability to be out of the subject's face. But babies don't really benefit from the slimming perspective, and when they're young they don't (at least mine didn't anyway) get bothered by the camera being closer to them. The other thing is that if you have your baby sitting up on something, it could be advantageous to be situated closer in case he/she starts to slide or fall and you have to jump to the rescue. I use 28/1.8; others will also suggest Sigma 30, which I haven't used.


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Jan 07, 2013 11:48 |  #10

On your crop body I highly suggest a good copy of the Sigma 30mm 1.4. I had a 50mm on my T1i and didn't like the focal length for indoors. I ended up getting a 35mm 1.4 and it was perfect for everyday use. Essentially a 50mm on a crop.
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Jan 07, 2013 12:12 |  #11

Your 50 will do just fine. I used a 50mm for all of the shots of my kids when they were babies. Now that they are mobile it's too long and I use my 17-55 almost exclusively.

A 100mm you are going to find to be waay too long, and you don't need macro for kids. You can fill the entire frame with them from just a couple of feet away with a 50mm.


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Jan 07, 2013 12:19 |  #12

I took this one kneeling on my knees above her, so about 3-4 feet away, tops, with my 50mm.


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Jan 07, 2013 12:53 |  #13

Congratulations!!

I preferred not to flash my kid's eyes, so I took most of the pics with fast primes. Babies don't move much so you can use a tripod and longer exposures.

If you're happy with the 50/1.8 maybe try something wider. 100mm on crop is too long for indoors. But a macro lens could be nice for details and close up shots.

Another option is to sell your crop camera + 17-85 and get a used 5d mkii. That + the 50/1.8 would give you a great setup for shots indoors.




  
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Jan 07, 2013 12:57 |  #14

+1 to sigma 30/1.4. I had it with the baby when I was cropist. Years later you will appreciate the pictures that show also the environment IMHO.

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Jan 07, 2013 16:29 |  #15

Babies tend to become toddlers very quickly, so anything you buy better work well with toddlers as well. As toddlers move a lot, you really need a flexibility of a zoom. A good upgrade would be to get one of the constant f2.8 standard zooms, 17-5x mm. I recommend Sigma 17-50 OS - good quality, AF better than Tamron 17-50, much cheaper than Canon 17-55. With such a lens, there won't be much need for your 50mm f1.8.


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