atsilverstein wrote in post #17766701
It's a 70-300 zoom lens. I only have that or the 18-55 as of now, and I've been using the Tamron over the Nikon because I like the results more. Looks like I'll be needing to add another lens. Thanks for the suggestions
Your 70-300 Tamron will give you better results over your kit lens for a couple of reasons:
1. Your Nikon is a kit lens and while they will get you started, they are not normally known for producing the best images.
2. Your Tamron has a longer focal length and can compress the scene better than your Nikon, especially when you're shooting the Nikon at the shorter focal lengths (28mm). Normally, you'll appreciate the longer focal lengths available on your Tamron for portraits.
While shooting at 28mm will give you closer proximity to your child (subject), it also comes at a price. Even after adjusting for the crop sensor, you're still shooting at less than 50mm which can introduce distortion. When you're ready to buy your next lens, you'll also want to consider a faster lens (one with a wider aperture) to allow you to blur your backgrounds. You didn't mention your budget, so it would be difficult to suggest which lens would be better for you, but you have a few options. If you just want to replace your kit lens, there are some 3rd party lenses available with a fixed f/2.8 aperture that would give better results than your kit lens and are available for less than $500. You could also consider a prime lens like a 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4 that would be less than $300 if you wanted to experiment with very shallow DOF. Even if you decide to add another zoom lens later, it's always nice to have a fast 50mm prime. On your crop camera, this would be similar to shooting with a 75mm lens on a full frame camera, which is a nice focal length for portraits. Your kit lens can also shoot at that focal length, but it won't match the quality of a prime.
I don't shoot Nikon, but if you'll state your budget, I'm sure you'll get some recommendations for your next lens.
Canon 7D, 5D, 35L, 50 f/1.4, 85 f/1.8, 135L, 200L, 10-22, 17-55, 70-300, 100-400L, 500D, 580EX(2).
Sigma 150 macro, 1.4X, 2X, Quantaray 2X, Kenko closeup tubes, Yongnuo YN685(3), Yongnuo YN-622C-TX. Lots of studio stuff.
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