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Sep 30, 2008 12:58 |  #1

New to bodyscapes.
I have 3 lenses and want to take some more.
Which one of these should I use? I have a 10-22, a 70-300 and a 50mm.
Which would give the best results? I will be doing a lot of low light photos with rim lighting as wll.
I was thinking the 50mm would be best...

Aside from these lenses, what lenses would be a great addition if I were to purchse one?


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Sep 30, 2008 14:47 |  #2

with those as your choices, the 50 would be the best. the 10-22 would give a lot of perspective distortion, and you probably wouldn't have enough working distance for the 70-300, although it might be good for closer shots.

I am no G&N expert at all, but those are my quick thoughts.


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Sep 30, 2008 20:33 |  #3

You can do bodyscape shots with any of those lenses, or with any lens for that matter. It depends on what you want to achieve with the image, however, of the lenses you mentioned, as James noted, the 50mm is the best focal length to achieve the "standard" look for a bodyscape.


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Sep 30, 2008 20:58 |  #4

Cool, yeah I was thinking the 50 as well.
If you were to pick up a new lens for under $500 what would be your top choices?


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Sep 30, 2008 22:19 |  #5

Once again, I think you're going about it the wrong way. Define what you need in a lens (focal length, max aperture, build quality, bokeh) and then see what's out there that matches your budget. There are a number of lenses out there that are very good for under $500, but you shouldn't buy them just to buy them. Define your need first.


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Oct 01, 2008 07:17 as a reply to  @ Mark_Cohran's post |  #6

Well I asked because sometimes I find I dont always get the sharpest images in low light. The 50 works best for me in those conditions but I thought maybe IS would help on a lens. So if there was something similar. Im realy just trying to produce clean sharp images from low light conditions.


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Oct 01, 2008 14:35 |  #7

well, clean, sharp and low light don't get along very well together. In low light, even with a fast lens, you are typically at high iso, wide open aperture and slower shutter speeds. This means that you will have a more shallow depth of field (less in focus), more noise, and possible motion blur or camera shake to contend with. IS helps with everything but motion blur, so it is nice to have. A fast lens helps with everything except obviously getting more depth of field. Both are nice.

However, a good, fast, IS lens is going to be quite expensive - starting around $1,000.

Mark above is right, you need to be thinking about what focal length and other characteristics you are looking for first and then look at the options that fit your criteria.


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Oct 28, 2014 03:25 |  #8

50mm for me too ( in FF, of course)
No optical distortion, MFD=17.8" (45 cm)
Economic lens (except F/1.2 canon)
Just perfect ...

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Jan 12, 2015 09:00 |  #9

Tripod. Strobe.
More light.

Low key is a pictorial element. It doesn't mean you have to shot the picture in low light.

As with most things photographic, the tools are variable, and dictated by the artistic intent.


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Jan 12, 2015 09:52 |  #10

dmward wrote in post #17378671 (external link)
Low key is a pictorial element. It doesn't mean you have to shot the picture in low light..

this is exactly what i was going to say.

in fact, the lower you want the light in the photo, the more important it is to have full control of the light.


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Mar 12, 2015 22:09 |  #11

Considering that Neville's last post was two years ago - I really doubt that waking up a 7 year old is going to help :-D


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Mar 13, 2018 16:12 as a reply to  @ josh5k's post |  #12

10 years ago and I totally know what lens to use now. LOL :lol:


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Apr 04, 2018 08:17 |  #13

my thought was that you needed a body to photograph in the first place ;-)a


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Jul 24, 2018 00:57 |  #14

for me it is the 50mm




  
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