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Mar 11, 2009 09:14 as a reply to  @ post 7501284 |  #16

I've used a ton of lenses for my two kids indoors. Everything from the kit lens (18-55 non-IS) to a 70-200 f/4. My favorite lens is by far the 85 1.8. Attached to the 5D would be killer. Of course I would also use the 580EX. Bounce that flash all over the place, use a low to moderate ISO depending on how much ambient you want, and a large aperture.

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Rebel XT, Tamron 28-75, 430 EX flash, 1/60, f/5, ISO 400

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Rebel XT, Sigma 17-70 (I think), 430EX flash, 1/125, f/6.3, ISO 200
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Rebel XT, 85 1.8, 430EX flash, 1/200, f/3.2, ISO 100
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40D, 70-200 f/4 L, 430 EX flash, 1/200, f/4, ISO 200
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1DMKII, Sigma 24-60, 430 EX flash, 1/125, f/5.6, ISO 200
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Mar 11, 2009 09:17 as a reply to  @ In2Photos's post |  #17

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We are expecting a baby in the next few days, the babies room is ALL YELLOW, even the ceiling! I've been taking pics of the room and it is hard with all the yellow. Any hints on how to make sure the colors on the photos don't come through with so much yellow? I have a 50D, 430EX, 17-55, I am renting the 24L II next week as well.

That is going to be tough. I would probably take pictures in another room! My daughters room is all pink, even the ceiling. Shots in there always have a tint that just doesn't come out.


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Mar 11, 2009 09:19 |  #18

Try shooting a grey card, I find shooting Abby in the yellow room if i shot my whibal card first on the change table then setup her bath and stuff and use the Whibal card shot later to set the white balance it all comes out pretty decent.


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Mar 11, 2009 09:49 |  #19

In2Photos wrote in post #7501371 (external link)
Here is a few from the vault.

Funny to see your gear change over time, eh? Your wife should thank you for every piece of kit you purchase as you have a wonderful archive going.


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Mar 11, 2009 10:06 |  #20

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Funny to see your gear change over time, eh?

It is! I didn't think I changed that much gear! :shock: Looking back I had no issues with any of the lenses I have purchased over time. They have all suited me well and I have shots that I love from all of them. I would still have the Sigma 17-70 if I didn't upgrade to the MKII. Cameras are a different story though. The XT was a great first camera, but in the end I started missing shots due to the slower AF. So I got a 40D. I would still have that if I didn't win a killer deal on the MKII. I'm done for a while I think. Unless someone comes out with a 20ish-85ish lens that I like for my MKII. I would even consider a 500mm f/5.6 with IS/OS too.

Your wife should thank you for every piece of kit you purchase as you have a wonderful archive going.

Thanks! She does and she loves the pictures! I bought her a digital frame that she takes to work so she can view them all the time. In fact it is time for an update to her card. I need to start printing larger, though. The 4x6, 5x7, and 8x10 prints just aren't doing it for me anymore. But frames are so expensive.


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Mar 11, 2009 11:54 |  #21

hmmmm. most of the walls are all white. but the lighting tends to be bad and the lens has quite a time focusing.
great shots btw. just a little frustrating some times. missing those important one of shots


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Mar 11, 2009 11:57 |  #22

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hmmmm. most of the walls are all white. but the lighting tends to be bad and the lens has quite a time focusing.
great shots btw. just a little frustrating some times. missing those important one of shots

A speedlite on the hotshoe would help with both issues -- bouncing off the wall is a great way to get soft sidelighting and the focus-assist beam will give the lens a cross-hatch pattern to work with.

I know you said you have one but like you, I was depending on fast apertures to get the shots. Once I sold the L wide primes, I had to learn to use the flash better indoors and it has made for better photos overall as I'm not hoping for sunlight (as we have nice windows) or wishing I had more lamplight in a certain corner in the evening.


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Mar 11, 2009 11:59 |  #23

Definitely use natural light if you can, but a flash isn't awful. Just learn about how not to cast shadow, being away from walls, use bounce, etc. It's not that hard, just takes practice.


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Mar 11, 2009 12:30 |  #24

TheHoff wrote in post #7502395 (external link)
A speedlite on the hotshoe would help with both issues -- bouncing off the wall is a great way to get soft sidelighting and the focus-assist beam will give the lens a cross-hatch pattern to work with.

I know you said you have one but like you, I was depending on fast apertures to get the shots. Once I sold the L wide primes, I had to learn to use the flash better indoors and it has made for better photos overall as I'm not hoping for sunlight (as we have nice windows) or wishing I had more lamplight in a certain corner in the evening.

I concur with the Hoff. The AF assist beam is great. You have to be in one shot mode though, so tracking a moving subject is more difficult. Not an issue for you yet since your little one is only 2 months old, but later you may find that you will get a few (or maybe lots ;)) of OOF shots.


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Mar 11, 2009 14:11 |  #25

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That shot is simply stunning.

She's a real beauty. :)



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Mar 11, 2009 14:39 |  #26

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Looking back I had no issues with any of the lenses I have purchased over time. They have all suited me well and I have shots that I love from all of them. I would still have the Sigma 17-70 if I didn't upgrade to the MKII. Cameras are a different story though. The XT was a great first camera, but in the end I started missing shots due to the slower AF. So I got a 40D. I would still have that if I didn't win a killer deal on the MKII. I'm done for a while I think.

It's quite amazing how having toddlers forces you to expand and improve your camera gear. I'm thinking of upgrading my XT to a 40D for the same reason you did. I'm probably ok with the lenses I have for now, but have thought about getting the 85 1.8 and a 70-200 IS for the inevitable sports pictures (I have a 3 year old boy and another boy on the way). I need to sell some of my older lenses and film bodies to justify spending too much more on gear.


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Mar 11, 2009 14:54 |  #27

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That shot is simply stunning.

She's a real beauty. :)

Thank you very much!


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It's quite amazing how having toddlers forces you to expand and improve your camera gear. I'm thinking of upgrading my XT to a 40D for the same reason you did. I'm probably ok with the lenses I have for now, but have thought about getting the 85 1.8 and a 70-200 IS for the inevitable sports pictures (I have a 3 year old boy and another boy on the way). I need to sell some of my older lenses and film bodies to justify spending too much more on gear.

My daughter turns 4 this April and is going to start playing soccer so my 70-200 and perhaps my 150-500 will get an even bigger workout. I am very excited though!

As for your gear, I see a lot of repetitive lenses. You could definitely sell a few to help fund the 85 and 70-200. I have the f/4 version of the 70-200 and is does quiet well so if you can't drop the big $ on the IS version it is a good alternative.

Congrats on the new baby! Mine just turned 4 months so we don't have much time left before he is mobile and we are doomed! :lol:


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My daughter turns 4 this April and is going to start playing soccer so my 70-200 and perhaps my 150-500 will get an even bigger workout. I am very excited though!

As for your gear, I see a lot of repetitive lenses. You could definitely sell a few to help fund the 85 and 70-200. I have the f/4 version of the 70-200 and is does quiet well so if you can't drop the big $ on the IS version it is a good alternative.

Yeah, the 24-85 and 75-300 IS are lenses I bought with my Elan IIe ten years ago. The 50 1.8 Mk 1 is a backup for my 50 1.4 which took 3 months to repair (broken AF). The 55-250 IS is a new addition which is intended to replace my 75-300 IS until I get something better like the 100-400L. I couldn't pass it up for $199, and I like having a small kit (18-55 IS, 55-250 IS) for travel and hiking. The Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 is also new but was front-focusing and is being re-calibrated. It should be back in a another week or two and the 18-55 IS may be superfluous at that point.

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Congrats on the new baby! Mine just turned 4 months so we don't have much time left before he is mobile and we are doomed! :lol:

Thanks. Mine will arrive in mid-June, and I plan to be ready this time. for the first baby, all I had to shoot with was a Powershot S70 and Elan IIe. No fast primes, no external flash. I was frustrated (and sleep deprived) for the first two months and then the camera gear spending started.


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Mar 11, 2009 15:57 |  #30

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Yeah, the 24-85 and 75-300 IS are lenses I bought with my Elan IIe ten years ago. The 50 1.8 Mk 1 is a backup for my 50 1.4 which took 3 months to repair (broken AF). The 55-250 IS is a new addition which is intended to replace my 75-300 IS until I get something better like the 100-400L. I couldn't pass it up for $199, and I like having a small kit (18-55 IS, 55-250 IS) for travel and hiking. The Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 is also new but was front-focusing and is being re-calibrated. It should be back in a another week or two and the 18-55 IS may be superfluous at that point.

Sounds like you have a plan then!

Thanks. Mine will arrive in mid-June, and I plan to be ready this time. for the first baby, all I had to shoot with was a Powershot S70 and Elan IIe. No fast primes, no external flash. I was frustrated (and sleep deprived) for the first two months and then the camera gear spending started.

When our first arrived I had NO interest in photography. Our camera was an Olympus P&S. My wife was getting frustrated with it not being fast enough so I bought her an XT. That is all it took, hook, line and sinker!


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