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Jul 28, 2009 16:06 |  #1

My next lens is gonna be the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM is this a good lens for taking pictures of cars thanx




  
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Jul 28, 2009 16:09 |  #2

Sounds good to me! :D




  
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Jul 28, 2009 16:09 |  #3

What camera do you use?


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Jul 28, 2009 16:15 |  #4

KenjiS wrote in post #8358429 (external link)
What camera do you use?

i find it perfect for cars on my cropped body. Might be a bit wide on the 17mm end on a FF, but you can zoom in. The saturation and contrast of the lens really make the cars pop in my opinion.


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Jul 28, 2009 16:16 |  #5

ive got 40D plus the 85 f1.2L ii and the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
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Jul 28, 2009 16:22 |  #6

tooty wrote in post #8358472 (external link)
ive got 40D plus the 85 f1.2L ii and the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
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Sometimes polarizers can help

Personally, you already have the 17-40mm range covered, I'd go with say, a Sigma 10-20...

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Jul 28, 2009 16:35 |  #7

great pics KenjiS im gonna replace the 17-85 with the 17- 40L is there a good focal range for taking car pics? and any more hints and tips on car pics would be welcome.




  
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Jul 28, 2009 18:01 |  #8

Maybe the Tamron 17-50 2.8 rather than the 17-40L?


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Jul 28, 2009 19:18 |  #9

tooty wrote in post #8358553 (external link)
great pics KenjiS im gonna replace the 17-85 with the 17- 40L is there a good focal range for taking car pics? and any more hints and tips on car pics would be welcome.

Ah, personally i use my 10-20, I like that range for car pics..the UWA can give you some very interesting compositional choices..


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Jul 28, 2009 19:20 |  #10

My favorite len's for car pictures is a 70-200 2.8. That's if you can always pick your own locations because of course the 70-200 isn't gonna be perfect every situation. 150mm+ in combination with f2.8 gives good separation on automotive shots and with most other lenses it's not an easy thing to achieve.


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Jul 29, 2009 14:26 |  #11

I take a lot of car pics and I must say, my old Tamron 17-50 f2.8 was my all time fav for taking car pics.. Since i moved up to a 5D , I have not found anything all around comparable for the price


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Jul 29, 2009 14:29 |  #12

tooty wrote in post #8358415 (external link)
My next lens is gonna be the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM is this a good lens for taking pictures of cars thanx

not really no, its not long enough to give a flattering image. you can take the odd shot with it but other than that you want somthing around 70-80mm


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Jul 29, 2009 15:00 |  #13

It depends how much space you have and what sort of perspective you like. Personally I find the 17-40 ideal for car shots, especially at outdoor shows, where you often don't have a great deal of space.


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Jul 29, 2009 16:09 |  #14

Madweasel wrote in post #8364361 (external link)
It depends how much space you have and what sort of perspective you like. Personally I find the 17-40 ideal for car shots, especially at outdoor shows, where you often don't have a great deal of space.

agreed. most of the car pics I take are at shows with cars parked closely together and alot of spectators. if you needed alot of space to take a picture (say a 70-200) it will be very difficult to pull off a clean shot. Now if you are doing a single car shoot, that is a different story and there are a number of good options.


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Jul 29, 2009 16:21 |  #15

Like any kind of shooting, you'll likely want a variety of lenses to provide the creative flexiblity you need. But yeah, a 17-40 can do an excellent job of shooting cars. But then again, so can a $150 18-55. Cars are not typically something you shoot at wide apertures.


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