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What lens for Car photography?

 
ShawnBituin
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Sep 23, 2009 14:07 |  #1

Hey guys! This is my first post here on POTN. I've really been getting into car photography, mainly JDM type of cars. I really like the styles of the night shots with strobes. I am currently shooting with a 50D and a 24-70L. Please send me reccomendations for lenses. Mainly wide angled. I dont know if this will help with your reccomendations by i also enjoy rolling shots. I shoot cars during all times of the day (morning sunrise and evening sunsets). THANKS ALOT!!!!




  
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Sep 23, 2009 14:26 |  #2

ShawnBituin wrote in post #8696455 (external link)
Hey guys! This is my first post here on POTN. I've really been getting into car photography, mainly JDM type of cars. I really like the styles of the night shots with strobes. I am currently shooting with a 50D and a 24-70L. Please send me reccomendations for lenses. Mainly wide angled. I dont know if this will help with your reccomendations by i also enjoy rolling shots. I shoot cars during all times of the day (morning sunrise and evening sunsets). THANKS ALOT!!!!

17-40 is a nice thing to have for cars. But I think a 10-22 will complement your 24-70 better. Both are nice, it only depends if you like all that out of proportion stuff when shooting at 10mm.


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Sep 23, 2009 14:34 |  #3

If you are going to be in a confined area shooting the autos, it might be best to go with an UWA lens. Both the Canon 10-22 and Tokina 11-16 lenses will do an excellent job.


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Sep 23, 2009 14:43 |  #4

Cyclop wrote in post #8696603 (external link)
If you are going to be in a confined area shooting the autos, it might be best to go with an UWA lens. Both the Canon 10-22 and Tokina 11-16 lenses will do an excellent job.

As does the great 12-24mm Tokina if you can live with f/4 for your wide lens...


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Sep 23, 2009 15:48 |  #5

fish eyes are nice for car shots too, Tokina 10-17mm


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Sep 23, 2009 16:07 |  #6

I had the Tokina 11-16 which for me was a much better lens than the Canon due to the f2.8 of the Tokina vs. F4 (I think Canon is around there). Tokina is a very sharp lens and since you are not shooting on a FF body I would suggest this lens which is a little cheaper than the Canon as well. If you ever do go up to a FF body pretty much the 24-70 would suit your needs or 17-40! Eitehr way, these wide angles will not work on a FF body so really depends on what your plans are.




  
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Sep 23, 2009 16:51 |  #7

tokina 11-16 is good. but if youre budget concious, the tokina 12-24 is ok too


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Sep 23, 2009 17:07 |  #8

Never underestimate the beauty of a telephoto in automotive photography (as long as you have the working room). Something about that telephoto compression does justice to cars.



  
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Sep 23, 2009 17:31 |  #9

What you guys talking about 10-22 is really not that great for close ups if you looking at wide angles..... you really should get the 16-35L its a much better complement to the 24-70 and a much better picture quality....


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Sep 24, 2009 01:53 |  #10

Rebel_XT_Newbie wrote in post #8697183 (external link)
I had the Tokina 11-16 which for me was a much better lens than the Canon due to the f2.8 of the Tokina vs. F4 (I think Canon is around there). Tokina is a very sharp lens and since you are not shooting on a FF body I would suggest this lens which is a little cheaper than the Canon as well. If you ever do go up to a FF body pretty much the 24-70 would suit your needs or 17-40! Eitehr way, these wide angles will not work on a FF body so really depends on what your plans are.

I am still a bit confused about full frame bodies and cop bodies. what's the difference b/w them?




  
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Sep 24, 2009 01:55 as a reply to  @ Rebel_XT_Newbie's post |  #11

thanks for the replies again guys!!




  
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Sep 24, 2009 06:08 |  #12

When you have a full frame body camera such as the 5D MK II and have a 24mm lens such as your 24-70 you get actually 24mm wide. Canon's 10-22 lens is an EF-S lens which does not work on a full frame camera. This is why I was asking what you plan to do down the road becasue if you buy any of those lens I specified they will not work on a full frame camera.

On your crop body you are at a 1.6 crop factor sensor versus a full frame sensor (FF). What this means is you would take 24 x 1.6 and your lens would actually be about 38mm on your camera versus 24mm on a full frame. So, a 16-35 or even the 17-40 is plenty wide on a FF body.

There is a ton of info on the net about the differences. I was trying to find a site that shows the difference with an actual picture so you could see for yourself what you miss on a crop sensor w/ the same lens, but can't find it at the moment.

Hope this helps. I am sure somebody can chime in and explain it a little better, but hopefully this helps.

EDIT: I just found a link that shows the difference with a picture: http://www.flickr.com …ifmus/307918435​3/sizes/o/ (external link) Ignore the circles in this example...




  
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Sep 24, 2009 06:57 |  #13

Dorman wrote in post #8697518 (external link)
Never underestimate the beauty of a telephoto in automotive photography (as long as you have the working room). Something about that telephoto compression does justice to cars.

Indeed. But because the topic opener has already a 24-70, I would go for something wide. You can use both wide as long focal length for cars

I love my 85 when shooting cars.

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But I also love the look of the 35 :)

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Sep 24, 2009 07:09 |  #14

There is no right lense imho. As the pics above show any focal length can work. It really depends on each shoot i find.


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Sep 24, 2009 07:11 as a reply to  @ Dawud's post |  #15

Never underestimate the beauty of a telephoto in automotive photography (as long as you have the working room). Something about that telephoto compression does justice to cars.

+1

Nice pics Dawud. wow, 1.3 sec on the 35 shot? I'm guessing it was really dark there.


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