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What lens for Car photography?

 
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Sep 24, 2009 07:27 |  #16

Tilt Shift lens possibly? I have no experience but it could be in the running for a good type of lens?


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Sep 24, 2009 09:17 |  #17

I use all types of lenses for car shooting. Everything from ultra-wide to telephoto. Sometimes, I really LIKE the distortion some lenses bring. There isn't a one-lens-does-all solution for anything. The more lenses you have, the more variety you can bring to your photos. But if I were to choose the lens that I use the most often, it would probably be the 17-55.

Here's a couple shots of my car taken a various focal lengths to illustrate the diff...

17-55 @ 17mm:

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10-22 @ 10mm (I love the weird distortion):
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Sep 24, 2009 11:59 as a reply to  @ post 8700353 |  #18

Wow, that really helped and thank you for finding that flickr link. As of now I do not plan on moving up to a full frame body. I was doing alot of reasearch on the Ef-s 10-22 or the tokina 11-16...with these lenses; so would I do 10mm x 1.6 and have a 16mm beginning focal length(ef-s 10-22)? As well as with the tokina 11-16mm (11mm x 1.6= 17mm beginning focal length)? THANKS AGAIN FOR THE RESPONSES AGAIN GUYS!




  
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Sep 24, 2009 13:12 |  #19

No problem for the link/help. Don't get too caught up on the mm when dealing w/ ultra wide angle lenses. That was just to show what the differences are between the two body types primarily. Either lens that you pick up will be as wide as you can go without going to a fish eye lens and be plenty wide. The Tokina is better in low light situations and no matter whom you ask you will hear Tokina or Canon is better. IMO, you get more bang for your buck with the Tokina due to price and the fact that it is a 2.8f stop which means it will handle better in low light situations. Your 24-70 is an awesome lens and like others have said your telephoto options will work well if you have room to adjust where you stand...




  
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Sep 24, 2009 14:37 |  #20

F2.8 also changes the DOF a LOT.... the 10-22 is 3.5-5.6..... You won't get that burst into your face feel.... I just didn't liek the 10-22.......


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Sep 24, 2009 16:30 |  #21

i either like something wide like the 10-22... or something that shows shallow dof like a 70-200 2.8 or my 135L




  
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Sep 24, 2009 20:36 |  #22

ShawnBituin wrote in post #8699928 (external link)
I am still a bit confused about full frame bodies and cop bodies. what's the difference b/w them?

Rebel_XT_Newbie wrote in post #8700353 (external link)
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.

The focal length of a lens is its focal length. A 24mm lens is a 24mm lens on medium format, 35mm, or APS. The only change is angle of view.

OP: since you aren't familiar with 35mm/FF/135 format, forget about references to 35mm equivalents. 15-24mm is wide, <15mm is ultra-wide, >24mm is standard, >40mm is telephoto.

In addition, don't bother only buying EF lenses because of some hypothetical idea of you going to 135 in the future. APS and 135 are two different formats - you'll have to rebuild your kit either way.

And to answer the question, any lens will do. Grab a zoom and figure out what focal lengths work for you, and then you can make a decision.




  
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Sep 24, 2009 20:43 |  #23

it really depends on the shots you want. I see a lot of shoots that use a little of everything. A fast telephoto can give you great background separation.

This is 200mm @ f/2.8. I was just playing around with my new lens.

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Sep 24, 2009 23:58 |  #24

17-55 f/2.8 IS is a great lens you should consider. Consider this:

"Combining an f/2.8 aperture with the 3 stop image stabilization, the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens is arguably the most handholdable lens Canon currently makes. Image stabilization will allow a shot to be taken at a shutter speed up to 3 stops slower than without IS."

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Sep 25, 2009 00:03 |  #25

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.

Agreed! I recall seeing a shoot using the 200 2.8L exclusively and the results were amazing.


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Sep 25, 2009 00:24 |  #26

I shoot mostly cars with my 50d using the 17-55 F2.8 IS. I also have the Sigma 10-20 but after buying the 17-55 I rarely use the Sigma anymore. I find the 10-20 to be too wide sometimes and it distorts the vehicle too much when shooting in the 10-14mm range.

I'd like to get a 70-200 either F2.8 or F4 one of these days.


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Sep 25, 2009 00:25 |  #27

I shoot a lot of rides, I use a telephoto to make sure darker colored cars don't have me in the reflection taking the photo.

When using primes just be sure to try to keep the reflections of buildings, trees, and you to a minimum.




  
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Sep 25, 2009 07:37 |  #28

toxic wrote in post #8704560 (external link)
The focal length of a lens is its focal length. A 24mm lens is a 24mm lens on medium format, 35mm, or APS. The only change is angle of view.

OP: since you aren't familiar with 35mm/FF/135 format, forget about references to 35mm equivalents. 15-24mm is wide, <15mm is ultra-wide, >24mm is standard, >40mm is telephoto.

In addition, don't bother only buying EF lenses because of some hypothetical idea of you going to 135 in the future. APS and 135 are two different formats - you'll have to rebuild your kit either way.

And to answer the question, any lens will do. Grab a zoom and figure out what focal lengths work for you, and then you can make a decision.

Does your statement in the first line mean that a 24mm EF or EF-S lens on my 40D will get the same shot as my old 24mm lens on the F1/A1? Or have you reconsidered the statement (it WAS a year ago!). I was looking at the Canon 10-22 but this forum is making me think again!




  
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Sep 25, 2009 07:45 |  #29

The 24-70 is a versatile car lens (on FF); saying that, I think the 24-105 would be even more versatile by having the extra 35mm on the long end (to 105mm) for better telephoto compression. On a crop, the 17-55 would be nice.


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