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Jun 02, 2011 08:25 |  #1

I'm looking into taking better pics of the cars I detailed with my T2i. So far I got the kit lens and the 55-250mm. I was thinking about getting the 50mm 1.4 but don't know if it can fulfill my needs.

What would you guys recommend that isn't too expensive or maybe something on their refurbish site?


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Jun 02, 2011 09:08 |  #2

17-55 IS is what I'd recommend.


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Jun 02, 2011 09:15 as a reply to  @ KRUSH's post |  #3

either 15-85 or 17-55. are these shots usually outdoors or indoors?




  
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Jun 02, 2011 09:36 |  #4

Thanks, outdoor usually. I have been taking pictures with my kit lens and it comes out good, but want to step it up. How would 15-85 or 17-55 be better then 18-55?


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Jun 02, 2011 09:59 |  #5

slickooz wrote in post #12521662 (external link)
I'm looking into taking better pics of the cars I detailed with my T2i. So far I got the kit lens and the 55-250mm. I was thinking about getting the 50mm 1.4 but don't know if it can fulfill my needs.

What about your current pics needs improvement? It would be helpful to see some example shots to get an idea of what you are shooting (e.g. full car shots with front to back depth of field, close-in detail shots, shots in bright sunlight, lower light, etc. etc.)

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Thanks, outdoor usually. I have been taking pictures with my kit lens and it comes out good, but want to step it up. How would 15-85 or 17-55 be better then 18-55?

Those lenses are better than the kit lens in various ways such as build quality and speed, but there is no guarantee that they are going to automatically make your pictures better.




  
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Jun 02, 2011 10:09 |  #6

slickooz wrote in post #12521662 (external link)
I'm looking into taking better pics of the cars I detailed with my T2i. So far I got the kit lens and the 55-250mm.

Car pictures from a T2i and a Canon 18-55mm image stabilizer lens often sold with Canon cameras as a "kit lens."

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Handheld and available light in the above examples.

The combination of the T2i and the 18-55mm image stabilizer lens has caused no trouble and imposed no limits on the ability to take pictures of automobiles. Taking "better pics" may require other changes.



  
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Jun 02, 2011 10:18 as a reply to  @ DC Fan's post |  #7

Very nice pictures with that lens.




  
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Jun 02, 2011 10:21 |  #8

your kit lens will do just fine....or consider the Tammy 17-50 2.8 non/vc


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Jun 02, 2011 10:23 |  #9

patrickf117 wrote in post #12522296 (external link)
your kit lens will do just fine....or consider the Tammy 17-50 2.8 non/vc

+++1^^^


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Jun 02, 2011 10:27 |  #10

I use two lenses, a Sigma 18-200mm OS and a Canon 100mm IS L macro. The macro is for detail shots and whatnot, the Sig is for body shots and other stuff. The Sig is the only lens I need to be honest, because I can get full-body shots with it, I can zoom in for details, I can shoot portraits (for when models are around), etc.. I like it because it's sharp, but also because of the distortion on the wide end. I can use that distortion for "artistic" angles and such, like making the car look like it's coming at you.


I've got tons of shots and so far the Sig has done perfectly for me...

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And here's some of that distortion at work, maybe not everyone's cup of tea, but a lot of people like that in your face" look for cars...

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One thing to realize though is that when you're shooting cars there a lot to be said for proper composition and processing. If you frame the car right and process it right, any lens is going to give you good shots. Shoot at f/8 so the whole car is in focus, but so that your depth of field fades back enough so that stuff in the background isn't in focus. Process the image so the color tones pop and look real on the car, and run noise reduction to smooth the paint so it looks fluid, like it does in person. Any lens that gets you the shots you want is the "best" lens, but it also takes a good eye and a bit of processing trickery to get things to looks the way you want and to make the car look like it's supposed to look.


I'm sure plenty of people can post plenty of images with every lens under the sun, and the shots will look great. What that's gonna prove is that any lens will work, any lens gets the job done. What you have to figure out is what you want your shots to look like, what type of environment you're shooting in (car shows, solo shoots, etc..), and what you want the final results to look like ("real" versus "artistic" and that sort of thing).

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Jun 02, 2011 10:34 |  #11

slickooz wrote in post #12521662 (external link)
I'm looking into taking better pics of the cars I detailed with my T2i. So far I got the kit lens and the 55-250mm. I was thinking about getting the 50mm 1.4 but don't know if it can fulfill my needs.

What would you guys recommend that isn't too expensive or maybe something on their refurbish site?

50 1.4 is way too narrow at T2i, you would have to step back a lot if you need to take picture of entire vehicle.
30 1.4 Sigma is better option for prime at your camera.

Pictures are nice with small aperture on cars sometimes.
These are with 50 1.8 at 5Dc, 30 1.4 is going to be around the same on T2i

f2.8 at 50mm

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I'll look at something like Tamron 17-50 2.8 as well, if Canon 17-55 2.8 is too expensive.
Plus, if you are taking pictures outsite, you need CPL, if you don't have one already.

With kit lens and CPL.

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Jun 02, 2011 10:48 |  #12

DC Fan wrote in post #12522214 (external link)
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I didn't realize chromatic aberration was that bad on the kit lens.

nice pics though.



  
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Jun 02, 2011 10:51 |  #13

17-40 and complemented by 15mm Fe


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Jun 02, 2011 11:05 |  #14

thrash_273 wrote in post #12522457 (external link)
17-40 and complemented by 15mm Fe

I was going to say... something very wide works really well with cars, especially close-up


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Jun 02, 2011 11:20 as a reply to  @ SMP_Homer's post |  #15

^^^^^

An ultra wide up close and personal with a small aperture and deep depth of field can look pretty cool..

I did some stuff years ago (film era) with a 15mm Nikkor, shooting a 1978 Porsche 911 Carrera. I went in close to one headlight and allowed the rest of the car to distort. At f/8, everything was in focus.


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