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Keedo
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Aug 10, 2012 15:10 |  #1

Hey guys, adding a new lens to my collection.

Right now, i have the T3I

Sigma 10-20mm 4.0
Canon 18-55mm kit lens
Canon 50-250mm or something kit lens

Thinking about getting a prime lens. I have a crop sensor so thats whats making me debate between a 50mm or 35mm.

What i shoot:
Automotive
Panning
Landscape
(Soon to be portraits)
Wildlife
A lot if night time photography AND video.

1.8 or 1.4?

I am also taking suggestions to other lens that fit that criteria.
Thank you guys for looking!


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Aug 10, 2012 15:14 |  #2

Since you have zooms in those ranges just zoom to whatever prime length your considering and try shooting at that length.




  
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Aug 10, 2012 15:28 |  #3

35 for indoors or full body portraits
50 for outdoor and/or half body portraits
85 is also an options and would be great for headshots or lots of room outdoors.


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Aug 10, 2012 15:30 |  #4

You can use your 10-20 for automotive, landscape and possibly panning. Portraits and night, I would go for either the Canon or Sigma 50 1.4.


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Aug 10, 2012 15:33 |  #5
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I use crop sensor bodies and really like the 28mm f/2.8 and the 50mm f/1.8 II. They are good lenses that don't cost a fortune. I have the 85 1.8 but it is a bit long. I like it, but don't use it very much.


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Aug 10, 2012 15:44 |  #6

tkbslc wrote in post #14841276 (external link)
35 for indoors or full body portraits
50 for outdoor and/or half body portraits
85 is also an options and would be great for headshots or lots of room outdoors.

These are all great focal lengths to consider, but for "lots of room outdoors" I'd suggest the 200mm focal length. I've used a 100mm indoors for portraits many times, So you really don't need to be in a cornfield to use the 85mm focal length. You may want to try your zoom at various focal lengths indoor and out and decide what FL you like the best, then consider a faster prime around that length.




  
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Aug 10, 2012 16:04 |  #7

nightcat wrote in post #14841325 (external link)
These are all great focal lengths to consider, but for "lots of room outdoors" I'd suggest the 200mm focal length. I've used a 100mm indoors for portraits many times, So you really don't need to be in a cornfield to use the 85mm focal length. You may want to try your zoom at various focal lengths indoor and out and decide what FL you like the best, then consider a faster prime around that length.

85mm requires at least 20 feet of working distance for a full body portrait of an adult. That's plenty of room in my book. 200mm would be 50+ feet for a full body portrait.

I guess "lots of room" is variable, but I want to be within 20 feet of my subject so they can hear me talking to them.


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Aug 10, 2012 16:08 |  #8

tkbslc wrote in post #14841402 (external link)
85mm requires at least 20 feet of working distance for a full body portrait of an adult. That's plenty of room in my book. 200mm would be 50+ feet for a full body portrait.

I guess "lots of room" is variable, but I want to be within 20 feet of my subject so they can hear me talking to them.

I prefer to send my subjects a postcard.




  
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Aug 10, 2012 16:18 |  #9

nightcat wrote in post #14841413 (external link)
I prefer to send my subjects a postcard.

What? I couldn't here you from way back there.


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Aug 10, 2012 16:18 |  #10

I see, when i am taking pictures, i usually dont have a lot of room. Dont forget, i have a crop body.
So 35mm is close to 50mm and 50mm is close to 85mm for me. 85 is near 130ishmm for me.


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Aug 10, 2012 16:25 as a reply to  @ Keedo's post |  #11

I am very lucky in having a very large living room / family room which allows me not to really worry about not having enough room to shoot. I also have a studio set up in half of an RV garage which provides enough space to allow me to use virtually any focal length lens I desire.

However, I recently did a photoshoot in a friend's rather small apartment. I had no trouble shooting head and shoulders portraits with a 70-200mm f/4L IS lens.

By crunching against the opposite wall, I was even able to shoot a full body portrait of the subject kneeling on a desk using 70mm on a 1.6x crop camera but, that was really stretching things...


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Aug 10, 2012 16:26 |  #12

Where are you usually taking pictures where you don't have much room? I'd still go for the 50 1.4.


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Aug 10, 2012 16:36 |  #13

I would sugguest that you check into the Sigma 30mm 1.4.


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Aug 10, 2012 17:30 as a reply to  @ duane0524's post |  #14

I've found my 28mm/1.8 to be very useful with my T2i. It always helps to have good light capability in your glass. The 28/1.8 also has good image quality. For me, it's easy to take wider pics, then crop to frame items of interest to whatever magnification seems right. In family gatherings, I like to just snap a dozen (or two dozen) un-posed shots just by standing in the middle and rotating around.

I was surprised at how good this lens is for buildings, too... I shot a kindergarten from about 200 yards away to capture the grounds as well as the building - I cropped the shot to show 3 birds flying in the sky; they were just specs in the un-cropped pic.


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