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Jul 12, 2014 21:38 |  #1

I'm looking to purchase a lens specifically for shooting outdoors with families and kids. I have the 50mm 1.8 that I love, but I just feel it's not very convenient without a zoom for what I want to use it for (kids moving around a lot since I don't want to do all posed shots). I have the 70-300mm 4-5.6 but I would prefer to use something lighter and with a fixed f-stop. I also feel that lens isn't very sharp unless i'm shooting in the shadows...is that normal for it?
The thing is, I don't know what focal length I need/want for that type of photography :\

Any suggestions on a sharp zoom lens for shooting kids/families (1-4people at a time) outdoors? (in shadows and direct sunlight during sunset or sunrise; just thought i'd mention this because some of the lenses i've had create a blurry halo around the subject when shot in direct sunlight even though it's soft light)



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Jul 13, 2014 19:25 |  #2

Depends on your budget. ;)

Hard to beat a 70-200, either f2.8 or f4.


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Jul 13, 2014 19:32 as a reply to  @ toadhunter911's post |  #3

The 70-200 f/4L IS is very sharp, even wide open, and is a nice focal length for that kind of thing on a FF. On a crop, you might consider something wider. Opinions may vary :)


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Sep 29, 2014 19:16 |  #4

Depends on budget and how close you want to be - I'd go with a 24-70 or a 70-200.


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Oct 20, 2014 17:44 |  #5

Do you have a UV filter on that 70-300? If you do, that may be what's causing the strange halos in sunlight.




  
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Oct 28, 2014 14:27 |  #6

I regularly use my 70-200 F4 non IS for family portrait shoots. On the short end, it allows for great shots of groups. I did a family of 4 just this weekend. Because it is a zoom I can use it to isolate the family as they do walking shots.
I do also carry the Canon 85 1.8 in my portrait kit. It comes in handy when you really want to cream the bokeh.
If you look for a used 70-200 F4 you usually pretty easily find one for $500 or less. The 85 can be had for usually about $275 used.
Definitely a great combo for family and portrait work.


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Oct 28, 2014 16:08 |  #7

The 24-105L f4 IS is one of the most versatile lenses you can buy. Of course, it's going to be heavier than your 50, but it's rugged and tack sharp. I personally find it easy to handle. It's going to be much easier to roam with, wield and operate than your bulky multi-aperture 70-300. You'll be able to save that lens for the special times you need more than the 105 reach, like soccer games when you have to basically stay in one place. If you love your 50 like I do, you'll find the range of the 24-105 really to your liking for the shooting you do.




  
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Oct 28, 2014 17:06 |  #8

Naraly wrote in post #17027901 (external link)
I'm looking to purchase a lens specifically for shooting outdoors with families and kids. I have the 50mm 1.8 that I love, but I just feel it's not very convenient without a zoom for what I want to use it for (kids moving around a lot since I don't want to do all posed shots). I have the 70-300mm 4-5.6 but I would prefer to use something lighter and with a fixed f-stop. I also feel that lens isn't very sharp unless i'm shooting in the shadows...is that normal for it?
The thing is, I don't know what focal length I need/want for that type of photography :\

Any suggestions on a sharp zoom lens for shooting kids/families (1-4people at a time) outdoors? (in shadows and direct sunlight during sunset or sunrise; just thought i'd mention this because some of the lenses i've had create a blurry halo around the subject when shot in direct sunlight even though it's soft light)

Angle of view depends strongly on format. What's your format, APS-C or 35mm?


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Dec 13, 2014 01:51 |  #9

1+ on the 24-105, with either crop or full frame.
Much lighter than the 70-200.




  
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Jan 04, 2015 18:36 |  #10

Budget is the big question.
I have both the 24-70 F2.8 and the 70-200 ISII F2.8. I prefer to use the 70 -200 but if I don't have enough room I shoot with the shorter lens.
Neither of the lenses will be lighter in weight than your 50mm. Both are very sharp lenses.




  
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Jan 31, 2015 12:57 |  #11

I was thinking the same, I have the 50mm after looking around I decided on 24-105mm STM version saw it for £350. anyway I saw this post was 6months ago. what did u get




  
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Mar 09, 2015 19:38 |  #12

I posted a thread asking what the best lens for kids sports may be and the general consensus, which is reflected in your post is the Canon EF 70-200 F2.8L (non-IS). Reading your thread reinforced the suggestions in my post. Nothing earth shattering but hope this helps a bit.


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