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What lens to get next? Baby on the way.

 
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Feb 04, 2010 17:31 |  #16

plasticmotif wrote in post #9541737 (external link)
My baby gave me a $6,000 tax return...woowoo

Invest that $6,000 in a good college fund.

I know it's not as much fun as buying camera gear...but in the long run it'll pay off.
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Feb 04, 2010 17:36 |  #17

plasticmotif wrote in post #9541737 (external link)
My baby gave me a $6,000 tax return...woowoo

Don't forget the $5K you need to spend on diapers and another $5K you'll need for milk.




  
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Feb 04, 2010 17:42 |  #18

byunts wrote in post #9541537 (external link)
does anyone find macro lenses to be useful to get close-ups of the baby's features? or is it acheieved also by cropping?

to try and get back on track...i think that a macro lens could be quite useful on a newborn...i let my brother take my 100mm macro, when he had his baby about a month ago...i've seen a few of his shots that i don't think he could've gotten without a macro...close ups of the feet/hands, and such...i'd go for one if you've thought about getting one before...and i use it for portraits of my nephews, so it'd be good then too


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Feb 05, 2010 08:07 |  #19

I would say a 100mm macro and 580EX II flash.


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Feb 05, 2010 10:25 |  #20

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Thats a drop in the bucket if you consider the cost of raising a child (not including college) over the life of the child [0-18] is OVER $200,000

Include the actual cost of raising the child until they are 20 (ie: cooking cleaning changing diapers etc. ) versus working during those same hours, it cost $1.5 MILLION between two parents...

I suggest printing an invoice every month to give to your kid when they move out!




  
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Feb 05, 2010 10:30 |  #21

byunts wrote in post #9541537 (external link)
does anyone find macro lenses to be useful to get close-ups of the baby's features? or is it acheieved also by cropping?

a set of kenko extension tubes along with your 50 f/1.4 is perfect for baby feet/hands, etc.

If you have a flash and the 50, you're all set. I had those along with a 430EX in the delivery room and had great results. I don't think you need to buy anything until the kid starts playing soccer. :)

congratulations!




  
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Feb 05, 2010 13:28 |  #22

I would go with the 17-40 for something wide. Indoor shots without flash then I would get the 17-55.


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Feb 05, 2010 13:45 |  #23

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Well, I just had a baby 3 months ago, one thing for sure, baby and UWA don't mix well. I would invest in a good flash if you don't have one since most of your picture will be indoor. I use my 50 or 24-105 with bounce flash most of the time. I would think that the 70-200 is going to be useful at toddler age.

I agree completely. My son is 15 mo now, and I'm really yearning for a 70-200. I get some great available-light shots with my 50, but my 85 tends to miss focus if shot wide open. I've been coming to the conclusion that shooting fast primes at large apertures works best for subjects that are or can be still.


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Feb 05, 2010 13:53 |  #24

35l or 24l. You want sometime wide... The baby will definitely try to interact with the lens and may or may not get better results.


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Feb 05, 2010 14:12 |  #25

cccc wrote in post #9546852 (external link)
Include the actual cost of raising the child until they are 20 (ie: cooking cleaning changing diapers etc. ) versus working during those same hours, it cost $1.5 MILLION between two parents...

I suggest printing an invoice every month to give to your kid when they move out!

I'd like to point out you have the option of not having kids =P It is not like they make themselves =)


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Feb 05, 2010 14:12 |  #26

anthony11 wrote in post #9548354 (external link)
I agree completely. My son is 15 mo now, and I'm really yearning for a 70-200. I get some great available-light shots with my 50, but my 85 tends to miss focus if shot wide open. I've been coming to the conclusion that shooting fast primes at large apertures works best for subjects that are or can be still.

Large apertures need large pieces of glass which makes it hard on the autofocus.


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Feb 05, 2010 14:21 |  #27

themadman wrote in post #9548580 (external link)
Large apertures need large pieces of glass which makes it hard on the autofocus.

Note that I'm talking about the 85mm f/1.8, not the 85L. The former is often touted as having among the fastest AF (though n00b that I am, it doesn't seem much different from my 50 f/1.4).
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Feb 05, 2010 14:28 as a reply to  @ zero85ZEN's post |  #28

I think the gear you have will be more than adequate for indoor stuff. I would add a 70-200 at some point for outdoor shots, although I have used it indoors as well. Here is a post from another thread about indoor baby pics.

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I've used a ton of lenses for my two kids indoors. Everything from the kit lens (18-55 non-IS) to a 70-200 f/4. My favorite lens is by far the 85 1.8. Attached to the 5D would be killer. Of course I would also use the 580EX. Bounce that flash all over the place, use a low to moderate ISO depending on how much ambient you want, and a large aperture.

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Feb 08, 2010 22:18 |  #29

Hey Byunts, how's the 5D treating ya? Congrats, Congrats.... Congrats. I wish I had such good gear when I had my kids.

I think a super wide angle and provide a cool and artistic looks with your baby. For example, supersize the foot, reaching out for toy as if it's almost touching you. Secondly, I'm sure you'll have lots of family, friends function indoors and you're going to need that coverage up close.

So, 16-35L (ver I or II)

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Feb 08, 2010 22:55 |  #30

FWIW, indoors with people (eg my son's first bday party) I almost never find myself shooting wider than 35mm with my 24-105, and mostly not winder than 50mm. I often just use the 50mm f/1.4 to be less obtrusive, and to try to avoid flash when needed. Most of the shots I have with my 24-105 are either between 50-65mm, or all the way to 105mm.
YMMV.


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