Canon 10D Lens advice appreciated!

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  1. jasonkt

    jasonkt TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for any advice, everyone. I'm pretty "raw" with this stuff (groan).

    I have a Canon 10D I recently bought from a friend, my first DSLR. All I have for it is an EF 35-70 3.5-4.5. I do not have an off-camera flash but I do have a friend that will let me borrow strobes and gear from time to time in exchange for some assisting now and then.

    I am looking to become better at portraits, and would prefer to practice outdoors and on location.

    What I would like to do is spend 350-500 this weekend and be able to practice some outdoor headshots with friends during the week. Locations I am considering are simple, the beach, the park, the city streets, etc.

    I do not have any type of reflector or scrim jim, so this is something I would like to include in the budget.

    I realize 500 is a comparatively small budget, but I am also thinking that I should get a prime lens, 50 and 80mm seem to be common suggestions, and I see the 50mm 1.4 is about $325 at B&H, which fits my budget and leaves me a little room. I'm curious though if a longer lens would be better for outdoor photography.

    I was also interested in whether or not that lens would be ok for low-light photography, but I have seen other threads suggesting the 10D isn't good in those situations at all. Opinions?

    I plan to have more money to invest in kit in about 2 months, hopefully another 500-1000. I would like to continue to work towards putting together the gear and skills to shoot quality outdoor portraits, and also consider a "minor" in nightlife/club photography. What would you do in this situation? More glass? New body? Light meter? Filters/modifiers?

    Thanks for taking the time to help me out!!
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The 50mm F1.4 is a great lens and would be a good investment. An alternative is is the 50mm F1.8, which should be less than $100...but it's not built as well as the F1.4 version.

    50mm would be a pretty good length for portraits. 85mm would be good as well, especially outdoor where you probably have room to back up. The 85mm F1.8 lens is a great bargain.

    I wouldn't get too carried away with accessories etc. Concentrate of using the camera and lens. You can do a lot with a little creativity when shooting outdoors.
     
  3. icassell

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    I agree with Big Mike. Consider the 50mm and a good tripod.
     

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