Which lens to buy (EOS 500D)

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  1. Chocoholix

    Chocoholix TPF Noob!

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    Hello!
    I'm new here :)
    Photography is my hobby but I do make money out of it :) I photograph babies/kids/people in general :)

    I would like your opinion on which lens to get for my Canon 500D *that is suited for this kind of photography subjects*... (kids/babies/people)

    I am also looking for an external flash, I need something strong and fast. I always use a difusser when I am photographing outside (I have studio lights for indoors)...

    What would you recommend? I shop eBay a lot so if you can give me models and brand names, it will make things easier for me :)

    Thanks in advance!!
    Tina
     
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    My favorite lens for portraits is the Canon 85mm f1.8. The lens is sharp wide open and it provides nice bokeh (background blur).

    If you want the flexibility of a zoom, you can't go wrong with a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS.
     
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    I agree... For portraits consider the 85mm f1.8 if you can. I am a Nikon user but the basic are the same. If they offer it in 1.4 you could go that route but it would be WAY more expensive.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Check out:
    the EF 24mm F1.4 L
    the EF 35mm F1.4 L
    the EF 50mm F1.2 L
    the EF 85mm F1.2 L
    the EF-S 17-55mm F2.8 IS
    the EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS

    For a flash, look at the 580EX II.
     
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    iolair No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Incidentally, what's your budget, and what lenses do you already have?

    If you can afford it, that's maybe king of the canon portrait lenses.
     
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    OMGosh!! I WANT THAT LENS!!! :)
    Is says it works GREAT in low light conditions and since I HATE using a flash, this might be IT for me...
    I can't really afford it though :( I suppose if I were a professional I probably SHOULD get it but I am not...

    What is the second best lens after this one you reckon? Something fast that works good in low light conditions and is less than $1000? (am I asking too much? lol)
    Thanks guys!
     
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    iolair No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The budget alternatives ... the 50mm 1.8 (which has a similar field of view on your camera to the 85mm on a full-frame camera) - if you don't already have one. I think you can get one for about 100$, maybe a little less. It's still pretty good at low light - at its maximum aperture it lets in four times as much light as most zoom lenses. Going a bit more expensive - is the 50mm 1.4 - a little faster than the 1.8, but with significantly better quality on the out-of-focus sections of the photo. That's around 370$. A little more money still (500$) gets you the Sigma 50mm 1.4, which most reviews reckon beats the Canon by a comfortable margin.

    There's a korean (I think) 85mm 1.4 which you can find under assorted brand names (e.g. Rokinon, Bower, Opteka) but is the same lens in all cases. The image quality is not very far behind the Canon lens according to assorted sample images I've seen online. The BIG drawback (for most people) is that it's manual only - no autofocus. This is about 250$.

    Canon's 85mm 1.8 is a bit more - again around 370$ - but way less than the 1.2, and still has a reputation for amazing image quality. It's not quite as fast as the Rokinon, but it does have autofocus.

    Having JUST a 50 or JUST an 85 most people would find too limiting for portraits, so if you go for prime lenses instead of zooms, you may well want both lengths (and to add others in the future). If I had 1000$ (or the euro equivalent, anyway) to spend on lenses right now, I'd be getting the 50mm 1.4 from Sigma and the 85mm 1.4 from Rokinon. (I can live without autofocus on one lens). Any change would go on another flash.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Ah...a budget. Now we can give you some real suggestions.

    The 85mm F1.8 and the 50mm F1.4 would both be decent low light lenses that won't break the bank. In fact, they are both priced very well, considering the good quality they give you.
     
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    Find a used 28-70 f/2.8L. It's the older version of the 24-70. It's an excellent portrait lens. Fast and durable. Plus, it's usually in the $700 - $900 range. I bought mine a few years ago from Keh.com. I'd bet you'd still find one there.

    As for flash, can't go wrong with a 580ex. They usually run $375 and worth every penny.
     
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    The 85mm F/1.8 lens is really a great lens especially for taking portrait type photos outdoor. What lenses do you currently owned?
     
  12. Chocoholix

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    Thanks everyone!
    I think for now i might for for an Opteka manual focus 85mm 1.4...
    I don't own any other lenses (gasp) because this if my first camera with the ability to change lenses. My previous one, the Sony R-1, don't get me wrong, took excellent photos *outdoors* but was a horrible camera indoors withouth the use of a flash or studio lights and i hate using a flash and with my spontaneous photos, well there is no time to set up studio lights. It served me well for 3 years while i was getting to know basic settings and took my first steps in photography but lately I found myself wanting MORE. More freedom, I didn't want a point and shoot camera... not that the R-1 was that but it could be used like that. The 500D certainly offers much more control that the R-1 didn't allow. And OMGosh, it's SO fast compared to the R-1... as I started making some money off my photographs, well I thought it was best to move up but not too high up... I don't think a $3000 camera is for me just yet ;) I got a good for the Canon and I am glad I bought it :) don't get me wrong, I've taken AMAZING photos with my cell phone camera ;) so it's not always the camera that matters, right? but I would not sell these lol ;)

    Sorry to babble..



    I have been playing with my brand new 500D for a few days now, testing it and I just love love love it... I can't wait for a sunny day so I can take the boys to the park and see how it does under natural light with moving subjects!! :)
    Now all I need is a flash so I will go with the speedlite :)
    and then book a couple of photoshoots to try it out ;)

    Thanks again!!!! :) :)
     

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