for the pros: Which lenses are an ABSOLUTE must?

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  1. orljustin

    orljustin No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well, if you had experience or knowledge on doing portraits, you would know what lens you need, right? Maybe a better question would be 'I love my X lens, but it has high levels of CA - what should I get to replace for best results?'.


     
  2. Tamgerine

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    I started with a basic 24-70 and an 85mm for my initial kit purchase. In order my next ones will probably be the 70-200 and then a 16-35, but I typically purchase more lighting gear/accessories before I purchase lenses. I am just more interested in controlling my light capabilities than my lens capabilities.
     
  3. KmH

    KmH In memoriam Supporting Member

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    What are the dimensions of the shooting space in the studio?

    For my last studio set up I could shoot from 1 to 30 people at a time.
     
  4. JMBriggs

    JMBriggs No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    It's pretty huge... I think its 25'x50'? at the smallest.
     
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    In general terms a wide angle, a regular focal length and a telephoto. To get more specific: fast primes at 1.8, 2 or 2.8, where quality is really important or specific zooms depending on the subject matter that you are shooting. Tilt-shift lenses are ideal for architecture and macros for insects and small items. Long telephotos are the norm for dangerous animals although I have shot crocodiles and bears up close with regular 50mm lenses.

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  6. JAC526

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    It was zack arias who i think said the best camera is the one you left at home.
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    For me it would be the 50mm F0.95 noctilux
     
  8. KmH

    KmH In memoriam Supporting Member

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    Then you have sufficient space to use longer focal length prime lenses, like a 200 mm f/2L, or the less expensive 200 mm f/2.8.
     
  9. skieur

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    Yup, that would definitely be an interesting lens to play with.:D

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    For candid pictures (usually the best ones in weddings, parties and events), the 70-200 is absolutely wonderful.
     
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    For me - 24-70 2.8 and 85mm 1.2 prime.
     
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    My favorite portrait lenses are my 85 1.8 and my 135L 2.0. I would also never leave my house w/o a reflector. If you are going to be doing weddings I use my 70-200L 99% of the time during the ceremony.
     

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