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Old Nov 1, 2004, 2:55 AM   #11
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What lens you buy depends entirely on your budget. The EF 50mm1.4 is around 240GBP ($400?), but in my opinion is well worth it. It is not a zoom, but is close to being "L" glass. L glass is the very best, and most expensive lenses that Canon do, but if you have the money, go for it. The 70-200 L is around $1600 (€1400 approx), but may have too long a reach for your portrait work. The lens you are looking at (75-300) is new so I dont know the quality etc., but may also have too long a reach for now!For portraits, you could use an 85mm, 100mm etc., it all gets a bit daunting! Using the 10d, I started using the 28-135 USM IS for all portrait work, and for the smaller budget, I would highly recommend this lens! I had a break from film photography for about 6 years, and came back when digital had reached the performance of the 10d. I bought it with the 28-135 Ef lens and said I would earn the money back. Did so quite quickly doing child portraits, then wanted to earn enough for the 20d plus 70-200 L, 16-35 L, did that, and am now aiming to get the EOS 1ds MKII this month. Start with the 20d and 28-135 IS USM, you wont go far wrong!! IMHO!

BTW, the first picture was taken with the 70-200 at 200mm 100th sec f.13, the second one 50mm 100th sec at f.10, and the last was with the 70-200 again at 200mm 50th sec f 2.8 (Good old IS!!!).
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Old Nov 1, 2004, 4:06 PM   #12
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BTW, the first picture was taken with the 70-200 at 200mm 100th sec f.13, the second one 50mm 100th sec at f.10, and the last was with the 70-200 again at 200mm 50th sec f 2.8 (Good old IS!!!).
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Why did you use such a small apeture for the first picture? I've heard people say that for every 1mm of focal range you should match it by 1/100s. If you went f/8 or f/9 would'nt you get the same effect but with a better shutter speed?
Did the IS have a factor in this?
Sorry about the questions but i'm just intrigued.

Beautiful shots anyway!
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Old Nov 2, 2004, 3:45 PM   #13
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It was just the aperture that matched the rest of the setup. Using a softbox and second light, if you use a relatively slow shutter speed, you also pick up some ambient light, and that makes it look a bit more natural. And yes, the IS played a big part, it is very useful with studio work, I dont leave home without it...:-). Also, the longer lens you use, the shallower the depth of field, I wanted to make sure I had good sharp images.

BTW, have you ever done a shoot when some thing happens to make it that much better? Whilst we were doing these shots insideon a rainy late afternoon last week, the "Big Man" upstairs intervened and threw a little sunlight (And colour) onto the proceedings. Needless to say we ran outside, got me, the model and my camera wet, but it was well worth it!!!!!
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Old Nov 2, 2004, 3:47 PM   #15
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