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Old Feb 23, 2007, 9:35 AM   #1
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I am curious what lens of choice is for the glamour and fashion photographers?
let's say working in a studio or outdoors doing a shoot.

I heard the 70-200 range is what is used but the source was unreliable
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Old Feb 23, 2007, 2:42 PM   #2
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A tele lens feels too restrictive, imo.

I have the ef 85mm f/1.8 and I usually end up taking headshots whenever I'm using it. It's great, but when I want a partial-body to full-body shots, I'd have to move back a lot. Sometimes, you can't afford that space.

So in that case, I'd use my sigma 30mm f/1.4.

As for indoor studio, unless you're one of the people who has a very large working space, I'd definitely say the 70-200 is too long.
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Old Feb 23, 2007, 2:44 PM   #3
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Depending on where the shoot will be sorta determinds what lens...I dont have a studio, but what lenses I use would be my choice inside as well...In tight locations
I have the Canon 16-35mm 2.8L and the Canon 24-70mm 2.8L lenses...I use these lenses on a 20D mostly....I have a 5D and a 70-200mm 2.8L pretty much stays on that camera...If your going to make money from photography, I feel you need the good glass...It doesnt have to be the brand name but a good off brand is a must...IMO that is....:roll:
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I'd advise checking with Kalypso and Frank D. They seem to be the resident experts at this type of thing.

I'd venture a guess that the lighting is just as critical to your success as the lens you choose.
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I agree with JohnG. In glamour and fashion photography the lighting is the most important thing, inside or outside. The best lens and camera body in the world combined with crappy lighting gives crappy results.
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Old Feb 23, 2007, 9:02 PM   #6
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*I am curious what lens of choice is for the glamour and fashion photographers?
let's say working in a studio or outdoors doing a shoot.

I heard the 70-200 range is what is used but the source was unreliable
If you'll be using a cropped sensor digital camera, you'll likely be interested in different focal lengths than Pros using full-frame (24x36) 1Ds Mark II's or medium format systems?

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Old Feb 23, 2007, 9:41 PM   #7
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O.S.,

Is the shoot in S. CA.?
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For indoor you'll be using inside a studio with powerful strobes - i.e. No need for fast glasses, the lenses are mostly stopped down to increase sharpmess and to moderate the lighting...

Outdoor actually the longer the better, but 300mm f/2.8 is best since it's lightweight - you want to isolate the model from the busy backgroud to put the focus on the subject: http://photo.net/photo/nikon/300-2.8.html
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Old Feb 24, 2007, 2:01 PM   #9
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thank youi for all your answers!

the shoot is not in S. Ca .... I wish it was
It is in Toronto on Sunday Feb 25th

I am going for a Fasion/Glam shoot workshop in a studio where they provide the space, lights, models, make up artist, guidance and tutoring.

all I need is to get my camera and lens there ....
I got 300d , Sigma 24-70mm and Canon 50 1.8. This should be ok for the first attempt I guess. The guy who owns the studio shoots with 85mm prime most of the time.
This will be FUN ! I hope to get a few shots to start my portfolio .....
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Old Feb 24, 2007, 2:43 PM   #10
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Sounds like a great oportunity - and a lot of fun! I'm guessing a hands-on workshop with a real pro will be a huge benefit!

Have fun!
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