Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Canon Lenses

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Apr 21, 2005, 2:40 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
BoYFrMSpC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 339
Default

Hey

So, apparently, there's a huge variety when it comes to taking portrait pictures. But I would like to be able to get shots of people in motion as well as posed shots. I know a larger aperture would help but I was also wondering if there's a specific apeture setting where the background is blurry, "enough".

For instance, I'm looking at the Canon EF 28mm/1.8 USM to cover the wide angle I'll need for group/body shots and the aperture for fast shots (and the USM for silence ).
BUT if I happen to change my mind, what aperture should I be looking for when it comes to speed and "bokeh" level?

I was also wondering if a prime lens will actually be able to cover all types of portrait shots, since a lot of people suggest the ~50mm for the 1.6x, but which is generally good for head & head/shoulder shots. Is it better just to go with a zooming lens? But I notice their aperture is a lot lower (3.5+) unless if you really feel like dishing out $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
BoYFrMSpC is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Apr 21, 2005, 6:22 AM   #2
NHL
Senior Member
 
NHL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: 39.18776, -77.311353333333
Posts: 11,547
Default

BoYFrMSpC wrote:
Quote:
I was also wondering if a prime lens will actually be able to cover all types of portrait shots, since a lot of people suggest the ~50mm for the 1.6x, but which is generally good for head & head/shoulder shots. Is it better just to go with a zooming lens? But I notice their aperture is a lot lower (3.5+) unless if you really feel like dishing out $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
Have you look at the Tamron 28-75 XR DI or the Sigma 24-70 EX? Both f/2.8 (at a 1/4 of Canon cost)???
http://www.pbase.com/fstopjojo/24702875
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...27&forum_id=65

Why 'limit' yourself to just L? :idea:
1. You can get much better value elsewhere
2. There are excellent lenses which Canon (or Nikon) does not make - Macros, 100-300, and other ranges...
3. Most if not all Canon zooms are varifocal in design - not very convenient for following action shots
4. Don't limit yourself to just IS lenses either - you can take a snapshot in the dark, but one really needs good lighting for remarkable and memorable images !
NHL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 21, 2005, 9:35 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
BoYFrMSpC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 339
Default

So I take it that f/2.8 is enough for motion-shots and bokeh?

And that I should be going to zoom to cover all types of portraits?

:?:

I'm not really limiting myself, but the thing is I see people complain more about a "bad" copy of a 3rd party lens than they do about Canon lenses and I'm afraid I won't be able to tell the difference whether it's actually a good copy or not. (being that this will be the first lens I will buy). The only thing's I will probably be able to notice is something extremely obvious. (e.g. a crack in the glass ):O

And I also don't have anyone around me that's into SLRs so I can't get a second opinion while I'm in the store (and I'm omitting a salesperson for obvious reasons ):roll:
BoYFrMSpC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 21, 2005, 11:10 AM   #4
NHL
Senior Member
 
NHL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: 39.18776, -77.311353333333
Posts: 11,547
Default

That's a lot of "insurance" premium to prevent from getting a 'bad' copy - Wouldn't it better off buying several non-L with the same $ amount and get extended warranties on all the lenses and returned them anytime (even if you accidentally drop them) ???
NHL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 21, 2005, 4:33 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
BoYFrMSpC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 339
Default

Good point. :shock:

But still... Now I'm looking for a zoom, right? I didn't realize lens picking can be such a pain. Just when I thought a prime lens would do...
BoYFrMSpC is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 8:47 PM.