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sadieruth's picture
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lens question

I am curious to know what you would do. I have my lens kit which the lowest ap is a 3.5 and that's not that great. Then I have my 50mm 1.8 lens. I am struggling with it though. Of course it does ok on close ups, but when it comes to whole body shots, it's not too great. I am frustrated. So, of course I am ready for a new one.

1) So, if I were to get one, what would you reccomend. I am poor so keep that in mind. I am thinking a prime lens. Either the 85mm, 1.8, 50mm, 1.4, or something else. Give me ideas.

2) I have a lot of families asking me to do photos. With my 50mm, I am not impressed. So, would you shoot with that or go to the lens kit?

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Get the 85 1.8!! I'm drooling over that lens!!! I've also heard that the jump in image quality from the 1.8 to the 1.4 isn't significant enough to warrent the price jump.

But, I don't think the 85 would help so great for families (at least not full body shots). You'd have to stand back so far, you may not have enough space. Have you thought about the Tamron or sigma 28-75? While I had the Tamron for a little while and wasn't impressed, I seriously think it was just the copy I had. I've seen some images to rival the Canon verson. But, I love the focal length of that. My canon 24-75 is on my camera now 98% of the time. LOVE that lens!

Good luck with your decision!!

sadieruth's picture
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REALLY stupid question- but does Sigma and Tamron work with Nikon?

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YES!! They have both Canon and Nikon mounted lenses Smile

Tamron 28-75

Sigma I didn't realize the sigma was so much more expensive. I know they make 2 versions for Canon, they might do the same for Nikon...not sure.

You can usually find one of the two used on different photography websites.

ETA: I just found someone selling a Tamron on Clickin Moms for $400 (just to give you an idea of used price)

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Thanks Jennifer! I appreciate it. I know we can't afford it now, but hopefully soon.

EL2
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I have the 85 mm 1.8 and it is a superb lens for portraiture. This lens is sharp and much better than the 50 mm.

With the family shots, I am assuming like group setting, look into a wide angle lens.

I didn't have good luck with my Tamron 28-75mm, the pictures were not as sharp.

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SO let me get this right...neither the 50mm or 85mm would be reccomended to use during a family shoot? Would you use my lens kit or the 50mm...

EL2
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You can use both these lens for family shoots just fine. Just warning you will really have to step back to get a full body pictures etc.

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The Tamron was the one I was looking at El. Could you go over to my thread and help me choose something?? LOL!

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Steph - I sold my Tamron to someone on ILP. It is a good lens for the cost. I just didn't have luck with getting really sharp pictures with it. Maybe it was user error, lol.