lenses stress me out!!! in home studio and otherwise

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lenses stress me out!!! in home studio and otherwise

Okay,,,, I have been searching for weeks. I have spent so much time trying to figure out which lens I need. At this point, I dont care how much it costs me.. seriously. I would ADORE a lens with a focal length of 28-105 and at 2.8 lucky for me tamron makes one. unfortunately it has awful reviews..... I dont want to waste my time or money on a bad lens. grrr...
so my question is: for those with an in home studio (or out of the home Smile ) what lens do you use or drool over?

everybody feel free to give me your thoughts please!!!!
going to add some shots of my studio in a bit with deminsions...

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Here is a pull back shot of my studio. THe room is 16feet long.
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The pics come up on the tv as I take them. Cool, but the cord is way annoying.
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At my home studio, I use my Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens, however it's on my full frame camera, which makes a difference.

I'm a zoom girl, so I'm drooling over the 70-200mm f/2.8 L glass......... heavy, but so worth it!

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Canon 24-70 f2.8L on my full crop sensor. Pretty much covers everything - though I would like a 100 prime for close-ups.

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Are you using Canon or Nikon? I have a 17-55 due in the mail for me today and I can't wait!

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I used my 16-35mm indoors for studio shot, my area is not as long as yours. It's pretty small. I can't back up anywhere else. I haven't tried the 70-200mm indoors. It gets pretty much in your face. I do have the Tamron, but the L lenses are soooo tack sharp. I want to sell my Tamron and replace it with the Canon 24-70L, some day!

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I shoot Nikon. Thanks for all your opinions! It really is helping me!! Im just not good with decisions in general, let alone really expensive ones!

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inside, i just either my 50mm 1.8 or my tamron. I dont have much room to move around in either. I REALLY want a 100mm macro though. like...REALLY. Biggrin

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"mandie81" wrote:

Here is a pull back shot of my studio. THe room is 16feet long.
DSC_8944

The pics come up on the tv as I take them. Cool, but the cord is way annoying.
DSC_8945

Mandi, are those continuous lights that you use? do you like them?

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Yep, those are continuous. I do like them. They give nice even lighting, but they arent very bright. Dh bought me them for Christmas, so I didnt get to pick them out. They work great with my speedlight.

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I shoot Nikon and right now, I use my 50mm 1.4 indoors.

For portrait type work here at home where my space is SINCERELY LIMITED, I would really like a 35mm. I've kinda been thinking about this one as it's not too pricey: http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-35mm-AF-S-Digital-Cameras/dp/B001S2PPT0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1265914845&sr=8-1

But for judo, I would really like something longer, but still fast. If cash were not an issue (yeah, right) I would look at something like this:http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-70-200mm-VR-II-Digital/dp/B002JCSV8U/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1265914944&sr=8-12

And, of course, for soccer, I'd like something even longer still (but these are ALL so pricey) ... as long as I'm dreaming ... something like .... http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-300mm-VR-II-Telephoto/dp/B0030BEVEW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1265915148&sr=1-3

My 50mm/1.4 is very capable indoors. But as I am short on room, family/group shots are kind of hard. I *am* thinking about that 35mm. Right now, if I can't back up far enough, I use my 18mm-200mm lens. But it's one of those variable aperture lenses and the most open I can get it is f/3.5. It's a good lens (was my first) but it does much better outside with natural light.

I don't think I was much help. But I do hope you find something that works for you!

Best,
GiGi

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Thanks Gigi! You were a help Smile I think Ill probably get a 70-200mm for seniors and outdoor shoots and continue to use my 50mm for indoor shots. Who knows.... by the time I actually make my decision, Nikon might come out with a 35-105mm 2.8 Seriously, is it too much to ask for?!? lol

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I work in a cramped space indoors so I almost always use my Nikon 17-55 2.8 inside. You can save a lot of money buying used too. It's an amazingly sharp and fast lens--a bit heavy (and no VR) but it's professional glass. I also use my 50mm 1.4 for newborns indoors.

My next lens will be the 85 1.4, but that'll be more for ourdoor shooting anyway...

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Just an update - the 17-55 is amazing for an indoor space. I'm loving it!!!

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"jendodd" wrote:

Just an update - the 17-55 is amazing for an indoor space. I'm loving it!!!

Seriously, it's an awesome lens isn't it? One of the reasons I'm reluctant to go full frame (aside from the obvious cost burden) is that this is a DX lens and I LOVE my 17-55! Glad you are enjoying it!!! Biggrin