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| p.1 #19 · Portrait lens for babys and kids |
I've never been much into portraits, but with a baby on the way, I figured I'm going to be taking a lot of baby and kid pictures. So, I'm trying to figure out what my best option is for a portrait lens. Here's the gear I currently have:
5DII, 17-40L, 24-105L, 70-200 f/4L (non-IS), 50 F/1.8, 100 Macro (non-L)
I'm trying to decide if either the 50, 100, or 70-200 would be sufficient. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be too happy using the 70-200 since it's only f/4. I feel like the 50 would be too short, and the 100 might work, but I'm thinking it might be better to have something faster for better bokeh and fast moving kids (although that'll be a while down the road).
Over the years I've seen a lot of praise for the 85L and 135L, but I think budget wise I would settle on the 85 f/1.8. So my question is, is the 85 f/1.8 going to make that much of a difference over my 100 f/2.8 or my 50 f/1.8? After reading the reviews, and looking through lots of sample images, I'm pretty much set on picking one up. But if it's not really going to make that much of a difference, maybe it's best not to spend the money. After all, I think I'll be picking up a flash as well...
Looks like you have enough good gear that you probably don't need anything else. My favorite lens to use photography my kids is the 50L. Your 50 1.8 should be fine. I used to own the 100 Macro and 85 1.8. I used the 85 1.8 more, but your 100 should do the job just fine. Shooting indoors I always wish I had more light. Flash is nice, but sometimes you just want to pick up the camera and shoot. I think your fast primes will be your friend in those situations. If anythings lacking in your setup I would think a slightly wider fast prime? Sometimes it's nice to include more of the environment. I have a 35L that I use a lot, but my friend shoots with the 35 F/2 and gets fantastic results. Maybe the 35 F/2 to give you - 35, 50, & 100 for indoor lowlight situations?