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| p.3 #6 · Portrait lens for babys and kids |
Lens choice is a very personal thing. That said, I have the 24-105 which I rarely use indoors and I have a small child. Most of my shots of her and her gorgeous mother I have taken with primes. My 50L has done a great job of following the little lass around. I got the 35L last year and that has really taken the throne from the 50. My experience is as follows;
Bounce flash is ok but I like available light and Iíve got to know the light in every room of our house really well. If you want that bokeh/de-cluttered look itís going to be a prime pretty wide open.
The 24-105 gives half-decent bokeh at 105 but Iíve just not warmed to F4 with a 580. Iíve found indoors, moving is more intuitive than zooming, especially chasing kids for that perfect shot.
The 35 is very nice at F1.4 to F2.8 and the 50 is great even at smaller apertures. The 35 is a perfect FL for me indoors. Sometimes the 50 is just too long. I did have the 24L II but I didnít like the bokeh and I found it wider than I needed personally and I replaced it with the 35L.
I believe the 35 F2 is a good lens too and will give you available light options. Personally though Iím using the quick lenses pretty wide open with ISO bumped up and loving the results.
Whatever people say, the 50L at 1.2 is very nice and the 35L at 1.4 is well good. Iím finding the 270 a great little fill for available light to get rid of dark shadows on the face (bounce or direct but on minimum power).
When I get home, I'll post a few photos...I've shots in my tiny living room, with the background cluttered, and the bokeh melted it to an acceptable level. F/1.2, no, but still great for 5.6.
Also, you say you like "available light".
If I own it, isn't it available to me?