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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


What would your setup be?

Interested in seeing answers, getting a lot of interests on photo shoots like this.



Feb 07, 2012 at 10:28 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


I know what i would take because it is what i have to use :
5D+35L+Flash

Kids in a party will let you get up close and smile for you. You will want them to know they are being photographed.
Candid pictures are not so cool in kids. Interaction is the key.

Some will say to use the 24-70 but i don't own one
If the light indoors is decent (usually is) you can get by without flash ( i use the 35 at f1.4-f1.8 at ISO 1600)



Feb 07, 2012 at 10:52 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


Well, it would be what I own.

5D, Tamron 28-75, 430 EX II.

I would, though, try to bounce a lot of my shots from the walls, not just the ceilings....adds a bit more dynamism to the image.

Also, I'd really practice with the damn cake + candles shot and be really ready...I tend to always miss it with my kids



Feb 07, 2012 at 10:54 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


Any full frame body, plus Zeiss 21 f/2.8. Reason being that manual focus is easy because it's wide—so you don't miss focus much. And it's wide, so you get maximum kid action into the pictures, plus great image quality. Probably no need for flash, which means a great cake and candles. Shoot at ISO 3200 and you will get much better than 1/20th most anywhere. And for birthday party images, the full frame body allows size reduction that wipes out noise. The fast Canon wide primes would give similar results, but two stops faster.


Feb 07, 2012 at 11:13 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


Problem is I have a 60d crop


Feb 07, 2012 at 11:22 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


Problem is I have a 60d crop


Feb 07, 2012 at 11:22 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


CoLmes wrote:
Problem is I have a 60d crop


Any other helpful info, like what other lenses you have and a budget.



Feb 07, 2012 at 11:32 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


surf monkey wrote:
Any other helpful info, like what other lenses you have and a budget.


That would make sense wouldn't it?

My gear right now is kind of slim.

60d
50mm 1.8
70-200 2.8
Cheapy flash

I'm in the market for a 580 and a nice wide lens. I currently have no width it seems like.



Feb 08, 2012 at 12:39 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


The three f/2.8 zoom cover most events pretty well. The 35/1.4 and 85/1.2 are also handy in low light, but the 85 is a little slow for kids running around indoors. I shoot with 2 full frame bodies so I believe the 24/1.4, 17-55/2.8, and 50/1.4 are good choices on the 1.6x bodies, the 24 and 17-55 are probably over your budget now.

24-70mm @ 55mm


70-200mm @ 200mm


24-70mm @ 70mm (not a birthday party, christening)


35mm


35mm



Feb 08, 2012 at 03:36 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


CoLmes wrote:
Problem is I have a 60d crop


Get the Samyang/Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 fisheye.



Feb 08, 2012 at 03:53 AM
 

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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


Now.. say I wanted one that would serve me well for my crop and FF once I finally switch?


Feb 08, 2012 at 04:21 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


I'm a fan of the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. Very good optical performance (build is a bit weak but not too bad) and very good price and pretty good used market for them.

I picked mine up for $250 here at B&S (usually goes for around $300 or so last I checked) and works great.

Great event range on crop and good normal range on FF. AF is pretty good with my 5D's motor - unsure how it would perform, AF-wise, on 60D.




Feb 08, 2012 at 04:26 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


cputeq wrote:
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I picked mine up for $250 here at B&S (usually goes for around $300 or so last I checked) and works great.



Looks to be around 450 now :-(



Feb 08, 2012 at 04:45 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


CoLmes wrote:
Looks to be around 450 now :-(


It's $435 new on Amazon.

Here it is for $315 on the B&S Board: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1080179/0?keyword=tamron,28-75#10283201

There are several others for sale too.



Feb 08, 2012 at 05:22 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


Iphone


Feb 08, 2012 at 05:36 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


i use the 35L @ f1.4+ and no flash iso400+ fast glass loves kids


Feb 08, 2012 at 05:44 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


Kisutch wrote:
Iphone


Thanks for that



Feb 08, 2012 at 05:45 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


I use a 1d3, 24-70L and a 580 flash...because that's what I have. sometimes bounced, sometimes direct with -ve FEC to take the edge off, but for kids parties you want wide. If you're dealing with 1.6 crop, you'll want < 20mm so a Canon 17-55 f2.8 IS would be a nice choice.

Sell it when you finally get a FF, you won't lose much.



Feb 08, 2012 at 05:51 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


For reals,just spent weekend with pro photog and kids... I had 4 strobes 5 lenses, she had I phone, guess who got the shot... Not me


Feb 08, 2012 at 05:54 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · If you had to take pictures of a little kid birthday party inside


With what I have I would use my 24-105 with 580exII for most shots, and also my 85mm 1.8 for tighter portrait shots

With what I don't have I would use the 24-70 2.8



Feb 08, 2012 at 06:37 AM
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