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drchaitanya
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


hi,

need help with deciding a good lens for photographing baby and also for indoor photography..low light performance within confined spaces are the priorities
i own a 5D mark ii, 24-105L, 70-200 f4 L. and also have 600EX RT
need help deciding between 35 1.4L and 50 1.2L. any other lenses which might be good?



Jan 04, 2013 at 04:53 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


I have been using the 40mm pancake. Very light and small. I feel less intrusive. The baby might not know, but Mom does. You become less of a the photographer and more involved. Cheap, good. about the size a lens cap.


Jan 04, 2013 at 05:11 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


You are talking about some very fast lenses with some very narrow depths of field. Are you going to be happy with half your baby's face in focus? It might be creative but you have to be careful. Also, those lenses do not have IS like your zooms. IS can help and f4 can be pretty fast if you push ISO a bit on your 5D. I also find a smaller flash like a 270 EX helps with family photography. That said, I'm looking at the new 35 f2 IS but it has just come out and is at the top of its price curve right now. The mentioned pancake is a less expensive alternative.


Jan 04, 2013 at 05:28 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


sigma 35, better than the canon, cheaper too.


Jan 04, 2013 at 05:52 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


Since you are talking about spending that amount of money, consider the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Autofocus Lens mainly for it's versatility. No it is not 1.2 or 1.4., but better than f/4 that you have now. Also get a remote release and long cord where you too can get into the picture, not just using the delay feature.


Jan 04, 2013 at 06:15 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


I used 18-135 Indoors mostly 50-85. No flash. Iso 1600 on 30d. On ff use 3200+. Used to use 50/1.8. Stopped down looks better to me usually. The short end of your tele might be good if it has IS. Otherwise 24-105 long end.

85's are supposed to be good 135/2 too.



Jan 04, 2013 at 06:39 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


I used 35mm (f2) & 135mm the most with our son, both gave considerably different perspectives. For the cost of lenses you are looking at, these two may make a great combo.




Jan 04, 2013 at 08:22 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


BenV wrote:
sigma 35, better than the canon, cheaper too.



Listen to Ben!

Sigma 35 f1.4 and an RC-5 if you ever do tripod work: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/116234-REG/Canon_2467A001_RC_5_Wireless_Remote_Controller.html



Jan 04, 2013 at 09:00 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


I used a 35L on my 7D when my daughter was a baby, worked perfect, especially in low light around the house when you don't want bright lights or a flash. Recently sold it for a Sigma 30mm 1.4 & Sigma 85mm 1.4 combo, as she's now fully aware of the camera and much more mobile, so I needed some options...


Jan 04, 2013 at 09:14 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


I've got a four month old and I've been using the 24-70mkII for 90% of my shots. Even with low light indoors, at 2.8 the depth of field often has one eye in focus and one out. You're probably going to stop down a bit anyways, so I'm not sure you'd get too much help from the 50 1.2. I also like having a bit of versatility with the zoom as you don't have a lot of time trying to frame and capture that smile!


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


24-105L plus flash bounced. Gets you in really close at longer focal lengths.


Jan 04, 2013 at 09:32 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


I don't think you need anything other than bouncing the flash. but if this is an excuse for a new toy i understand. zoom is better than a prime for kids most of the time. They won't be still for long. 24-70ii or tamron 24-70 VC and throw the difference into a college saving plan.


Jan 04, 2013 at 09:38 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


24-70/2.8 and 24-105/4 with natural light and also bounce flash is what I've been using since my daughter was born. I couldn't imagine using primes exclusively.



Jan 04, 2013 at 09:42 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


drchaitanya wrote:
hi,

need help with deciding a good lens for photographing baby and also for indoor photography..low light performance within confined spaces are the priorities
i own a 5D mark ii, 24-105L, 70-200 f4 L. and also have 600EX RT
need help deciding between 35 1.4L and 50 1.2L. any other lenses which might be good?


I'd get the 50mm f/1.4 and the 35mm f/2 rather than either of those primes alone. :-)

Dan



Jan 04, 2013 at 09:53 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


I have a 5 year old, 3 year old, and 1 year old, and I highly recommend the 35L f/1.4. As you'll soon discover, the majority of your shots will be indoors, which means the lighting will be fairly poor. A bounce flash is a very valid possibility, but as my children have grown up, being able to shoot 6fps on my 5d III has allowed me to catch some priceless expressions that I would have missed with a flash. I've heard great things about the Sigma 35, but my 35L has never let me down and is very sharp. In the last few years I have sold my 24-105 and 24-70 due to financial needs, and I have had great success with my 35/85 pairing. In fact, prior to selling the zooms there were many times that f/2.8 left me wanting more light, and being able to gain a stop at f/2 saved the day. 35mm at f/2 from 5 or 6 feet away gives you a DOF of about 1 foot, which is more than enough to have nice focus.

All the best to you and your little one!



Jan 04, 2013 at 10:02 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


Daan B wrote:
24-105L plus flash bounced. Gets you in really close at longer focal lengths.


I recenty used this lens on the floor with a 8 month old and was very pleased. I have also used the 100L.



Jan 05, 2013 at 01:34 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


I was just in the same boat, needing a fast indoor lens for a 4 month old. Bought the new Sigma 35 and couldn't be happier! I have a 580 Ex and a 17-55 on my 7D but the fast prime really comes in the handiest now.


Jan 05, 2013 at 02:45 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


You asked if any other lenses might be good.
Is it taboo to say the 50mm 1.8 is also a very good lens at a great price? I have many wonderful photos of the family with this lens using a 5Dc. As mentioned above, I try to use it at 2.8 since a greater dof is important to me. With your 5DII, unless you keep your focus and subject on the center point, you will probably be disappointed with wider apertures. Focus and recompose will sometimes move your focus plane enough that your subject is out of focus. I do like f4 with flash bounce, but agree you only get a few shots before it has to recharge.
I see you already have the 50mm 1.8. How are your photos with this lens so far?



Jan 05, 2013 at 03:38 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


EF 85 f1.8 for portraits.


Jan 05, 2013 at 04:17 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · best lens for baby and indoor photography for 5D mark ii


Children are always moving. Primes are good if you move with the kids. Zooms are my choice, 16-35, 24-70, 70-200 all in 2.8. Flash is great, 2.8 works indoors quite often without flash if you have goo ambient light in the house. You will want to catch them outdoors as well so the longer lenses work great.
I also use the 300 2.8 for soccor and baseball. Couldn't be happier.
Takes lots of photos, they are wonderful to look back on as they get older.
We sast for over an hour loooking at photos of the grand kids, and the grand kids were the ones wanting to see them.
Best wishes.



Jan 05, 2013 at 04:24 AM
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