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Best lens for newborn photography
04-17-2020, 05:17 PM
Post: #1
Best lens for newborn photography
New 60D owner here and budding photographer. My 60D came with the 18-135mm lens, but I'm thinking of getting another lens to capture those adorable newborn photos...you know the type, crisp focus with smooth bokeh.

Anyway, I was looking at the the 50mm f/1.8, but I've been reading online about the 60D's crop sensor and others recommending a 35mm lens. What would you recommend?

I've also seen the 24-70mm f/2.8L recommended, but I don't have the cash for it now. My goal is to start a photography business focusing on newborns and children. I shoot primarily indoors using natural light whenever possible. When it comes to capturing kids on camera, I also need something that's fast. My one-year old never sits still.
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04-17-2020, 05:19 PM
Post: #2
RE: Best lens for newborn photography
Awesome, thanks so much for the information...now I just have to decide which one to go with. Tough decision! I'll also check out the speedlite. It sounds like a smart decision, although I have to admit I know next to nothing about flashes, which is terrible because isn't photography all about light? Looks like I have more reading to do...
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04-17-2020, 05:20 PM
Post: #3
RE: Best lens for newborn photography
@Allegory19 - Yep, photography is like one big chess match. Smile As for external flashes, don't be scared. The speedlite's offered by Canon sync beautifully with the 60D, which means for the most part you can just slide it onto the hotshoe and let it go to work. Happy shooting! Smile
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04-17-2020, 05:22 PM
Post: #4
RE: Best lens for newborn photography
Another photography friend of mine just recommended the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 over the Tamron. Do you have any thoughts on this?

And, the speedlite sounds easy enough. I don't know what I'm so apprehensive about. Maybe it's because my first "professional" shoot is March 31st and I want to at least LOOK like a professional. It's for a friend and I'm not charging, but still...
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04-17-2020, 05:23 PM
Post: #5
RE: Best lens for newborn photography
Howdy @Allegory19 - Having handled both, I can tell you that they are very similar. The Sigma does have better build quality and smoother bokeh. Focus speed and accuracy is really close between the two, however, Sigma's focusing motor is much quieter.

In terms of optical quality and sharpness, it's extremely close. In my experiences with both lenses, Tamron was slightly sharper when shot wide open (f/2.8), however, Sigma tended to get sharper around f/4. Honestly, when things are this close it's hard to say which one has "better" image quality.

Either lens is capable of capturing stunning (pro level) images. Ultimately it'll come down to your experience and ability to creatively capture the shot. In the words of Ansel Adams..."The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it."

Happy shooting! Smile
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04-17-2020, 05:23 PM
Post: #6
RE: Best lens for newborn photography
I have a the Canon 50mm f/1.4 and the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 with vibration compensation (same as image stabilization). The 50mm is great, but the Tamron gives you a bit more range. Just thought I'd give my two cents. - Joe
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04-17-2020, 05:24 PM (Ten post był ostatnio modyfikowany: 04-17-2020 05:27 PM przez Louiscuming.)
Post: #7
RE: Best lens for newborn photography
Right now I'm just going with natural light, but will be adding a speedlite to my repertoire in the near future. I take that back, I also just got a light kit from Cowboy studios and I'm experimenting with those lights too. It's been fun so far. I'm spending my days reading everything I can about photography and my nights testing out what I've read. Lots to learn Smile Check out the post right here https://ephotovn.com/newborn-photography/
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04-17-2020, 05:28 PM
Post: #8
RE: Best lens for newborn photography
Howdy @zonaman - The vibration compensation (VC) does help when you have subjects that can remain still throughout the shot. If you're trying to capture moving subjects in low light, it really won't do anything for you. Happy shooting! Smile
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04-17-2020, 05:28 PM
Post: #9
RE: Best lens for newborn photography
Moose, what would be the best lens or setup for shooting pictures of subjects moving indoors in lower light? I have a Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM lens and a speedlight 320EX lens arriving tomorrow from BHPhoto. I have tried in the past and pictures are blurry but not with this equipment yet - I have a Canon 60D. Also, what settings would you use for white balance? AWB, tungsten lighting? Last question, if you are using the speedlight would the white balance be a different setting then? Thanks Moose!
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06-06-2020, 02:10 PM
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RE: Best lens for newborn photography
We have worked with Produktfotografie for several years and they have consistently done a wonderful job! The photos they have delivered are always great quality and the customer service is outstanding. We will definitely be using them for future projects big or small.
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