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Posted 12/5/2013 by katiesmom8991 in General Photography
 

katiesmom8991
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Posted: 12/5/2013 12:23:22 PM
Hi Peas

I'm back. Just wanted to ask what you lens you would use if you had only your camera and the lens on it to catch the best shots. I'm looking for something around 600. to 800. I want to get back into photography and have some other lens but don't want to carry them all. My daughter was married in October and we took some pictures and it was fun again. Yes, I did hire a professional photographer and his shots are really great. She is in the process of selecting the ones she wants in her album. Had several friends who said they would do it but I wanted someone that could show me a portfolio from beginning to end. Most people can get lucky some of the time and get a few good shots. I remember all of the posts about I bought a camera last night and am going to shoot a wedding this weekend.

katiesmom8991
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Posted: 12/5/2013 12:26:03 PM
Forgot to say for a Canon.

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Posted: 12/6/2013 5:16:54 AM
a "go to" lens is highly personal. Sorry, I know that isn't what you want to hear. What you shoot, where you shoot it, and what effects you like all play a role in that choice.

Someone who shoots mainly indoors is going to prefer a different lens than some one who shoots mainly outdoors. The first group tends to like shorter focal lengths while the outdoors shooters tend to prefer longer focal lengths.

Starting with the kit lens, do you prefer the wide angle end of that lens or the longer focal lenght? Do you ever wish it was way wider or way longer? That will help you decide what YOU need in a lens. What are you wanting to shoot often that you feel like you can't with your current lens?


What Your Kit Lens Can Do For You

Canon 60d, Canon 24-70mm 2.8L, Canon 70-200mm 2.8L, 50mm 1.8, 28-80, 75-300mm and Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro

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Posted: 12/6/2013 8:35:22 AM
If you only want one lens to pretty much capture the whole gamut I would choose one with a wide range. I dont have this lens but this looks like one I would look into if I was wanting one lens to do it all. For the price it seems to get pretty good reviews.

Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC (Vibration Compensation) Aspherical (IF)+0 Macro Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras.

The downfall is that if your at 300 mm you will only get 6.3 aperature. That means unless you have a lot of light or stationary objects you will need to add additional light. However it is much light than a fixed lens would be.


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Posted: 12/6/2013 4:31:14 PM
I guess I want something for outside. Just be able to put camera in small bag (well small in comparison to a bag with many lens, etc). I guess I really don't know what I want. I'm just learning, want to get out of auto and get some good photos. I have a good 50mm and a Tamron 28-75, the kit lens, and the long 300mm. When I got it I wasn't able to afford a more expensive lens and now that I'm retired I am able to. I'm upgrading my flash from a cheap one to a Canon 430. I think that should be enough for me at this point. Since I don't know how well I'll progress with and I don't want to do any more than get good shots of things I like I'm not sure what I need. I do like inside shots of the tree, special meals, my house bunny and cat. I usually use the 50mm for that. I am reading the posts on here and following some on Pinterest. I know auto works but it always leaves me thinking I could have gotten a better shot.

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Posted: 12/6/2013 7:00:27 PM
It sounds like you have a well rounded selection. I don't advise adding yet another lens until you know why you want that specific lens.

You are at a stage where it is easier to get caught up in buying more gear when the real need is to put the time, perhaps some money, into lessons and learning how to use what you already have. Start with the 12 week lessons here (top of thread list)

Then practice goal setting for when you go out to shoot. Do you plan to look for wildlife? Great, leave the wide angle lenses home. I am sure you will feel like you missed some shots that you could have gotten "if only I'd taken all my lenses" It is ok to miss shots! Or have them look different because you didn't have a specific lens with you.

google and search youtube for tutorials on lighting (I like the strobist) and composition. If you understand lighting and the rules for good composition you can take nice photos with virtually any camera or lens.


What Your Kit Lens Can Do For You

Canon 60d, Canon 24-70mm 2.8L, Canon 70-200mm 2.8L, 50mm 1.8, 28-80, 75-300mm and Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro

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Posted: 12/6/2013 7:13:13 PM
In the winter my preferred lens is the 24-70. I have the canon version. You have the tamron version. Much of what I shoot in the winter months is either indoors or at short range.

Typically my interests change as the weather changes I during the warm weather I'm much more likely to take my 70-300 or 70-250 along and leave the 24-70 home.


What Your Kit Lens Can Do For You

Canon 60d, Canon 24-70mm 2.8L, Canon 70-200mm 2.8L, 50mm 1.8, 28-80, 75-300mm and Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro

katiesmom8991
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Posted: 12/6/2013 9:39:36 PM
I guess in winter my photos are mostly inside but if we have a good snow my husband likes to go on the deck and take photos of the neighborhood with all the snow scenes and maybe a few birds that braved the cold weather. He's has it on auto and gets some good outside shots with the 300. We don't have any other camera (gave my small one to my daughter)but I don't see the need because the auto mode shots on it are usually better than most of the smaller cameras. Thanks for the advise. Maybe I should just work with what I have for a while them decide what I need. Thanks for helping me decide maybe I don't need a new lens yet. You have always given good advise.

REBL
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Posted: 12/6/2013 9:57:24 PM
Although the 24-105 is on my camera body mostly; I needed the 200 with 2x converter last night for my grandson's Xmas concert. I almost forgot to mention I took my Geeky monopod and used it.


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Posted: 12/11/2013 6:11:05 PM
This may be a totally stupid question, but what does a "converter" do? Somehow, I'm thinking it's something I "need"!


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Posted: 12/12/2013 8:33:55 PM
My Tamron 2.8 28-75mm IS my go-to lens.. and you already have one.




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Posted: 12/16/2013 10:56:22 AM
Ive always been afraid if I bought a 24-70 I would never take it off and use my prime lenses which I love... I use my 85 mm for an all around lens I guess.....


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