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I always recommend the 50mm prime lens for starting out in portrait work. It's relatively inexpensive and it's very sharp. Many of the zoom lenses are either soft for focus or focus very slowly which can be a challenge, esp when you work with small children.
Alison - Mom to: Augustus (2) Maximus (3) Eleanor (5) Reid (6) Evelyn (8) Lucas (12) Christopher (14)
18 - 55
18 - 55 & 55 - 200
sigma 28 - 300 macro
Just for starting off, of course, and mostly doing portrait type work.
Anyone that can say from experience which would be best to go with?
Well what are the f-stop ranges on each? That is almost more important than the focal length.
Also, are we talking digital or film? The focal lengths have different equivalents if you are using a digital SLR, based on the camera.
For portrait work I usually use an 80-85mm (equivalent) prime lens (i.e. not zoom - zoom is almost always a little fuzzier, even though it's faster to work with in terms of cropping on camera). Having the slightly longer focal length is very flattering for facial features.
Yes, that's the lens that they were referring too...I recently bought that one too and I really like it. I like Alison said, it's pretty inexpensive but definately great to have.
Do you have a camera already? I'm just curious about the 18-55 lens that you listed if it's the kit lens that comes with the DRebel...if so, I've heard that not many people are too thrilled with it. I don't know, I upgraded when I got mine...but was just going to make the suggestion that you upgrade that lens if that's the one you're referring to...if it's not, just ignore me.
Im buying the digital canon EOS Rebel - but just the body, not the one that comes with the kit.
So - the prime lens to start with? Im so confused! lol.
Yeah, I would really recommend starting with the prime lens! The 50mm is going to be about an 80mm equivalent on the Rebel, but that's perfect for portraiture, it just means in cramped spaces you may not be able to get far enough away from the subject, but that is sooo rarely a problem, for me at least.
You are just going to have so much more flexibility in how you do your exposure with an f-stop range that goes down to 1.8 than 3.5... zoom is handy, but mostly for snapshots, or perhaps if you were shooting weddings and just needed to grab as many shots as possible with as little movement as possible...
The 50mm never leaves my 20D. I will swear by that lens. LOL And you just have to use your legs as your zoom. The Bokeh in this thing is amazing. Sometimes I have a bit of a hard time iwth focus when its wide open, but for the most part its an amazing inexpensive way to start.
My next one is going to be an 85 mm fixed. Ahh the never ending wish list for photography.