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I want to take my daughters senior pictures and I was told that I should buy the tamron 28-75mm and I was wanting to know if this or a sigma that was similar to it be better for this type of photography?

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8/15/2005 12:49:01 PM

Michael H. Cothran   My opinion -
A 28-75 could be classified as a "general purpose" lens. It would do the job to some degree, and either the Tamron or Sigma would be a good choice.

However, I'm just not sure it would be my first choice in focal length(s) specific to the task you indicate. If it was all I had, I could certainly make it work. But if I were buying a lens specifically for people, including senior pictures, I would buy something longer. I would never use the 28mm end for people. It distorts them too much. And I would want something longer than 75mm, on the long end, at least 135mm.
Michael H. Cothran

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8/15/2005 1:20:05 PM

CAROL L.    Michael, I'm new at this protography thing so I appreciate any help or ideas that you have to give, I was told about this particular lens by a professional photographer, but I want to know what other people would use before I buy it.

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8/16/2005 6:38:06 AM

Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  I am also looking for a great portrait lens and I'm really considering Canon's EF 28-135. 135mm reach for portraits and still has the wide angle capability for landscapes and things. It also has image stabilizer so if you're handholding you can get slower speeds if you want to stop it down. Reviews say it's the slightest bit soft at the 3.5-5.6 but stopped to f/8 it is a exceptionally great lens.

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8/16/2005 6:57:33 AM

CAROL L.    Thanks for your input, I have also considered that one as well, I'm new at this so could you explain what you mean by stopping it down?

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8/16/2005 7:10:41 AM

Michael H. Cothran   An important factor you have not mentioned is whether this lens is to be purchased specifically for one reason (shooting your daughter's senior pictures), or if it is to be your "all around, on-the-camera, do-everything lens," OR...if it is to be combined with other lenses you may own, or are planning to purchase. These things can make a big difference in why you would buy this lens, and what you may expect in replies.
As I stated, either the Tamron or Sigma versions will give you top notch performance, so I don't think quality is the issue here as much as "purpose."

In today's market, a 28-75 zoom is not very effective, in that the focal range is somewhat limiting by today's standards. producing a smaller focal length range, the manufacturer can usually build a better performing lens. Still, there are better choices (for me) that would encompass a larger focal range. However, if you were coupling this lens with a 70-200 zoom, for example, it would be ideal. And perhaps a 17-35mm zoom on the other end.

FYI - Through the history of good people photography, it has been the general concensus that lenses in the 2x range are the most flattering to the human face. That "2x" is derived from what is called a "normal" lens. In 35mm film cameras, a "normal" lens is around 50mm, thus an ideal portrait lens would be around 100mm in focal length. Anything from 75mm through 135mm would be ideal, and even longer lenses can be very effective.
Michael H. Cothran

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8/16/2005 7:17:32 AM

Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  Ok no prob! Basically the maximum aperture this lens give is f/3.5-5.6 (depending on your focal length). Well when shooting at aperture of f/3.5 or f/4.0 or f/5.6 reviews are saying that the pics are a tad soft, not the sharpest of all sharpness. Well this might not neccessarily be something we notice unless we're staring a pic close up or blow it up to a huge size. Well anyways, stopping down means to make your aperture smaller (the number will get bigger). The bigger the number on your aperture, the more depth of field you have...meaning for example, f/3.5 your subject will be in focus, your background blurry and at f/22 both subject and background in sharp focus. So stopping down persay and using f/8.0 or smaller (bigger number) will give you a better and sharper image than shooting your subject at f/3.5 or f/5.6. Let me know if this helped or made it worse. If it did then one of the pro's will piggyback and I'll try to reword it myself! Good luck!.


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8/16/2005 7:18:01 AM

Michelle Ross
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/1/2004
  Hi! I have the Tamron 28-75 for a Minolta Maxxum 7D and I like it however I do not use it for my portrait work! I did use it the other evening for some sports pics because I needed the zoom and it worked great. For my portrait work I use a 50mm Prime(which converts to 75mm in digital) This lens works great for me but I realize that it's probably not the recommended. I think they recommend 85-90 for portraits. ..

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8/16/2005 7:18:48 AM

CAROL L.    I am planning on using this lens along with a couple others that I have. I just want to get the best lens for this that does not cost over $500, I want the pictures to be the best that I can do with out going to a professional to have them taken.

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8/16/2005 1:11:25 PM

CAROL L.    Justin, thank you for explaining that to me, yes it helped me understand what you were talking about.

Michelle, thank you for your input, I have seen so many recomendations for a lens to use on other sites and they all seem to vary. This can get really confusing to a person just starting out.

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8/16/2005 1:17:57 PM

Gary Gray
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/28/2005

Before you purchase a lens, you should ask yourself..."What do you want the pictures to look like?" and "what will be the shooting conditions?"

Are you going to be doing group photos?
Are you going to be indoors/outdoors/both?

Will you need a flash?

Choose your lens selection based on the needs of the shoot. Have you looked at the area where you'll be taking these photographs. You should try some test shots before the "big day" so when the time comes, you'll have everything planned.

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8/16/2005 7:35:39 PM

CAROL L.    Gary, I plan on doing indoor and outdoor, however I can not do test shots because I plan on doing this while on vacation,the most that will be in the pictures are 2 I have twins,I already have a great flash if needed, now all I need is the right lens or two., Thanks for your commments.

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8/17/2005 5:41:08 AM

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