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Best lens for fashion photography


What is the best lens for fashion photography. I have a nikon F401s and currently uses a mini zoom (35mm-70mm). Could 50mm be better that what am using or what? Advice me accordingly..


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12/23/2002 1:03:42 AM

 
anonymous    I have the 50mm lense that I use with my Nikon EM and I love it, but I keep hearing about 85mm, 100mm, 105mm and so on. In fact, I asked a question about it on this site.


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12/13/2003 7:06:47 AM

 
Bruce Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/12/2005
  I use 3 lenses. 17 to 35mm 35 to 70mm and 80 to 200mm zooms.

The wide angle lenses are my preference as part of my style of shooting.

Theres no such thing as the best for. Its a subjective and objective decission that you make.

There are obsticles and things you need to learn about distortion and depth of field.

Take a look at my gallery, you will see shots done on many diferent lenses.


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4/26/2006 3:39:20 AM

 
John Sandstedt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/8/2001
  In film, it isn't the lens, it's the film speed. The lower the better.

In digital, make certain your camera operates quickly enough to catch and freeze the model's movements. Computer delay, while the camera processes the images can kill the best picture.

A 35-70 mm zoom boasts an almost useless focal length range. It's not wide and not "tele" enough. I believe most fashion work is done with a fixed 50 mm fastlens, if there's something tending to portraiture - like a model wearing a necklace - probably a 90mm soft focus [capable]lens.

Check out a book on Fashion Photography in your local library - you'll get great ideas. I have Robert Farber's, "Secrets of Fashion Photography" - but it's probably out of print.


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4/26/2006 1:44:00 PM

 
Bruce Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/12/2005
  This question was about lenses, not film.

If I may explain, I have been shooting fashion pictures for over 30 years. I cant remember the last time I shot with a 5omm fixed lens. I cant say for any other fashion photographer because as I explained lens choices for any given situation is subjecticve. The objective results are pureley choices that a photographer make when we shoot any shot.


www.brucesmithphotographer.com

I shoot with D2X bodies, very fast digital body. Great for fashion.


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4/26/2006 2:23:01 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  How can you say 35-70 is a useless focal range, then say most fashion is shot at 50, right in the middle of 35-70?
Next, how can you say most is shot at 50 when you have so much shot with medium format?
Next, how can you say most is shot with a 50 when you have so much of fashion being runway, catalogs, close-ups of jewelry and accesory stuff.
Next, safe to say soft focus lenses are pretty much only used for run of the mill high school senior portraits. Any softness is done afterwards. And if you check magazines, they're mostly clear, no fuzzy effect.
like he said, there is no best for focal length. Use what makes the picture look the way you want it. Or the art director wants it(pain in the neck art directors never let you do what you want to do)


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4/26/2006 3:15:42 PM

 
John Sandstedt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/8/2001
  Because, Greg, it's a useless "focal range." A straight 50 mm is more realistic and usable. And, when we view f/1.0 lenses, we find MANY, MANY lenses that are other that 50 mm, you dolt.


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4/26/2006 4:48:52 PM

 
John Sandstedt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/8/2001
  Because, Greg, it's a useless "focal range." A straight 50 mm is more realistic and usable. And, when we view f/1.0 lenses, we find MANY, MANY lenses that are other that 50 mm, you dolt.

Let's get to the point - you don't hold the key. There's a lot of us who do good work - and, you know, we'd like one font so we can really read and understand, or try to understand your comments.


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4/26/2006 4:50:17 PM

 
John Sandstedt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/8/2001
  Because, Greg, it's a useless "focal range." A straight 50 mm is more realistic and usable. And, when we view f/1.0 lenses, we find MANY, MANY lenses that are other that 50 mm, you dolt.

Let's get to the point - you don't hold the key. There's a lot of us who do good work - and, you know, we'd like one font so we can really read and understand, or try to understand your comments.


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4/26/2006 4:50:25 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Having trouble with muscle spams in your finger again. Get to the point, what you said made as much sense as a 4-8 foot is useless length for a fence but 6 feet is just right. And didn't say anything about what kind of work you do, dolt, and who said anything about anybody holding a key.
What you said didn't make sense, and neither did what you said about many lenses being other than 50mm that are f/1.0. There just aren't, unless you're talking about some very old ones hardly anybody's ever heard of.
If you have a list of several f/1.0 lenses, go ahead and point them out, I'd like to know.


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4/26/2006 5:14:58 PM

 
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