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Jean H. De Buren

member since: 9/19/2007
 

Which Lens for Photographing Kids and Families?


Hi! I'm looking for a new lens and am wondering which lens is your favorite, and why. I typically photograph kids and families with my Nikon D50. Thanks!

9/19/2007 7:58:29 PM

 
John G. Clifford Jr
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/18/2005
  My favorite lens for shooting children and families (basically candids at varying distances) would be my Sigma 24-70/2.8 EX zoom. On my particular cameras (Sigma SD10/SD14), the lens is equivalent to a 40-120mm lens. That is a good range for portraiture, and the zoom lens lets you move around a little rather than being in people's faces. The large aperture also lets your camera focus very quickly even in low light, and isolates the subject from the background.
Now, if I'm just taking portraits of an adult who will do what I tell them, I pick a different lens. Maybe a prime, or maybe a longer zoom. Or...???

9/20/2007 8:39:36 PM

 

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