Lense Advise for New Baby
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30-03-12, 07:07 PM
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: St. Petersburg. FL.
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Currently I have just got the kit lense which off the top of my head is a 18-55 but its not a particular great lense to be honest thats why im looking to invest in something better.
Kit lenses are not bad at all. Obviously they're not professional caliber but I doubt you'd want to pay professional prices. Canon (and other makers) would not sell a kit lens that would make their cameras look bad.
It doesn't necessarily follow that the more expensive a camera and/or lens is, the better the photos it will take. Skill is very important, and that comes from practice. Some awful photos can come from an expensive lens in the hands of an unskilled photographer. You could spend a fortune on a lens and be very disappointed if your skills are not as sharp as the lens.
I would suggest practice with the lens that you have, but if you really want to get another lens, perhaps go with a prime lens, which is a fixed lens, not telephoto. A 35mm lens on a digital camera with a crop factor of 1.6, is roughly the equivalent of a "normal" 50 mm lens on a 35mm film camera. I just bought one for my Nikon D5100. It is a f/1:8 (maximum aperture) lens that sells for $199.95, and it does a superb job. Such lenses are sharp and have a great depth of field control when you need it.
Perhaps you could practice with your kit lens, using a doll or other object. Try bouncing your flash. If nothing else, a piece of white cloth or paper towel over the flash will give you a softer light. Composition is also very important, and post-processing can help to create a better finished product. Also, when the baby comes along, take lots of photos and only keep the ones you like.
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