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10-12-2010, 10:37 PM   #1
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do I need more stuff to shoot my baby ?

Hi,

Currently I have the km/k2000 with lens 18-55mm, 50-200mm and DA40mm.

What would you recommend if I would like to shoot my baby? I may buy something new in the next 6 month, before the baby is born. My budget is below 500, so I won't buy lens like DA50-135mm and it's too heavy for me.

I am also thinking about buying a new small dc because my old one is over four years old. I need a decent video function but Km/k2000 doesn't have one. What about canon s95?

Thank you a lot!

Alice


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10-12-2010, 11:02 PM   #2
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Km with DA 40 should be perfectly suited for what you're going to do. If you insist of buying something (which is a valid thing), you can upgrade to K-x (video?!) or you can buy the likes of FA 50/1.4. But in all honesty, Km with DA 40 should suit you just fine. Also, when the baby is born, she or he won't be moving much, so that you will get few month of time when you can practice. Once you practice you would know much better what kind of gear you desire for your personal preferences based on your personal practice.

Also, depending of what is the purpose of your DSLR kit, it may be worth considering selling it off and buying a high quality compact camera such as Canon G10, G11 (G12) or Panasonic LX3 (LX5) or new offering from Nikon that is parallel to Canon G series. My former co-worker bought G10 when his daughter was born and he is happy ever after. The main advantage of relatively small compact camera is that it is much easier to take with you when you take your child for a walk in a park, which by virtue of morning/day/afternoon light can yield very nice pictures of your baby.
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From my experience (I have 2 kids), I believe what you are looking for is a fast lens, indoor/portrait lens, and zoom capability for convenience. Since I am still a beginner at best, I humbly offer my suggestion for one of the following:

Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 XR Di II LD IF (the non VC one). Another alternative is the Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 EX DC Macro. The Tamron is a bit better optically, but the Sigma is better build (also heavier)
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di LD

You can find one new for less than $500, or use for $300 to $350 here in the Market Place section.

Good luck and congratulations.

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10-13-2010, 12:23 AM   #4
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Km + DA40 would be excellent. I don't see a need for any more to take pictures of a baby.

10-13-2010, 12:46 AM   #5
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i have a one-year-old doughter.
because i am not an expert, i didnt find the exact solution yet and i am open to advices.
here is my findings.

for indoor, a fast lens is a must, indoor lightning condition is not sufficient enough. i think min f/2.8.

you need some wide angle, some portrait. then zoom lens is practical.

AF will assist more if you are not an experienced manual man like me

video is of course a must.

nowadays, 50m f/1.7 is on my camera and i can not pull it out. IQ is very good and a fast lens. but it is manual and very difficult to focus instantly. because child movement is very fast and you have to be quick. and it is not wide enough to take family.
may be i need an 28mm or so for familiy shots.
but if i find a good enough zoom with af it will be excellent.
since i taste the prime with 50mm, i dont know if i can turn prime to zoom.
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I'd recommend F/FA50/1.7 if you can track one down
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The DA-40 is perfect.
Pick a point & shoot with HD video (like Boris suggests) for carry about.
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My vote would be for a new point and shoot. The Canon S90, S95 or SD4000. Some of the Panasonic Lumix cams are good too.

For me the Canon G10 and G11 and the big Panasonic Lumix P&S cams are too big (but they offer the most funcionality). I prefer just to use a dslr at that size.

The other recommendation I would give is a f2.8 constant zoom if you want a new lens for the K2000.

The DA 40 is a good one though. Quick to focus and faster than the kit zooms.

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Pick up a P-TTL flash with swivel head (e.g. Metz 48) for indirect bounced flash. It helps a lot when there's not enough light. DA40 should be sufficient in all cases with bounced flash, I used the kit lens and DA17-70 f/4 in the first 18 months of my daughter Now I mostly use Sigma 30 f/1.4 without flash.
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Don't shoot your baby! I know they can be a pain sometimes but you better deal with it or give him away to someone who wants him as a last resort
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Please dont shoot my baby... :P

the 40 is great, obviously. The otherr lenses are ok, the kit actually quite fast at focusing in good light. Problems arise in low light, where it doesn't let enough light pass through.

As others have suggested, use the 40 in those situations, or get a faster lens. The faster,the better for low light. And a longer lens will let you take pictures without bothering your baby. Around 70 mm is a good focal length for that.
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I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the Pentax X90. With 26x zoom light weight and can do several modes of video. With Sensor shift Shake Reduction, 12 mega pixel resolution and many other features. Looks to me like a very handy Digital camera when you are out and about. Best part is it's priced at $272 on Amazon.com Also available at B&H for $278.

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Another vote for the Km and DA40.
10-13-2010, 12:45 PM   #14
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I would recommend the DA 70mm

When my kids were very young, I seemed to use the DA 70mm more.
For most of my pictures when they were under 3, I wanted to fill the frame with my kids. Because of their small size at this age, the DA 70mm was just more convenient to do this without interrupting the situation.

When my kids got a bit older, more of my pictures became activity related. That's when I started using the DA 40mm more.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dreamfall Quote
Hi,

Currently I have the km/k2000 with lens 18-55mm, 50-200mm and DA40mm.

What would you recommend if I would like to shoot my baby? I may buy something new in the next 6 month, before the baby is born. My budget is below 500, so I won't buy lens like DA50-135mm and it's too heavy for me.

I am also thinking about buying a new small dc because my old one is over four years old. I need a decent video function but Km/k2000 doesn't have one. What about canon s95?

Thank you a lot!

Alice
Wow!

Talk about a great excuse for LBA/CBA

Actually, in my opinion, i would suggest a good flash at some point.

otherwise you have enough in your kit, and a flash is truely missing from what you list

Otherwise, listen to those who propose a P&S. Along the way, when you are juggling diapers, bottles, a stroller, and if you don't already have one a dog? a pocket sized P&S would be a great benefit since you don't want to have to carry a camera bag as well, and I don't recommend using the same bag for dirty diapers as the camera bag for obvious reasons. But then again, that's what weather resistant cameras is for, sort of.......

But seriously, a small P&S, with limited focal length range, 35-105 equivelent but good quality, that can go in your pocket would be better than an SLR for those casual moments, always within reach when he/she does something cute.
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