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10-24-2012, 02:48 PM   #1
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lens for studio photography

Ok! So i wan't to get into studio photography and outdoor portraits., and i would love to have a versatile lens that could do both, head shots and whole body shots. Are there any lens that could do this for me.
I already have the 40mm limited and the kit lens. i have a manual lens (chinon 50mm 1.9), but i wan't something that would give me great image quality. i don't wanna spend too much money right now, but i'm willing to wait a couple of months to save and get a good lens, and i will also consider a non expensive lens if it fits the bill (that would make me happy actually)

anyways! I'm sorry because I know you guys probably get this question all the time.

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How big a studio is the question? Tempted to say Sigma 50mm f1.4. Or 50mm FA 1.4

But if you have a small studio this may be too long
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This is a truly excellent lens, offered at a really good price:
10-24-2012, 04:11 PM   #4
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is a small studio. but i think it can handle the 50mm/55mm. i'll see which one i can get

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For a zoom, the Pentax-A 35-105 is superb. It offers prime-like IQ at all focal lengths in it's range. It's one of my favorite portrait lenses.

Your Chinon 1.9 is pretty good, but the Pentax 1.7 or 1.4 50mm is better (I have all three, so I've compared.) But, you already have the Limited 40, and it's about as good as it gets. You'd be hard pressed to find a lens that gives you better IQ.. I'd shoot with your Limited 40 & see if it does what you want it to and go from there.
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i also wanna shoot outside too. so i'm kind of thinking about using my limited, and chinon to shoot in the studio and get two zooms to shoot outside. i'm thinking about either the tamron or sigma 17-50mm f2.8 and i just bought the pentax DA*50-135mm f2.8 used for $800. i wasn't going to spend that much, but when i saw they were so cheap I had to jump on it. i made the guy an offer of $650, and we settled for $700, so i'm happy. :-)

btw. this lens are freaking heavy, and big. do those lens have problems focusing in low light. it wasn't responding at first, but now it seems to be working fine.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Pheo Quote
How big a studio is the question?
That is always the crux of the matter. You want a long enough lens to give you working distance and "flat" perspective while still fitting into the space you have available in your studio.


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