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09-04-2010, 02:12 PM   #1
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Best lens for capturing new born baby pictures

I just boughtPentax K-x 12.4 MP Digital SLR with 2.7-inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL and 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED Lenses from amazon.

Me and my wife are going to have a baby soon and I would like to know if these lenses are good enough to capture baby pictures.

DO I need to buy a fast lens such as FA 50/1.4?

Any other suggestions are also welcome?

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Do you need to? Not necessarily.
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The 55-300 would work just fine.
Try between 70-100mm and close in see what you get.
Lighting might be an issue if you're in the hospital etc. but you're camera should have no problems handling this(great high ISO capabilities)


There's no doubt a 50 1.4 could do a much better job in terms of effort vs reward. But that's not to say you can't walk off with great shots with the lenses you have either.
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You already received some good advice.

The main advantange of a large aperture lens (or fast prime) like a 50mm f1.4 is that you will be able to take some good shots without neeeding the flash. A number of children do not like the flash as the light is sometimes too strong. Also the absence of flash may yield more natural shots.

Hope that the comment will help...

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While giving birth or after?.
While delivering: (the lighting is pretty good normally= 55-300 is fine), longer the better, keeps you out of the way and allows for tightly zoomed closeups.
After: DA*16-60 or equivalent coupled to a fast AF body, read K7 or replacement.
And get it now, while you still have money!

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Not necessarily f1,4 but I believe you could make use of something faster than f2,8 for this kind of pictures. And even then, when the kid is growing up.
Have you tried focussing manually? You can save considerable amount of money if you don't insist on AF.
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Those lenses are certainly "good enough." You would probably want a medium tele range, like 50mm-70mm, since you don't want to be jamming a camera into the baby's face. You would rarely use f1.4 - the speed is more for viewing and focusing ease. You might use f2.8-3.5 or so if you had it, but f4 should be fine, which is what you have with the 55-300mm at the wide end.

I'm not sure about the close focus of the 55-300mm, and I don't own one, but if it's not what you need (particularly at the wide end), you could use an inexpensive close-up attachment. I use a two-element Nikon attachment on my 50-200mm DA and am very happy with the performance, and it was very reasonably priced when I bought it (admittedly 25 years ago.)

Having manually focused for years, I think manual focusing was a lot easier on cameras that weren't designed for autofocus. I think that overall, autofocus is a great help and would suggest you stick with autofocus-capable lenses.

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55-300 will focus down to about 4.5 feet zoomed in or out.

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well, newborns dont move as much as infants and toddlers...your baby will grow and I think for kids you need something faster than the kit lenses unless you are OK with using flash - prime vs zoom is your choice. My youngest was 9 months when I bought my dSLR (also a k-x but with the 55-200 dual kit). I bought a used FA 50/1.4 and I think it is very useful. You can get one for about $250 used. I actually bought more lenses after that one, the main one being a Tamron 28-75 fixed 2.8 (runs $460 new, I would not recommend a used one on this).
Personally, I am not very good with manual focusing and with kids you dont have very much time to play around, so I would go for an AF lens.
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The kit lens will be fine. The Kx is very good with high ISO shots and unless things have changed since my kids were born, delivery rooms are well lit. I took pictures of my youngest, born in 1988, with a Spotmatic and a 50/2. I don't remember the exposure but the shots all have good DOF and are pretty sharp through the whole scene so I know it wasn't wide open. I think the 55-300 is going to be way too long but you can bring it just in case you need a little more reach than 55mm.
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Thanks all for the suggestions. I need to play with the 55-300 lens to figure out if I can take close range shots without flash. Otherwise I will need to invest in a used f1.4 or f2.8 lens.

Thanks again.

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Kids are a pain in the ass, especially your own.

So I wouldn't waste money buying lenses based on shooting them.


But seriously, that's still how I feel.
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QuoteOriginally posted by s_prasad22 Quote
Thanks all for the suggestions. I need to play with the 55-300 lens to figure out if I can take close range shots without flash. Otherwise I will need to invest in a used f1.4 or f2.8 lens.

Thanks again.
You have a K-x:

It is a non-issue that you can shoot at 1600, 3200, 6400 and even 12800 indoors without a flash.

You certainly do NOT have to invest is a fast prime now to take pictures of a baby who can only wobble from side to side for the next 9 months.
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