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12-05-2011, 07:12 PM   #16
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I was thinking the OP really got ripped off, then I saw the date.
OP's last activity here was about 2.5 years ago. My, how time flies...

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Once awake, you will wonder why you ever revived a four-and-a-half year old thread.
It's no mystery. Flash haters can no more resist letting the world know their feelings any time they see a mention of flash than can Mac fanatics resist making snotty remarks anytime Windows gets mentioned. It's human nature.
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Lens recommendation

For taking pictures of a new born you're going to want to use available light; a window facing North is great. Avoid using an on-camera flash. You'll need a lens with good light-gathering capabilities. I'd get a 50mm since it'll have an aperture of at least f/1.7 - f/1.4 is even better and usually worth the few extra bucks for a used one. It'll be able to give you the shutter speed/lens opening combination with available light. Plus the large aperature will blurr out the background making for a more pleasing image - which we all know is big problem with crop-sensored cameras.
Zooms are great because of their ability to change focal lengths, but generally not for your use. Unless you're using pro-level stuff with an aperature of f/2.8, zooms can't let in enough light to give you a decent shutter speed without shooting things at 800 ISO or higher.

For fun, you may want to get a nice soft diffusing filter like a Tiffen FX3. Or just save some cash and apply a very fine layer of Vasaline to a UV filter either over it's entire surface or just around the edges - BUT NOT DIRRECTLY TO THE LENS itself. That'll soften things nicely too.

Have fun and post some pix.
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Drat! I was hoping to sell my K10D to the OP's brother for $550. Now I have to go to work tomorrow .....

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