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Ghostdog  855 forum posts
20 Mar 2006 - 8:11 AM

Horses for courses mate, it's what makes life so great SmileI found that when I have asked in the past, they are only TO READY TO HELP and start to bloody pose lol The shots for me seemed unreal and not as candid as I desired. Whateva works though mate. Keep on keepin' on Smile

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ZenTog  127875 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2006 - 8:17 AM

in street candids I use a 70-200mm lens often catching faces that are not cheesed up for the camera, much better I feel

StrayCat e2 Member 1014919 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2006 - 8:21 AM

Sell your camera, and buy a Nikon D200 and 18-200mm VR when they become available; maybe next year.

20 Mar 2006 - 8:27 AM

I think you can get good results with a variety of kit, all the way from about 135 tele to 20mm wide it all depends how you work. Probably the most useful lenses are 35, 50 or 85mm in 35mm terms. So you could consider using the 60mm or perhaps a Sigma 28mm.

I do however think it's often worth chatting to people when you're taking pictures as you'll be surprised how many are quite happy for you to do so, and not mug too much (the second shot's usually better.) Making that contact also provides you with backgound information that can help you get a better shot next time.

ljesmith  101092 forum posts United Kingdom
20 Mar 2006 - 8:29 AM

Horses for courses indeed. The only way you'll really now is to get out there and start photographing, it all comes with practise.

You never stop learning.

Ghostdog  855 forum posts
20 Mar 2006 - 10:37 AM

Well said Smile

spaceman  105167 forum posts Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2006 - 1:32 PM

Quote: You never stop learning

Unless you're dead.


ZenTog  127875 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2006 - 1:41 PM

then its too late, but people then buy your prints as you become a master of photography or not

ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014842 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2006 - 1:08 AM

you could always get oneof those Sigma 800mm lenses and stand on a tall building's roof - you'll not be spotted there

22 Mar 2006 - 11:34 AM

Didn't really want to buy another camera, Im still umm-ing and arr-ing over the lens. I think I'll opt for the 50mm and try several approaches of asking and covert walk-bys and check my results. Hopefully I'll get out and about the weekend!

Cristian  9950 forum posts1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2006 - 12:21 PM

David, I've recently bought a 50mm 1.8 lens, mainly for trying out portraits, but I can see why it has been mentioned here. It has a similar range to the eye, it's fast, sharp and also a relatively cheaper option than a mid range zoom.


22 Mar 2006 - 12:38 PM

I'm wondering on the 28mm as this is a close 50mm equiv. Putting the 50mm on my 20D is going to make it 80mm equiv. It's costlier for the f1.8 but thinking the wider angle would be a benefit.

strawman  1022010 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2006 - 12:41 PM

Sigma have created a special fast 30mm lens for the reasons you mention.

23 Mar 2006 - 8:54 AM

The Canon one looks better, well if its the one i'm comparing it against. Plus its Canon.

2 Mar 2014 - 3:40 AM

Hi.. M a biggner can anybody suggest.. which lens is the best for candid photography..

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