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Offline Scott S

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trying out an idea.
« on: February 03, 2016, 12:45:38 AM »
I've been thinking, maybe there's more to photography than expensive equipment. I have decided to try out shooting some portraits with a very cheap used lens and see just how good or bad they are.
this is my new test subject.


Offline Ochotona

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Re: trying out an idea.
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2016, 08:50:41 AM »
When you find a killer f2.8 wide angle zoom for less than $20 I'd love to hear about it!

Offline Scott S

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Re: trying out an idea.
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2016, 07:33:03 PM »
I was thinking that I would try this lense which will not let me accidentally shoot at 2.8 and get too shallow of a DOF. typically portrait work is printed no more than 11x14, and tack sharpness isn't as critical.
I used to have a 18-200, but it wasn't sharp anywhere. then I moved to the 28-75 and it's sharp as long as you stay between f4 and f11. now I think, for the money I'll try this one which should be decent from wide open to at least f11, and the DOF should might just be in the sweet spot. I always have my 17-50 2.8 if I'm wrong.

Offline Ochotona

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Re: trying out an idea.
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2016, 11:08:20 AM »
Yeah, I probably just need to save up for the 17-50 f2.8 and be done with it.

Offline Scott S

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Re: trying out an idea.
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2016, 02:09:34 PM »
I have the 17-50 and I love it. it does a great job almost everywhere. it distorts a bit at 17, so you have to correct that later in post.
Sigma has a 17-70 f2.8-4 that's not too expensive, you ought to go for it. it's not straight f2.8, but it doesn't look too bad.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sigma-DC-17-70mm-F-2-8-4-0-DC-OS-HSM-Lens-For-Canon-/231835528069?hash=item35fa796b85:g:z-gAAOSw--1Ws4Ej

the cheapo lens is out for delivery today so I'll get to play with it over the weekend. I'll post some stuff monday or tuesday and we'll see what it's like.