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    Suggestions for a lens

    Ok, so I've offered to do a photo shoot for my niece's 16th birthday present. I have a concept going but not sure how to execute with lighting and lens.

    I will be using my Canon XSi. I have the kit lenses that came with it so they are nothing special. I've heard that the Canon 24-70 L 2.8 is a great lens for portraits but I worry about it not having IS. The studio I'm using is my friend's and she uses a Canon 24-105 IS 4.0 lens. My worry about this one is the speed of this lens. Not that it will be completely dark but I do want the pictures to have quite a bit of shadowing which I'm assuming means fewer lights.

    So here is the concept, b&w and sepia toned pictures with my subject in a plain black t-shirt and a black back-drop.

    I need suggestions/help with choosing the following:
    - an appropriate lens to rent
    - lighting techniques
    - any and all suggestions in regards to my concept

    Thanks!
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    Check out prime lenses such as the 50mm f/1.4. Amazing depth of field and great in low light situations. Cheap too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caplephoto View Post
    Check out prime lenses such as the 50mm f/1.4. Amazing depth of field and great in low light situations. Cheap too.
    I'm assuming you've used this lens. If so, have you taken any shots similar to the one I described in my initial post? Can you post any of them?

    I've read some of the advantages of prime lenses I just worry when there is no IS because of how much moving around I may need to do without a tripod.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jennsfootprints View Post
    I'm assuming you've used this lens. If so, have you taken any shots similar to the one I described in my initial post? Can you post any of them?

    I've read some of the advantages of prime lenses I just worry when there is no IS because of how much moving around I may need to do without a tripod.
    I'll see if I can find a picture similar to what you described.

    You shouldn't worry about having blurry pictures because having such a high aperture allows you to have higher shutter speeds. The f/1.4 allows for shooting in low light but has super shallow depth of field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caplephoto View Post
    I'll see if I can find a picture similar to what you described.

    You shouldn't worry about having blurry pictures because having such a high aperture allows you to have higher shutter speeds. The f/1.4 allows for shooting in low light but has super shallow depth of field.
    Did you know they have a 50mm L f/1.0?? Sammy's Camera rents them for $40. I might try that.
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    Hey man I have the 50mm f1.4 it's a super fast lens but to be honest for portraits your not going to need to be shooting that fast. I have been looking at the 24-70mm f2.8L for weddings. I used a friend of mines the other day. Really a phenomenal lens. I think it would work great for you. The 50mm would work nice to but often in a studio you don't have the room to maneuver in order to get different shots. Prime lenses are a ***** like that. If you have got the room though, it's an amazing lens. Especially on an aps-c sensor like the Rebel Xsi.

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    Experiment with shutter speeds and apertures along with yr ISO, then you won't have to worry about not having image stabilization. Hell, use a tripod if yr that worried about camera shake.
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    Hey guys, thanks for the input. You'll have to forgive my ignorance about this stuff but I was nervous about the use of a studio setting and strobes. I know how to use ISO and shutter speeds to negate camera shake. But I think it's different with strobes. Anyhow, I took those pictures about a month ago. They turned out great. The friend who let me borrow her studio showed me what her camera settings (aperture and shutter speed) were and I adjusted according to what I was looking for and the lights I was using. Search the Snapshot of the Day thread for those pictures. Here's are some that I didn't post on there. Give me some feedback. I like hearing from people who actually know what they're talking about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skmarshall View Post
    Hey man I have the 50mm f1.4 it's a super fast lens but to be honest for portraits your not going to need to be shooting that fast. I have been looking at the 24-70mm f2.8L for weddings. I used a friend of mines the other day. Really a phenomenal lens. I think it would work great for you. The 50mm would work nice to but often in a studio you don't have the room to maneuver in order to get different shots. Prime lenses are a ***** like that. If you have got the room though, it's an amazing lens. Especially on an aps-c sensor like the Rebel Xsi.
    The 24-70 L is a great lens. I had one of my friend's play photographer at our wedding and he used that lens. Rented it for about $35 for the weekend. Said it was very useful for that kind of situation. I did use the 50mm lens. I liked it but now I understand the frustration of using a prime... especially in a studio.
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