Looking at this thread coz I'm also learning to shoot better pictures of my 8 mth old, hyperactive baby. Just bought the D60 and using the kit lens 18-55mm F3.5-5.6. So far can only get abt 10% focussed shots. Can anyone recommend me a more suitable lens for my purpose?
Depending on the lighting condition sis.
Perhaps you can try shooting with the 50mm f1.7 or 50mm f1.4 lens. Push your ISO to 400 if need be.
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Learnt it the hard way. Upgraded to a pro-body, got expensive lenses, then realised that it's the technique and can't solely rely on the equipment.
The 50mm F/1.4 would be a good balance for big aperture, and reasonable price to shoot children. I normally try not to use flash.
Yes, it is better in brightly lit environment. How about flash? I haven't tried with flash yet coz not very good with it. Usually end up with unnatural look. Which direction should I face the flash?
@TS. I am in the same situation as u.. but at least mine daughter is only 3 mths.. so cannto crawl or run yet.. so not that bad. What i do was to get the 50mm f1.8 for my D40x.. and as long as its daylight.. and I put her near the window in door.. at f2.8 and iso400.. I can take nice pictures.
If at night with only the available crappy flourscent tube.. then I will use f2.0 with iso800. Need to adjust the white balance a bit for my D40x.. but the pics are also quite ok.. but the speed only at 1/30. So cannot really stop her quick head/hand/legs from moving.
Coming back to the lens. Thinking of getting the 55mm f/1.8 too. Its the cheapest way to get higher aperture.
50/1.4 or 50/1.8 is a bit too long. A wide angle lens like 28mm or 24mm might be more appropriate. I was using Nikon 28/1.4 (which I think is still a bit too long) and Sigma 24/1.8 (both of which doesn't AF on the D60). Maybe I'll try shooting using the Sigma again to see if I can eliminate the flash.
Last edited by lsisaxon; 17th March 2008 at 03:57 PM.
Thanks for all the tips! Guess I'll have to weigh the options and get the lens most appropriate for my budget plus experiment with flash.
Heres what I got with a 50mm.. at f1.8 I think iso100 and speed at 1/30. Natural light with window at about 3m away. Taken in the day. She is playing with her fingers at that time.
It's a bit soft, u may want to bump up iso to 200 or more to reach 1/60-1/80 shutter speed.