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    Quote Originally Posted by akagi07 View Post
    i know all these already. but still appreciate the feedback.
    just that since the difference is been mentioned.
    comparing a 17-50 f2.8 and a 50mm F1.8 (adjusted to 2.8), both at 50, yes I agreed that 50mm prime will be sharper, but what other differences.. but this is ok, not the topest priority to me as of now.
    All right, in simplest term...

    Your 17-50mm @ f2.8 will lose in terms of the bokeh effect & sharpest in comparison to a 50mm prime @ f2.8... Also, the 17-50mm lens because of lens constructions, at 50mm on the 17-50mm, the lens will have more or less some distortions. The 50mm prime will have only minimal distortion due to its fixed focal construction.

    In another words, a prime is better performances, but its all up to personal prefences.

    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/C...rime-Lens.aspx

    http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/28...review?start=1

    http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/16...review?start=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anson View Post
    It really have to depend on your preference and the client requirement. Since I don't have the luxury of using ETTL II, all my flash are adjusted manually. Personally I preferred flash to constant light, and I am using a very small aperture (due to the requirement that everything need to be sharp for poster size print) a tripod had to be used as even the slightest shake is visible in large print.
    Yes, on a safer side, tripod is best to have. It is like condom, always good to have one on standby, rather than if you need it, you dont have one.

    For my studio works, I use tripod whenever possible except on cases when I am on ladder or low view point shoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanqiang1011 View Post
    Yes, on a safer side, tripod is best to have. It is like condom, always good to have one on standby, rather than if you need it, you dont have one.

    For my studio works, I use tripod whenever possible except on cases when I am on ladder or low view point shoot.
    Interesting annotation..

    To me for studio shots, the lenses are of a less important (unless it have a very noticeable distortion at the focal length), as most of my studio shoot doesn't require a bokeh background (unless I am taking food, which is a totally diff ball game). That why I never brought my 70-200F2.8IS to a studio shoot before..

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanqiang1011 View Post
    Yes, on a safer side, tripod is best to have. It is like condom, always good to have one on standby, rather than if you need it, you dont have one.

    For my studio works, I use tripod whenever possible except on cases when I am on ladder or low view point shoot.
    haha.. what an example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanqiang1011 View Post
    All right, in simplest term...

    Your 17-50mm @ f2.8 will lose in terms of the bokeh effect & sharpest in comparison to a 50mm prime @ f2.8... Also, the 17-50mm lens because of lens constructions, at 50mm on the 17-50mm, the lens will have more or less some distortions. The 50mm prime will have only minimal distortion due to its fixed focal construction.

    In another words, a prime is better performances, but its all up to personal prefences.

    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/C...rime-Lens.aspx

    http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/28...review?start=1

    http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/16...review?start=1
    oh. this is the thing.
    well, still thinking if just by bring my kits with D90 + 17-50 + 50mm to go for a studio shoot, is adequate anot. especially, something to studio, been the first time. light is the most impt key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anson View Post
    Interesting annotation..

    To me for studio shots, the lenses are of a less important (unless it have a very noticeable distortion at the focal length), as most of my studio shoot doesn't require a bokeh background (unless I am taking food, which is a totally diff ball game). That why I never brought my 70-200F2.8IS to a studio shoot before..
    IS doesnt work on tripod isnt it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by akagi07 View Post
    oh. this is the thing.
    well, still thinking if just by bring my kits with D90 + 17-50 + 50mm to go for a studio shoot, is adequate anot. especially, something to studio, been the first time. light is the most impt key.
    Quality of the light is also important. When we say quality of light, meaning Harsh (Hard, so call it) or Soft light. If light is too harsh on the subject, then your pictures will be washed out. Too soft, you get blurry underexposed pictures. Control the light is of utmost important as your control of camera. High key and low key images with classical lightings are still adored by many, in fact, is the key factor of studio photography.

    Enjoy studio playing...

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    Default Re: ideal lens for studio shoot

    Quote Originally Posted by hanqiang1011 View Post
    IS doesnt work on tripod isnt it?
    On tripod, I don't need to use IS. Also mainly because I don't need bokeh & it's abit too tight for indoor uses.

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    is tripod therefore a necessarity in studio portrait where shooters will move to achieve angles?
    or rather cam on tripod, jus keep asking subjects to move and move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anson View Post
    On tripod, I don't need to use IS. Also mainly because I don't need bokeh & it's abit too tight for indoor uses.
    I find mine 70-200 nice for corporate profile shots... In fact, one of my fav lens. Again its personal preferences

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    Quote Originally Posted by akagi07 View Post
    is tripod therefore a necessarity in studio portrait where shooters will move to achieve angles?
    or rather cam on tripod, jus keep asking subjects to move and move.
    Actually it's really depends on what you shoot. When I say a studio tripod, it can be a studio "flexible" arm with a tripod mount. It allow you to snap at both high and low & high angle, while keeping your camera steady.

    What I had yet to try now is tethering, which would be an interesting approach in Studio shoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anson View Post
    Actually it's really depends on what you shoot. When I say a studio tripod, it can be a studio "flexible" arm with a tripod mount. It allow you to snap at both high and low & high angle, while keeping your camera steady.

    What I had yet to try now is tethering, which would be an interesting approach in Studio shoot.
    It is fun with tethered shooting, and also to mention, more professional approach. Usually most of my client would choose the photos after viewing thru my MBP. You should try it. And also tethered shooting lets you and your client or the creative director discuss ways to improve a shoot.

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    well, a simple summarized of what i checked, read and watched,
    a 50mm prime 1.8 on a cropped body should b more or less than adequate for studio portrait - covering shoulder - head shots
    i guess though with distortion, think 17-50 @ 17mm-20mm will provide me with sufficient distance to cover a full body length shot

    just leaving with 1 more, would a 85mm b necessary or 50mm be just nice, i just have to move back / for to compose shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akagi07 View Post
    well, a simple summarized of what i checked, read and watched,
    a 50mm prime 1.8 on a cropped body should b more or less than adequate for studio portrait - covering shoulder - head shots
    i guess though with distortion, think 17-50 @ 17mm-20mm will provide me with sufficient distance to cover a full body length shot

    just leaving with 1 more, would a 85mm b necessary or 50mm be just nice, i just have to move back / for to compose shots.
    Personal preferences again... 85mm has much more shallow bokeh than 50mm. Can buy the cheaper Canon 85mm (non-L) to try it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanqiang1011 View Post
    Personal preferences again... 85mm has much more shallow bokeh than 50mm. Can buy the cheaper Canon 85mm (non-L) to try it out.
    TS is nikon user from his signature

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    Quote Originally Posted by akagi07 View Post
    ya
    Sorry didnt see properly... The idea behind is still the same nevertheless

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    haha yes, thanks all for the info so far

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    Quote Originally Posted by akagi07 View Post
    haha yes, thanks all for the info so far
    Good luck in your studio shoot...

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    Quote Originally Posted by akagi07 View Post
    is tripod therefore a necessarity in studio portrait where shooters will move to achieve angles?
    or rather cam on tripod, jus keep asking subjects to move and move.
    The shooters will always be the ones that move.
    If subject moves, you have to change the lighting adjustment each time.

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