Need advice for DSLR for shooting my new baby

Started Mar 3, 2011 | Discussions thread
PeterF Regular Member • Posts: 368
my two cents

Hi, Chris.

You will quickly find out, if you don't already know, that DSLR (and SLR) photography is mostly about glass. Bodies come and go but hopefully if you make the right choices your glass should be with you for a while.

I tend to take a lot of pictures of babies and small ones (I have 12 grandchildren) and I've had pretty good luck with the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM. If you buy it new, you will blow a pretty good chunk of your budget but you can find used ones, and don't be afraid to consider older models of the same lens, they work fine.

The nice thing about the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM is that it replaces the typical kit lens so you can just go after a body. It used to be that finding a good price on a used body was a good idea but new bodies are quite reasonably priced so you might want to go new (plus the newer ones have video).

With regard to a 1.8 50mm. I have one and it's a great lens, especially for the price, but like all primes, it serves a specific purpose. I find the 1.8 50mm a little long for general photography on an APS sized DSLR (especially for indoor photography) so it's not on my camera a lot. But of course when I want a nice portrait, indoors or out, it's dandy.

Good luck, and if you have any questions, fire away.


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