Fujinon lens for indoor birds photography

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Norka
Norka New Member • Posts: 4
Fujinon lens for indoor birds photography

Hello!

I run a small pigeon rescue. My rescue also has an adoption program which means we look for adopters for pigeons who can't be released. I need to take attractive photos of each of the birds (portrait and a full body photo). I made a mistake, followed a dog portrait photography tutorials and bought a Fujinon XF 56 mm lens. It indeed works great for taking photos of my dog (I can take a close up photo of her head) but it's not the case with such small animals like pigeons. I am able to only take a photo of their full body, when I try to get a bit closer to shoot just their head the lens doesn't focus.

I was able take portrait photos of the pigeons with my kit lens Fujinon 18-55 mm. I could take close up photos of their heads. But obviously it's not the best lens for portraits (mediocre sharpness, bokeh, background). Also, as I take photos indoors this lens was too dark and I ended up with a lot of grain in the photos (high ISO) because of bad lighting condition. XF 56 mm is really bright and looks awesome but it doesn't work for small animals photography...

To sum it up:

- I don't need a fast focusing lens as pigeons don't move that quickly.

- I shoot mostly indoors so I need a bright aperture.

- I want to take both shots of birds' heads (portraits) and their full bodies.

Honestly I'm LOST. I thought a macro lens would be good for such animals like hamsters or insects. Would a 60 mm or 80 mm Fujinon macro lens work for what I need? Which would be better? How far would I have to stand from a pigeon with a macro lens to take a photo of its full body?

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