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What Canon lens to get for wide group photo shots

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If you are doing "planned" shoot. Then you can use pretty much any lens you have.

If you want to be ready during a wedding shoot or something. Get something close to ~24mm.
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I still have the XTi kit lens. It works. Not the best lens, but it worked for what it is.
Yes it's not as good as the new 18-55 IS kit lens.

You don't need exactly a "WIDE" angle, like the 10-20. It's not very sharp unless stopped down, if sharpness is what you're looking for.

At 18mm, it comes to around 29mm on the cropped body. That's wide enough.
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Some randon samples on full-frame

14mm
[IMG]http://www.nikkophotography.com/rfd/group_sample2-2.jpg[/IMG]

16mm
[IMG]http://www.nikkophotography.com/rfd/group_sample2.jpg[/IMG]

24mm
[IMG]http://www.nikkophotography.com/rfd/group_sample2-4.jpg[/IMG]

50mm
[IMG]http://www.nikkophotography.com/rfd/group_sample2-3.jpg[/IMG]

200mm
[IMG]http://www.nikkophotography.com/rfd/group_sample2-5.jpg[/IMG]


As you can see, you can do group shots with any focal length. I recommend 24mm (L prime) due to its versatility and its image performance (very low distortion, no pincushioning, etc. -- a 24-105L @ 24mm will noticeably skew bodies on the edges of the frame)... this is of course on full-frame and if you have the $.

For a cropper, I highly suggest the 17-55IS. Yes, it's expensive, but it's an awesome lens and will save you $ in the long run (from upgrading). If you can't afford this, go for the 17-40L. I would personally stay away from third party lenses (especially sigma).
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You definitely need a good flash if you're doing indoor group shots.
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zero_2003 wrote:
Feb 8th, 2010 9:35 am
You definitely need a good flash if you're doing indoor group shots.
And good flash knowledge.
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Feb 8th, 2010 1:08 pm
XSi, 18-55 IS Kit Lens, pop-up flash. Pretty much as ghetto as you can get. Not the prettiest (in terms of WB and noise), but gets the job done :p

80+ people in a basement...
That's gotta break a few fire codes - but great example of the kit lens!

@ 22mm - "planned" shot
[IMG]http://www.mattvphotography.ca/RFD/rfdgroup1.jpg[/IMG]

@ 70mm - "unplanned" shot
[IMG]http://www.mattvphotography.ca/RFD/rfdgroup2.jpg[/IMG]

@ 130mm - definitely "unplanned" shot
[IMG]http://www.mattvphotography.ca/RFD/rfdgroup3.jpg[/IMG]
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sylpherware wrote:
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80+ people in a basement...
I like how the one at the very front is the only person not looking at the camera.
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sylpherware wrote:
Feb 8th, 2010 1:08 pm
XSi, 18-55 IS Kit Lens, pop-up flash. Pretty much as ghetto as you can get. Not the prettiest (in terms of WB and noise), but gets the job done :p
[IMG]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/433 ... 5854_b.jpg[/IMG]

80+ people in a basement...
That shot is actually pretty epic.
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lz7j wrote:
Feb 8th, 2010 3:09 am
Some randon samples on full-frame

14mm
[IMG]http://www.nikkophotography.com/rfd/group_sample2-2.jpg[/IMG]

16mm
[IMG]http://www.nikkophotography.com/rfd/group_sample2.jpg[/IMG]

24mm
[IMG]http://www.nikkophotography.com/rfd/group_sample2-4.jpg[/IMG]

50mm
[IMG]http://www.nikkophotography.com/rfd/group_sample2-3.jpg[/IMG]

200mm
[IMG]http://www.nikkophotography.com/rfd/group_sample2-5.jpg[/IMG]


As you can see, you can do group shots with any focal length. I recommend 24mm (L prime) due to its versatility and its image performance (very low distortion, no pincushioning, etc. -- a 24-105L @ 24mm will noticeably skew bodies on the edges of the frame)... this is of course on full-frame and if you have the $.

For a cropper, I highly suggest the 17-55IS. Yes, it's expensive, but it's an awesome lens and will save you $ in the long run (from upgrading). If you can't afford this, go for the 17-40L. I would personally stay away from third party lenses (especially sigma).



These are really good. For the group shot in the church, how did you light it up?
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lz7j wrote:
Feb 8th, 2010 3:09 am
For a cropper, I highly suggest the 17-55IS. Yes, it's expensive, but it's an awesome lens and will save you $ in the long run (from upgrading). If you can't afford this, go for the 17-40L. I would personally stay away from third party lenses (especially sigma).
Why do you suggest I stay away from third party? Just curious.
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faken wrote:
Feb 9th, 2010 12:38 am
Why do you suggest I stay away from third party? Just curious.
Probably his personal experience was bad.

My experience with Sigma has been great so far.
Excellent customer service for warranty with my lenses.
Bring it in, comes back no hassles.
Even with a lens of mine that I don't have a receipt for.

Sigma really gives Canon a run for their money. They're great for people like me, who are poor and broke. :cheesygri
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true wide angle lenses cost ~1000k...

i think what you should use is the 18-55 IS kit...the next best thing is the 17 - 50 Tamron VC 2.8...im surprised noone has mentioned this yet...this is pretty much one of the best walkaround lenses and is not too big a hit on the wallet

the combination of VC and 2.8 makes this very good for indoor shots, and its cheaper than the canon equivalents
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Here are a couple of randoms I pulled up:

5D & 35 1.4L
35mm f/5 1/125s
[IMG]http://www.shanehophotography.com/photo ... DjC4-L.jpg[/IMG]

5D & 24-70 2.8L
43mm f/4 1/50s
[IMG]http://www.shanehophotography.com/photo ... RwRT-L.jpg[/IMG]

5D & 24-70 2.8L
40mm f/8 1/250s
[IMG]http://www.shanehophotography.com/photo ... Qcft-L.jpg[/IMG]

30D & Canon 10-22
13mm f/4 1/30s
[IMG]http://www.shanehophotography.com/photo ... HuQR-L.jpg[/IMG]

20D & Canon 10-22
10mm f/5.6 1/250s
[IMG]http://www.shanehophotography.com/photo ... 2J4w-L.jpg[/IMG]

5D & 24-70 2.8L
24mm f/6.3 1/100s
[IMG]http://www.shanehophotography.com/photo ... 6DQ5-L.jpg[/IMG]

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