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Lingerie Nights

Posts: 1

San Jose, California, US

What is the best lens for glamour photography in studio with a color background set up?

Oct 07 12 12:27 am Link

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JSB Fine Art Photo

Posts: 314

Frederick, Maryland, US

How big is the studio?  I am asking due to focal length concerns.

Oct 07 12 12:28 am Link

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Leonard Gee Photography

Posts: 16412

Sacramento, California, US

Lingerie  Nights wrote:
What is the best lens for glamour photography in studio with a color background set up?

The glass & metal ones

Oct 07 12 02:52 am Link

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William Kious

Posts: 8841

Delphos, Ohio, US

How big is your shooting space?

Crop or full-frame body?

Do you shoot for quality bokeh?

Do you ever shoot available light?

Do you shoot hand-held or with a tripod?

Oct 07 12 02:56 am Link

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Natural Means

Posts: 596

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Lingerie  Nights wrote:
What is the best lens for glamour photography in studio with a color background set up?

The one you have on the camera when the model looks fantastic and waiting for you to click.

Oct 07 12 03:16 am Link

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AJ_In_Atlanta

Posts: 12831

Atlanta, Georgia, US

I think you can tell by some of the answers there is no answer, choosing the lens is often an aesthetic as well as practice choice.  It's part of being photographer.

Oct 07 12 03:33 am Link

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Kent Art Photography

Posts: 2916

Ashford, England, United Kingdom

75mm - 85mm.

More than 100mm and the foreshortening effect, especially with a reclining model, is noticeable.

Less than 50mm and the wideangle effect may be noticeable.

Unless you're looking for a particular effect, that is.

Oct 07 12 04:23 am Link

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Glenn Liam Kelly

Posts: 41

Mackay, Queensland, Australia

Kodak Aero on 8x10.

If we're talking 35mm 85mm seems to be a popular choice.

Oct 07 12 04:25 am Link

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Marty McBride

Posts: 3132

Owensboro, Kentucky, US

For me, somewhere between 14-300mm!

Oct 07 12 06:19 am Link

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Robb Mann

Posts: 10661

Baltimore, Maryland, US

200 f2

Oct 07 12 06:45 am Link

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HHPhoto

Posts: 940

Atlanta, Georgia, US

For portraits and figure photography, I prefer 50-85mm on a crop sensor camera.
(Approximately 85-135mm after adjustment for 1.6x factor for size of sensor.)

If I had a full frame camera body, I would use 85-135mm lenses.

My current favorite is 85mm f1.2 on a 7D.

Oct 07 12 07:14 am Link

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Moon Pix Photography

Posts: 3892

Syracuse, New York, US

Leonard Gee Photography wrote:
The glass & metal ones

I agree.. However some of the best glamour lenses can be also be glass and plastic composite.

wink

Oct 07 12 07:20 am Link

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LeWhite

Posts: 2009

Los Angeles, California, US

1.5 times the diagonal of the sensor rectangle as a start, with a very open mesh fabric over the objective. Apature of from 1:.7 to 1:4.5 for larger formats

Oct 07 12 07:30 am Link

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Ben Hinman

Posts: 596

Westwood, California, US

My studio is tiny, so i can only shoot wide angle.
50mm 1.4f is my favorite all-around lens
100mm macro for closeups

plan your lenses around your studio or your studio around your lenses. if you've got only telephoto lenses and a tiny studio, you're going to get.... well pretty much just a head in frame. and if you've only got wide angle lenses and a huge studio thats just a waste of space.

don't worry about wide angle lens distortion as long as you know how to use photoshop for optics compensation.

Oct 07 12 07:41 am Link

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Fotografica Gregor

Posts: 4122

Alexandria, Virginia, US

"best" is a philosophical question

I can tell you that in studio (shooting editorial fashion) I find the most useful single lens to be the 24-70 f2.8 but I would not want to be without the 85f1.4 for headshots and beauty work.

Oct 07 12 07:58 am Link

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B R U N E S C I

Posts: 25319

Bath, England, United Kingdom

Leonard Gee Photography wrote:

The glass & metal ones

Yeah, I'd steer clear of the all-plastic ones if I were you.




Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano
www.stefanobrunesci.com

Oct 07 12 07:59 am Link

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ontherocks

Posts: 22606

Salem, Oregon, US

it has a lot to do with working distance which will be different between crop and full-frame (for the same focal length). i use a 24-105 on full-frame much of the time in the studio although sometimes i'll use the 17-40 for those down low wide angle shots. for boudoir i'll use my 24-70 because it can go to f2.8 (vs. f4 for the 24-105).

but i've seen great glamour shoots done with a 50f1.8

i think it's good to have a variety of focal lengths and then you can experiment and see what works best for you. some prefer to use a 70-200 but if i get back too far then i have trouble communicating with the model and seeing her expression.

Oct 07 12 08:17 am Link

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M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12116

Tampa, Florida, US

Most seem to like the 50-85mm range for portraiture. 70-200mm is often used but that would be tough in a studio because of distance.

I prefer the 200-400mm range because I have horrific body odor and live in a really really long single-wide trailer.

Oct 07 12 08:30 am Link

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John Wishard

Posts: 1896

Fallbrook, California, US

I prefer to use a 70-200 with a full frame camera. If there is not enough space, I use a 24-105 and try to stay away from the widest part of the lens unless I am really trying to make something stand out or appear larger.

Oct 07 12 08:49 am Link

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Image Works Photography

Posts: 2890

Orlando, Florida, US

Since you will be using studio lights I wouldn't be concern about lens sharpness- just about all are sharp stopped down to f/8. What comes down to is giving the model more of a flat look and the length of the studio. The studio I usually work with is not that big so my nikon 28-70mm 2.8 would do. I wouldn't hesitate on using my kit lens.

Oct 07 12 09:39 am Link

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Jhono Bashian

Posts: 2432

Cleveland, Ohio, US

I like my 300 f2.8 outdoors with a little fill flash bump.

Oct 07 12 09:43 am Link

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dd photography

Posts: 924

San Diego, California, US

Canon

Oct 07 12 09:53 am Link

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the lonely photographer

Posts: 1887

Beverly Hills, California, US

Michael Pandolfo wrote:
Most seem to like the 50-85mm range for portraiture. 70-200mm is often used but that would be tough in a studio because of distance.

I prefer the 200-400mm range because I have horrific body odor and live in a really really long single-wide trailer.

LOL  I met a couple of  photographers with really advanced cases of terminal halitosis I prefer texting them  from the next room. I wonder how the 85mm 1.2 L would look on my 7D..

Oct 07 12 10:07 am Link