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Hi there,

I am interested in getting a Canon EOS 60D for a range of purposes :

1) Product Pictures , With a 60x60x60cm lightbox . Would an EF 50mm MarkII f1.8 be ok for this?
2) Standard everyday Pictures, What lens would be acceptable?
3) Long Range Sport photos (for my brother he is a Australian level Pole vaulter) hoping to use the burst function to help him find his weak points in his techniques) Whats a good lens for this?

I've been looking at this kit :

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....=STRK:MEWAX:IT

Would this kit be fine for standard and long range (25-50m) shots? I would probably add a nifty fifty f1/8 with it.

All comments and help is appreciated.

Cheers - Jason.
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post #2 of 28
1) The nifty might be a bit long for every day kinda shots but it'd be more than acceptable for product shots. If your products start getting very small you'd need to get a dedicated macro lens (More $$$)

2) For your really standard everyday photos the 18-55mm would be enough.

3) The tele would be enough although I think that shooting a 1080p video of his jump would be better for analysis as the 60D can shoot at 60 frames per second. IE you can slow the video down to 50% real time and the video will still look fluid. Pole vaulting is generally done in the day so the lenses in that kit should be fine. I'd recommend a tripod to stabilise the camera to analyse your bro's technique though.

Don't forget to add 10% GST on top of the final price as well.

Hope that helped to answer your questions
    
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post #3 of 28
for 50mm 1.8 is good for value just need to make sure that you can accept the weak point of it
bokeh is not very nice, it might alittle too close with 60D since the body is not FF, AF alittle bit slow.

same as the 55-250 the range is good with 60D but the AF is alittle slow specially you said used for sport. for outdoor daytime is ok but indoor f/4-5.6 is slow but if you don't mind using higher ISO i think is acceptable

slow AF will be the problem when you doing video and sport
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Quote:
Originally Posted by veuxtres View Post
for 50mm 1.8 is good for value just need to make sure that you can accept the weak point of it
bokeh is not very nice, it might alittle too close with 60D since the body is not FF, AF alittle bit slow.

same as the 55-250 the range is good with 60D but the AF is alittle slow specially you said used for sport. for outdoor daytime is ok but indoor f/4-5.6 is slow but if you don't mind using higher ISO i think is acceptable

slow AF will be the problem when you doing video and sport
Just before I log off I thought I might add a few more things, whilst what veuxtres says is true, because you are shooting in a lightbox, you will not need to worry about neither AF or bokeh as you will most likely manual focus your shots and there is nothing in the background for the bokeh to "develop" on as such.

Also, there is no AF during video, just your fingers and eyes

    
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What everyone has said, the nifty-fifty is great for the value. On a crop sensor you may find yourself standing back a bit for these shots but I think it is a lens that should be in everyone's bag regardless of what they shoot.

For ~$100 I can't think of a better lens.
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opz yea there is no af while shooting videowith 60D sorry for that lol

yea should go for it,
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Danylu View Post
Just before I log off I thought I might add a few more things, whilst what veuxtres says is true, because you are shooting in a lightbox, you will not need to worry about neither AF or bokeh as you will most likely manual focus your shots and there is nothing in the background for the bokeh to "develop" on as such.

Also, there is no AF during video, just your fingers and eyes

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Originally Posted by veuxtres View Post
opz yea there is no af while shooting videowith 60D sorry for that lol

yea should go for it,
The 60D does AF during video, but it's so slow it's not worth using. DSLR video AF is archaic compared to camcorder AF.
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post #8 of 28
A nifty for product shots? Eh.... MFD is pretty long. I'd say the 60mm EF-S Macro would be a much better choice.
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don't forget the 18-55 is kit lens for product shots too. it's mfd is damn short and since you need all the dof you can get at short distances, you're going to be at f8/f11/f16 anyway. large aperture glass isn't going to be that much better.
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post #10 of 28
That's a good kit you linked. The 18-55mm is good for everyday shots, and the 55-250mm is good for telephoto shots and the shots for your brother.

If money is an issue, I'd use the 18-55mm for product shots. The nifty is nice but MFD is far and on a crop sensor you'd have to stand pretty far away to properly frame a shot, not to mention depth of field is razor thin at large apertures so if you're not used to it it can lead to OOF shots.

I'd stick with the 18-55mm for product shots and would only pick up the nifty if you find you really want that DoF.
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