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Which lens for shoot?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by cyrax83, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. cyrax83

    cyrax83 Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 8, 2014
    Hi guys, I'm doing a beach bikini shoot tomorrow morning. It will be around 8am in the morning so the sun will be behind the model.

    I'll have an assistant so will use a reflector. I may use a high speed flash but undecided at the moment - maybe use it for eye catch light

    The lenses I have are the 12-40 2.8, the Oly prime trio (25/45/75)

    Now as I probably won't be able to shoot wide open on the primes due to the sun (1.8), should I just use the 12-40 and perhaps the 75?

    I can also put an ND filter on the 12-40 and 75
     
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2015
  2. nzdigital

    nzdigital Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 20, 2010
    New Zealand
    Wayne
    Yep - that would be my choice. Depending on what type of images you are going for, I would think you'll use the 12-40mm f2.8 for 90% of the time - maybe pulling out the 75 to go tight?

    That's what I would do anyway.

    Hope the shoot goes well. Post some images.
     
  3. cyrax83

    cyrax83 Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 8, 2014
    Fantastic, thanks for the reply! I'll go 12-40 and 75 after
     
  4. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    And... so how did it go? What focal lengths did you end up using mostly?
     
  5. cyrax83

    cyrax83 Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 8, 2014
    Hi, the shoot went great! I had an assistant with the reflector. The 12-40 was fantastic. The 75 was ok in certain areas but found the 12-40 sufficient. Here is a breakdown of focal lengths

    focal.
     
  6. nzdigital

    nzdigital Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 20, 2010
    New Zealand
    Wayne
    Looks like you were digging the 40mm :dance:

    Just need some photos now too ;)
     
  7. m43happy

    m43happy Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 18, 2012
    I'd go the 45/75. Use an ND filter to try to shoot more wide open. Just my .02

    Edit: Nevermind. I just realized I posted too late. lol
     
  8. cyrax83

    cyrax83 Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 8, 2014
    I will say I did have a 6 stop ND Filter on the 12-40mm - had to use ISO 200 and sometimes bump up to ISO 400.
    I could have gone the 45/75mm as I had 2 bodies, but I would have missed out on some of the wide angle shots. I'll be posting some shots here in a couple of days, so hence just decided on the 12-40. I didn't use the 75mm as much as I thought.

    Mainly because it was too far for the on-board flash to hit (and I had the flash on the other body), and sometimes the reflector didn't reflect enough light
     
  9. AcridSaint

    AcridSaint Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 25, 2014
    North Carolina
    I mostly do portrait/modeling photography and generally use the Olympus 45mm, so I wasn't surprised that your shoot ended up with a lot at the 40mm end. The biggest reason that I just got the 12-35 was to cover the range of wider-angle shots that are often too close for the 45mm, just like you found. I bought the Sigma 60mm for tighter shots, but so far I haven't made as much use of it as I thought that I would, also like you found with the 75mm.
     
  10. cyrax83

    cyrax83 Mu-43 Regular

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  11. deltakilo

    deltakilo Mu-43 Rookie

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    Nov 12, 2014
    Perth, Australia
    Dennis
    Nice model, and some nice shots. The use of reflector though is quite obvious in many shots and used when perhaps a big diffuser to block the sun may have been more appropriate for a softer and kinder light?
     
  12. cyrax83

    cyrax83 Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 8, 2014
    Yes, it was a learning experience. I think for next time I need to have a bigger reflector, as the 80cm reflector wasn't big enough - you can notice in some shots that only her top half is lit well. It didn't help that my reflector assistance was super short haha.
    Oh well know for next time, get a bigger reflector or try a diffuser :)
     
  13. deltakilo

    deltakilo Mu-43 Rookie

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    Nov 12, 2014
    Perth, Australia
    Dennis
    Bigger reflector, yes and no? The distance from subject, height and angle of reflector all play a part on on the light bouncing back. Using white, silver or gold reflector also has an impact. Mind you, I've never used reflectors or diffusers myself, only seen their impact from watching tutorials by the 'pros'. :)