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 Post subject: Tips for budget lens for dog shows! 85mm Prime Lens!
PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:45 pm 
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All right, I have been taking pictures at various dog shows for fun since April 2010. And yes, I had paid my dues and bought the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS lens. While that is so nice, for most breed ring photos, an 85mm prime lens on a Canon T2i, T3i, 60D, 7D (APS-C cameras) will actually do the trick.

Earlier this month, I was at the ASC Flushing Spaniel National in Knoxville, TN. I am there for fun (I don't sell my pictures), liked to travel light, and opted to leave my Canon 5D Mark III and my big 70-200mm lens at home. I brought one of my APS-C cameras with me along with my relatively inexpensive 50mm and 85mm prime lenses with me.

Here are a few of the pictures that I captured with my Canon 85mm f/1.8:

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The Canon 85mm is only US$359 while the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS is over US$2000. If I were starting out again, I would just get a Canon T3i and get the 50mm and 85mm lenses along with the kit zoom lens that comes with it. ;-)

PS A good friend of mine and I actually discussed which lens I should bring if I am not bringing my big lens. We have looked at my EXIF data on my dog show photos in the past three years. Most of the action shots were done at 70-85mm on an APS-C camera. The stack shot (cropped, not full body) were the only time when I used 200mm. Full body is still at 85mm. BTW, group rings are different. You do need the big lens if you want some good shots.

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 Post subject: Re: Tips for budget lens for dog shows! 85mm Prime Lens!
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:36 pm 
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good job on the pics.. im saving for the 85mmL f/1.2 for portrait shots my self after getting addicted to my 135mmL :nw

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 Post subject: Re: Tips for budget lens for dog shows! 85mm Prime Lens!
PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:11 am 
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Funny, I *just* bought the 85mm f1.8 lens on Friday! I have considered it for dog shows, since the lower f-stop is perfect for low light situations. I'll have to try it out at the next show I'm at.

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