full body from 6 feet away... lens for a D70?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Avery, Mar 13, 2005.

  1. Avery

    Avery Guest

    So, my dilemma is this.

    I need a lens to use with my D70 that will allow me to take shots of
    two and three people standing posing, all shaking hands and holding an
    award or certificate at about waist height.

    The requirement for me is that I be 6-10 feet away while taking the
    shot and that I get from the knees to above the head in the photo.
    Actually a full body would be nice.

    Any suggestions?

    Avery, Mar 13, 2005
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    The kit lens should be able to do this, no?
    Ed Ruf, Mar 13, 2005
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    C J Campbell Guest

    And quite well, too.
    C J Campbell, Mar 13, 2005
  4. A 35-mm lens will do that in a vertical shot. 28 mm just about in a
    horizontal shot. Distance about 3 m in both cases. To get 3 people in
    you probably want horizontal. I would go for a 24 mm lens.


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    JR Guest

    Full Body? I would suggest the Tokina Pro 12-24/4...I use it and at
    half the price and all the optical quality of the Nikon, it's a no

    JR, Mar 14, 2005
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    Sheldon Guest

    And at a great price. From 10 feet away, I can photograph my refrigerator,
    stove, sink and dishwasher, with plenty of room to spare to the ceiling and
    above, and to the floor and more. To crop three people holding an award
    from the knees up I'd have to zoom "in" quite a bit. (I just tried this and
    measured the distance from the fridge with a tape measure.) Even better,
    the built-in flash should work fine at these distances and focal lengths.

    It really is a great lens for the buck. I think people who buy the camera
    without the kit lens are missing a real bargain even if you have other
    lenses, unless they cover the same area and are AF lenses.
    Sheldon, Mar 14, 2005
  7. Holding the camera level will be *very* important! And even so you're
    the close distance is going to exaggerate anything coming towards the
    camera. You'll need to pay attention to posing to make that part work
    David Dyer-Bennet, Mar 14, 2005
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