40mm macro lens on a crop sensor for newborn portraits?

9 months 4 days ago #672670 by marbear272
I’m new to this forum, and am looking to get into newborn photography. Im just starting out and have a Nikon d3500 for now, with a 18-55mm VR f3.5-5.6 kit lens and I have a 40mm f2.8 micro lens as well. I’m seeing from pro newborn photographer videos that they’re typically using 50mm f1.4 lens and a 100mm macro, and I’ve also seen commonly that a 24-70mm f2.8 is used. I’m wondering if, with what I have now, I should use my kit lens or just use my micro as a portrait lens (along with some macro shots)? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks! 


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9 months 4 days ago #672690 by Nikon Shooter
The 40mm micro is a nightmare to use because to be
so close to the subject blocks too much light; and that
goes for whichever format you use. Go for the 100 mm
micro: better focal length and great for portraits too.

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3 weeks 6 days ago #696670 by fmw
A macro shouldn't be necessary.  If you want a macro lens then choose something that will handle most of what you shoot, not just for one subject.  Use the lens on your camera.  It should work just fine.


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