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Lens for shooting indoor, in lowlight

 
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Sep 11, 2013 07:07 |  #1

Right,
so I have 60D with 24-105L and I`m more than happy when I`m outside. It covers my need for a walk around lens, trips, holidays, walks with family etc.

Now I need second lenses, something exclusively for taking pictures of family occasions (like birthday party), gigs with friends, meetings at office or pictures of my my kid playing at home. So something fast, low light capable and wide enough to catch people in room without needing me to go outside and shoot through the window ;) I don`t like to use flash. I plan to finish my photo gear with this lenses, ultimate one to take outside is done and now I`m looking for ultimate one to indoor use.

Mind that 60D is not some high ISO beast, so I was leaning for fast prime and was fixed to get EF 28mm f1.8 (tried 50 f1.8 and it was far too narrow, was literally walking with my back touching the walls in my flat to take some pictures).
Now, when my wallet is ready to buy it I started to think about EF 17-40mm f4.0 L. It`s wider, great focal lengths, L quality, good campanion to 24-105L but... only f4.0.

So it`s 28mm f1.8 vs 17-40mm f4.0L @ indoor casual shooting with 60D.

Throw some thoughts please.


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Sep 11, 2013 07:34 |  #2

Hi Prarts, imo i would skip the 17-40. If youre looking for a wide angle zoom equivalent to the 17-40 i suggest looking into a 17-55 2.8 or even the sigma 18-35 1.8. But in regards to 28mm vs 17-40 for low light, get the prime.


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Sep 11, 2013 07:37 |  #3

F/4 is way too slow for indoors, if you don't like your 24-105 for indoors, the 17-40 is going to be even worse because of no stabilization.


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Sep 11, 2013 07:37 |  #4

17-40 is f4 so you wouldn't gain low light capabilityas your 24-105 is also f4.
I'd go with a small, lightwight, fast prime lens...it's also a chance to try a different zooming technique: use your feet :-).
28 or 35 mm would be ok for your purpose


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Sep 11, 2013 07:40 |  #5

SIgma 17-50 f/2.8 or an old school (metal mount) 50mm f/1.8.


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Sep 11, 2013 07:49 |  #6

prarts wrote in post #16287418 (external link)
Right,
so I have 60D with 24-105L and I`m more than happy when I`m outside. It covers my need for a walk around lens, trips, holidays, walks with family etc.

Now I need second lenses, something exclusively for taking pictures of family occasions (like birthday party), gigs with friends, meetings at office or pictures of my my kid playing at home. So something fast, low light capable and wide enough to catch people in room without needing me to go outside and shoot through the window ;) I don`t like to use flash. I plan to finish my photo gear with this lenses, ultimate one to take outside is done and now I`m looking for ultimate one to indoor use.

Mind that 60D is not some high ISO beast, so I was leaning for fast prime and was fixed to get EF 28mm f1.8 (tried 50 f1.8 and it was far too narrow, was literally walking with my back touching the walls in my flat to take some pictures).
Now, when my wallet is ready to buy it I started to think about EF 17-40mm f4.0 L. It`s wider, great focal lengths, L quality, good campanion to 24-105L but... only f4.0.

So it`s 28mm f1.8 vs 17-40mm f4.0L @ indoor casual shooting with 60D.

Throw some thoughts please.

I agree with the others, f4 usually won't work for indoor (no flash) shooting.

For low light indoors I use a Tamron 17-50 and Sigma 30mm 1.4 (non-art) or 50mm 1.8


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Sep 11, 2013 08:31 |  #7

Consider the Canon 35F2, with or without IS. Both versions are sharp and perfect for family photos in natural light.




  
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Sep 11, 2013 08:42 |  #8

artyH wrote in post #16287623 (external link)
Consider the Canon 35F2, with or without IS. Both versions are sharp and perfect for family photos in natural light.

I have the old canon 35 f2 non IS and simply love it. Most of the times it doesn't seem to get much consideration, maybe it's too cheap


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Sep 11, 2013 08:43 |  #9

What do you use for external flash?

Wide and fast are harder to get with an APS-C sensor. I got by with a 17-55/2.8 IS and external flash for indoor/lower light shooting. Fast lens, high ISO, and bounced flash works very well together.

My 10-22 wasn't that fast.

If you can live with not-so-wide a 24mm prime would be very nice.


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Sep 11, 2013 08:54 as a reply to  @ marcosv's post |  #10

Sigma 18-35 1.8.


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Sep 11, 2013 11:57 |  #11

My two main lenses on my 60D are the Ef 28mm IS and the EF 40 mm STM.
Both are f/2.8 and give nice sharp results indoors.

I hardly ever use the pop-up flash, and don't own a normal flash gun either.


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Sep 11, 2013 12:01 |  #12

if 24mm is too narrow for you, then you need something wider.

17-5X F2.8
Sigma 18-35 F1.8

for your specific purpose, the sigma looks like the item to get.


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Sep 11, 2013 12:06 |  #13

I, as others, have the Sigma 30 1.4 non art. It is a stellar lens for indoors low light. I also happen to have the Canon 85 1.8 which for indoor larger venue works well in under lit areas. I was kind of disappointed in it's focus in minimal light, but with flash it worked out very well.


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Sep 11, 2013 12:32 |  #14

When I shot a crop body, I used a Canon 28mm f/1.8 for indoor shooting and was quite happy with the results. Another lens to consider is the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art if you have no immediate plans to go to a full frame camera (which it does not sound like). The Canon will work on both crop and full frame bodies, while the Sigma is a crop-only lens.

I would also suggest reconsidering your anti-flash stance. Even with a fast prime lens, an external flash can really help your indoor shooting if you learn how to use it properly. I use one with my 50L prime when shooting family events indoors.


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Sep 11, 2013 14:16 |  #15

Sigma 18-35mm f1.8

Wide and fast, not to mention its showing itself to be an amazing lens even wide open......hard part is getting your hands on one right now!




  
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