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Apr 28, 2014 12:53 |  #16

I never had issues bouncing the flash light with my three kids - it produces great shots where the whole kid (and not just eyes) are in sharp focus. I think more critical with kids is the speed and the accuracy of AF, and with f1.4 primes used indoors you'll likely miss a lot of shots because of the focus being off.

I like alt brands like Sigma etc. because of the good IQ/cost ratio, but from my experience when shooting in the challenging indoor environment (poor light) Canon branded lenses do much better. Cheap 18-55 IS and 50mm f1.8 did a very consistent focusing job for me.

So my advice is using a Canon zoom lens + bouncing your flash.

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Apr 28, 2014 13:19 |  #17

jtalerico wrote in post #16865099 (external link)
All - Looking for some recommendations on indoor/new-born lens (want to avoid using the 580EX2)... The Sigma 17-50 F2.8 AF is slow, and not as sharp as I would like it.

I don't own a FF body yet... Maybe one day!

Glass I am considering:
Sigma 30 1.4 ART
Canon 24 1.4L

Looking for thoughts/suggestions on the above glass or possibly other suggestions....

If you decide to go the prime route:
I really liked the 35L lens when I had it. The focal length seemed about right on a crop and the IQ was excellent. From what I hear the new Sigma Art lenses might even be better. Don't sleep on the 35 f/2 IS either. Also, in my experience the 50mm focal length seemed a bit long indoors on a crop body and the 24mm focal length didn't give me exactly what I was looking for with portraits (too wide and not the most flattering).

If you decide to go with zoom + flash:
The Canon 17-55 IS was another GREAT combination. AF is fast and accurate, IQ exceeded my expectations, and the IS was helpful. Very versatile. I agree with others who have said that children are difficult to photograph with primes (I can't bring myself to say children are difficult to shoot with primes:)). The flash really improves pictures both inside and outside. Finally, I don't know anything about the Sigma 18-35 but it looks intriguing.

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Apr 28, 2014 13:41 |  #18

Another vote for Sigma 18-35. I've moved on to FF, but I really loved the 18-35 on crop.

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Apr 28, 2014 13:47 |  #19

That's strange, I've used the Sigma 17-50 on a friend's Nikon and I wouldn't categorize it as slow.

That being said, the 18-35 seems to be a good fit, as does the Sigma 30. I own the non-art version and it is nice.

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