Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and our Privacy Policy.
OK
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Guest
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

 
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon EF and EF-S Lenses 
Thread started 16 Sep 2009 (Wednesday) 22:27
Search threadPrev/next
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

Which lens for low-light, indoor shooting...

 
tkbslc
Cream of the Crop
24,586 posts
Likes: 26
Joined Nov 2008
Location: Utah, USA
     
Sep 18, 2009 09:51 |  #16

jcpoulin wrote in post #8665522 (external link)
Just remember...at these ranges ( 1.2, 1.4, 1.8...) there is a razor thin DOF which may or may not be your desired effect. If you want a 6 inch DOF...great!. If you want 2 people to be in focus.....You will need to close it down and add some light! People forget this ofter and just shoot wide open....and wonder why the nose is sharp, and the ears aren't!

Actually with a crop body and a 30mm lens, f1.4 provides pretty good DOF if you aren't right up close. For example, f1.4 at 10 feet has about 2 feet of DOF. THat's enough to get everyone on the same couch in focus for example. If not F2 has about 3 feet and f2.8 about 4. That is why I like the wider primes for low light. You need shorter shutter speeds to handhold and they have workable DOF even at f1.4-2.8.


Taylor
Galleries: Flickr (external link)
EOS Rp | iPhone 11 Pro Max

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)
JCH77Yanks
Goldmember
Avatar
1,291 posts
Gallery: 28 photos
Likes: 13
Joined Mar 2007
Location: BKNY
     
Sep 18, 2009 10:33 |  #17

bohdank wrote in post #8664934 (external link)
Get a flash and learn how to bounce it. Should take about 5 minutes.


Agreed.


Joe Halliday
7D | XT | 10-22 | 24-105 f/4L | 28 1.8 | 50 1.4 | 85 1.8 | 580EXII | 430EXII | 430EX | Flickr (external link)| 500px (external link) |
Dial "M" for Manual.

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
toxic
Goldmember
3,498 posts
Likes: 2
Joined Nov 2008
Location: California
     
Sep 18, 2009 14:18 |  #18

mcluckie wrote in post #8664544 (external link)
Anything wider than a f2. One-third faster is a 1.8, one-stop from f2 is 1.4, and another half stop is f1.2. You know this. Tight budget means that 1.2 is out of the question, so try to get a hold of a 1.4 or maybe 1.8. I really think f2 is a bit slow for this.

...

Your 35 f2 choice is probably too slow, the 28 1.8 is better there, although only gets marginal reviews, but then I'm a lens snob. I hear you can get Canon to tweek it. I'm guessing the 28 on a crop is about 35mm? Nice. That might be it then. The Sigma choices seem good on paper, but not real life.

f/2 to f/1.8 is 1/3 of a stop. Frankly, that doesn't make a significant difference in shutter speed. There is absolutely no reason to rule out an f/2 lens if you're looking at f/1.8 lenses.

Both 28 and 35 on APS-C are normal lenses. 50mm will not work for indoors, unless you're taking portraits or similar, isolated subjects.

The Sigmas are the best lenses you can buy short of $1000 at both ~30 and 50mm.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
alMout
Member
63 posts
Joined Apr 2007
Location: Georgetown, TX
     
Sep 18, 2009 15:03 |  #19

A used Tamron 17-50 f/2.8. Works well with ambient lighting but better with a flash.


Alex

40D, Rebel XT 350D, Tamron 17-50 F/2.8, Tamron 70-300, 50 f/1.4, 100 f/2, 70-200 f/4L, 28-135 IS

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Coppatop85
Goldmember
Avatar
1,920 posts
Gallery: 1 photo
Likes: 45
Joined May 2007
     
Sep 18, 2009 16:20 |  #20

tkbslc wrote in post #8665623 (external link)
Actually with a crop body and a 30mm lens, f1.4 provides pretty good DOF if you aren't right up close. For example, f1.4 at 10 feet has about 2 feet of DOF. THat's enough to get everyone on the same couch in focus for example. If not F2 has about 3 feet and f2.8 about 4. That is why I like the wider primes for low light. You need shorter shutter speeds to handhold and they have workable DOF even at f1.4-2.8.



this photo was taken with the sigma 30 f 1.4 at f 1.4 pretty close up. Good DoF for a portrait and great bokeh.

IMAGE: http://www.coppatopphotos.com/img/v1/p919641007-4.jpg

5D3, lenses, tripod, and a flash.
Wobsite: www.coppatopphotos.com (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
JBF
Goldmember
Avatar
1,492 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Dec 2005
Location: Lexington, KY
     
Sep 18, 2009 16:46 |  #21

35L f/1.4, 50 f/1.4, 85 f/1.8. I would love to have the 50L and the 85L but they are just out of range at the moment.


JBF
Canon 7D, Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 24-105L f/4, Canon 35L 1.4, Canon 200L f/2.8, Canon 70-200L II IS f/2.8, Canon 300L f/2.8IS, 580ex Flash, 430ex Flash, 1.4X Converter. Bunch of other crap! I want the new 500mmL and the 200L f/2.0

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
reng2009
THREAD ­ STARTER
Member
218 posts
Joined Mar 2009
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
     
Sep 18, 2009 20:45 |  #22

tkbslc wrote in post #8663823 (external link)
What gear do you have now?

40D, 17-85mm, 70-300mm, 100mm f/2.8 macro, 10-22mm.

I'm interested in indoor shooting without flash.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
reng2009
THREAD ­ STARTER
Member
218 posts
Joined Mar 2009
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
     
Sep 18, 2009 20:56 |  #23

bohdank wrote in post #8664934 (external link)
What are you shooting indoors ? Is f2 going to give you the DOF you need. Faster lenses are not always the answer.

Get a flash and learn how to bounce it. Should take about 5 minutes.

You're right, I hadn't thought of that. DOF may be too shallow. If I'm shooting in a house or any place with limited space, I could have difficulty.

I guess I better look at some flashes...




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
reng2009
THREAD ­ STARTER
Member
218 posts
Joined Mar 2009
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
     
Sep 18, 2009 21:04 |  #24

artyH wrote in post #8665496 (external link)
I just picked up the 35F2 and really like it. Got a great price at Roberts Imaging, and it was shipped fast....got here the next day.
I like the small size, light weight, and it is sharp. I checked out the reviews and that made up my mind. While I'd like faster, I wasn't all that enthusiastic about spending more than 50% more for the Sigma. I do like some Sigma lenses, but preferred the longer focal length, equivalent to 56mm on film or full-frame. I'd rather have a faster lens, but also liked the longer focal length. I didn't have the funds for the extra $1000 for the L glass.

I agree with you. Having checked out the reviews, the 30mm f/2 does look pretty darn nice. And at CAD$390 from Aden Camera, it's very attractively priced.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

3,336 views & 0 likes for this thread
Which lens for low-light, indoor shooting...
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon EF and EF-S Lenses 
AAA
x 1600
y 1600

Jump to forum...   •  Rules   •  Index   •  New posts   •  RTAT   •  'Best of'   •  Gallery   •  Gear   •  Reviews   •  Member list   •  Polls   •  Image rules   •  Search   •  Password reset

Not a member yet?
Register to forums
Registered members may log in to forums and access all the features: full search, image upload, follow forums, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, all settings, view hosted photos, own reviews, see more and do more... and all is free. Don't be a stranger - register now and start posting!


COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and to our privacy policy.
Privacy policy and cookie usage info.


POWERED BY AMASS forum software 2.1forum software
version 2.1 /
code and design
by Pekka Saarinen ©
for photography-on-the.net

Latest registered member is m.nobles
785 guests, 156 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 15144, that happened on Nov 22, 2018

Photography-on-the.net Digital Photography Forums is the website for photographers and all who love great photos, camera and post processing techniques, gear talk, discussion and sharing. Professionals, hobbyists, newbies and those who don't even own a camera -- all are welcome regardless of skill, favourite brand, gear, gender or age. Registering and usage is free.