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Casual Indoor Party Shots NO FLASH use 17-55 f/2.8 or 28 f/1.8????

 
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Oct 15, 2009 21:22 |  #1

Any thoughts??? 2.8 IS vs. 1.8 Aperture. As noted, I will not be using any flash.


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Oct 15, 2009 21:43 |  #2

I haven't used the 17-55, but I was actually impressed with how well my 18-55 IS did in low light, so with a f/2.8 aperture, I'm sure you would be more than fine. That being said, I used a 28 f/1.8 on a crop camera, and it was really great for the kind of shots you're talking about. There's about a $500 price difference, and since it's for something casual, I would just go with what you want. Get the 17-55 if it's worth the extra money to you, if not, the 28mm will provide some excellent images. Good luck!




  
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Oct 15, 2009 21:46 |  #3

the 17-55 does well in low light. Its sharp when stopped down if you want shallower DOF, the sig 30 1.4 does well


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Oct 15, 2009 21:47 |  #4

shooter mcgavin wrote in post #8831084 (external link)
I haven't used the 17-55, but I was actually impressed with how well my 18-55 IS did in low light, so with a f/2.8 aperture, I'm sure you would be more than fine. That being said, I used a 28 f/1.8 on a crop camera, and it was really great for the kind of shots you're talking about. There's about a $500 price difference, and since it's for something casual, I would just go with what you want. Get the 17-55 if it's worth the extra money to you, if not, the 28mm will provide some excellent images. Good luck!

Thanks. Fortunately, I have the lenses. I am attending, not taking photos for anything but fun, but dont want to cart a bag around the party, and be switching lenses etc.


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Oct 15, 2009 21:48 |  #5

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Any thoughts??? 2.8 IS vs. 1.8 Aperture. As noted, I will not be using any flash.

the 28 1.8 @ f2.2 is maybe as sharp as the 17-55 IS wide open. if you're not using flash you'd better be prepared to use ISO 3200 if f2.8 is your biggest aperture.

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Oct 15, 2009 21:49 |  #6

Marloon wrote in post #8831103 (external link)
the 17-55 does well in low light. Its sharp when stopped down if you want shallower DOF, the sig 30 1.4 does well

Thanks. I have the 2 lenses, but would like to just take one with me to the party. Just taking photos of friends, etc.


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Oct 15, 2009 21:52 |  #7

ed rader wrote in post #8831110 (external link)
the 28 1.8 @ f2.2 is maybe as sharp as the 17-55 IS wide open. if you're not using flash you'd better be prepared to use ISO 3200 if f2.8 is your biggest aperture.

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Thanks. I am trying to think through shooting at maybe 1.8 to 2.2 with no IS vs. 2.8 with IS. Of course it depends on how low the lights are in the house.


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Oct 15, 2009 22:07 |  #8

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Thanks. I am trying to think through shooting at maybe 1.8 to 2.2 with no IS vs. 2.8 with IS. Of course it depends on how low the lights are in the house.

the shutter speed you'll need to stop action probably won't preclude the use of the prime.

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Oct 15, 2009 23:20 |  #9

Don't forget the shallow DOF of an f/1.8 lens, even 28mm...2' at 10' distance


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Oct 16, 2009 15:15 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #10

Thanks.


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Oct 16, 2009 17:01 as a reply to  @ J1000's post |  #11

If your subjects aren't moving very fast, the IS is a big help in low light. If you need to stop action, the 1.8 of course would be a better choice.


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Oct 16, 2009 17:21 |  #12

in this situation id grab the 28 f/1.8 because you're going to be shooting people, The faster you can get your shutter the better...


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Oct 16, 2009 17:29 |  #13

As already noted. If you're shooting people (candids), then 2.8 IS won't help you much at all. Now if they pose, that'd be a different story.

I've found that shooting with the 17-55/2.8 IS worked decent enough for most "typical" indoor lighting starting at ISO 1600. You didn't say what camera you use and how comfortable you are with cleaning up 1600/3200 shots.

If it was me (with the 7D), I'd go take the 17-55/2.8. If I still had my 40D, I'd take the 28/1.8.


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Oct 16, 2009 17:43 |  #14

I'd want the prime. I've shot that lens, and it's great at 2.2, and pretty good at 1.8. As Wilt said, watch the DoF, but faster is always better when shooting people. IS can help, but not if they're moving/dancing, etc.



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Oct 16, 2009 19:39 as a reply to  @ Brett's post |  #15

Unless it is a very large room in the house, I would take the 28mm and zoom with my feet.


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