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Jul 27, 2012 21:21 |  #1

We are going to Austria next spring. I have a Canon 60D with the kit 18-135 lens plus a 70-300mm lens.

I want a low light lens for indoor shots (museums/churches/etc) plus for later landscape work. Can't decide if I would be better off with an ultra wide "fast" lens- but I know they are more $$$.

Is the Canon 50mm 1.4 my best fast lens option assuming a <$500 budget?
If no, what do you recommend?

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Jul 27, 2012 21:27 |  #2

Ultrawide? With an ultra wide, you can slow down your shutter speeds in dark churches and get those landscapes if you like wide panoramic shots.

Tokina 11-16 f2.8 for really quick "fast" lens. Or Canon's and Sigma's UWA equivalents.


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Jul 27, 2012 21:33 |  #3

Tokina 11-16 for ultrawide

Tamron 17-50 for standard zoom

Sigma 20/24 or Canon 28 1.8 or Sigma 30 1.4 for fast primes


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Jul 27, 2012 21:41 |  #4

50mm definitely wouldn't qualify as a "UWA". It's not "wide" at all. For what you are doing I'd look at the Tokina 11-16.


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Jul 27, 2012 21:41 as a reply to  @ Stir Fry A Lot's post |  #5

Yep, Tokina is the fastest UWA for crop. 50/1.4 will be way too long in a church, especially on a crop body.


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Jul 27, 2012 21:42 |  #6

My usual recommendation for someone with an APS-C camera looking for a "fast lens" is the sigma 30 1.4. For indoor at churches 50mm will be too long, even 30mm will be pushing it, you'd be better off with the tokina 11-16 for churches etc.. and landscape (though the canon 10-22 is better for landscape IMO), but as a fast normal prime, its hard to beat the 30 1.4.


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Jul 27, 2012 22:05 |  #7

Do yourself a favor and get the Sigma 30mm f/1.4. ;)


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Jul 27, 2012 22:15 |  #8

Personally, I'd rent a 24l


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Jul 28, 2012 15:48 |  #9

As mentioned above, 50 is not wide at all. On the wedding photographer section of the forum they often talk about their wide church scenes at wider than 24mm and a lot of them are on full frame. I don't shoot ultra wide angle so I wouldn't know of any to recommend though. I do like the 50mm look though and I have definitely not been able to take a whole room, edge to edge, with a 50 in a church. lol


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Jul 28, 2012 15:57 |  #10

Indoor church shots, I think using your 18-135mm at 18mm f3.5 and relying on the nice Image Stabilizer will be a great solution. You should be able to handhold at like 1/10 if not slower and that will more than make up for not having a faster aperture This wouldn't help moving shots, but it is perfect for static things like architecture and painting.

50mm f1.4 will require you to shoot 1/80 to prevent camera shake. That means you just lost the 3 stops that your f1.4 aperture gave you over f4 and you are stuck with a not very wide angle. Same story with the 30mm f1.4 and 24mm f1.4 mentioned above (although you could get by with 1/30 or 1/60 with those.

Now if you want something for low light candids of people and nightlife, etc, then a 30 or 50mm f1.4 would be great. As mentioned, I think they are actually worse for low lit interiors than what you have now.


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Jul 28, 2012 16:21 |  #11

If you want a fast wide lens, consider the Canon 35f2. If you want f1.4, then you should think of the Canon 35f1.4L.
You can use IS on your zoom at the shorter focal lengths for indoor shots of stationary objects. I'd want a fast prime for people photos.




  
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Jul 28, 2012 16:40 |  #12

35mm isn't wide on a 60D.


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Jul 28, 2012 17:37 as a reply to  @ tkbslc's post |  #13

tkbslc wrote in post #14782414 (external link)
Indoor church shots, I think using your 18-135mm at 18mm f3.5 and relying on the nice Image Stabilizer will be a great solution.

Makes perfect sense to me.




  
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Jul 28, 2012 17:41 as a reply to  @ xarqi's post |  #14

I realize that I am repeating an earlier reply, but 50mm is definitely NOT an ultra wide lens, especially on a crop body. It wouldn't even qualify as such on a FF body. Now with that said, the 50mm /1.4 is an excellant lens. I use it on my 40D and I think it's great! Just be careful using it at f/1.4 because the DoF is very narrow.

I would consider the 17-40L, but it is way more expensive.

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Jul 28, 2012 20:15 |  #15

a_roadbiker wrote in post #14782794 (external link)
I would consider the 17-40L, but it is way more expensive.

Jim

They aren't that much above his budget. They routinely sell between 600-700 USD on POTN. No way would I go for a 50mm on a crop body for general indoor stuff.


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