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May 30, 2013 23:52 |  #1

I currently have a Canon XTI, Canon EF 50mm 1:1.8 II and the Canon 18-55 IS kit lens. I am going to rent a lens for my son's kindergarten graduation next week. I have been trying to do my research to see a good lens to rent.

As this event will take place indoors, I have been looking at renting the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM.

Will this lens fit my XTI?

I have read people mentioning the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM or the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. But I am more inclined in renting the 17-55 where I can use it for low light setting. I will have my flash as well.

Is there another better option besides the 17-55?




  
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May 31, 2013 00:06 |  #2

I don't think that there is an answer to that question per se. the utility of the larger aperture is important inside because usually lighting isn't so good...
but how far away are you going to be from the stage/action? Is it something more dynamic or more static in regards to the action? (i mean will the kids perform something or are they just going to be sitting/walking across a stage)
how many parents are you going to have to fight around to get your shot?
can you use a flash?

there is no doubt that the 17-55 is indeed a good to great lens, but if you are going to be far away it might not fit your shooting style. Maybe a 70-200 as a compliment to your 18-55 (with flash)? maybe a 24-70II

and to answer your last question: yes, ef-s and ef mount lenses fit on your xti (which means that the 17-55 will fit just fine on your camera, physically)

and last, but not least, you might want to consider the video aspect of the event.... stills are indeed nice, but for a graduation with an element of action, you might want to cover the video aspects too. (that's coming from a dad who also has a pre-school graduation upcoming in the next month or so) :)

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May 31, 2013 01:11 |  #3

assuming a small classroom type setting for the graduation...i'd use your flash to bounce off the ceiling

17-55IS will work fine though


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May 31, 2013 07:35 |  #4

Lighting will probably be poor enough to require a flash even with a f/2.8 lens. I wouldn't rent anything unless it had a focal range longer than 55mm. The 15-85 might be okay but I like to shoot tight and would use my 24-105 (plus flash) if photographing a kindergarten event. Not a recommendation but what I would use based on what lenses I own.


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May 31, 2013 07:54 |  #5

DreDaze wrote in post #15984979 (external link)
assuming a small classroom type setting for the graduation...i'd use your flash to bounce off the ceiling

17-55IS will work fine though

If its in a classroom with some window light, this will work.

My daughter's preschool graduation last year and this years kindergarten graduation is held in a auditorium with no windows virtually nonexistent lighting and a high dark colored ceiling. Stage curtains also block most bounced flash so even trying to color correct bounced flash in post wasn't an option. That far away, direct flash just gives horrible red eye too and if you are trying to get a picture of the whole class, that's a lot of PP work.

I ended up using my 85/1.8 but really could have used a 135/2 from where I sat at least for the individual shots. For the shots of the whole class, i used my sigma 30/1.4.

In that venue, a 2.8 zoom just wouldn't work and that's with my 7D which has better ISO performance than my XT that is very simular to the OPs XTi. My advice is to know the venue and try to do some test shots with what you have before the event and rent accordingly.


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May 31, 2013 08:15 |  #6

Advice from a parent who went through this a few years ago:

Don't rent a lens. Concentrate instead on living the moment with your kid, and enjoying it. Use your XTi, 18-55 and flash. At my daughter's pre-school ceremony, the teacher posed with each child after handing over the certificate, so there was plenty of time to get up there, take a snapshot and move out of the way. Don't stress about it. When the "graduation" is over, you can ask the teacher to pose properly with your son and his graduation certificate, or whatever they're giving: this will be the shot you keep, not the ceremony snapshot. Set up a few shots with his friends, too, during the "after party. But Your XTi and 18-55 plus flash will be fine. In conditions like that, you're not going to see much, if any, difference in image quality from a 17-55. Use the money to buy your kid a graduation gift instead!

I took a ton of photos at my daughter's preschool ceremony. She's 11 now, and the only photo we've kept is the shot we set up after the ceremony: her wearing her cardboard hat, posed with her teacher and certificate.


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May 31, 2013 08:27 |  #7

As far as I'm concerned, if you can use a flash, there is no need to rent a faster lens. If you're worried about whether you can bounce off the celing, buy a diffuser.

I think, with the 18-55, flash, and the 50/1.8, you have all your bases covered. The 17-55 is a nice upgrade over the kit lens, but it doesn't add a whole lot, since you typically shoot at reasonable apertures with flash, even in darker environments anyway. I would look into the 17-55 if flash weren't an option.


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May 31, 2013 08:54 |  #8

If you're going to rent anything, rent a 600 Canon flash.




  
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May 31, 2013 10:55 |  #9

Thank you everyone for the help. Your reply has helped alot.

• I do know that there are small windows on one side of the room. So there is some light coming in.
• Flash are acceptable as I had taken photos with my flash there before.
• It's not a big room so that is a big plus for me and the walls are white/beige no curtains.
• I do have a video camera which my wife will record

To ceegee, I agree with you. I guess I did stressed a bit. I completely forgot about after the ceremony.

Again, thanks to all for your replies.




  
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