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

 
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Sep 16, 2009 22:27 |  #1

...on a APS-C camera, given that I'm on a tight budget?

I've tentatively narrowed the list down to either the 35mm f/2 or 28mm f/1.8 (the 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.8 may be too long for indoors).




  
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Sep 16, 2009 22:31 |  #2

Given that you're looking at the 28 1.8, the Sigma 30 1.4 might be within your price range.

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Sep 16, 2009 22:53 |  #3

darosk wrote in post #8658891 (external link)
Given that you're looking at the 28 1.8, the Sigma 30 1.4 might be within your price range.

A fine lens.

Yeah, but I'm leaning towards the 35mm for < CAD$400.




  
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Sep 16, 2009 23:29 |  #4

I had the 35 f/2 and it was a great lens. I had no issues with it. It just wasn't the focal length for me and that's the only reason I sold it. I've also used the 30mm f/1.4 from Sigma and found that to be a tad sharper wide open than the 35, but that could have been my copy. If I had to choose between the two for the crop, I'd go with the sigma. I picked up my sigma from here for $300 USD.


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Sep 17, 2009 03:13 |  #5

I have the canon 28 1.8 and love it, its such a great little lens! I find its focal length perfect, its sharp wide open, excellent build quality, and focus is good, even in low light, and pretty cheap to boot.

I also had the 50 1.8, and did not like it at all. its too long indoors, build quality is horrible, soft till about 2.8 and the AF is flat out terrible in low light. Yes, its cheap, but i dont think its worth it.

I say go with the 28 or sigma 30 (which is know to have AF issues)


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Sep 17, 2009 03:14 |  #6

580EXII is a good alternative


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Sep 17, 2009 23:06 |  #7

You can probably find a used Sigma 30mm f/1.4 for a little less than a used Canon 28mm f/1.8. If you are buying new they are about the same price. Both are good lenses, but if you want the best performance the Sigma is apparently the way to go. See this review: http://www.pbase.com/l​ightrules/28v30 (external link)

The Sigma's AF problems are apparently true, but if you get a good one then you are set. Otherwise you may need to exchange it or send it to Sigma for re-calibration. I had to do that with my Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and now it works fine.

An external flash is another option, and could be less than any of the lenses mentioned. The 430EX is only about $200.


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Sep 17, 2009 23:12 |  #8

1. Sigma 30/1.4 with flash
2. Canon 28/1.8 with flash
3. Canon 35/2 with flash
4. Flash

depending on your budget.




  
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Sep 17, 2009 23:25 |  #9

What gear do you have now?


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Sep 17, 2009 23:33 |  #10

I guess it depends on what you consider acceptable quality.

For me, even with 1.4, 1.2, and the infamous 1.0 I still use strobes to keep the iso low and the quality of light where I find acceptable. I would rather a 4.0 and some off camera strobes than a 1.2 and no strobes.


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Sep 18, 2009 03:36 |  #11

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.

You'll probably be mid-focal range, like a 50mm. If that length fits, get the 1.4. To the sides of that are 35 and 85, but usually much more $$ for fast ones. The 50 is an easy lens to design and produce, and on a crop sensor, probably a nice focal length.

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.


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Sep 18, 2009 07:03 |  #12

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.


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Sep 18, 2009 09:30 |  #13

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.




  
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Sep 18, 2009 09:35 |  #14

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!


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Sep 18, 2009 09:42 |  #15

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!

i definitely made this mistake when i first started shooting. i figured "oh.. i'll shoot wide open and get a fast shutter that way" boy was i wrong. things i wanted to be in focus weren't. i quickly bought a flash after that.

second time around was more expensive for me.. lol




  
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