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aznlilrs
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Dec 27, 2009 00:39 |  #1

I'm in quite a predicament for indoor photography as I have no external flash and do not plan on buying one either. I need a lens that can be used indoors with a focal length between 10-50mm. I will be using the on-camera flash and I would like to be able to use this lens outdoors as well as a walk-around lens. I have a budget of $300 max and I've been looking at these lens:
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8
Sigma 30mm f/1.4

Please help me out!
I mainly shoot outdoors so I won't be needing/wanting an external flash, but I just want to be able to have some fast glass so I can actually shoot indoors without paltry shutter speeds and blurry images.


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Dec 27, 2009 00:41 |  #2

No brainer IMO ...SIgma


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Dec 27, 2009 01:18 |  #3

the 1.4 is obviously the fastest. the 2.8 may or maynot be fast enough for indoor shots. You have to decide whether you need a zoom or not.


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Dec 27, 2009 02:59 |  #4

The indoor shots I will be taking is generally in house lights at night so it will be fairly dim. I haven't shot below an aperture of f/3.5 before on any camera so I'm not sure on whether or not f/2.8 will be fast enough. I'll probably be using an ISO of 800-1200. Is f/2.8 fast enough for a setting like a house?


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Dec 27, 2009 03:15 as a reply to  @ aznlilrs's post |  #5

It is a 50/50 chance, it all depends on how much light and ,SS and ISO. but the 1.4 gives you a much better chance. why not buy a used flash and make sure you have light, you may just need it for fill. But are you there to cut bait or fish. why handicap yourself.


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Dec 27, 2009 03:18 |  #6

Butch Cassidy wrote in post #9269075 (external link)
It is a 50/50 chance, it all depends on how much light and ,SS and ISO. but the 1.4 gives you a much better chance. why not buy a used flash and make sure you have light, you may just need it for fill. But are you there to cut bait or fish. why handicap yourself.

Exactly. I recommend a 430exII.


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Dec 27, 2009 08:16 as a reply to  @ twoshadows's post |  #7

I have all 3 lens that you posted...as others have said...the 30/1.4 is a no brainer...but to get decent results...a flash is almost a necessity...

forget about the 50/1.8...I find that the 50 is a bit long for indoors...and the AF is a bit notchy in dim light...get the 30/1.4 if you can only choose one without a flash...


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Dec 27, 2009 08:30 |  #8

aznlilrs wrote in post #9268580 (external link)
I'm in quite a predicament for indoor photography as I have no external flash and do not plan on buying one either. I need a lens that can be used indoors with a focal length between 10-50mm. I will be using the on-camera flash and I would like to be able to use this lens outdoors as well as a walk-around lens. I have a budget of $300 max and I've been looking at these lens:
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8
Sigma 30mm f/1.4

Please help me out!
I mainly shoot outdoors so I won't be needing/wanting an external flash, but I just want to be able to have some fast glass so I can actually shoot indoors without paltry shutter speeds and blurry images.

A 430EX is cheaper than any of the lenses you are considering, will deliver better results and is a lot more flexible. Going down the path of a fast lens to shoot indoors means accepting that you will almost never be able to shoot groups because of the very shallow DOF.

If you insist on the lens path, skip zooms. You will need to be able to get to at least f/2 to be sure of enough light for most indoor situations and really f/1.4 is better.

Still, it's hard to see how a $225 430EX isn't the best choice here. Especially since a flash is also an essential piece of gear for taking pictures outside in direct sunlight.


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Dec 27, 2009 08:46 |  #9

I had the 50 1.8 and currently have the Tamron and neither will do what you want without a flash. The Canon won't find focus and the Tamron is just too slow at 2.8. I can't speak for the Sigma, but as others have said a flash is the best option for your indoor shooting with your current 28-135.


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Dec 27, 2009 09:15 |  #10

You should be able to get good natural light photos with the Sigma 30. Alternatives to consider include the Canon 28f1.8 or the Canon 35f2. I chose the 35f2 and have been delighted with it. It is easy to use in my living room and takes good photos wide open. It all depends on whether you want slightly wider or longer - or faster. F2 is fast enough at ISO1600 in my house, but f2.8 works in some places and not in others. I consider 50 a fine focal length for indoors, but you would need a higher shutter speed than with a wider lens. Focus accuracy is also a consideration for the 50f1.8.




  
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