New Lens - for indoor low light
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Posted: 2/3/2013 1:29:00 PM
I was hoping for some help picking out a new lens.
I currently shoot with a Canon Rebel and working on using it in semi-manual modes and realizing that my kit lens isn't so great. I also have a 50mm lens which i really like but I need more focal length range. I want something that will be better for shooting kids indoors in low lighting.

Thanks so much in advance!!

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Posted: 2/3/2013 1:45:36 PM
The "nifty fifty" is the only budget friendly large aperture lens on the market. So you already have the best option for most hobby shooters. That said, like you, I"m not fond of that focal length.

What you will be looking for is a large aperture lens. I like my 24-70 2.8 but it is a heavy lens and is also an expensive one. I think Tamron makes a similar lens that is somewhat less expensive although still not real budget friendly.

Looks like the Tamron runs about $1300. and the Canon about $2300.


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Posted: 2/3/2013 1:51:08 PM
voltagain - you are always so helpful.
I will look into that tamron. Was looking to stay around that price point, I am a hobbyist but do want it to satisfy me a long time
What do you think of this one?
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras

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Posted: 2/3/2013 2:27:00 PM
The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 consistently gets good reviews. The only thing that would give me reason to reconsider is the EF-s mount. The "s" means it will not be usable on a full frame body upgrade in the future.

As long as you plan to stick with the crop sensor and like a very wide angle lens you'll be happy with it. But if you plan to upgrade to a pro level full size sensor body it won't be able to be used in the future. It may or may not be a consideration for you.

eta: as long as the sensor issue isn't a problem I'd pick this one over the tamron 24-70 for indoor use.


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Posted: 2/3/2013 2:33:24 PM
Thank you so much! I am kind of waiting around for the 70D which may or may not be full frame. so this is great advise. Thanks again.
now what to do....

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Posted: 2/3/2013 2:51:33 PM
I was in the same situation as you with indoor low lighting. I decided to use the money to upgrade my camera to get higher ISO capability. I felt like I couldn't go above 400 ISO on my Rebel without it looking grainy. I have a 5d mk ii now and am so happy I upgraded the camera. Just wanted to share what I decided because I was pleased with my decision.


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Posted: 2/3/2013 3:35:09 PM
ellaroosmama - thanks for your input, what lens are you using on your 5d markii?

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Posted: 2/3/2013 4:21:24 PM
You could look at the Tamron 28-75 2.8, it does a great job at around $500


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Posted: 2/3/2013 8:06:51 PM
If you like primes the Canon 85mm 1.8 is another possibility and it is about $420 Click here to see it at B&H

I love my Canon 24-70 2.8 and find with it I rarely use my 50mm 1.8 or 85mm 1.8



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Posted: 2/3/2013 9:56:28 PM
I have the Canon 17-55 2.8 and it is a really awesome lens. For anyone who shoots kids a lot you can't get a better range in focal length. I don't think you would be sorry but maybe you should rent a couple before you make a decision. I had the 24-70 and found that I missed the range from 17-24 so I sold it and bought the 17-55. I have never regretted it.


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Posted: 2/4/2013 9:56:07 PM
I use a 50, 1.4 and an 85, 1.8.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 7:59:06 AM
This is a great thread-I was thinking about saving for a lens for this same purpose-I love my 50, but I feel I need/want a different focal length at times. Upgrading the camera might not be a bad option...Bookmarking this thread for sure.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:09:29 AM
Volt- I wanted to get your opinion on the NIkon D 600 I am planning to buy it next month with my tax check. It is a big deal to me being a parent of 5 kids I could use the money elsewhere but my husband feels like I should do it. I have researched and got mixed signals about some oil something after 400 images etc. one guy said he took his back twice from B&H and finally bought the D 800 I don't think I want to spend 1,000 more dollars at all... If you know anything I would love your opinion since I have read several online.. Thanks for any help.. Jennifer


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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:11:02 AM
I meant to send this in another post.. sorry... I was going to post in this thread that I love love my 50 mm lenses 1.4 and 1.8 and they are very cheap compared to others mentioned... This gives you ideas and then you can see what you want to do


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