Fast walk-around lens?

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  1. rob40wilson03

    rob40wilson03 TPF Noob!

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    Guys im sure this has been discussed but finding a viable search query for it proved difficult....

    but im looking for a good walk-around lens that i can use at night (or indoors with low light) with my rebel xsi..... i dont really like using the flash.... i have the canon 28-135 IS and i love it but it doesnt quite meet my low-light needs.... can you guys give me some good recommendations please?

    thank you very much!


    ps. my piggy bank is slightly malnourished......
     
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    It's not a zoom, but a nifty fifty will fit both a budget and 'fast'. I use a 50mm 1.4 almost exclusively, night and day shooting.
     
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    sigma make an 18-50mm F2.8 wich is good and cheap!
     
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    yeah i was thinking about the 50mm 1.4 (and almost bid on a MkI one on ebay) but then started second-guessing myself as to whether 50 mm would be wide enough to satisfy me.... i guess i should walk around with my lens at 50mm for a while and see if i would like it

    and as for my flash preference, i really hate the pop-up flash and to be honest i have almost no experience with an external one
     
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    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    A 28mm f/2.8 works out to be a normal lens (~50mm).

    Sigma has a 30mm f/1.4 for $430.
     
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    The sigma 30mm 1.4, is supposed to be better than the canon 28mm, but its also about the same price as a Sigma or Tamron(better reviews than sigma) 17-50 2.8, what makes more difference to you, 2 more stops, or a nice range of zoom?
     
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    have any of you had experience with the 35mm f/2 ?
     
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    You'll get far better results indoors with the 28-135 IS and a good external flash like the 430 or 580 and bouncing it off of walls or ceilings than you will with something like the 35mm f/2 and still shooting natural light, unless everything you'll be shooting stands still for you and you'll be able to use a slower shutter speed. Otherwise you'll still need high ISO whereas with a flash you can shoot at iso100 if you want and get very high quality photos.
     
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    24-70 f2.8 anyone??
     
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    My opinion of the 24-70 (of any brand) is that the focal range is too short to be a versatile walk around lens. I'm with Mav on this one. Learn to use a flash as both a primary light source (off shoe cord, bounce, diffuser) and as a fill flash will take you very far.

    As for the OP, my opinion is to stick with the 28-135 IS as it is a very good walk around lens and supplement with a 35mm or 50mm prime AND a used flash.
     
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    that's a great suggestion except for the fact that i feel like most of the time i would use my camera in situations where i would need either an external flash with the 28-135, or something like the 35mm, are times when i'm probably out and about doing other things too.... meaning the weight advantage of the 35mm would rule out the 28-135 + external flash
     

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