Another Lens Dilemma

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  1. Sherm

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    Hi,

    I am looking for a new wide angle, fixed aperture, zoom lens. Will use mostly for indoor family/kid pictures. I have narrowed my search to the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 (not sure about new VC model) or the Canon 17-40 f/4 L series. I am looking for better light without the need for a flash indoors.

    Will the smaller Canon aperture be made up by the quality/speed of the L series? The build quality and re-sale value are not very important to me.

    I am leaning towards the Tamron because of the increased reach and wider aperture.

    Future camera upgrade will be crop sensor.

    Thanks for the help.

    Sherm


     
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    I would buy the Tamron both for its faster aperture, but also for its slightly wider focal length range. Indoors, an f/4 lens is still an f/4 lens...the Tamron has established itself as a very good choice for APS-C sensor cameras, fairing pretty well against both Canon and Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 competition. For indoor family/kid pics, the extra 10mm will help quite a bit in narrowing the background angle. 40mm and 50mm are actually reasonably "different" focal lengths...every mm counts in that zone between 35,40,45,and 50mm.
     
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    You Know, I wonder why everyone is leaning toward the tamron. The sigma 17-50 f2.8 has received high marks from online reviews and the mtf results are off the scale at lenstip.com. I mean, you have the os and the silent hsm. My only complaint based on what I have seen is the focusing scale isn't behind a glass window. Instead they are markings on the exterior of the lens. Also, I've heard reports of the lens hood being loose.
     
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    Thank you both. As for the Sigma, I have not completely ruled it out but the local shops I use don't carry Sigma in stock and as a beginner, I like the help they provide.
     
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    In my experience, tamron is a more consistent and reliable brand than sigma.

    If youre shooting indoors, id suggest a fast prime, f2.8 isnt all that fast indoors.
     
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    You need 2.8 for kids moving indoors. Would not recommend the 17-40.

    Edit: I'd actually recommend a good flash. The 17-40 is great when pared with a bounced flash.

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    ^ This

    I'd suggest either the Canon or Sigma 50mm f/1.4. The debate goes back and forth about which is actually better, but either would serve you well for indoor portraits. The problem arises if 50mm isn't wide enough for you...
     
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    Personally, I think 50 on a crop is too long to use indoors chasing kids (unless you have a huge house).

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    I second that. I have T2i and 50mm f1.8. I am buying Sigma 30mm f1.4 just for that reason. If I like the 30mm's focus, IQ, and perspective, I will probably get rid of my 50mm f1.8 mk1 and buy instead a 85mm f1.8 lens down the road.
     
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    I have been using my Canon 50mm f1.8 but in a tight room it's not always easy to reposition and frame the shot. Will definitely go for a zoom now and in the future consider one of the primes mentioned
     
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    Sherm -

    I was in the exact same situation (almost) that you are in. I had a 50mm prime (Sigma - see the post I just made about focus problems... :er:), and I needed something wider for indoor family, kids, etc. I ended up getting the 24-70L f/2.8, and I can tell you that even with 2.8, I'm usually reaching for my flash to get the shot. When I really don't want to use flash, I have to put the 50mm 1.4 back on.

    So, as someone else mentioned, definitely don't got for the f/4 is you are planning on using it indoors.
     

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