Low light indoor photography

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  1. mys

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    I have been asked to photograph a dinner event, which will be held in a poorly lit solarium at night. What lenses would you recommend for this? I currently only have a Canon 18-200 f3.5, but I'm looking to expand my collection. I can purchase an inexpensive lens before the event, or try out and rent one that's currently outside of my budget. Should I bother with a speedlite? I'm not sure if it would look good in a solarium, where the light will be bouncing off glass.


     
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    I would think that a speedlight would be essential for this unless you have a pro body which will deal well with very high ISO; it's hard to say without knowing anything about the venue, but I would think you would probably need to be in the 3200 - 6400 range at least. You're right, the glass will present a major challenge, and I think that this might be one situation where a Sto-fen or Fong-dong style diffuser would be useful. As far as lenses, I think you're going to need the fastest possible glass; you don't mention which body you have, but assuming it's a crop-sensor body, a 50mm 1.4 (which would give you an almost 80mm equivalent FoV) would be useful, as would a fast zoom such as either a 17-55 f2.8 or 24-70 f2.8.
     
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    inexpensive glass won't get you the results you want. You'll need very fast, expensive glass or very high iso. If you have neither, get a flash and bounce it like it's hot
     
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    Rent a fast lens. Only good option.
     
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    You need better lenses and some lighting. One flash would be good. Two would be better. One on camera and one to the side. You can rent lights cheap. About $60 bucks with stands and triggers.
     

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