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Old May 10, 2005, 1:17 PM   #1
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Which normal zoom lens would you choose for inddor low-light / available light? Why?
Sigma 24-60mm F2.8 EX DG
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro
Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F2.8 XR Di LD


I already own the Canon EF-S 10-22mm F3.5-4.5 IS USM, Canon EF-S 17-85mm F4-5.6 IS USM, Canon EF 70-200mm F4.0L USM.
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Old May 10, 2005, 2:16 PM   #2
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Any of those work.

Another option for you is a prime zoom, like the Canon 50mm F1.8 (or the more expensive F/1.4 version) which gives you another stop, stop and a half of light to work with in comparison to the F/2.8 zooms listed.

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Old May 10, 2005, 4:30 PM   #3
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Which normal zoom lens would you choose for inddor low-light / available light? Why?
Sigma 24-60mm F2.8 EX DG
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro
Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F2.8 XR Di LD
Well for one - There's only a couple of degrees less going from 70-75, which one can crop quite easily (or even between 60)...

There's a dramatic difference going from 28 to 24 (~5x as much as 70->75) coverage that one can't add!!! :blah:
BTW if one can live with the weight: the 24-70 f/2.8 MTF looks a lot better than the 24-60 f/2.8 (it's actually near perfect cropped to an APS-C sized sensor)

Doesn't everyone want to capture more and not less indoor anyway???
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I'd go for a prime or two.

I second Terry's nomination of the 50mm f1.8.

Then I'd add a fast 24,28 or 30mm prime.

I bought the Canon EF 28mm f1.8 USM and it's very nice indeed, in fact I find I have hardly taken it off my camera in the last 2 weeks - only when outdoors in good light.

Or the Sigma 30mm f1.4 HSM has just been released, though no reviews yet.
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Hey peripatetic

I'm all for fast lenses but check out their MTF against modern zooms such as the 24-70 f/2.8 L - Guess what? they are all considerably less sharp (Yes - the 50mm f/1.8 too) when wide opened.

Even when closed down to f/8 those L primes still can't beat the zoom...

For example:

o EF 24mm f1.4L USM

o EF 35mm f1.4L USM

o EF 50mm f1.8 II



Against the

o EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM
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Interesting point, NHL.

But you are comparing a $1,000 zoom against $80 to $300 prime lenses.

You get what you pay for.

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Old May 10, 2005, 9:42 PM   #7
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NHL wrote:
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I'm all for fast lenses but check out their MTF against modern zooms
NHL??? Do you dreamabout MTF charts? I know you've got me doing it.

I tell myself 'DON'T LOOK! DON'T LOOK! YOUR EYES ARE GOING TO EXPLODE!!! But i look anyway. I think I'm ready for MTF's anonymous.

BTW My 70-300 APO came today. Thanks for the help. Now if my XT ever shows up...

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here, compare them to a modern 400usd lens.. just to add to the mtf nightmare.. (wink)


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I have the 24-70 2.8L and it is a fantastic lens. However, on my old Oly OM-1 I had a 50mm f1.4 that I really, reallymiss. The 35mm f1.4 looks like it would give close to the same result with my 20D as the 50mm on a 35mm camera ... but the price is the same as the 24-70 2.8L! ($1120 US)

LOL Maybe I'll get the 50 mm f1.4 and start using my Elan II again.

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Old May 10, 2005, 11:34 PM   #10
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Interesting point, NHL.

But you are comparing a $1,000 zoom against $80 to $300 prime lenses.

You get what you pay for.
Do you really???

Check out Hards80 above $400 Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro special and you'll get the point:
i.e. it gives some to the EF 24-70 f/2.8 L @ the wide, but best it @ the long (but still sharper than all the primes wide opened)
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