Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Canon Lenses

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Feb 1, 2010, 2:51 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 173
Default Best Lens for Indoor Parties

I am looking for the best lens for indoor family parties. I want to capture "action" shots of the family interacting together. Pictures of the party going on. I would rather not using an external flash if possible.

Ihave a 50mm 1.8 but read that this lens is better for single person shots.

What would be a good lens for this?
Netman is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Feb 1, 2010, 2:59 PM   #2
Super Moderator
 
Hards80's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 9,046
Default

why do you not want to use flash?
Hards80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 1, 2010, 3:08 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 173
Default

I am referring to an external flash like the ex430
Netman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 1, 2010, 3:10 PM   #4
Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 8,529
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hards80 View Post
why do you not want to use flash?
Excellent question. You state you want to capture shots of people interacting naturally - that means some movement and no guarantees subjects are in the same focal plane. That means available light photography will fail in many instances. Available light can still work in those instances where you have a lot of light. But way too many times that's not the case. An external bounced flash allows you to take the types of shots you want to take.












JohnG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 1, 2010, 3:24 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 173
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnG View Post
Excellent question. You state you want to capture shots of people interacting naturally - that means some movement and no guarantees subjects are in the same focal plane. That means available light photography will fail in many instances. Available light can still work in those instances where you have a lot of light. But way too many times that's not the case. An external bounced flash allows you to take the types of shots you want to take.
Yes I am talking about the photos like you posted. I dont have a external flash is why. I am trying to avoid the external flash because of the price and extra equipment.

So are you saying that if I want to be able to do this I will require an external flash like the ex430?
Netman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 1, 2010, 3:32 PM   #6
NHL
Senior Member
 
NHL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: 39.18776, -77.311353333333
Posts: 11,547
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Netman View Post
So are you saying that if I want to be able to do this I will require an external flash like the ex430?
Most likely as you want to stop down (i.e. make it darker) the lens to get more depht-of-field (DOF) to focus on multiple people

Last edited by NHL; Feb 1, 2010 at 3:36 PM.
NHL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 1, 2010, 3:37 PM   #7
Super Moderator
 
Hards80's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 9,046
Default

yes, you would need a bounce capable flash like the 430EXII to get these results for the reasons John n NHL mentioned.

if you are looking to save a little money, you could pick up the original (not II version) of the 430EX pretty cheap on ebay, and they work quite well. also the Metz 48 is a bit cheaper than the 430EXII and is essentially just as capable.
Hards80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 5, 2010, 10:23 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 173
Default

I found the Metz 48 for 225 shipped on ebay. This is $50 cheaper than the 430ex ii. I really like the abilty to upgrade the metz using usb.
Netman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 5, 2010, 11:00 AM   #9
Super Moderator
 
Hards80's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 9,046
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Netman View Post
I found the Metz 48 for 225 shipped on ebay. This is $50 cheaper than the 430ex ii. I really like the abilty to upgrade the metz using usb.
that metz is a nice flash, congrtz
Hards80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 5, 2010, 11:38 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
shoturtle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Frankfurt AM
Posts: 11,348
Default

a ef 28 would not be a bad lens if you want to put more people into the shot without backing up, it will give you a eye view prespective. Canon has two 28mm primes, 2.8 and the 1.8 usm. The 1.8 is a better lens, but twice the price. I just upgraded to it from the 2.8, which is a decent lens for the money.

You can find a ef 28mm 2.8 for about 150-170 dollars used on ebay. The 1.8 runs close to 400 dollars.


Also congratz on the metz 48, it is a great flash.
__________________
Super Frequent Flyer, no joke. Ex Patriot and loving it.
Canon Eos 60D, T1i/500D, Eos1, Eos 630, Olympus EPL-1, and a part time Pentax K-X shooter.
shoturtle is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 5:54 AM.