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minmaui Nov 18, 2007 2:59 AM

for a Grandma just wanting some photos of the grandkids in low light conditions...I have the kit lens. I don't want to pay a huge amount of money but I do want sharp photos...I know about the 50 1.4 but I want a zoom lens not priority...

Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto 28-70mm f/2.8-4 DG Compact High Speed to 28-70mm

Thanks for your help.

inneyeseakay Nov 18, 2007 1:27 PM

It's a little faster than the kit lens, the short end MIGHT cut it inside a very well lit room, but that's only on the short end. The fact that you will only be able to use it on the short end pretty much means your going to be using this just like you would a prime indoors. I would definately shoot for the FA50/1.4 or maybe FA 35/2. They are faster and a prime is almost always going to be sharper than a zoom. ;)


minmaui Nov 18, 2007 2:02 PM

Thanks Nick...I'm so new to this that I need all of the help I can get.

VTphotog Nov 18, 2007 5:24 PM

I think you might find the 50/1.4 not quite wide enough, if you are talking about indoor shots.

Grandkids move around a lot, and in low light, even F/1,4 often won't give you enough speed. Is there some overriding reason not to use flash? If it is because the kids stop what they are doing to wait for you to shoot more pictures, don't worry - after a while they quit noticing and get on with their business.

An external flash which can be bounced off the ceiling, for more even illumination, could very well be a better investment. If you can get them to hold still, natural light shots can be more aesthetically pleasing, but that is an awfully big 'if'.


robar Nov 18, 2007 8:40 PM

i think you would like the 50/1.4... for the speed. any zoom that f2-2.8 will be expensive, very..
here's some shots with the M50/1.4 wide open. it'll also give you an idea of the field of view you'll get.. this was regular dim restaurant lighting..exif should be there.

about 2 feet away.


robar Nov 18, 2007 8:42 PM

i lied, there's no exif but i can get it for you if you want the details.


minmaui Nov 18, 2007 10:31 PM

Thanks for the feedback everyone...

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