6:50am, 14 May 2009
okay..which one?
i want it for night photography/low light... people..and further zoom then my little 18-55...
tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 $399
(good reviews)

canon 24-105mm f/3.5 $219
(reviews say this one is really fast)
i'm still dumb about cameras so i chose these based off price and fstops and range
Bo Eder 9 years ago
I say save the $$$ and zoom with your feet by getting the 50mm f/1.8 MkII. You can easily find them for under $100.

This is my most used lens and is excellent for portraits and low light. You will see a definite improvement using this lens compared to the consumer zooms.
gigantic rock [deleted] 9 years ago
Yep if you want low light and portraits the 50mm is the most sensible choice.

Are you using a crop sensor? Perhaps a 30/1.4 or something similar might suit you. But the price may not :)

I don't use digital, but I do know that the Canon lens will likely be sharper at the wider apertures, and the f stop difference between the two lenses is not that noticeable in real life situations.

What about renting the two and trying them out first?
poppaJ 9 years ago
I'll go along with the others, a fast prime will be your best choice. The Sigma 30 f/1.4 is an excellent lens but if you need something longer then there are several 50mm lenses to choose from and the EF85f/1.8 is another excellent lens.
good luck
Kevin Tataryn PRO 9 years ago
I'd have to jump on the bandwagon here. A fast prime such as a 50mm f/1.8 can be had for very cheap, normally under $150 brand new, and are very sharp and fast.

I'm a Nikon shooter, but have many friends that shoot Canon, and they love their Canon brand lenses, I'd stick with those over the 3rd party ones.

The Tamron mentioned above is faster than the Canon, but with the Canon you will get better build quality, better optics and a better resale value.
Jay Dee Photography 9 years ago
low-light 85mm...f/1.2 if you can, but the 1.8 is good, too.

Jay Dee
RuanNiemann 9 years ago
i recently got the the 50mm 1.8 and it rocks. saw a shot comparison with the more expensive 1.4 and the difference is miniscule when compared to the price difference.

but you need to figure out first, zoom, or light.

the 85mm rocks. but at a price.
BoldPuppy 9 years ago
I wrote this in another forum for Canon shooters wondering what they should be buying after they get started...

Hope that helps!
greggerca 9 years ago
I just got the Canon 50mm mkII and have had a lot of fun with it. It's fast and good in low light. I find its focus lacking at times. The lens seems to get confused easily, especially with motion in low light. It won't focus as fast as an Ultrasonic lens.

Most of these were captured with the 50mm lens.

The other advantage is the 50mm lens is less imposing to the subjects. If you can hang around and the music is loud enough, the people will act naturally and you can capture some great stuff.

silverhalidedreamer Posted 9 years ago. Edited by silverhalidedreamer (member) 9 years ago
Another vote for the 50mm. However, I would suggest getting the Zeiss for the mount you are using. Nikon, Canon and Tamron are all inferior to Zeiss glass, in my opinion. Zoom with your feet, if you can. You might find that, although you can't get as close with a 50mm, the image quality, especially with Zeiss or Leica glass, will provide you with enough sharpness to enlarge to a higher degree while maintaining acceptable image quality. This might be true to a lesser degree if your are using a digital camera.
BoldPuppy 9 years ago
Zeiss glass for Canon/Nikon requires quite a decent budget...

Their 50mm f/1.4 for Canon is $660 ( and is manual focus only. For many settings, this is fine, but sometimes, AF is needed and a manual only lens just won't do.
noiseless expansion [deleted] 9 years ago
always go with the fastest lens you can afford (f/2.8), not only for faster shutter speed in lower light (stabilization can take care of that), but for BOKEH - soft out of focus background that f/3.5 and greater have a hard time achieving.

i agree with the 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 comments. a 1.8 is $100 and will probably be one of the sharpest lenses you'll ever buy. a steal.
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