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06-17-2010, 07:10 AM   #31
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Hi Andrew, can I ask which lens did you end up getting? because recently Im thinking of getting a Tamron 17-50mm as well.

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06-17-2010, 07:37 AM   #32
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Another vote for Tamron 17-50 ...
07-07-2010, 02:33 PM   #33
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Sorry, I haven't just yet, but the 17-50 is at the top of my list.
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QuoteOriginally posted by EricT Quote
I have to agree with Aristophanes here, the best way to shoot kids indoors is using bounce flash. I typically shoot at f/5.6, ISO 200 and shutter speed 1/60s. With these settings, almost all the light comes from the flash, so you don't get trouble with mixed lighting temperatures or ghosting effects. A typical hotshoe flash has more than enough power to light up an entire room.
An aperture of f/5.6 gives you enough depth-of-field to capture moving kids which can be a challenge at f/2.8. Also, most lenses are sharp at f/5.6.
A little bit OT, but my favorite way to photograph moving kids indoors is with wireless bounce plus the on-camera flash. Set the large flash up for bounce out of their reach, and let the on-camera flash fill. It is sharp and effortless.

Back to topic, I'm also eyeing the Tammy. But I already have four zooms in that range....

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Hello my friend. If you want a good all-around zoom lens with good stops, i would suggest the sigma 17-70 f2,8 lens. However, if you like shooting from some distance, the best choice to my mind is picking up at a reasonable price from ebay an old F 50 lens, which stops at f1,7, is quite compact and has great color quality and sharpness. It ages back to about 1978- '80 and you can get it pretty cheap. I owe one myself and its a really good lens to my opinion.
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There is no 17-70/2.8. There is, of course, a 17-70/2.8-45 and a newer 17-70/2.8-4, but neither is f/2.8 anywhere but at the very widest end.
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Tamron 28-75

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And my Tamron 28-75mm is also quite impressively sharp at 2.8. Don't have any examples, but I expect others can echo this.
My original Sigma 70-200mm EX is also pretty impressive.
True. At f 2.8 it is unusable for portraits, it is way too sharp!! An extraordinary sharp lens, but build quality seems to have variations, that might affect sharpness as well.

The FA 77 limited renders much softer skin tones wide open.
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