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09-24-2013, 01:27 PM   #1
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Zoom for general indoor/low light

Hi to all,

Just looking for opinions on what you would recommend for low light zoom indoor. I currently have primes of DA XS 40 mm and Sigma 30 F1.4. Maybe I don't even need to consider a zoom, but sometime easier to use than a prime.


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Sig 30/1.4 is you best bet. Zoom with your feet.
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I would wait for the Sigma 18-35 1.8.
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The upcoming Sigma 18-35 f1.8 might fit the bill (for a $799 bill).

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tamron 17-50 f2.8 is $499 new. Sharp lens.
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I would either wait for the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 or if needed now get the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8. That whole "zoom with your feet" BS isn't always doable, and in some cases even safe to do.
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Tamron 17-50/2.8.

Works brilliantly for me.

Also, learn to use a bounce flash.
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I presume you mean a typical residential room and general hand held indoor photos with people and objects at various distances.
4 to 16 foot (1 to 4 metre) or so
If so, I would put a counterpoint to the recommendations so far on this thread to use a wide aperture like f/1.8 or f/2.8
And I agree with Aristo to use bounce flash when the lens is stopped down.
But sometimes flash is not appropriate.

I use a 28mm lens mostly for indoor cocktail parties etc, and often a Vivitar f/2 28mm CFWA.
In such indoor situations it is practically impossible to get a sharp photo with the lens at less than f/3.5 or so.

On the K-01 at iso 6400, no flash, I did some tests shots with help of "Spiderman"
Both at 28mm
These photos mostly show simple f number versus dof issues rather than lens quality.

First photo is the Vivitar wide open at f/2 - focus centred along the arm of the chair, almost unusable.

second is the Pentax DA 18 ~55 at 28 mm f/4.5- maybe OK

It is clear to me that in this situation, close distances, the lens needs to be stopped down to f/4.5 or more,
in which case you might be able use any old low cost zoom lens.

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I have siggy 30mm f1.4, da 40mm, fa 50mm 1.4, tamron 17-50 and few more. Lowlight indoor photos i normally use tamron 17-50 or sometimes fa50 if needed. Siggy 30 is nice also but exact focusing is little problem in low light and big aperture so i do not want to use siggy...
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Will Wait and See

Thank you responses and input. I will wait for the sigma 18-35 F1.8 and see reviews. In meantime have ordered a flash which never had.. The Tamron good with F2.8, but will work wth the sigma 30 f1.4 and also have DA 16-45 F4 which is very sharp.

Have a great Fall day everyone.

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