« on: April 11, 2013, 09:51:45 PM »
I would guess that 25% of the time, the camera will be used indoors where there isn't great light and a flash won't be possible to use. I'm worred that the 15-85 won't be any improvement over the kit lens in that type of shooting situation.
No, the 15-85mm will not help you there. The 50/1.4 or 50/1.8 would be good...if a short tele is what you need in those situations. Else, consider the 35/2.
Here's my suggestion:
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 $499 (better IQ than the Sigma 17-50 and cheaper, too).
Canon 50mm f/1.8 II $109
Canon Speedlite 430EX II $254
Manfrotto 294 tripod w/ QR ballhead $135
Leaves you $3 from your $1K budget.
Thanks for the tripod recommendation. I will do some homework on the Tamron lens as well.
If you could spring like a few extra, or save up before buying the tripod, I would certainly go with http://www.ebay.com/itm/Benro-A2691TB1-Travel-Angel-Tripod-Kit-A2691-B1-T131-/290825133906?pt=US_Tripods&hash=item43b6875f52. I know you said no eBay, but it's a way better deal off eBay than B&H.
Otherwise Neuro's suggestions are great. The Tamron 17-50/2.8 is way way better in dim light than the kit lens. The Tamron 17-50/2.8 VC is even better but $150 more.