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Re: Indoor Lens recommendations?
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2013, 01:29:52 PM »
In your place, I think I would go with the Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS. Personally, I think it is the best general purpose zoom lens for a crop body.  It also works very well combined with a fast telephoto prime, such as the 85/1.8, which makes a very nice portrait lens on a crop body.

You still need a fast enough shutter speed to get a nice and sharp photograph. My advice would be EF 85/1.8 USM, which is a fast focusing, sharp at 1.8, very affordable and overall decent lens for what you want it to do.

In your case, I think a flash would be more helpful.  You can then use your current lenses and drag the shutter.  The flash will help freeze the subject while the longer exposure time will allow the background to be exposed properly.

I agree with these 3 suggestions.  If this were me, I would start with a 17-55 2.8 and then add a 85 1.8 if I needed more reach.  Adding a good speedlite or two is always a good idea as well and can be used to expand your creative possibilities beyond what you can do with just fast lenses and natural light.
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« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2013, 02:04:28 PM »
you should consider the 40mm 2.8....cheap, sharp, versatile, and works well indoors for me.


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« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2013, 03:03:31 PM »
I'll add another vote for the 85mm 1.8.  Some of the sharpest pictures I've ever taken, including some fantastic ones at the Georgia Aquarium Ocean Voyager exhibit were with that lens.  Excellent wide open for a steal of a price.

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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2013, 09:22:19 AM »
I'd like to thank everyone who has provided comments to this point -- it is much appreciated!

A few follow-on comments --

- I have used a 24-105L on my 60D -- rented one to use at my son's graduation (small school auditorium -- seats 300-350). I like it, but the reach was not quite enough and the F4 in that space was marginal. Afterwards I ended up purchasing a used Canon 70-200 F4L IS which I really like. But it is also an F4. It does work for some venues.

- My lovely wife just yesterday gave me one of the 40mm 2.8 STM pancake lenses. She knew I was looking for something, and heard it had gotten good reviews. And she really likes the size and how it did not create an imposing camera like my larger lenses do. So I'm going to give that a try over the next month and see how it goes...

- The Canon EF-S 17-55 2.8 IS has always been a lens I wanted, but have not purchased to date...it seems like I'll revisit that lens.

- I'm definitely going to give a monopod another try. I used one for a short period in the past -- worked fine in some larger indoor venues, but not in smaller ones.

- Thanks to SwissBear for mentioning the Sigma 50-150 2.8 -- I was not aware of that lens and will do some research on that one...I've always wanted the Canon 70-200 2.8L IS, but it is out of my price range at the moment...

- Based on comments I'll probably take the 100L off my list for this purpose, but will revisit the 85mm 1.8.

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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2013, 10:26:39 AM »
if your budget allows, consider the 35mm 1.4.  On a crop body, it's a great lens for indoors.
I have one and I think you will like the IQ from this lens. 

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Re: Indoor Lens recommendations?
« Reply #20 on: July 14, 2013, 05:02:29 AM »
In your place, I think I would go with the Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS. Personally, I think it is the best general purpose zoom lens for a crop body.  It also works very well combined with a fast telephoto prime, such as the 85/1.8, which makes a very nice portrait lens on a crop body.

You still need a fast enough shutter speed to get a nice and sharp photograph. My advice would be EF 85/1.8 USM, which is a fast focusing, sharp at 1.8, very affordable and overall decent lens for what you want it to do.

In your case, I think a flash would be more helpful.  You can then use your current lenses and drag the shutter.  The flash will help freeze the subject while the longer exposure time will allow the background to be exposed properly.

I agree with these 3 suggestions.  If this were me, I would start with a 17-55 2.8 and then add a 85 1.8 if I needed more reach.  Adding a good speedlite or two is always a good idea as well and can be used to expand your creative possibilities beyond what you can do with just fast lenses and natural light.
Thirded.  I can tell you from experience that this combination works.  This is my go-to wedding setup: 17-55, 85/1.8 and two 550EXs.  If you need more reach then get a 70-200/2.8 IS to complement the 17-55.

If shake and trembling is an issue, consider using a monopod.

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« Reply #21 on: July 14, 2013, 07:47:59 AM »
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You will like the 40mm....I would add that with the STM focus motor, it will serve you well for indoor video too...which is nice to have at family gatherings

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« Reply #22 on: July 14, 2013, 08:56:51 AM »
You will like the 40mm....I would add that with the STM focus motor, it will serve you well for indoor video too...

How will the STM focus motor help with video, given that the OP has a 60D?
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Re: Indoor Lens recommendations?
« Reply #23 on: July 14, 2013, 03:33:16 PM »
You will like the 40mm....I would add that with the STM focus motor, it will serve you well for indoor video too...

How will the STM focus motor help with video, given that the OP has a 60D?

by magic?....my mistake, i thought he wrote 6d
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Re: Indoor Lens recommendations?
« Reply #24 on: July 14, 2013, 03:46:17 PM »
You will like the 40mm....I would add that with the STM focus motor, it will serve you well for indoor video too...

How will the STM focus motor help with video, given that the OP has a 60D?

by magic?....my mistake, i thought he wrote 6d

Not even by magic lantern.  ;)

The 6D doesn't AF during video, either. Just the T4i/650D, T5i/700D, and the EOS M. The 70D will have it, too.
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Re: Indoor Lens recommendations?
« Reply #25 on: July 15, 2013, 02:31:17 AM »
+1 for the monopod.
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Re: Indoor Lens recommendations?
« Reply #26 on: July 15, 2013, 02:59:54 AM »
You will like the 40mm....I would add that with the STM focus motor, it will serve you well for indoor video too...

How will the STM focus motor help with video, given that the OP has a 60D?

by magic?....my mistake, i thought he wrote 6d

Not even by magic lantern.  ;)

The 6D doesn't AF during video, either. Just the T4i/650D, T5i/700D, and the EOS M. The 70D will have it, too.

Well, 6D has no AF tracking mode for video, but it does AF just fine, using the same slow hunting LiveView CDAF. From what I've seen, only 70D actually does AF tracking during video. T4i/650D, T5i/700D, and the EOS M are just trying to :).
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