Dim/Low Light Lens

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by apthai, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. apthai macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2008
    I am an absolute noob when it comes to photography but I am very interested in photography. I recently purchased a Canon 40D and using the kit lens (28-135mm f/3.5-5.6).

    I'm looking to take some pictures in very dim to dark lighting. What is a good lens that takes pictures well in dim/very dim to dark lighting? I was thinking of a fixed lens since they have the biggest aperture but not sure what is best.

    Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  2. seenew macrumors 68000


    Dec 1, 2005
    EF 50 f/1.8 is the classic choice. Only $80.

    If you have crazy cash, you could go with the 1.4 or 1.2...
  3. localghost macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2002
    In case you want something wider, the 35 f/2 is a very nice lens. better focus and built can be found in the 28 f/1.8 (or the fantastic but very expensive 35 f/1.4).

    photozone has all the lens-reviews, especially for 1.6 sensors.
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Sigma 30 mm f/1.4.

    Great focal length, although now I wish I hadn't sold my 50 mm. :eek:
  5. melchior macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2002
    I have the sigma 30mm f/1.4 - i use it more than any other lens. as for selling my 50mm f/1.4? my only regret is that if i decide to get a 5dmkII i'd have to get a 50mm lens. but i'd probably get the f/1.8 version then.
  6. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Remember the depth of field at 1.8 is going to be quite shallow. You tried a tripod and longer exposure?
  7. melchior macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2002
    having the option of shallow depth of field is a good thing. You can always use smaller apertures if you want. it does raise a good question, what kind of photography do you want this lens for? an IS lens may be better suited to the application.

    for the record, i also miss the nice bokeh from my canon 50mm f/1.4 - the sigma isn't as nice

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