Sigma 17-70 or wide angle for XTi.

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by sycho, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. sycho macrumors 6502a

    sycho

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    I got an XTi a few months ago, got the kit lens and the 50mm 1.8f.

    I love the shots I get with the 50mm, but I hate that I have to be so far away to get everything I want in my shot. I take lots of photos at local music shows, and I can't really fit the stage in. I also don't use a flash since I like to capture the lighting at the show...

    Basically, would the 17-70 be fast enough when wide open or about 25~30mm for not needing a flash? I tried the kit lens this weekend and got as close as possible with as much light as possible in the shot and they still were crappy.

    I would like another prime, but they seem really expensive, and the 17-70 looks like a good stop gap. Any one have any other comments / suggestions? :)
     
  2. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    Take a look at the Sigma 18-50 or Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 (both). These are 2.8 throughout and will make for better "no flash" photog than the 17-70 which pretty much loses 2.8 when you leave 17mm.

    I'd also recommend looking at the Sigma 30mm f/1.4. Nice wide-ish and very fast prime. Also pretty dang sharp.
     
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  4. miloblithe macrumors 68020

    miloblithe

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    What about Canon's new 18-55 IS lens? The f/2.8 lenses will give you one more stop of light at 25mm (f/2.8 vrs f/4) while the IS lens will give you a few stops of IS. I wonder how well that would work.

    Of course, Canon's 17-55 f/2.8 IS would probably be ideal.
     

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