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Buying XTI and have question
I'm buying a XTI from KEH.com on Monday 10/29 and wanted to find out if this is exactly what I need? I am getting just the XTI body and a Tamron 18-200 lens for it. I am just starting out and will be just shooting my newborn and family photos. I need to stay under $1050 in total. Will this lens be good enough for a starter lens? Any feedback would be great...

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I would try to buy 50mm f/1.8 lens for indoor photography..

Add bounce flash with diffuser in next year.http://www.stan-pustylnik.smugmug.com..

Comment #1

I disagree with Stan... get the flash with diffuser NOW. A Canon 430 EX is about $240. If you're shooting indoors, you'll need it - unless you like the stark, in your face, shadow casting on-board flash. An external flash with movable head will allow you to get flash shots that don't look like a flash was used. A tripod will be good too - a good one with a good head can be found for as little as $150.00.

The 18-200 will likely not be a good indoor lens..

The 50 1.8 is less than $100, but is a bit long for indoors people shooting..

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Comment #2

The Tamron lens is a little slow for low-light, indoor photography unless you intend to use flash on all your photos. I suggest that you pick up the Canon 50mm f/1.8 for use in such situations. It only costs about $70 and is excellent for the cost..

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Comment #3

But without flash will be too slow indoors (big light falloff)..

50mm f/1.8 is much faster lens, saves best skin tones and will be a great lens with and without flash (window lighting). Other powerful side of 50mm is close distance focus ability..

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Flash is very needed for indoor photography. If you have some extra cash, try to get flash too.http://www.stan-pustylnik.smugmug.com..

Comment #4

So the Canon 50mm would be the right way to go? Do I get the 18-55 kit as well? I'm stuck? Do you really need a flash for indoors? I want to get good pictures of my son...

Comment #5

Tone219 wrote:.

Do you really need a flash for indoors?.

Only if you want to do it right. During the day with window lighting you'll be able to get away without it... but with winter coming (assuming you're in the northern Hemisphere) those daylight hours become a premium. Forget using standard indoor lighting - it's too dim...

Comment #6

KEH.com don't have a 50mm. Where else is good to purchase? I will look into a flash as well. Thank you for your help. Stan those kid pictures are great. Were they all taken with a flash?..

Comment #7

Bhphoto.com.

Http://www.bhphotovideo.com/...2-USA/Canon_2514A002_Normal_EF_50mm_f_1_8.html.

Http://www.bhphotovideo.com/...97664-GREY/Canon_0298B002_430EX_TTL_Flash.html.

The key to the flash is that you can bounce it off walls or ceilings to diffuse the light and give a more natural feel to the lighting. It also has a built in diffuser. It takes some practice, but when you're ready the forums will be here with tips and tricks..

Tone219 wrote:.

KEH.com don't have a 50mm. Where else is good to purchase? I willlook into a flash as well. Thank you for your help. Stan those kidpictures are great. Were they all taken with a flash?.

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Comment #8

I'd skip the 50/1.8 and get a flash instead. And/or get the 17-85IS lens instead of the kit. With IS, you can shoot indoors with ordinary lighting...

Comment #9

Examples I showed were done with 50mm without flash..

But iMac is right, flash is VERY needed; you will never regret purchasing it. With flash even 18-55mm lens can produce good indoor images because you will be able to step aperture down to f/5.5-f/8 (flash into ceiling will compensate light falloff)..

You can also ebay any lens or flash. Just make sure seller had reliable history/ good feedback..

BHPhotovideo, Adorama has used equipment departments too.http://www.stan-pustylnik.smugmug.com..

Comment #10

Stan,.

I will look into getting the 50mm and the flash. I thank you all so very much for all your help...

Comment #11

Tone219 wrote:.

KEH.com don't have a 50mm..

Sure they do. From the front page, in the first drop-down box select Canon Auto Focus (scroll down, it's in the 35mm section, not digital), then in the next box "fixed focal lengths", and the keyword 50 1.8. I see 2 choices. The 50/1.8 II at $73.95 will do the trick. The other one is the old design. Much better build, but if you want to spend that kind of money spend $100 more and get the 50/1.4..

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Comment #12

What distance do you need to use the 50mm lens indoors? I thought that it would not be wide enough...bobapunk..

Comment #13

Bobapunk wrote:.

What distance do you need to use the 50mm lens indoors?.

Depends on what you are shooting. For infants, 50mm is just fine. For toddlers running around, it's probably too long. I have the 35/2, seems to work well for such situations..

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Comment #14

Thats what I thought... I have 13 nephews and nieces aging from 11 yrs to 2 months. I didn't think that 50mm would be good for Christmas morning candid type of shots. Is there a prime lens for an XTi around 17-20mm that is that fast (F1-F2)??bobapunk..

Comment #15

Bobapunk wrote:.

Is there a prime lens for anXTi around 17-20mm that is that fast (F1-F2)??.

Sigma 20mm f/1.8:.

Http://www.sigmaphoto.com/...s/lenses_all_details.asp?id=3280&navigator=4.

Sigma also has 24mm f/1.8, 28mm f/1.8 and 30mm f/1.4..

Canon has 24mm f/1.4, 28mm f/1.8, 35mm f/1.4 and 35mm f/2. The f/1.4 lenses are L, if you have to ask the price you can't afford them..

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Comment #16

Bobapunk,.

I use Sigma 20mm f/1.8 along with Sigma 24mm f/2.8 and Minolta 50mm f/1.7.

Sigma has tricky AF, soft at f/1.8 gets very sharp starting from f/2.4.

Sigma 24mm f/2.8 despite older design and bargain price is hidded treasure. Very sharp and reliable indoors. (prone to flare at high contrasty situations).

Sigma has newer 20mm, 24mm, 28mm f/1.8 lenses that should be carefully selected (applies to most Sigma lenses)http://www.stan-pustylnik.smugmug.com..

Comment #17

As all have suggested, the conclution could be.

***430ex.

If you tilt the flash at 70* and pull out the WA diffuser to stay at 90* to the flash head. you can take nice "Horizontal" bounce flash photo's in a heartbeat. Works well for infints because you won't have the bulk of the light aimed at the child. But instead, it will be bounced and less direct lighting..

***17-55 Kit.

***28 f/1.8 or 35mm f/2 Canon EF are close to a NORMAL lens on a FF camera..

The Sigma 35 f/1.4 would be a great indoor with No Flash lens for kids pics. But this one might blow the budget if you get it all at once though..

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