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Best lens for low light interiors

Sukumaran R , Jul 24, 2006; 02:43 a.m.

What would be the best available Nikon lens in the market(for use on a D2H DSLR without Flash) and suitable for low light interior photography for portrait and group photographs. Any advice from experienced friends in the forum would be appreciated.


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John Painter , Jul 24, 2006; 02:50 a.m.

How big of a group? Anything that is f2 or faster. The 35/2 is fairly cheap but not wide enough to shoot groups in tight locations (with the crop factor).

Sigma makes affordable 24 and 28mm fast lenses that are still good.

Sukumaran R , Jul 24, 2006; 02:53 a.m.

Thank you John. The Group should be max 5-8 persons standing.

Eric ~ , Jul 24, 2006; 03:36 a.m.


Roberto Totaro , Jul 24, 2006; 04:02 a.m.

I second Eric's suggestion: the 17-55 might not be the fastest lens, but it is certainly the most flexible you can have on your DSLR at an event.

Of course, if you know that you have the time to swap lenses, then there are a bunch of faster primes to choose from. It depends on how cramped/large are the settings.


Robert Finkelman , Jul 24, 2006; 04:06 a.m.

Without a doubt the 28mm 1.4. if you can find one...

Carsten Bockermann , Jul 24, 2006; 04:55 a.m.

My experience with the Sigma 30/1.4 is very good. Excellent performance and much more affordable than the 28/1.4 Nikkor. Contrary to most other Sigma lenses I have handled the build quality is also very good.



Carsten Bockermann , Jul 24, 2006; 05:00 a.m.

An example from the 30/1.4 Sigma:


karl keung , Jul 24, 2006; 09:36 a.m.

the sigma is a nice lens, but my personal experience in relation to the auto focus is rather negative, i aimed at the same target, and 3 out of 5 times, the distance registered will be different, maybe sigma has got the glass compartment right, but the electronics not so. it seems nikon has kept some secrets to its own. Manual focus with sigma is fine, and it feels better than those plastic nikon AF lens.

Watts Ueltschey , Jul 24, 2006; 11:19 a.m.

These are all good suggestions, but with a group of 5-8 people, I'd be concerned with depth of field and getting everyone in focus. If you don't already have a good flash, I'd consider spending the money on one. An SB-800 costs less than most of the lenses suggested. When bounced off the ceiling with a little bounce card showing it will do a good job of even lighting. Coupled with a tripod, and dragging the shutter a little to let in the ambient light. It may be a good solution. Plus it adds value to all the lenses you already have. If you switch later to a camera with CLS, it is very useful off camera. Add a light stand with umbrella and you have a cheap portable studio for small groups.

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