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| p.1 #10 · Lens suggestions for 1D Mark III & low light? |
Hi all, this is my first post here, but I've been lurking for a little while now
I just got a GREAT deal on a 1D Mark III that I couldn't pass up. I had a T1i before so quite the upgrade.
I currently have a 50mm f/1.8 and a 70-200mm f/4 lens. Love these lenses for portrait style stuff and use the 70-200 for outdoor action shots of my dogs as well.
However, my main "want" currently is an affordable lens that does well in low light situations. I show one of my dogs, and dog shows are usually in pretty harsh lighting. I used the 50mm on my T1i and it did okay, but there were shows where we weren't able to get hardly any keepers. I say "we" because since I show my dog, I usually depend on my husband or a friend to take pictures for me. So ease of use comes into play as well here.
Some have suggested selling my 70-200 and getting the 2.8 version. My current one is not the IS, therefore I'm thinking I could do without the IS on the 2.8 if I went this route? My concern with this option is #1, the 50mm was sometimes too close for certain shots (you can only back up but so far, then there's the problem of people standing right in front of you), and #2, weight.. the 1D is already big, and I know the 70-200 2.8 is heavy! Just concerned that it'd be too bulky and annoying for my husband/friends to use.
Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I know the 17-40 is popular & affordable, but from what I've read/heard, it's not good in low light. Primes are an option, but I'm thinking having a zoom would be beneficial for the dogs since they're constantly moving around to different parts of the ring. Any suggestions would be great!
i worked a lot with the 1D3 and fast lenses. still use that camera. IMO, the nice colors of that sensor works fine with some lenses. as you are asking for low light photography, my first proposition is clearly the 50L (which also delivers nice colors). i agree with the 2470L too, but that is f2.8. i used all fast L-primes on the 1D3. the 35L made certain problems (AF at close distance). 24L is great (but you seem to look for something versatile). 135L is top, 200L too, but both teles are simply limiting. 100L was not my cup of tea (compared to the 135L for example). conclusion: 50L for low light, 2470L for everything else.