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| p.1 #19 · Best single lens for museum |
Had the same query a few weeks ago as I was making a trip to the NY Museum of Natural History. Searched for hours online for an answer and got tons of suggestions. Finally came down to my 35MM 1.8, Sigma 10-20MM and 18-50MM 2.8. Decided on the 10-20MM and 35MM. Only worry was the 10-20MM wouldn't keep up as well as the 35MM 1.8 based on its variable (4-5.6) aperture. To my surprise, the 10-20MM was on the camera 95% of the time. In dark areas, the 35MM just couldn't keep up based totally on its length. Even at 1.8 and ISO 800-1600 (yes, still on a D200), I was only getting usable shutter speeds at around 1/20-1/40. Not good at 35MM (or 52MM if we wanna get technical). And even for shots that were doable at 1.8, the DOF was way too thin. The 10-20MM on the other hand, usually kept between 10-13MM, held up to speeds as slow as 1/5-1/20 and still provided sharp shots. My only complaint was its limited reach. For those shots, usually lit miniatures behind glass, I switched back to the 35MM. All others, such as closeups and dino shots is where the UWA sang.
A week later, took the same setup to the Metropolitan Musuem of art and got the same results with the same setup. Yes, the slowwwww 10-20 is one of my favs now.
DSC_8158 by lexdiamond20, on Flickr
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Full sets of each below: