Need Lens Advise for Canon Digital Rebel - Low / Moderate Light Conditions

Discussion in 'Canon' started by TH, Jan 18, 2004.

  1. TH

    TH Guest

    Hello All.

    Firstly, Thanks for taking the time to read this post and for any advice you
    might be able to offer.

    I own a Canon Digital Rebel which was purchased mostly to capture my Boy. I
    have a few lenses that are working well that I had purchased for use with my
    35mm SLR Rebel about 5 years back but nothing that is giving a consistantly
    good picture in low light conditions. I use a Canon Speedlight 420EX which
    helps...but there is still the frequent overdark image.

    Considerations....

    I am a novice that is SLOOOWLY learning the camera and photography in
    general.
    I tend to use the camera in automatic mode nearly all the time.
    It will take a few years to develop any technical proficiency.

    Having said the above, I'm looking for recommendations on a lens that will
    minimize the problem the Rebel seems to have with low light conditions when
    shooting in fully automatic mode. I have a formal Military Social (Dinning
    Out) coming up in early March and will be lending my camera to a civilian
    buddy (the videographer) so he can capture still photos of soldiers
    throughout the night. He is also a novice with a camera. Looking for a
    technological edge via a good lens. Also for those indoor pics in the house
    with no light other than a window or two.

    Summary:

    Looking for a lens recommendation for the Canon Digital Rebel for use
    Indoors and under low light conditions to minimize dark (underexposed if you
    will) images.

    Again.... thanks for the help.

    Tyler
     
    TH, Jan 18, 2004
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    wharvey Guest

    Not that familar with the Digital Rebel and you didn't mention what lenses
    you already have. I do shot mostly available light and what you need is a
    fast lens and good speed rating. I'm will to be you can set the ASA/ISO
    rating of the camera up. I likely defaults to something around 100 ASA,
    bump it up to 400, or even better. Will get some noise but most likely not
    that much.

    A lot of lenses sold lately, specially the zoom lens, have not been that
    fast. Typically something like 3.5 or so. Get a good prime focus lens,
    maybe 1.7 or better. That is a must for low light photography.
     
    wharvey, Jan 18, 2004
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  3. Have you tried using software such as PaintShop Pro or Adobe Photo Elements to adjust the
    Brightness and Contrast of the pictures you have taken ?

    I have found this to be very effective and the majority, but not all, the pictures I take.

    BTW: I just replaced my Olympus D460-Z with a digital Rebel EOS 300D.

    Dave



    | Hello All.
    |
    | Firstly, Thanks for taking the time to read this post and for any advice you
    | might be able to offer.
    |
    | I own a Canon Digital Rebel which was purchased mostly to capture my Boy. I
    | have a few lenses that are working well that I had purchased for use with my
    | 35mm SLR Rebel about 5 years back but nothing that is giving a consistantly
    | good picture in low light conditions. I use a Canon Speedlight 420EX which
    | helps...but there is still the frequent overdark image.
    |
    | Considerations....
    |
    | I am a novice that is SLOOOWLY learning the camera and photography in
    | general.
    | I tend to use the camera in automatic mode nearly all the time.
    | It will take a few years to develop any technical proficiency.
    |
    | Having said the above, I'm looking for recommendations on a lens that will
    | minimize the problem the Rebel seems to have with low light conditions when
    | shooting in fully automatic mode. I have a formal Military Social (Dinning
    | Out) coming up in early March and will be lending my camera to a civilian
    | buddy (the videographer) so he can capture still photos of soldiers
    | throughout the night. He is also a novice with a camera. Looking for a
    | technological edge via a good lens. Also for those indoor pics in the house
    | with no light other than a window or two.
    |
    | Summary:
    |
    | Looking for a lens recommendation for the Canon Digital Rebel for use
    | Indoors and under low light conditions to minimize dark (underexposed if you
    | will) images.
    |
    | Again.... thanks for the help.
    |
    | Tyler
    |
    |
     
    David H. Lipman, Jan 19, 2004
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  4. TH

    Lisa Horton Guest

    Tyler, when you want to photograph in low light, you will find very fast
    lenses to be helpful. You may already know that a low f stop number
    denotes a faster, or more light sensitive lens. You want something at
    least 2.8, and 2.0 or 1.8 would be even better.

    A good economical choice would be the Canon 50/1.8, as it is not only
    cheap and fast, but very sharp as well. The Canon 28/2.8, while not as
    fast, is also fairly economical, and on the DRebel will give you a
    moderate wide angle.

    But don't forget to set your ISO equivalent up high for low light, 800
    is a good starting point IMHO.

    Lisa
     
    Lisa Horton, Jan 19, 2004
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  5. TH

    TH Guest

    Thanks Much. This was of big help while shopping.
     
    TH, Jan 19, 2004
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    TH Guest

    Yeah!! Photo Elements 2.0 has saved some of the dark pics and yielded some
    really nice results. I was familiar with PhotoShop previously so Photo
    Elements was an easy transition. Congrats on the Rebel. It's a great camera
    so far. The auto settings have proven to be nearly flawless for outdoor
    daylight shots (part of the reason why I am STILL so unfamiliar with the
    manual options.

    T
     
    TH, Jan 19, 2004
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    TH Guest

    Lisa.. Thanks for the reply. This helped during the shopping trip. Felt like
    I knew just enough to be dangerous. LOL

    T
     
    TH, Jan 19, 2004
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    dwace Guest

    How much should a good low light lens cost? Just got the Digital Rebel 3
    weeks ago and the lens it came with (3.5 18-55mm) is good enough for
    daylight & some lowlight, but I'm used to a 1.8 lens with my very old
    Olympus OM-1 film camera. I've also got a sigma 70 - 300 lens for the
    Rebel.
    Do love the Digital Rebel!
    David
     
    dwace, Jan 25, 2004
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  9. TH

    Lisa Horton Guest

    The Canon 50/1.8 is the low light bargain, and quite sharp to boot.
    It's around $70 at B&H as I recall. Prices for good fast lens go up
    from there, quickly. For example, the Canon 50/1.4 is over three times
    the price of the 1.8

    Lisa
     
    Lisa Horton, Jan 25, 2004
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