Lens for low light

let them all go

New member
Messages
1,024
Reaction score
0
Location
the river
I have a 18-55mm f 3.5-5.6 lens on my SLR but sadly it is damaged.
Its a good all round lens, but in low light its not ideal.

I have been looking at some Nikon 50mm and 35mm f 1.8 lenses, but the downside is the lack of versatility a prime lens offers. They are however reasonably priced.
Another lens I have looked at is a sigma 17-50 f2.8, more expensive than the 2 other lenses combined, but it offers the flexibility of being able to adjust the focal length whilst still offering the opportunity to shoot in low light.

Anyone got any experience with any of the lenses mentioned or have any suggestions. Budget £350 ish.
Thanks.
 

Springer

Well-known member
Messages
9,429
Reaction score
74
What sort of shooting will you do with this lens?

Its useful to understand what you plan to use it for before making any recommendations.
 

Springer

Well-known member
Messages
9,429
Reaction score
74
Indeed. I have a funny feeling I am barking up the wrong tree with the lenses I am looking at!

Quite possibly.

The type of shooting you describe requires long exposure times and a tripod, as such it doesn't matter whether you expose for 5 seconds or 15 seconds so it would be normal to be shooting at f9 ish with a 50mm lens to get the required DOF.

There is nothing wrong with buying an f2.8 lens as you describe as having the option to open it up will come in hand at times but not for the night time shots where you will be using is closed down quite a bit.

Sigma make good value lenses and some are very good indeed, try checking out reviews on Youtube.
 

(Smolt)

Active member
Messages
1,665
Reaction score
0
Location
Louth
I would recommend picking up the 35mm f1.8 nikkor regardless of what you shoot. For the money its such a super lens and if you have a half decent DSLR you will really unlock a lot of its (and your) potential.
 

ozzyian

Well-known member
Messages
5,510
Reaction score
1,491
Location
East Lothian
I have a 18-55mm f 3.5-5.6 lens on my SLR but sadly it is damaged.
Its a good all round lens, but in low light its not ideal.

I have been looking at some Nikon 50mm and 35mm f 1.8 lenses, but the downside is the lack of versatility a prime lens offers. They are however reasonably priced.
Another lens I have looked at is a sigma 17-50 f2.8, more expensive than the 2 other lenses combined, but it offers the flexibility of being able to adjust the focal length whilst still offering the opportunity to shoot in low light.

Anyone got any experience with any of the lenses mentioned or have any suggestions. Budget £350 ish.
Thanks.

Have you had a look at the Rockwell site?

Lots of in depth reviews and handy information.

KenRockwell.com: Photography, Cameras and Taking Better Pictures
 

let them all go

New member
Messages
1,024
Reaction score
0
Location
the river
I have indeed thanks
The review of the lens kindly suggested by smolt was very promising. Thanks by the way smolt for your post.
Sorely tempted to get one as they are reasonably priced for what seems a very good lens
 

Cumbrian rivers

New member
Messages
615
Reaction score
1
I have a 35 mm 1.8 dx a very good fast lens. If I was going to get a one for around £300 I would look for a 35-70 2.8 nikon, they go for around 2-300 second hand. I have 24- 70 and 70 -200 2.8 fantastic but very expensive.
 
Top