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Zoom for low light?

sweetbuys

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sweetbuys Registered since 11th Jul 2006
Sun 12-Nov-06 11:04 PM

I currently have a 50/1.8 that I've been using for indoor shots in low-light situations. For example, on my recent vacation in September, I used it for indoors shots of churches and museums on a D70s body. In doing so, I realized a couple of things:

1. At 1.8, the depth of field is so shallow I can't even get the entire altar area in the front of a church in focus, so I end up going up on the aperture to increase DOF. But then clearly that defeats the point of a fast lens to some extent.
2. I found the fixed-focal length somewhat constricting, as being in tight spaces indoors often makes it difficult to move around to get the shot you want.

So I was thinking there're a couple options here.
1. Get a 35/2 to go wider without much loss of speed
2. Look for a fast zoom in this range that will allow me to compose shots better without having to move around. However, the fastest ones I know of are 2.8 (20-35, 35-70, 28-70) but I'm not sure that these are going to be fast enough for these kinds of indoor situations. Does anyone have any comments or suggestions on this? Since I like the 35-50 range a lot, it seems natural to get the 35-70 (and it also happnens to be the cheapest!).

Thanks for your input!
Jason

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