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Best starter lens for indoor photography?

edited March 2012 Posted in » Canon Lens Talk
Hi, I have a Canon 500D (T1i) with an 18-55mm kit lens. I am interested in clicking some indoor photos (mainly single portraits). Which lens is the best buy for this purpose? I am a starter in photography and expecting to shell out around 100£ - 150£ ($160 - $235) max. I have a tripod, but no external flash. Thanks in advance.


  • edited March 2012
    Hi - There are a number of threads with this question. Moose suggests the 'nifty fifty' which is the Canon EF f/1.8 50mm prime. It sells for about £80 here in the UK. Regards - PBked
  • edited March 2012
    Hi, thanks for the reply. I think 50mm prime is the best bet. Yeah, I noticed the other threads only after posting.
  • edited April 2012
    I'm in a similar position to the original poster, looking to get reasonable flash-free indoor photos without breaking the bank.

    I have already owned a nifty fifty, and was able to confirm both that it is a great lens and poorly built. It broke, but I liked it so much I am going to replace it. However, I sometimes get a little frustrated with the length. If I want to take a photo of my kids on one side of the room, I don't necessarily have enough space to get the shot.

    Is there any reasonably cheap, sub $315 (£200) way of getting good flash-free indoor shots from a bit closer up? How much of a difference, for example, does image stabilization make with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm? Are there any other options?
  • edited April 2012
    Have just been searching around and wonder if anyone has any comments on the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 as an option. It's slightly over my budget at $420 (£267) on Amazon UK, but I would be open to persuasion.
  • edited April 2012
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