30mm vs 50mm lens on a cropped sensor

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30mm vs 50mm lens on a cropped sensor
Sep 4, 2009

I was set on getting the Canon 50mm f/1.4 prime lens as the next purchase from my newly acquired 500D (with the standard 18-55mm/3.5-5 lens that came with it).

Reading a few forums, I get the impression that the 50mm on a cropped-frame camera like the 500D/50D has too small a field of view (i.e. zoomed in too much) to be useful indoors. And that a 30mm is a more useful prime lens to consider.

I want a sharp, fast lens for:

1. Indoor shots in low-light party events, salsa parties in clubs, dinners at friend's houses for instance.

2. Portraiture (shooting children running around/playing, my niece, family members, etc.)

3. Travelling (shooting scenery, partner posing by a statue for e.g., monuments, beach shots, etc.)

I felt a 50mm/1.4 lens would be perfect for that. But people have raised doubts in my mind that I would need to "step back a lot" as the 50mm as a narrower field of view c.f. a full frame camera.

Please help! I want to get a 50mm (or 30mm?!) lens soon.

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