A good lens for very low light handheld outdoors photography

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A good lens for very low light handheld outdoors photography
Sep 14, 2011

I am trying to think of a good solution for taking pictures in hikes/rides when it gets dark. Photos of primarily landscapes, but not far landscapes, but rather up-close rocks & plants, and less often animals, architecture and people. Usually no chance to use tripod. My Tamron 17-50 (on 7D) is not fast enough.

Would I be better off with an IS lens or a faster prime? I am leaning toward a fast prime, hoping to get better focus speed and better chances with moving subjects. I tried 50 f/2.8 just to see what focal length is good for my needs, and it seemed ok in most cases but too long in some, so probably something in the 28-50 range would be best, but definitely either 1.8 or faster or with good IS or both.

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