Lenses for indoors family photos (kids, birthday parties, restaurants)

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Lenses for indoors family photos (kids, birthday parties, restaurants)
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Hello everybody, this is my first thread, and also English is not my main language, so I hope you'll understand what I'm asking for: lenses recommendation for family photos.

Most of my photos are shot indoors: kids playing and watching TV, birthday parties, family group pics at the table or sofa and at restaurants. I'm not a photographer and I've just bought my first non-point-and-shoot camera and have just started shooting on manual mode (and auto iso).

I have the 16-50mm kit lens, Sigma 30mm F2.8 and Sony E 50mm F1.8. And I swap them all the time (sometimes SEL50F18 is too long for indoor group shoots or sometimes it's too dark for kit lens, etc.), so I don't know if I'm doing it wrong or I need a different lens.

On this situation, do you guys shoot photos using a fast prime lens or a standard zoom lens? I think for me it's not important a perfect sharpness (I won't print large photos), but I don't like underexposed photos (or too high ISO, like 6400), neither using the camera flash all the time.

I was thinking if 16-70 or 18-105 would help me because of their constant F4.0. Are those 2-stops really useful comparing with my 16-50 F3.5-5.3 kit lens? In other words, a constant F4.0 is much better than a F3.5-5.3 for indoor photos? Do you guys frequently take indoor photos using the lenses wide open?

Also, I considered some prime lenses, like Sonnar 24mm F1.8 or Sony E 35mm F.1.8, but I don't know if those expensive lenses will help me that much.

Thank you!

Carlos

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