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Corrado_Images
4th of February 2007 (Sun), 19:52
Alright. So im trying to find a lens (money isnt really a factor) for my Digital Rebel XT for concerts coming up this year. Ive been using my kit lens since i got it last January and its just not cutting it anymore. If you have any idea of what the BEST lens would be for concerts (mostly rock and metal/hardcore concerts) i would appreciate your input! Alternative Press magazine added me to their photography newsletters for future publications and i need the a lens that can get me to where i need to be.

thanks!

johnstoy
4th of February 2007 (Sun), 20:05
Check the FAQ Sticky posting at the top of this section...
This is a small section of the Forum, while the lens section has 5 to 10 times the participating members most of the time...

Your question would be better addressed in the lens section...

Corrado_Images
4th of February 2007 (Sun), 20:10
yea sorry. im BRAND new to this website. Like 15 minutes old haha. I apologize

blackshadow
4th of February 2007 (Sun), 20:43
Recommendations depend very much on the size of venue and lighting conditions where you think you will be shooting.

As money is no object here are my recommendations:

Canon 50mm f1.4 (although can be too long on a crop camera in small venues)
Sigma 30mm f1.4 (excellent for smaill poorly lit venues)
Canon 35mm f1.4L (I'd love to own this lens myself-)
Canon 85mm f1.8
Canon 17-55mm f2.8 IS or the Canon 24-70L for better lit smaller venues.
Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS for larger well lit venues. I have the non IS version which is a great lens but if money weren't an option I'd have bought the IS.

Finally, if money really is no option I would be looking at getting a body that allows you to shoot at 3200 ISO - either 30D, 5D or 1DMarkIIN, if you are serious about shooting concerts you will find that 3200ISO can make a huge difference even with f1.4 lenses.

johnstoy
4th of February 2007 (Sun), 20:47
I'll see if I can top Richard's list, at least in the lens dept...Go for the f1.2L lenses and the 1.4's...as primes, they are invaluable for low light captures...You'll want a couple of bodies, if just using primes...

Corrado_Images
4th of February 2007 (Sun), 21:12
Thanks guys, i appreciate it

When i investigated a little more on the interenet about lenses i saw they can be VERY VERY expensive and my limit is about $800 now since i saw the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 is about 1,600. Sorry about the mixup haha

johnstoy
4th of February 2007 (Sun), 21:22
All right, do you want to shoot from up front or further back?

The 135mm 2.0L is awesome and at approx. $800-900...

blackshadow
4th of February 2007 (Sun), 21:24
OK - so money is an issue!

In that case and with your $800 budget (I assume you are in the US) I'd recommend you start with the Canon 50mm f1.4 and the Sigma 30mm f1.4 - you should be able to pick up both for under $800.

Corrado_Images
4th of February 2007 (Sun), 21:31
Yea im from the US and usually always in the front.
Is the canon 70-200 f/4.0 ok?

blackshadow
4th of February 2007 (Sun), 22:06
Yea im from the US and usually always in the front.
Is the canon 70-200 f/4.0 ok?
It's a great lens from all accounts but not for concert use for a couple of reasons:
1 - it's too slow (slower than the kit lens)
2 - you said you like to be up the front... unless you are shooting large stages/venues/arenas it will be too long for you most of the time.

Corrado_Images
4th of February 2007 (Sun), 22:09
yea so the f/2.8 and lower is the route to go
Those two lenses you sent are pretty affordable and look like they could get the job done

blackshadow
4th of February 2007 (Sun), 22:58
They will certainly do the job and you need fast lenses for shooting gigs.

gcobb
4th of February 2007 (Sun), 23:01
You can also look into the Tamron lenses. They have a few good, affordable lenses that will when for the most part.

René Damkot
5th of February 2007 (Mon), 07:00
Sigma 30/1.4 and 20/1.8. EF 28/1.8; 50/1.4; 85/1.8 (might be too long on a rebel);
On the 70-200 FL: Consider a 80-200L. I bought mine used for about 550 Euros...

PhotosGuy
5th of February 2007 (Mon), 08:27
Q & A: Dwight McCann (Event Photography) (http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=81761) Your question would be better addressed in the lens section... Moved.

narlus
5th of February 2007 (Mon), 09:00
OK - so money is an issue!

In that case and with your $800 budget (I assume you are in the US) I'd recommend you start with the Canon 50mm f1.4 and the Sigma 30mm f1.4 - you should be able to pick up both for under $800.

absolutely what i would recommend. great lenses.

Stan43
5th of February 2007 (Mon), 09:54
I would say the 50 1.4 and 85 1.8, great indoors for performances as well as sports and portraits.

Kenya
6th of February 2007 (Tue), 23:52
It depends on what you shoot and from which distance. I tend to shoot jazz and blues at about 5-12 feet from the performer. I prefer the Canon 50mm f/1.8 and the Canon 85mm f/1.8 for those reasons. I have also used the Canon 28mm f/1.8 when I am closer (3-5 feet) to a performer, or with ensembles or with performers who dance, jump and move. The shorter focal lens helps convey that better (as it shows more of the body).