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11th of May 2007 (Fri), 22:15
what is the best lens for low light concert photography on a 1.6x? I would think one of the 50mm or 85mm primes but what do I know, I am just an amatuer.

11th of May 2007 (Fri), 22:28
Depends on how close to the stage you plan on being? If you are right up front, I have found the 17-55 F2.8 IS to be an awesome concert lens. If you have abit more room, then perhaps the 85mm F1.8 would be cool.

11th of May 2007 (Fri), 23:06
35L, 50 1.4, 85L, 70-200 IS would be a great kit. But for only 1 I would choose 85L

11th of May 2007 (Fri), 23:09
I would say.. 17-55 IS and 70-200 2.8 IS.
And you already got half of it. :)

11th of May 2007 (Fri), 23:21
17-55 IS and 70-200 2.8 IS = perfect combo!
but u might need 2 bodies if u want both range, cuz concerts are so dark...

Big Hands
12th of May 2007 (Sat), 00:52
Speed is king in many cases as lighting can be very challenging. Focal length depends on the venue and how close you'll be to the stage.

12th of May 2007 (Sat), 01:00
I just got a 85 1.8 for that very reason. For the price its tough to beat.

12th of May 2007 (Sat), 01:33
I think the 85L is suitable. Altho mine is OTW but Im sure that is the most perfect lens.

12th of May 2007 (Sat), 09:06
Another vote for the 17-55, F/2.8 and IS ;)

12th of May 2007 (Sat), 09:29
i would recommend 1.8 or 1.4 primes before anything else. shooting with such large apertures will allow you to freeze the subject even better or reduce your ISO. Just my 2 cents.

Tee Why
12th of May 2007 (Sat), 09:33
I would recommend a 50mm prime, 85mm prime, or that 100mm prime, depending on the working distance.

12th of May 2007 (Sat), 09:49
I think ideally you need a fast prime and a fast zoom, but if you can only go for one, then the prime is the best option.

Steve Parr
12th of May 2007 (Sat), 10:14
I use the 24-70mm f/2.8L and the 70-200mm f/2.8L (non-IS), and I couldn't be happier.

I will, on occasion, use the 85mm f/1.8, but I find the f/2.8's are plenty fast enough, and also give me the flexibility of varied focal lengths...

René Damkot
12th of May 2007 (Sat), 12:48
Depends on the venue you're shooting (how big, how wel lit), and the type of image (close up, overview).
The 70-200 f/2,8 is nice, as are the 50/1.4 and 85/1.8.
Sigma 30/1.4 should be nice as well, as is the 20/1.8
I use anything between 20 and 200mm on my 1D2.

Have a look at the 'Performing Arts" FAQ.