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Jun 12, 2010 12:33 |  #1

Hello again, My latest question here today is about which lens i should buy next. I resently made the jump to canon and currently only have a 24-70mm 2.8L and i need a new lens. I am going to be going to 2 concerts this year that I really want to document and get great shots at. I would assume that the 70-200mm would be my best choice but i wanted some input for you guys.


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Jun 12, 2010 12:48 |  #2

Depends on your vantage point. Will you have a Pass, will you be in the front row or in the balcony ?

If I only could shoot concerts with 2-3 lenses they would probably be the 24-70, the 70-200 and a 17-40 as the third. Throw in a few primes if you have access to the performers and pick accordingly.

I use everything from 17-300 on a FF.


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Jun 12, 2010 12:49 |  #3

how about a 85mm 1.8? or better yet, get a 1.2


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Jun 20, 2010 04:22 |  #4

70-200 a Better Suggestion


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Jun 20, 2010 04:49 |  #5

You can try the 135 f/2, you won't be disappointed. ;-)a


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Jun 20, 2010 04:59 |  #6

You are lucky, here in Lyon , it's forbidden to bring any Dslr in a gig (I tried, but was rejected everytime).
Even "pass", are really hard to get, it's quite easier for sports.


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Jun 20, 2010 05:08 as a reply to  @ newworld666's post |  #7

same here. it's up to the venue. a lot of the ones around here don't allow "pro" looking cameras. ironically, the P&S cameras are taking videos of the whole show :confused:


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Jun 20, 2010 05:53 |  #8

The 24-70L and the 70-200L 2.8 IS are the two workhorse lenses for me,where 90% of all my shooting is concert work. I have the Tokina 11-16 2.8 also for UWA shots.


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Jun 20, 2010 07:42 |  #9

A lot depends on your vantage point and the size of the venue (at a smaller venue, you can get close shots from just about anywhere w/ the right lens). 70-200 f/2.8 is a good choice. Not sure if the IS will help w/ concerts or not. My guess is not. An 85 f/1.8 is probably a decent choice as well, as is a 50 f/1.4 if you can get close enough.


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Jun 20, 2010 09:38 |  #10

Check if youre allowed to use your dslr first. I would say the 70-200 is a pretty good bet but not something you can sneak in. Depends where youre standing mostly though.


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Jun 20, 2010 09:42 |  #11

I would suggest either 85 1.8 ( my main choice because its so small, discrete, affordable and very sharp )

70-200 2.8 - just a great overall lens and would complement your 24-70 perfectly.

A 135 2.0 would probably be good ( I don't have this one but it has a great reputation. )


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Jun 20, 2010 09:49 |  #12

IS is usefull when you are forced to use a long lens and have enough shutter speed to freeze the performers but not enough to steady the camera. I do use a 70-200 f4IS at 200mm, sometimes, and the IS is something I could not do without, shooting at 1/125s or there abouts. Shorter lenses, IS isn't really needed, imo, but can help. I'd rather have it, than not.

If you are anywhere near the stage, 85mm is about as long as you really need, on a FF unless you are looking for tight headshots. The 135L works very well in those conditions.


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Jun 20, 2010 11:30 |  #13

70-200 2.8 IS is what i always use even if i can get close theres just something about the way the colours and contrast comes through compared to anything else.


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Jun 20, 2010 11:51 |  #14
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Indoors? You would definitely want something fast since the lighting isn't very good..

135 f2 is a favorite. 85 1.8/1.2,


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Jun 20, 2010 13:24 |  #15

With your body you might be able to get away with 2.8 aperture. I usually use my 85/1.8 in those types of situations. Faster the better, focal length will depend on your location as stated above.




  
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