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Telephoto lens for big event

 
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Aug 06, 2012 08:13 |  #1

Hey guys!

So the thing is I'm on my way to become a event photographer and there is this big event after few weeks so I should choose the right lens. My question is what should I choose?


Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM


or

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM

About event. It will be like in huge sports arena with main stage so probably telephoto lens is a must. I will take a photos of people and musicians so which one will be the best? I assume it will be very dark in there (only spotlights) so which one fits better in low light?


Any other suggestions for me?


Thank you in advance!




  
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Aug 06, 2012 08:36 |  #2

70-200 IS II + a tripod. lol <<


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Aug 06, 2012 08:59 |  #3

ozzolins wrote in post #14820573 (external link)
About event. It will be like in huge sports arena with main stage so probably telephoto lens is a must. I will take a photos of people and musicians so which one will be the best? I assume it will be very dark in there (only spotlights) so which one fits better in low light?

You've given us absolutely no information about what fields of view you want to capture at what distances. That's the only way we can tell you what focal length range would truly work for you.

You can do some calculations using this set of photography calculators (external link). Scroll down to the "Dimensional Field of View Calculator" and fill in the values on the left and then click on "Compute". This will allow you to test several focal lengths (one at a time, of course) at various distances and see what the field of view dimensions would be.

For example, if you're using an APS-C format camera and a 200mm lens, you would have a 11' 3" field of view at 100 feet.


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Aug 06, 2012 09:16 |  #4

Will 200mm be long enough?




  
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Aug 06, 2012 09:21 |  #5

Camera body type would help too. The name of the game in the dark is "speed" which means a lens that is f2.8 or faster and a camera body that can shoot clearly at a high ISO. With the minimal information you provided here the f2.8 is the obvious choice between the two given.


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Aug 06, 2012 09:31 as a reply to  @ snowblower's post |  #6

It's Canon EOS 1100D. Actually I am able to choose only between these two, so I guess f/2.8 will be the better choice anyways.

I should be able to take photos of people by standing at least 20 feet away from them ( to take a portrait with out making them notice and pose for the camera).

Something like this - http://foto.delfi.lv/a​lbum/110790/?page=1 (external link) - maybe not too many musician close-ups but more of a spectators.

I really hope you get the idea. :D




  
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Aug 06, 2012 15:44 as a reply to  @ ozzolins's post |  #7

If you're only 20 feet away, the 135 f/2L might work.. giving you an extra stop of light, but less flexibility.


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Aug 07, 2012 03:35 |  #8

Hope this helps

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Aug 07, 2012 03:54 |  #9

ozzolins wrote in post #14820573 (external link)
I assume it will be very dark in there (only spotlights) so which one fits better in low light?


Any other suggestions for me?


Thank you in advance!

If you might deal with low light, it might be safer if you take the 2.8, but the 2.8 can weigh you down a bit.


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Aug 07, 2012 05:46 |  #10

ozzolins wrote in post #14820573 (external link)
Hey guys!

So the thing is I'm on my way to become a event photographer and there is this big event after few weeks so I should choose the right lens. My question is what should I choose?


Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM


or

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM

About event. It will be like in huge sports arena with main stage so probably telephoto lens is a must. I will take a photos of people and musicians so which one will be the best? I assume it will be very dark in there (only spotlights) so which one fits better in low light?


Any other suggestions for me?


Thank you in advance!

Hmmm.. Wondering here... Looking at becoming a event photographer, eh ? Apparently does not know the difference between f/4 and f/2.8. Hmm.. Don't quit your day job just yet. Unless the soup kitchen is pretty close.

Is this a case of a GWC ... ? Edit: Just noticed - yep - the venerable 1100D.


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Aug 07, 2012 23:50 |  #11
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prustyaditya wrote in post #14824756 (external link)
If you might deal with low light, it might be safer if you take the 2.8, but the 2.8 can weigh you down a bit.

I just picked up a 70-200 f/2.8 OS HSM. It is 1/2 inch longer and a few ounces heavier than my 100-400L, but it feels lighter/smaller in use because it is skinnier and does NOT extend when zooming out to max. I believe the Canons are similar size. Perspective is everything.


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