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Oct 04, 2013 16:40 |  #1

Hey everyone. I have an event coming up that I will be the photog for. It's a favor for a friend so it's unpaid. It's a Halloween event at a local dogpark, midday with (hopefully, pending the weather) plenty of natural light. I was thinking at first about renting a 70-200 2.8 IS II, but now am leaning towards just using my 85 1.8 prime and a fisheye. (This is where I'm missing my magic drainpipe :)) I've shot at this place a couple times before and think that the 85 will be fine. It is a big area but I think zooming with my feet will be ok. The main factor is that it's unpaid, and I don't want to spend much, if anything, to do this favor. What would you do POTN?


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Oct 04, 2013 16:42 |  #2

Since it is unpaid I would stick with the 85, unless they want to pay the rental fee.


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Oct 04, 2013 16:43 |  #3

Use the 85 or ask if everyone would be willing to pitch in to pay the $60 for the 200




  
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Oct 04, 2013 16:45 |  #4

I think you can make your current setup work. I agree with the folks above: I don't think you need to rent.



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Oct 04, 2013 16:53 |  #5

Jarvis Creative Studios wrote in post #16346470 (external link)
Hey everyone. I have an event coming up that I will be the photog for. It's a favor for a friend so it's unpaid. It's a Halloween event at a local dogpark, midday with (hopefully, pending the weather) plenty of natural light. I was thinking at first about renting a 70-200 2.8 IS II, but now am leaning towards just using my 85 1.8 prime and a fisheye. (This is where I'm missing my magic drainpipe :)) I've shot at this place a couple times before and think that the 85 will be fine. It is a big area but I think zooming with my feet will be ok. The main factor is that it's unpaid, and I don't want to spend much, if anything, to do this favor. What would you do POTN?

Heya,

I would use what you have as well. If it's not paid, and you have no other reason to rent something for a few days, that would also be helpful, then keep it free both ways and just enjoy shooting. They're getting free photos, so it's not like they can complain.

I guess it also depends on what you like. The 85mm is faster and will keep a faster shutter and need less ISO in the lower light. The depth of field you can do with the 85mm is different from the 200mm too, but only by a little. The only real advantage to the 200mm is the doubled focal length.

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Oct 04, 2013 17:09 |  #6

Thanks everyone. So far you've just confirmed what I was already thinking as well!


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Oct 04, 2013 17:55 |  #7

if you've tried the 70-200, it's a good excuse to get it. i don't look at making money as the primary driving force in making decisions in my life, having retired at 50 probably has a lot to do with that philosophy. the 70-200 is a fun lens, i use mine for dogs and it works well.




  
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Oct 04, 2013 18:04 |  #8

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if you've tried the 70-200, it's a good excuse to get it. i don't look at making money as the primary driving force in making decisions in my life, having retired at 50 probably has a lot to do with that philosophy. the 70-200 is a fun lens, i use mine for dogs and it works well.

I have not tried it. However I used to own the 80-200L. Both of the IQ and weights are about the same, and I won't need IS during the brightest part of the day. The fact that it's a fun lens isn't enough to justify me renting it, at least not to me. I don't look at making money as the primary driving force to make decisions either, however if I know I will lose money on something, I usually avoid it.


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Oct 04, 2013 22:23 |  #9

Back in the day when I was "acquiring gear", I bought what I considered the best glass for the photography that I wanted to do. I've rarely shot for "pay".

The 70-200 f/2.8 IS (version I) that I used was/is an excellent lens for events.

Now I'm less inclined toward event photography. If I was in your position I'm not sure what I would do...although it still is a great lens!


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Oct 04, 2013 22:28 |  #10

If you are taking photos of dogs in costumes I think even the 7D + 85/1.8 is misplaced. Seems like a point and shoot moment to me. :)


  
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Oct 04, 2013 22:35 |  #11

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If you are taking photos of dogs in costumes I think even the 7D + 85/1.8 is misplaced. Seems like a point and shoot moment to me. :)

I wish it was as I am slightly frustrated with the whole thing. But apparently it is a bigger production than I anticipated. The mayor of the city will be there along with popular news personalities judging costumes. It is a charity event, but I wish some of that charity could go to this starving artist!


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Oct 05, 2013 00:29 |  #12

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I wish it was as I am slightly frustrated with the whole thing. But apparently it is a bigger production than I anticipated. The mayor of the city will be there along with popular news personalities judging costumes. It is a charity event, but I wish some of that charity could go to this starving artist!

Well, one thing you might do:

Not just at this event but if you have a local "dog park", you could post some shots on their bulletin board with a "business card".

Dog owners tend to be very enthusiastic about their pets, and maybe some would contact you for "portrait" sessions!


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Oct 05, 2013 00:32 |  #13

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Well, one thing you might do:

Not just at this event but if you have a local "dog park", you could post some shots on their bulleting board with a "business card".

Dog owners tend to be very enthusiastic about their pets, and maybe some would contact you for "portrait" sessions!

Yep. I've ordered some extra cards and they're on the way for this event. Although it's unpaid hopefully I can use it for WOM!


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Oct 05, 2013 01:02 |  #14

Actually, I think I'm the opposite of everybody here. It depends on if you want to pursue this type of photography for future gigs.

I know that when I first started out, I completely refused to rent gear. The downside was that it eventually took about 2 years for me to accumulate my equipment set, and ended up renting anyway later on. The reason being is that I need my portfolio to look the best it can, to attract future clients. They say that high-end gear does not make photos, but it sure does help, and if I was smarter, I would have invested in rentals long ago..


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Oct 05, 2013 05:01 as a reply to  @ supfresh's post |  #15

I think supfresh has an important point. You might want to see that as a PR gig where you get exposure. Be the best you can. You never know who will be impressed....


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