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Feb 05, 2014 12:20 |  #1

Im looking to start shooting concert/bands photography. What lens do you all recommend.
I have a 16-35, and a 70-200 2.8. I just want to be prepared.


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Feb 05, 2014 15:45 |  #2

those are two great ones to have. the 24-70 zoom is popular too, but i find myself using it less and less.

if you are shooting bands in smaller clubs, usually their lighting is kinda poor so having at least one prime is good too. i see you have the 50 f/1.8, but i would look for something a bit wider, esp w/ the 1.6 and 1.3 crop bodies you have.


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Feb 07, 2014 11:47 |  #3

^^ Ditto ^^

I was using my 50mm f/1.8 until a few months ago I bought a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 which now rarely leaves my camera. I only shoot small to medium venues so it seems to work out well so far.


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Feb 15, 2014 17:02 |  #4

Sigma 18-35mm


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Feb 15, 2014 20:36 |  #5

35L is my lens of choice with crop and even then the lighting is so terrible I have to bump up ISO to over 3200 on a 1.4.

Now, it seems like it may be too wide since I've upgraded to a full frame. I think I may go with a 50.


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Feb 15, 2014 20:37 |  #6

70-200, nonstop. Wide-angle shots to get the whole venue are pretty good, but clean closeups of faces and expressions are priceless.


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Feb 16, 2014 07:58 |  #7

nathancarter wrote in post #16692417 (external link)
70-200, nonstop. Wide-angle shots to get the whole venue are pretty good, but clean closeups of faces and expressions are priceless.

Ultra wides are useful for other shots too.

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Feb 16, 2014 21:54 |  #8

Agreed, though it's rare that I can get that close.
Nice shot.


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Feb 16, 2014 23:53 as a reply to  @ nathancarter's post |  #9

You have it covered.


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Feb 26, 2014 19:53 |  #10

I used the 70-300L until I got the 100/2. That lens has helped a lot. Affordable, reasonably fast, sharp!


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Mar 07, 2014 09:26 |  #11

My concert lenses are typically the 16-35 or 24-70 on one body (depends on if it's a single artist or a whole band, and the venue) - and the 70-200 on the other
Or 70-200 on one body and a 400 on the other if I'm shooting from the sound desk (I always ring and check first)


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Mar 23, 2014 14:55 |  #12

The last concert I shot, posted in Performing Arts, was shot mostly with a 400mm f/2.8L IS USM with a 2.0TC on a 1DX making it 800mm at f/5.6. Why use anything else?


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Sep 12, 2014 05:42 |  #13

I use both those lenses as a staple. You will love em.


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Sep 20, 2014 15:19 |  #14

If you like getting in close sometimes, the 135/f2 is relatively affordable and lets you get close with a big aperture. Some of my favorite shots are from that one.


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