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100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 for concert photography?

 
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Jun 24, 2016 13:24 |  #1

Typically I'm shooting from the audience first row in medium and small venues with an 60D and 17-50mm during the first set and 70-200mm (non-IS) after the interval. Usually jazz gigs with lighting varying from good to lousy.

For better AF and IS I'm considering buying a Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 for an (hopefully soon) 80D camera.

Has anyone done concert photography with that lens? - What is your take on that scenario?

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Jun 24, 2016 13:37 |  #2

If your getting decent results at f/5.6 now then it should work, but it is a big lens when zoomed out to 400mm. If your at f/2.8 with the 17-50 and 70-200 and still need more light, this lens is going to suck.


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Jun 24, 2016 13:42 |  #3

Thanks! It is the 70-200 L f4.0, so with the improved ISO performance of the 80D I expect to do better or equal as compared to now.


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Jun 24, 2016 14:13 |  #4

When I was shooting performances, I never went in with anything longer than 200mm, or slower than f/2.8
I was shooting in dark theatres.


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Jun 24, 2016 15:42 |  #5

Also keep in mind that the greater the zoom, the more it magnifies any camera motion. 400mm has quite a narrower field of view than 200mm so any shake will have a much greater impact.


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Jun 30, 2016 18:46 |  #6

I use the 100-400mm on my 6D all the time...


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Jul 16, 2016 13:06 |  #7

The only time I use the 100-400 for concerts is when I'm stuck behind the soundboard at arena shows + festivals. They're usually lit well enough for me to shoot @ f/5.6 with my 5D. All other shows though, I'll leave it at home.


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Aug 04, 2016 09:37 |  #8

I used to always use the 70-200 2.8 but now I use the 100-400 almost all the time. On full frame it really helps getting good head shots. It might be too long for a non full-frame body. Tends to be more light on the singer's head but obviously there is often the need to push the ISO in smaller, darker venues.


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Aug 18, 2016 08:03 |  #9

I've used the similar 70-300mm, but only in daylight. In the pit or close to stage anything greater than 200mm is really too tight, and inside or at night I don't even bother with any lens that won't go down to f/2.8.




  
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