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What is your go-to lens for a club show?

 
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Jan 18, 2017 20:50 |  #1

"Club show" meaning an establishment of ill-repute with questionable bouncers, obscure bands, risque nonsensical dress code, and copious characters of questionable persuasion/moral fortitude. Arena tours and establishments with actual doors on bathroom stalls need not apply.

All that said, I am wicked cheap and still love my Tamron 2.8 / 70-200!

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Jan 18, 2017 22:47 |  #2

Without seeing the actual venue, my goto lens is the 85mm f/1.8, followed by a fast wider angle lens.


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Jan 19, 2017 18:01 |  #3

If I had to pick 1 it would be the 70-200 f2.8 (I have the Canon) but I'd still feel limited. If the venue is Really small I'd go for the 24-70 f2.8 but 70mm is not quite long enough. I prefer zooms in a crowded room but quickly switch to primes to get more light if I can move around freely.


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Jan 21, 2017 10:29 as a reply to  @ BushWacker's post |  #4

Hey there, thanks for the reply. I only have a few lenses and was looking to add a few more for shows. Do you mind if I ask how fast your primes are? Like 1.8? Super short DOF would be great for closeups, tough for other shots, like getting the drummer behind a massive kit, yeah? I don't have a fisheye lens but have seen some pretty cool shots taken with them.


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Jan 22, 2017 00:40 |  #5

Rather than go through them just click on the Gear List link below. In small clubs I find the faster the better as far as lenses go...


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Jan 23, 2017 12:34 |  #6

when i am going to a club that's small, has no barricade, and has crap lighting, i'll bring these:

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50 f/1.4
85 f/1.2

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Jan 26, 2017 12:38 as a reply to  @ narlus's post |  #7

For me, it largely depends on the size you have to work with, like narlus said. Recently I've switched to zooms. More as a byproduct of reducing overlap more than anything else though.

I used to shoot with 35 1.4, 50 1.4, and a 70-200 2.8, but now use a 24-70 2.8 and a 70-200 2.8, and that's freed up some room in my back for a fisheye as well.

Generally the faster the lens the better though! Happy shooting! :)


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Jan 26, 2017 13:02 |  #8

Based on your description of the club, I think your backup camera and cheapest lens would be the best choice :D

i would take my 35/ 1.4 sigma art lens, i take that lens everywhere no matter what i'm shooting :)
At shows I like to shoot wide, I like to show people in the environment, Sometimes, i'll take my 85 1.8 as well.

small, light and fast is how i like my lenses these days.

i can see how a 70-200 would be good too, however, not small and light. (and my brother broke his, so now i dont have one to borrow :) )


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