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Indoor karate demo- which lens?

 
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Jul 03, 2009 21:44 |  #1

Location- stage in a public gym
Lighting- not very good
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Lens choices- 18-55 f/3.5~5.6 (the kit)
35-105 f/3.5~4.5 (this is the fossil "slide zoom" lens from 1987)
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Jul 03, 2009 21:50 |  #2

I say, if you can, bring both the primes, the 50mm and 85mm. They'll give you A LOT more light, hence higher shutter speeds, for the karate demo. And a good combo of reach. If you can only bring one, I'd say 85mm f/1.8 because I own both of those primes too, and it focuses faster/ easier.


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Jul 03, 2009 21:51 |  #3

I would definitely opt for the 85 1.8. You'll need a fast lens since the lighting is poor.


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Jul 03, 2009 22:20 |  #4

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I would definitely opt for the 85 1.8. You'll need a fast lens since the lighting is poor.

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Jul 03, 2009 22:26 |  #5

+1 with the 85/1.8. It will give a good reach in those often times bad gym lighting.


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Jul 03, 2009 22:42 |  #6

I shot the exact same thing with an 85 1.8. Bad lighting, the works. 85 1.8 is awesome. I don't know the first thing about karate, but here are a few pics with the 85:

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Jul 03, 2009 23:19 as a reply to  @ mikekelley's post |  #7

I know very little about karate and even less about photography. But, I have smart friends in both areas and I appreciate the advice. It looks like the 85mm is going to the event.
If anything turns out good, I'll post them up.
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Jul 03, 2009 23:22 |  #8

I've shot Tae Kwon Do, Karate and a couple of other martial arts demos... I'd definitely be looking at the 85mm f/1.8, particularly for breaking things... much more room for movement with the shutter speed with the wider aperture. I'd stay away from the flash... distracting people is annoying and potentially dangerous.


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Jul 03, 2009 23:29 |  #9

Another vote for the 85. Not just for the big aperture, but the AF speed as well. Set your AF to AIservo and center point.


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Jul 03, 2009 23:34 |  #10

why not 50 1.8 over 85 1.8?


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Jul 03, 2009 23:35 |  #11

waaaaaaaaaaay slower autofocus and its not as long.


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Jul 03, 2009 23:36 |  #12

85 1.8, others can stay home.


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Jul 04, 2009 10:26 |  #13

Any restrictions on using flash? (and if it's just a demo and not a competition, I don't see why they would mind) If not, that would be the way to go....


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Jul 04, 2009 12:11 as a reply to  @ dekalbSTEEL's post |  #14

We just got back and the 85 worked wonderfully. I had to turn the camera over to the wife because I had to participate in the demo :(
She got some really good shots though, so I'll post up a link shortly.
Thank you friends for the advice- I appreciate it!
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Jul 04, 2009 14:23 |  #15

Depending on how far you are away, three choices.......50 1.4, 85 1.8 or 135 2.


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