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Venue/focal length advice

 
Jigglypuff
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Feb 05, 2010 00:30 |  #1

Mike Griffin (former NASA director) is scheduled to come to Purdue University in April to speak, and I've got the opportunity to be one of the event photographers. I'm still trying to talk with the venue organizers about where I'll be stationed, but I'm assuming I'll be in the very far back either on the first floor or balcony in these pictures: Loeb Playhouse (external link). I'll be bringing most everything I have (listed below), and I have the option of renting a lens as well. What would you recommend I go with?

30D
18-55mm kit lens
50mm f/1.8
135mm f/2
1.4x TC
A tripod
430EX (no flash allowed during the presentation, but I'll use it before/after if possible)

There'll be another photographer who'll be able to cover the entire 18-200mm range (he might change his mind later), so I was thinking of going with a 300 f/2.8 IS for some really close-up shots.




  
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ImCBParker
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Feb 05, 2010 14:23 |  #2

You can try the 135 and if needed add the 1.4. If it is not a dark event it should suffice. You might find the 300 might be too much length, depending on where you are.

Otherwise rent a 70-200 2.8 and use your 1.4 if you want the additional length. In my view it is one of the best balcony shooting lenses to own. It will give you a lot more flexibility.


Canon 5DIII, 7D, 40D, 8-14L, 24-70 f2.8L, 70-200 f2.8L IS, 24L, 50L, 85 f1.8, 100L, 135L, 1.4 Extender, Tokina 16-28 f2.8, and too many lights and accessories to list.
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