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Parade, festival - Which 2 lens to use on my bodies?

 
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Aug 06, 2010 08:10 |  #1

I am shooting a Caribbean Parade which is leading to a park for a Caribbean Festival, and then performers on stage in the night. I will be the official shooter, so I am covering the parade as well as the participants.
I will get access to anywhere that I want to be, so I will be shooting the parade as well as people.

What lens should I use on what body?
Bodies:
-1D Mark ii
-50D

My lens lineup include:
Canon 70-200 f/2.8L
Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
Sigma 30 f/1.4
Canon 50 f/1.8
Canon 85mm f/1.8

I am thinking about using both zooms.
70-200 on 1D2 and 17-50 on 50D, or
70-200 on 1D2 and 30 f/1.4 on 50D, or
85 f/1.8 on 1D2 and 17-50 on 50D.

Or what combination do you guys recommend?

Initially, I was supposed to get paid for it, but they backed out and now, I decided that I want to do it anyway, but I will sell prints for money. I will be taking pictures of the parade, but I will be doing that to be seen, so I can take pictures of people and send them to my photo booth to get the print.


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Aug 06, 2010 08:19 |  #2

Why limit yourself to two lenses, the little button next to the lens mount on your camera will let you change them :-)


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Aug 06, 2010 08:44 |  #3

neil_r wrote in post #10672236 (external link)
Why limit yourself to two lenses, the little button next to the lens mount on your camera will let you change them :-)

Because when I am covering an event, I might miss something important while I am changing a lens. 2 Lenses should be able to cover the day part of the event. i am trying to decide which two to put on my bodies.


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Aug 06, 2010 08:54 |  #4

Sorry I was not being serious. When I cover events I usually have 2 bodies but do not limit myself to two lenses. I mostly cover motorsport or equestrian events therefore depending on the type of shots I need and the geography of the venue I have to cover all my bases. Typically I will have a 500mm. a 300mm and a 100-400 for when I am away from the action but when am close in I use a 24-70 or a 17-40. Occasionally I will also bring along a couple of short primes.

When I do not need the longer lenses I tend to have a 50, 85, 135 plus a 24-70 and 17-40 in my bag. I can change lenses very quickly and have been doing so for nearly 40 years so I do not see the relatively short time it takes to change lenses as a problem, but as with all things in life planning and timing is very important.


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Aug 06, 2010 10:30 as a reply to  @ neil_r's post |  #5

Given the options you state, I'd go with the 17-50 on the 50D, and the 70-200 on the1D2.

The 1.6X crop on the 50D gives you (effectively) 27-80mmmm zoom on with the 17-50, while the 1D2 with a 1.3X crop gives you 22-65mm. The 70-200 on the 50D gives you (effectively) 112-320mm, and on the 1D2, 91-260.

If you use the body/lens combination suggested, you will have coverage from 27-80mm, a small gap from 80-91mm, and coverage from 91 -260mm. In other words, you will have the most continuous coverage between 27-270mm, with only a small hole between 80mm and 91mm.

The other way around, you'll have greater overall coverage, 22-320mm, but a bigger hole between (effectively) 65mm and 112 mm, a very useful range for what you'll be photographing.

(Note* I wrote this on only one cup of coffee, so check my math.)


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Aug 06, 2010 21:37 |  #6

Thanks. Yes, I was thinking of leaning towards the zooms of 17-50 on 50D and 70-200 on 1D2. For something like this, zooms sound like it might be better than primes. Maybe in the night, when there are performances, I might use a zoom + prime combo.


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Aug 06, 2010 22:27 |  #7

70-200 on 50D for concert, 17-50 on 50D for parade.


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