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Best lens for gig (low light) photography..Part 2.. for a d7100 camera please...(TheorderingOne ?? )

20 Jul 2013 9:40PM
Hi Folks.

I had some great inpout from folks on my last thread regarding this, but circumstances have changed a little.

I'm keeping my d2x for landscape photography, but have purchased a D7100 for gig photography.
I was on the verge of buying the D600 full frame, but have gone for the D7100 so as to leave some money for a decent lens.
Therefore, I have a grand / 1,000 to spend on a lens . I mainly go to small venues, which are very dark, but also have a backstage/ photography pass for a festival next month.

I'm not averse to buying second hand, & would really appreciate any advice from people who do gig photography themselves.

I've had to put this up as a request part two, as my cash availability has risen .

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20 Jul 2013 9:40PM
Thankyou in advance Smile
Depends what sort of distance you are from the subject but something like the Nikon 17-55 f2.8 or the new Sigma 18-35 f1.8 should be great if you are fairly close to them. If not something like a Nikon 80-200 f2.8 would work well Smile
small venue 50mm f1.8 is an absolute must, I love mine, and if you can afford it a 24-70 f2.8, which I want to get next. It also depends on the size of the festival, if it's something like Reading/Leeds you'd need a decent sized zoom (200) as the pit can be set quite far from the stage, check my profile for my gig photos, mostly done in the Voodoo Lounge in Stamford which is a 120 capacity venue
21 Jul 2013 7:14PM
HI folks, thankyou for the advice.
Will be getting the 50mm regardless...will check out the 24-70 f2.8 & the 80-200 f2.8 also.
Many thanks.. I'll update as to my progress Smile
21 Jul 2013 8:58PM
Hi Anacithidus.

I've just purchased the 24-70 Nikon f 2.8 ..paid over the odds a little, but new from Wex Photographic... Many thanks.

My main vanue is a 300 capacity, but I am also doing a Dorset Festival that has just started up ..with Hugh Cornwell, The Blockheads etc... should be fun.
21 Jul 2013 11:15PM
Just had a look at their site, doesn't seem like it'll be a massive thing so you should be able to get right up the stage and get some great shots with that lens. Make sure you go see (and shoot) Bleeding Hearts, top band.
22 Jul 2013 10:38PM
Hi Anacithidus.
I'll check out Bleeding Hearts, I've not heard of them.
Most lookingforward to King Kurt as was a huge fan as a seventeen year old in 1985 Smile

Bands with a "look" Smile

The lens comes through from Wex tomorrow just had a confirmation today Smile

Thanks again,

hobbo Plus
4 949 2 England
23 Jul 2013 9:28AM
23 Jul 2013 12:07PM
Hi Hobbo, that's something isn;t it!!
might be five times cheaper..but I bet it will come out at a premium for the first couple of years!!
Railcam 9 562 Scotland
23 Jul 2013 1:34PM

Quote:I've just purchased the 24-70 Nikon f 2.8 ..paid over the odds a little, but new from Wex Photographic... Many thanks.

I bought one a few months ago. Cracking lens. Mind you don't cut yourself on it as it is so sharp. I am very impressed at the speed and accuracy of the A/F, even in low light.

I am sure you will not be disappointed.
24 Jul 2013 7:28PM
Hi Keith,

thankyou. that's very reassuring Smile
Railcam 9 562 Scotland
25 Jul 2013 6:32PM
Do let us know how you get on with it.
26 Jul 2013 12:26PM
cheers Keith, I will doSmile

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