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Is theresuch a thing as an AFFORDABLE fast lens for gig photography.

UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 12:47PM
Hi folks,

is there a fast lens out there for gig photography under 200 second hand?

It would have to be a 52mm fit.

At present I'm using a Nikkor : 55.0-200.0 mm f/4.0-5.6

Not good enough for the job unfortunately.

Thanks in advance ..and any other advice for gig photography would be hugely helpful................... really struggling to work out the right settings.

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arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 1:04PM
50mm F1.8

The 85mm is over your budget, but the 50mm would be you best bet for your budget.
Yes it means you have to get closer than with a zoom, but that is the compromise.
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 1:18PM
You have got some shots which look really good in your portfolio, you say not good enough, I guess you need to print large?
If you need a long lens, 200mm say, you could look at manual focus Nikkor. You would get a manual focus 200mm F4 on ebay which would give much better results than your zoom. Or a shorter auto 50mm f1.8 or even f1.4
nikkor auto focus. I have a Nikkor 35-70mm constant f2.8 auto focus which is very good, according to Ken Rockwell approaches the quality of the latest 24-70mm f2.8 which costs 1300 or something like.
You can pick one up for 200 - 300 on ebay. Have you looked at Ken Rockwell's site for ideas`?
Newdevonian 5 466 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 1:19PM
Question: Are you on board the gig, or on shore taking shots of the gigs? I have seen older 80 - 200 F2.8 Zooms for around 200 on eBay
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
3 Mar 2013 1:34PM
Hey Gareth just drink less cider at the gig and hey presto the fotaes will improve Tongue

UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 1:55PM
Hi Arhb ..... I've very kindly been given an old 50mm 1.4 .................. The venues I usually go to, I can get to the front of ..... and also, for my gig later in the month, have band press pass.
..was just unsure if the 50mm would get "close" enough...... only one way to find out I guess!!

Hi Ian Crowson,
Thanks for the kind comments on my portfolio.... quite happy with daylight portraitst, but if you look at my last photo, I had to use a 3 second exposure..handheld!!!!!!!! and it was the only photo from a set rescuable taken a various settings :-(
It's not for the printing, just for personal satisfaction...
I'll check Ken's site again now....thankyou ..really appreciate the advice & input Smile

Hi New Devonian. i usually take photos from front row..... have photo pass for next gig in a few weeks.

as they are "proper" rock/ metal bands, lightins is always minimal to say the least....... the last gig, there were three tiny red lights in the whole place :-(

Hey Widtink....
how you doing Rod..you know me to well :-p
thewilliam 9 6.1k
3 Mar 2013 2:46PM
Take a look at the Samyang 85mm f1.4 which combines good performance with low price.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
3 Mar 2013 3:50PM
Yes hundreds, legacy lenses + adaptors.
thewilliam 9 6.1k
3 Mar 2013 4:36PM
There are plenty of fast Nikon manual-focus primes and, just a few years ago, they were almost given away. Now more users have realised their quality and usefulness, the prices are firming up. The Nikon 50mm f1.4 or f1.2, 85mm f1.4 and 105mm f1.8 are now quite expensive.
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 4:49PM
Thankyou folks Smile
Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 5:02PM
Do you mean shooting gig racing or at concerts?

If youre interested in manual focus, you might pick up a decent 180 f/2.8 manual focus, one of the best medium telephotos going, or even an older 135. If these are too long, I highly recommend a 105 f2.5 or an 85 f/2, both excellently sharp and relatively small....ie easy to manage in difficult situations.

UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 5:21PM
hi Sooty.

My apologies, I meant low (very) light indoor band photography.
I'm checking the lenses you have mentioned right this moment..thankyou Smile
Newdevonian 5 466 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 6:16PM
AAhhh! Being of a certain age and in the West Country, I wrongly assumed that you were talking of gigs of the nautical variety. You don''t specify what format you are shooting, but assuming a D2, I would have thought that a 50mm F1.4 would have been ideal, assuming front row. 90mm on Tri X worked for me with Adam Faith!
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 6:22PM

]Hi folks...this is the band that I'm phtographing at the end of the month...and on a similar stage :

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