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Lens for concert photography?

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Initial post: 6 Aug 2012 11:29:48 BDT
S. Montague says:

I have a Canon 550D, stock lens and also a 70-300mm zoom. I often find myself taking photographs in very low light but where there is movement e.g. a pop concert, and I'm always disappointed that my pictures are grainy and not as well focussed as i would like (I was shooting with the kit lens at ISO6400 and 1/100 at the weekend and not really getting away with it).

So my question is: what lens, or sort of lens, should I be looking for to maximise the light I capture? I don't need a huge zoom, just the ability to capture a crisp image at low light.

Thanks all

Posted on 27 Aug 2012 22:01:11 BDT
Kidanime3d says:
f3.5 and up is pointless for night-time indoor photography or photography where the the lights are dynamic, you NEED speed; 2.8f minimum.

Firstly Shutter Priority mode is your best friend, high shutter speed capture everything freeze frame still, artists tend to jump around alot as you know, 1/500 is ideal or faster is ideal. 1/100 is far too slow.

Consider a 24-70mm 2.8 with around 800/1600 iso, if you need zoom or Canon EF 50 1.8f or 1.4f.

Posted on 12 Sep 2012 10:35:34 BDT
It's the ISO6400 that is making the photos grainy. What you need is to limit that! As Bakara mentioned it needs a faster lens. I have the 50mm f1.8 lens but for a concert the fixed focal length may be a problem. I use mine mainly for portrate shots and when I want a very limited depth of field i.e. background is blurred (at a larger aperture size the depth of field gets shorter).

I think I'd agree with Bakara, the 24-70mm focal range is probably in the right range for what you're looking for (as long as you're not too far away from the stage) and definately the lower ISOs. I often set my camera to ISO100 and only up that if I need more for the shutter speed/aperture size combination I'm after.
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