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best lens for concert photography

T I , Nov 05, 2006; 06:06 p.m.

Hello everyone, So I got a EOS 400d and I was wondering which lenses you guys recommend for concert photography... I currently own a 28mm f/2.8 and I want something else.. Everything is welcome heehehe


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Joe Lencioni , Nov 05, 2006; 06:38 p.m.

If you can get close (like on stage), I would recommend the 50mm f/1.4 or even the new 50mm f/1.2L if you have the money for it. Otherwise, I have had a lot of success with the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. It's a great lens that will offer you a lot of versatility for being in the crowd. I have some concert photos on my website that were mostly taken with the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS if you want to have a look.

Aaron Lam , Nov 05, 2006; 06:51 p.m.

M Barbu , Nov 05, 2006; 07:36 p.m.

I think it depends entirely on how far away you'll be from "the action".

Steve Dunn , Nov 05, 2006; 10:47 p.m.

Just keep in mind, when reading the standard concert photography page cited above, that (at least the last time I looked at it) it was written from the perspective of someone using a film camera. On your 400D, you'd have to take the crop factor into consideration; a 100 mm lens (for instance) on a 400D gives a significantly different field of view than the same lens on a film (or full-frame digital) body.

Jeff Spirer , Nov 05, 2006; 11:57 p.m.

I think it depends entirely on how far away you'll be from "the action".

Exactly. I shoot concerts regularly, always with a pass, so I can be close, sometimes on stage. I shoot with lenses from 17mm to 50mm, usually at the wider lens. The only exception is when I can shoot from a balcony, then I bring a longer lens.

You should explain why you "want something else." That would give some idea of what might be a good recommendation.

Dan Mitchell , Nov 06, 2006; 01:11 a.m.

To join the chorus, you need to tell us how far you'll be from the stage...

I shoot some concerts and drama productions using the 50mm f/1.4 and I'm happy with the results, but I am somewhat close to the stage.

Yakim Peled , Nov 06, 2006; 03:50 a.m.

Apart from distance, please state your budget and if you have any weight restrictions.

BTW, I used 70-200/2.8 IS in my last concert and people behind me were disturbed as the lens was too long and hide some of the act.....

Happy shooting, Yakim.

Iori Suzuki , Nov 06, 2006; 12:55 p.m.

I like to shoot from the balcony or the back of the concert hall since it gives me the ability to move around and shoot without making much of a disturbance. I also like to have the flexibility of a zoom so that I can compose in-camera. This is where the 70-200 2.8IS truly shines. If you shoot from a distance, apart from some tele primes, this is really your only choice.

T I , Nov 06, 2006; 01:22 p.m.

Well with a pass, ur rigth infront of the stage but without it, I still try to get a place all the way infront. Cause at some venues you dont actually need a pass to take pictures and thus u'll be standing in the crowd..but I always try to be early and find a spot in front. thank you all...! SO I guess I would go for the 50mm f/1.8 since i'm close to the stage

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