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05-02-2010, 04:19 PM   #1
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Favorite Lens for Night Photography

I don't mean indoor shots in the night, but actual street photography in the night

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FA 31mm. Good with lens flare from lights as about any lens and as fast or slow as you probably need. Wide enough to use for a lot of landscapes but also close to normal for street photos.


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probably the widest, fastest lens you own.
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Wide is more important than fast. I have a much easier time with a 35mm f2 than a 50mm f1.4. I would only use the 50mm f1.4 for stationary objects. Anything moving will require a 35mm or under lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by DAZ Quote
FA 31mm. Good with lens flare form lights as about any lens and as fast or slow as you probably need. Wide enough to use for a lot of landscapes but also close to normal for street photos.

That's what I'd say.
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Hmmm.... I think I normally use my FA77 Limited since that's what I normally have with me. But I don't think there are lenses particuarly suited for night photography, other than you should have something fast.
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DA 21 mm and f50 f1.7. A terrific combo, got most bases covered. Sometimes I add the M150 f3.5 for good measure. Or a tripod...
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Fa 35/2

That and either the FA 50/1.4 or my current F 50/1.7; those two primes work nicely but I wouldn't mind the DA 15/4 to complete the set! I definitely favor primes over zooms for night photography, although I have used the DA 12-24 also. (Further proof that I need a DA 15! )

Although the FA 35 is sharp and fast, for night scenes I prefer it stopped down. FA 35, 30 sec. @ f8, ISO 100:

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In order, the A 50mm f1.2, FA 50mm f1.4 and FA 77mm f1.8 for handheld. If I use a tele at night, I go to my Tammy 180mm f2.5 SP with possible monopod. Mirror lenses with a tripod are also an option I keep open.
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I'd say at this time my best nighttime lens is the FA 50 1.4. I am considering the Sigma 30 1.4, but the DA 21 and Tamron 17-50 are also beckoning my attention.
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My favorite is the M28/2.8.
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I'll offer a slightly different slant on this question.

I've shot many tripod shots at night, and also a number of handheld. Several times i've walked across an old steel bridge while photographing the cars and structure under very low light.

My opinion is that one of the most important features for any lens at night is its ability to find a focus. In some situations, i've been unable to even manually focus at night, and yet my FA50 f1.4 would autofocus in that same situation. The FA50 can find a focus when my DA50-135 can't find one. So thats my answer - the FA50 f1.4 when it really gets dark. On a tripod, i may use that FA 50 at F8, but i still need to find a way to get that initial focus. all my other primes are no faster than an F2.8 so i can;t speak to other lenses that are faster than f2.8.
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I mostly used the FA 24/2.0 for nighttime street photography and sometimes the A 50/1.2 - but find this a bit long for APS-C.

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Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8, one of the reasons why I still have mine.
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Not sure if it's me alone

But really, I feel I prefer shooting manual at night or in the dark :ugh:

Even when I only have my AF lenses with me, I'll put them to Manual

As such, my favourite now is the K55/1.8

I think it's the size and smooth focusing of the lens that wins me over

But it's abit too wide on the K20D

I hope to use a wider manual lens in the near future

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