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06-10-2011, 03:24 PM   #16
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I have shot stuff on-stage with a 50-135 pentax.

It is plenty long if you can get to shoot from an appropriate distance.

What I also found is that sometimes you really want to shoot at the shorter end to give the shot some atmosphere and not make everything too much like a portrait. Unless you are some kind of professional it is also good to carry something more discreet than a 70-200

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It honestly depends on where you are in the audience. So a zoom lens will give you more flexibility. 50-135 will make a good one as long as you can get relatively close to the performers.

Here are some photos I took at a concert with a DA 70mm Limited.
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i agree w/psychodoc that you want to cover the "portrait" range of solo performers with your 50-200 range but don't forget to get entire band shots from the edge of the stage using your 16mm or even a fisheye, etc... The lens distortion effect of being close and looking up at a towering performer can be a very cool effect, especially when you can compose it with some stage light bokeh or other context.

I've had success with the 16-45 and 70-200 covering the entire event, even backstage antics. If i have time for primes, i'll throw on a 50mm or 105mm Tak for more artistic looking rendering, but the two zooms can really handle it all.
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As people say, it depends on where you will be shooting from, and also whether you plan to mostly take closeups or group shots. I take more closeups, and try to be as close as possible. In which case, the 50-135 is the perfect lens assuming you're OK with its cost and with its size/weight. Me, I shoot mostly with my M120/2.8 and DA70. See also my article on equipment for concert photography, in which I mention a 100mm prime as my favorite single lens if I were to be limited to one (and wasn't going to go for the 50-135).

Marc Sabatella: Concert Photography - Equipment

A recent M120/2.8 shot:


Plus I always have my DA15 for a wide shot or two:

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Hate this. up in the face of every band member and not caring about the people behind them. so annoying.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rzarector Quote
Hate this. up in the face of every band member and not caring about the people behind them. so annoying.
That photo looks rather grainy.
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That photo looks rather grainy.
Didn't really play with it too much. Hit AUTO on LR. Didn't make the cut and shot at 3200 on a k-01. BATHED in Red LED light. SO yeah....def grainy and crappy. But thanks for pointing it out! ;-)
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Every room is different, which makes it brutal to predict what your going to need..the 50-135mm though is always a safe bet. But I keep the 77mm f1.8 FA Limited in my pocket at all times.

However, the kit lens works nicely too:

DA*16-50 f2.8 is always a good one to have on hand.

I don't like to push the iso too high, 800-1600 is usually where I sit. But the DA*16-50 and 50-135 are staples and I don't think you could go wrong with either. A lot of the rooms I shoot in are more intimate so I usually only need the DA*16-50, FA 43 and FA 77. I only keep the FA 43 on me because of the extra stop of light can make all the difference.

I know there is movement in all of these, but I shoot metal and hard rock bands, they move a lot and I like to capture that energy.

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DA* 16-50mm and DA* 50-135mm
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IMHO you need good fast glass, medium to long focal length and remember normally flash is not permitted so your at high ISO's, good luck.
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Lol @sterretje I have it figured out, pretty much Ha.....

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