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09-07-2015, 06:09 PM   #1
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Best one lens for a festival?

Hi everyone, I'm shooting a festival in a couple weeks and looking for that one great lens I should use! Is there one? Currently I mostly shoot my 50-135 F2.8 SDM, and my 17-70 F4 SDM. I do have an older 50mm Manual F1.4 but almost never use it.. Ideas?
What about the new 70 - 200 2.8?
I know I'll have a few lenses with me, just looking for another option, I shoot a K5!

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09-07-2015, 06:11 PM   #2
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What kind of festival? How close will you be? What type of shots do you want?
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I go wide for these kind of things. Because of all the people, most of what you can see is going to be within 10 feet of you.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ramboner Quote
What about the new 70 - 200 2.8?
That would be nice but it will not be available at that time.

As noted: what kind of festival? How close? From your kit with random image possibilities I would just take the 17-70. If you are going to carry a bag then put the 50-135 in the bag in case you need more range.

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It depends on the type of festival and what kind of shots you want and what time of day (or night) you will be shooting in.

We have a Renaissance Festival about half an hour away every year and after shooting at that the first time the best single lens for it was the 31mm. The close second would be the 43 or a fast 50.

---------- Post added 09-07-15 at 08:37 PM ----------

Shot with a manual 50mm @ f1.4 in very bad/low light.


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The last festival I was shooting at (ironfest), My main focus was photographing people.
I ran with 2 cameras. One for still portraits and one for video.
I kept a Tamron 17-50/2.8 on the video body and generally ran with a F50/1.7 on the portrait body.

I had a FA31 and FA77 in the bag, I think I only used each one once.
I found the small primes and zooming with my feet worked better in the congested areas of the festival.
Big lenses become a hassle when you're being jostled in a crowd.

As others have asked, What will be the main things you will be shooting? this should guide your lens choices.
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What sort of festival?
Are you shooting commercially, or just for fun?
Is there shelter, and what sort of weather can you expect?
Will it be well lit or not?

I have shot quite a few large music festivals for a major Australian music website, and my mainstays are the DA*16-50 and DA*50-135 on two bodies. If the weather is really lousy I can get the whole day shot without switching lenses, but I also usually carry at least my DA*55 and FA31 for low light and my DA10-17 for all-inclusive fishiness like crowd shots, etc.

If your festival is outdoors in daylight, the 18-135 might do nicely as a single lens option.
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Really the type of festival and what you want to get out of it makes a big difference in anyone's advice.

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I would say your 50-135 and 17-70 that you are currently shooting with have you well covered. A 70-200/2.8 is a big heavy lens and will be difficult in a crowded festival. My Sigma 17-70C is my go to lens for events. Changing lenses at crowded festivals isn't always convenient either.
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I agree with the others that it would be helpful to know what kind of festival but also what you're planning to take pictures of at the festival. I was at a small music festival two weekends ago and used my Tamron 28-105 and my Sigma 100-300 on my Kx. It was my first real outing with that body and those lenses as I acquired all three within the past month. I used the Sigma primarily for shooting photos of the musicians on the stage since I wanted to maintain a discrete distance in order to avoid being jostled by drunken dancers. From 60-70 feet back, I could zoom in as close as I wanted. The Tamron came in handy for just about everything else. That combination worked great for my needs, just shooting for my own pleasure and to gain a better understanding of my new hardware's capabilities.
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Day or night at the festival? If the light is going to be pretty good, the DA 18-250/270 can be a surprisingly flexible and useful lens. For years, that lens on my K200D and later on my K-5 was my go-to vacation kit. I was rarely disappointed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ramboner Quote
Hi everyone, I'm shooting a festival in a couple weeks and looking for that one great lens I should use! Is there one? Currently I mostly shoot my 50-135 F2.8 SDM, and my 17-70 F4 SDM. I do have an older 50mm Manual F1.4 but almost never use it.. Ideas?
What about the new 70 - 200 2.8?
I know I'll have a few lenses with me, just looking for another option, I shoot a K5!

Thanks
Your DA 17-70 is the one I'd use. Very good IQ.
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I'd find a way to bring two, because "two is one, one is none."
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ramboner Quote
Hi everyone, I'm shooting a festival in a couple weeks and looking for that one great lens I should use! Is there one? Currently I mostly shoot my 50-135 F2.8 SDM, and my 17-70 F4 SDM. I do have an older 50mm Manual F1.4 but almost never use it.. Ideas?
What about the new 70 - 200 2.8?
I know I'll have a few lenses with me, just looking for another option, I shoot a K5!

Thanks
Two bodies, 17-70 on one and 50-135 in the other. It's what I do. Okay, sometimes it's the DA12-24 and the Tamron 28-75. Or the 12-24 and the 50-135

It depends, but its always two bodies, one short and one long. Shorter two generally indoors, longer two, outdoors. If you can move around, that's a vote for wider but you always want something longer for headshots.

If you only have one body, keep the 17-70 on. Both of these were with the 12-24 but the 17-70 would've worked too.





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Thanks for the replies; It will be a weekend festival with reinactments from the towns history, kids bouncy castles etc. and bands during the day and night. I only have the one body so i figured the two lenses I carry now should suit, maybe I'm just looking for a new toy!! Not sure if its out yet but have any of you seen the device used to carry just a lens off your belt, shoulder? I seen it somewhere and it was quite interesting and convienient, and simple.
I also shoot with a Drone, interested- here is a video I just finished this past week and it includes a tiny bit of video from the K5.. Cheers

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