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10-25-2015, 05:04 AM - 1 Like   #16
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F and FA 35 f2 is another prime worth looking at. These are faster versions and a bit more expensive than the Da 35 f 2.4, but may be too long.

Sigma 17-70 f2.8-f4 might work. The lens is fast in the focal lengths you are using and well respected. It will slow down as you zoom in so that might make it more complex to use in that situation.

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If you're lucky enough to have a venue and performers that don't mind flash, go for that. I got so close here I could actually use LED continuous lighting (which is relatively weak):

Flash can liberate you because you get to keep the aperture in the f5.6-f8 range for best sharpness and depth of field, and the ISO lower.

Otherwise you have to go the heavy noise reduction route, which you can get away with in exaggerated poses:

But bounce flash is better if the ceilings are low and not black, otherwise, put a pop-up minisoftbox or Rogue Flashbender-like accessory on a 'real' flash.

Your built-in flash is wonderful as fill in a backlit situation or to put catchlights in a portrait subject's eyes, but you don't want to ask it to be your key/main light.

This one isn't bounce - it's using a cheap accessory casting light everywhere, still not powerful enough to get nice skin tones out of the drummer, who had a yellow spotlight on him. Sometimes you have to give up getting the mixed lighting to work and go B&W.

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Sorry to bump this thread, but I've been reviewing the information in it and realised I didn't thank the last few posters in it.

So, thank you!

I now have a 50mm, given to me by a kind forum member. Only used it once circumstances described in the thread, but I like it a lot. May look to add another with a shorter focal length in the future.

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