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Re: advice on lens for evening events
« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2012, 12:01:24 PM »
i was looking at the 17-55 its a nice lens but for only 200 more i could get 24-70L but would that be wide enough on crop?

IMO, 24mm will definitely not be wide enough on APS-C. The 85mm f/1.8 is a great lens (one of the best values in the Canon lineup) - great for tight portraits on APS-C.

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« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2012, 12:02:02 PM »
That 85L will be painfully slow when trying to capture an event like a quinceanera, I cover parties / weddings and eventually only use my 85L for staged shots... 35L will be perfect for low light with super quick AF and an EFOV of 56mm on your 60D. Kind of a classic photojournalism lens on a crop.

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« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2012, 12:12:16 PM »
I feel like anything past 24mm will be too long on a cropped sensor. The 24mm 1.4 would be fairly wide and be great for low light conditions with no flash.

However, with quinceaneras, I would imagine you are doing lots of large group shots with a flash. In that case, I would stick with the 18-135 or look at the 10-22 (If you are commited to using EF-S).

i was hoping to get an ef L lens but ef-s lens is not going to kill me. i was looking at the 16-35L II nice fast lens but little pricy is the mack 1 still available?

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Re: advice on lens for evening events
« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2012, 07:07:20 PM »
I feel like anything past 24mm will be too long on a cropped sensor. The 24mm 1.4 would be fairly wide and be great for low light conditions with no flash.

However, with quinceaneras, I would imagine you are doing lots of large group shots with a flash. In that case, I would stick with the 18-135 or look at the 10-22 (If you are commited to using EF-S).

i was hoping to get an ef L lens but ef-s lens is not going to kill me. i was looking at the 16-35L II nice fast lens but little pricy is the mack 1 still available?
the mk2 16-35 is supossed to be a significant improvement over the mk 1, I've only used the mk 2 so cant confirm
http://www.thedigitalpicture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-16-35mm-f-2.8-L-II-USM-Lens-Review.aspx
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Re: advice on lens for evening events
« Reply #19 on: March 20, 2012, 08:32:02 PM »

I feel like anything past 24mm will be too long on a cropped sensor. The 24mm 1.4 would be fairly wide and be great for low light conditions with no flash.

However, with quinceaneras, I would imagine you are doing lots of large group shots with a flash. In that case, I would stick with the 18-135 or look at the 10-22 (If you are commited to using EF-S).

i was hoping to get an ef L lens but ef-s lens is not going to kill me. i was looking at the 16-35L II nice fast lens but little pricy is the mack 1 still available?

I'd recommend the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM. It's a superb lens for your camera, and you'd be surprised at how well they hold their value, when it comes time to upgrade.

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Re: advice on lens for evening events
« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2012, 10:10:33 PM »
I feel like anything past 24mm will be too long on a cropped sensor. The 24mm 1.4 would be fairly wide and be great for low light conditions with no flash.

However, with quinceaneras, I would imagine you are doing lots of large group shots with a flash. In that case, I would stick with the 18-135 or look at the 10-22 (If you are commited to using EF-S).

i was hoping to get an ef L lens but ef-s lens is not going to kill me. i was looking at the 16-35L II nice fast lens but little pricy is the mack 1 still available?

I'd recommend a wide prime, a 35mm f/1.4 might be just the thing.  f/2.8 is not bright enough to let you use fast shutter speeds when the subjects are moving.

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Re: advice on lens for evening events
« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2012, 11:15:00 PM »
I shoot various "event" type photography for outdoor camping, scouts, school events and swim meets.  Getting a fast lens will only go so far with low light and it won't work miracles.  Even if you can get focus lock, you still have dark faces, etc.  It always helps to have a small bit of fill flash.  Also, consider getting a 5D body (if you're not flush with cash) or a 5D2 so you can utilize the fabulous full frame sensor it provides.  It's better with low light than a crop sensor.  Then, get a 16-35 f/2.8 L lens.  You don't need the version II.  Couple that with a decent diffused flash and use flash compensation to dial it down so people don't look like crime scene victims all washed out with a dark background because you're up close.  Try using Av on Auto so backgrounds look natural but this will lower the shutter speed so the flash will help with focus unless your subjects are moving a lot.  You'll also need to bump the ISO.  If this isn't your style, fine, the background will just be dark.

If you decide to get a fast prime, the 24 f/1.4 L is a good lens for both the FF 5D/5D2 and the Crop 60D.  (24mm or 38mm)  Nothing wrong with the sweet 35L but it gets a little too long on the crop for my taste.  I work wide and get up close with a shorter flash duration.  I actually use a SunPak RD2000 with a StoFen diffuser most of the time with it dialed down 1 - 2 stops or more.  It's small and light.  The darker the area, the less flash you need.  The Gary Fong is a great diffuser for weddings and stuff but I hate walking around with something like that, esp if you are carrying two bodies.  Just get a Sto-Fen diffuser and you'll be fine.  Or if you plan to carry two bodies, put the SunPak RD2000 on the candid body and the big flash with the Gary Fong on the other one you plan to do bigger groups with.  Either the 580 EX or the 580 EX II will work great for you.  Heck, even the 430-II and the older 550 EX II are still excellent flash units.  Just don't forget a good diffuser.

Anytime you are shooting available indoor/low light, plan on shooting like crazy with multiple exposures to increase the chance of getting some better shots.  If you're fairly new to available light, esp where people are moving, I strongly suggest you start early and practice, practice!  You can also lower your exp compensation sometimes to quickly give the shutter speed a small assist when you're in a bind but make sure to put it back!

Last, get Lightroom and shoot RAW.  You'll be amazed at how many shots you can bring back from the dead if you are willing to live with a little noise.  The only thing you can't fix is poor focus so that's where the practice comes in figuring out what setting compromises you can make for better focus at the cost of bright exp, aperture or ISO.

Good luck and have fun!!!
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Re: advice on lens for evening events
« Reply #22 on: March 20, 2012, 11:22:15 PM »
Oh, BTW... I've used a EF 28 f/1.8 USM for a long time and I still love that lens.  It was my first prime and it's a great low light lens.  If you only have a certain amount of $$ to use right now, I would favor getting a 5D and a 28 f/1.8 over a $1000+ L lens on the 60D.  But that's just me.  Otherwise, I've used the 16-35 L on my 60D with good results but you WILL need a bit of fill flash.  I think you'll need some fill flash regardless of which lens you use.  One more stop of light in the lens won't make as big of a difference as you might think to get a quality picture in low light.  You gotta stop that movement a bit and you gotta light those faces.

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« Reply #23 on: March 21, 2012, 01:20:51 AM »
Of all the lenses I pull out of my camera bag, my 16-30mm f/2.8 is on my camera more often than any other.  As a professional wedding photographer, I am at evening events twice a week.  Have you considered getting one of these? Then you will have it when you upgrade to a full frame body.

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Re: advice on lens for evening events
« Reply #24 on: March 21, 2012, 09:11:58 AM »
Of all the lenses I pull out of my camera bag, my 16-30mm f/2.8 is on my camera more often than any other.  As a professional wedding photographer, I am at evening events twice a week.  Have you considered getting one of these? Then you will have it when you upgrade to a full frame body.

Yep, big ditto!  My 16-35 L lens is my favorite lens for both FF and Crop bodies.
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Re: advice on lens for evening events
« Reply #25 on: March 22, 2012, 12:18:56 AM »
Of all the lenses I pull out of my camera bag, my 16-30mm f/2.8 is on my camera more often than any other.  As a professional wedding photographer, I am at evening events twice a week.  Have you considered getting one of these? Then you will have it when you upgrade to a full frame body.
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« Reply #26 on: March 22, 2012, 12:23:35 AM »
Of all the lenses I pull out of my camera bag, my 16-30mm f/2.8 is on my camera more often than any other.  As a professional wedding photographer, I am at evening events twice a week.  Have you considered getting one of these? Then you will have it when you upgrade to a full frame body.

Yep, big ditto!  My 16-35 L lens is my favorite lens for both FF and Crop bodies.

thanks Rusty TheGeek for the Advise I'm planning to get the EX 580II and possibly a smaller slave flash.  and yes i have looked at the 16-35L. seems to be a awesome lens.

Mt Spokane Photography thanks for the advise. but with flash will the 2.8 still not be fast enough?

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Re: advice on lens for evening events
« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2012, 01:44:55 AM »
That 85L will be painfully slow when trying to capture an event like a quinceanera, I cover parties / weddings and eventually only use my 85L for staged shots... 35L will be perfect for low light with super quick AF and an EFOV of 56mm on your 60D. Kind of a classic photojournalism lens on a crop.

good to know!

the sigma 85f1.4 will be fast enough :D
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Re: advice on lens for evening events
« Reply #28 on: March 23, 2012, 01:56:19 PM »
Of all the lenses I pull out of my camera bag, my 16-30mm f/2.8 is on my camera more often than any other.  As a professional wedding photographer, I am at evening events twice a week.  Have you considered getting one of these? Then you will have it when you upgrade to a full frame body.

Yep, big ditto!  My 16-35 L lens is my favorite lens for both FF and Crop bodies.

thanks Rusty TheGeek for the Advise I'm planning to get the EX 580II and possibly a smaller slave flash.  and yes i have looked at the 16-35L. seems to be a awesome lens.

Mt Spokane Photography thanks for the advise. but with flash will the 2.8 still not be fast enough?

This is where experience, practice and personal style determine the answer to your question.  IMHO, in a real world party scenario, two stops of light (2.8 vs 1.4) in the lens can either make all the difference or not so much.  It just depends how you want to shoot, what DOF you can accept/work with and/or what ISO is acceptable.  In low light, it's common to expect that expensive and exciting BAA (Big Ass Aperture) lens to be a cure-all, but in reality it will extremely limit what is in the focus plane at f/1.4 and nothing stops blur except more shutter speed which the aperture only partially helps you achieve.  (Don't forget the Exposure Triangle!)  So, how do you sacrifice/regain your DOF?  Change the aperture (+/- DOF/focal plane), shutter speed (+/- blur) or both?  Or do you live with more noise and crank up the ISO a bit to help both DOF/Blur?  I do a little of it all to vary the way the shots turn out and how I plan to "fix" them later in post.  In candid photography, you are often shooting multiple people or little groups laughing, moving and almost never lined up to all be in focus.  And you aren't shooting a dark city skyline on a tripod.  So don't expect a 1.4 aperture to provide you with a lot of wonderful in-focus/well-lit-in-the-dark people shots.  It just ain't gonna happen!  At a 1.4 aperture, you will likely see eyes in focus and ears blurred.  That means that the person next to them will likely be soft if they are an inch or two forward or back.  2.8 is much more forgiving than 1.4 in this respect.  I also keep my eyes peeled for higher levels of available light in the area like windows, lamps, neon, stage lights, campfires, moonlight, etc.  A subtle fill flash will help slightly improve the focus and shadows by stopping the movement at the end of the shutter (assuming you use 2nd curtain) which allows a little tighter aperture setting to get more acceptable DOF.  In low light you don't need a lot of flash, you need it well diffused and well shaped so it blends in.  Bouncing it, letting the diffuser scatter it, whatever it takes.  In addition, if you are at an ambient light level that only f/1.4 will allow you to work with, you probably won't be auto-focusing well and will have to manually focus most of the time unless you have a flash with focus assist.  At this point, you are on the edge of getting good photos at all.  You will need to go to Manual settings and do a lot of multiple exposures to hopefully get a few non-blur shots.  It's possible but it will be a challenge.

Again, good luck and HAVE FUN WITH IT.  It will be less stressful and more fun if you practice a lot before the actual event!!  Practice shooting and practice fixing the shots in post so you know your setting limits that can be "fixed" later.  Take insurance shots with the flash and camera on auto "P" if you have to but then change your settings and go for the creative shots that will likely be a lot more interesting and impressive.  Otherwise, you might as well just take a point and shoot and provide basic safe pictures like anyone else.
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