Hello CR forum folks, I thought I'd tap you for some help.
At a rock concert tonight, the organizers are welcoming amateur photogs to bring their gear in and shoot. As this is not my usual environment, I had a host of questions to ask re: gear / settings.
1) First and foremost, what should I bring?
I can't use a flash at the venue. Let's get that out there first.
I am shooting a 5D3 and was planning on the following lens decisions:
Bring: 24-70mm F/2.8L I
Bring: 28mm F/2.8 IS --> love this little wonder, btw. Super hand-holdable in low light.
Bring: 50mm F/1.4
Bring: 100mm F/2.8L IS Macro
Bring: Ear plugs
Don't bring: Shorty McForty
Don't bring: 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II
Don't bring: My old crop body (T1i)
Don't have at all: An ultrawide lens option. I sold my EF-S 10-22mm when I moved from crop to FF this year.
I can get right up to the stage (which is not large), so I didn't think I needed the length and added weight of the 70-200. And the second body is great for a dedicated second lens, but the T1i is underwhelming in low light.
2) I've noted that in very
low light -- for instance, where ISO 6400 and above are required for fully open 2.8 glass to pull in 1/40s of an exposure -- my 5D3 often hunts for focus. What is the best recommended focus point selection / method for low light shooting? Are specific focus points more reliable for quicker focusing in low light? Is manual focusing ever recommended in these conditions?
3) In such low light, I also presume there are best practices for getting focus on well-lit features (like faces) and recomposing -- please share what you recommend!
4) What High ISO noise reduction level do you recommend, as I'll likely be shooting in ISO 3200 and up. Should I have the camera manage this, or should I turn this off and handle it in Photoshop?
5) Just as a nerdy curiosity, does High ISO noise reduction affect the RAW file or just the JPG?
Thanks for your help!