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 Post subject: Live band
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 8:02 am 
Just need recrommendation on shooting a live band. I know it pay to have good ISO perfomance and I'm sure the D80 wont let me down on this one :)

Would I need to take my tripod? Do you think the kit lens would be ok, or should I start with the 50mm. My only concern about the 50mm is it's probably not wide enough to get good band shots. So probably go between them getting nice wide band shots maby with tripod, and then some closer ones with the 50mm.

I don't know, tips welcome :)


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:44 pm 
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Hi Antony, since the band (and the audience) are likely to be moving, a tripod won't be of much use - and you're unlikely to be allowed into many venues with it too!

So it's all about working with available light under potentially very dark conditions. So I'd crank your ISO up to 800 or even 1600 ISO and shoot with your brightest lens - the 50mm would be ideal. And because of the conditions, shoot as many pictures as possible to maximise your chance of successful ones.

Wide shots showing a whole band aren't normally that exciting, but if you can get reasonably close and shoot with a 50mm (working at 75mm on a DSLR), you could get some nice portrait shots.

Let us know how you get on!


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:06 pm 
It's a private BYO Venue, so I will just take all my gear anyway, but the 50mm sounds like a good idea :)

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Would be intereting to hear from you, how fast the 50mm focusses under these conditions!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:16 pm 
I'm actually very inpresed with the 50mm. Its super sharp, the build quality is sweet, and the auto focus is pretty quick, I think it's a little slower than the kit lens etc, but it still pretty quick.

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