Car show photography

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  1. chrisv2

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    I plan on going to the NYC car show (indoors, Javits center) again this year and was thinking about a different lens on my Sony a6000 APS-C camera.

    At this show, it's often crowded and you end up right on top of the car to take a picture of it without having a dozen people in the frame.

    Do you think a lens like the Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 would be a decent choice? I have used my Sony 16mm f/2.8 "pancake" wide-angle lens but was thinking the Zeiss may give me an edge on width and sharpness.

    Am I thinking wrong about that? I have the Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 already as my "walk around" lens, and I love the results I get from it.


     
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    I'm not familiar with Sony lenses as far as their IQ, but I would think (hope) a Zeiss lens would edge out a 'pancake' lens. Wide & super-wide lenses are commonly used in automotive photography, and are almost a necessity in an event like this. I'm sure there will be a real Sony shooter along shortly to offer some useful advice.
     
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    Its Zeiss optics! What's there to think about? Of course it's going to be awesome glass!!

    I shoot a lot of car shows and a wide angle is necessary, especially at a show like that.
     
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    I prefer 35mm prime for automotive photography. I am not a professional. However, this prime frames the images well, while gives me a variable degree of slight fisheye or distortionĂ  based on how close I get to the subject. Furthermore,if you back up, body lines merge magically. I noticed that 28 and 50 mm primes are extremes on one or the other. It is rather perfect IMO.

    My 3 month mentor used Nikon 45mm pancake lens on auto shoots, his work was legendary.

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    If your Sony camera has "in Camera" contrast control, bump it up a tad, and sell the Zeiss.
     
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    Chris, nobody should have a prime "walkaround" lens. Zooooom!
     
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    nerwin Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I don't see anything wrong with a prime walk around lens.
     
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    Streets No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    It's not that there's something wrong about a prime walkabout lens, it's just that there is very little that's right about it.
     
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    nerwin Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Some people like to force them self to use one focal length.

    They both have their place.
     
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    I also use a pancake prime "walk around" lens for some situations
    small, lightweight and it's always easy to crop
    www.flickr.com/photos/mmirrorless
     

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