Indoor Photography--Need Advice

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  1. beetle_slayer

    beetle_slayer TPF Noob!

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    I am wanting to shoot some indoor photos. Rock bands, car shows, etc. Flashes aren't always possible and fast film has its drawbacks. I am looking at a faster lens. I want to know if there is much difference, besides price, of a Canon 85 F1.8 and a F1.2L. Will I gain enought to justify the $1100-$1200 price difference? I dont mind faster film, but grain only works in certain situations.
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I think the difference between F1.8 and F1.2 is one stop (or just over one stop). If that's the case, it won't help you that much in a dark situation. Well not $1200 worth of help anyway.

    You already have IS lenses. How about a tri-pod or mono-pod?

    Could IR film be an option for you? I remember reading that you can use an IR filter on your flash to block the visible light.
     
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    The main difference will be the 1.2 is a sharper more contrasty lens. Its only worth it if you have lots of money or will make lots of money.
     
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    excuse my ignorance, but what does IS and USM on the lenses mean?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    IS ... Image stabilization. This technology lets you get sharper photos at slower shutter speeds that would normally result in blurriness due to camera shake.

    USM ... Ultra Sonic Motor. It's the motor that controls the focusing of the lens in auto focus mode. USM is faster and quieter than lenses without USM.
    http://www.canon.ca/digitalphotography/english/ctech_article.asp?id=182&tid=6
     
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    Oh!
    Thanks a bunch! It's so nice to get answers so easily.
    I'm loving this forum.
     
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    f/1.4

    I'd say it's worth getting the fastest lens you can afford. Being able to keep a fast shutter for a rock concert is rather important IMO. What good is a tripod if your musicians are moving all over. (true the effect can add to a photo, but I'd rather have the choice of making that effect, versus being forced into it.)
     
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    molested_cow No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well I am stilling learning how to take indoor shots too. Most of my shots with flash are crap... it's a steep learning curve.

    Anyone can advice on how do I twick my flash instead?

    Right now when I use flash, I set my body to P and lens to F22( the orange mark). The store that sold me the flash told me to just leave it in this mode and the flash will do it automatically. So far not too good.
     
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    what type of camera and flash
     
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    molested_cow No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    My equipment list is in my sig. The flash I use is a beginner model. Brand is Nissin, mode is Auto 300AFZ Thyristor.
     
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    It isnt practical to carry a tripod or monopod with me and my IS lens is only F3.5 at 28mm, still too slow. I think what I have gathered is the F1.8 will be my best best. I am kinda interested in the infared aspect. Tell me more...
     
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