Lens suggestion for Night Photography

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  1. arnab_n

    arnab_n TPF Noob!

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    Am new to Slr Photography....

    After Dabbling in Night Photography specially Involving people and Motion
    I think I would need a Faster Lens..

    My current One: Canon 550D with 18-55 lens

    Pros.........Please Advice me What kind of Lens is Good for Night Photography....involving People and Motion.....

    Thanks
    Arnab
     
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    I didnt know that there is a "night lens" I have done night photography and painting with lights and I have never had a problem with my nikon lenses.

    If there a such thing as "night lenses" please someone clue me in!
     
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    @Kelly

    What I meant was Which lenses will Help me more in night Photography...higher aperture and High shutter speed
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Either that ^^^^^^

    or get a night vision set up. Like what the military uses. However it doesn't make for the most interesting photos.
     
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    arnab_n TPF Noob!

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    thanks a lot for ur suggestions
     
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    Josh220 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    +1 for KMH's post.

    Also, get a tripod!
     
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    I agree, lenses with larger apertures will help.

    It might depend though what kind of action you are talking about. Also, larger aperture will mean smaller DOF which may or may not become an issue (less in focus, requires more accurate focusing).

    What you may discover (again, depending on what your doing exactly) is that a speedlight is necessary to help freeze the motion. Also, you can use modes such as slow-rear sync to help freeze the main subject and still capture a sense of motion. you can also balance the ambient and flash exposure to capture a particular mood. An on-board flash can be used for this, but it's much easier with a speedlight, which is also easier to use tools such as diffusers.

    Again, it depends on what action your talking about exactly. When I hear night and motion I'm thinking basketball at night in the driveway with few lights, or a restaurant, or dance club. In those cases, a large aperture lens will help, but you may still need flash. The large aperture lens combined with flash gives you even more options.
     
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    You need super fast glass. 2.8 or under.
     
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    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

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    even 2.8 is slow compared to fast primes. Canon makes a 35 f/2 which is 'normal' on your rebel, than there's the 50 1.4 which is a good lens, when you get into ther f/1.4 and f/2 lenses, prices go way up.
     
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    bennielou TPF Noob!

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    Hey switch my main lens, (that has it's own camera) is a 35 1.4.
     
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    "slow-rear sync" what does this mean?
     

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