Low light Action Lens

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  1. paul01

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    Hi Folks

    I am looking for information for a lens suitable for shooting fast moving mountain bikers in dark forest. I was considering the sigma 1.4 30mm.

    What do you think?

    Thnx
     
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    50mm 1.8 is probably one of the most popular primes. Pretty cheap and sharp too.
     
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    The sigma 30 f/1.4 will probably do you fine, but why not go for a 50 f/1.4? If you shoot Nikon or Canon that's a great lens, and it gives you extra mm range.

    The Nikon/Canon 50 f/1.4 is cheaper than the sigma too.
     
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    50MM 1.8. 100 bucks. You really can't beat that.
     
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    By the way I'm using a nikon D50

    I was thinking of the 30mm as sometimes I have no choice than to be really close to the action, 5 feet or so.

    What about the depth of field issue? What will be in focus on a bikerider at close range at f 1.4 - 1.8?
     
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    Very shallow. Bump it up.

    As for distance, that shouldnt be a problem unless you are like RIGHT THERE! next to the bikers. Seriously, unless the "path" is the size of a small child, you'll be fine for distance.

    EDIT: Wait read this wrong. WHY are you that close to bikers (I'm assuming these are bikers as they are speeding by?).
     
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    The bikers run on very tight twisting tracks fringed with trees
     
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    ANDS
    what do you mean by "bump it up"?

    thnx
     
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    I am sure any fast lens will do. The focal-length all depends on your personal style of shoting and your location.
     

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