What lens to use?

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  1. emmaica

    emmaica TPF Noob!

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    Anyone who wants to recommend a lens that can be use in:
    *night photography
    *low-light (fast moving)
    *bar/concert


    I'm a CANON user.

    Thanks in advance:heart:
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    What's your budget and focal length preference? Is using flash an option?

    What you are looking for is a 'fast' lens...a lens with a large maximum aperture. Off the top of my head:
    35mm F1.4 L
    50mm F1.4
    50mm F1.2 L
    85mm F1.8
    85mm F1.2 L
     
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    emmaica TPF Noob!

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    Thank you sir! Well as for the budget concern i hope i can get the cheapest around, I also wanted to use natural light so flash is not an option for me..

    Maybe i should get 2 lenses right?

    prime and a zoom lens =)

    again thanks for your time.

    much respect sir!
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    cheapest would be the nifty fifty. 50mm f/1.8. A good lens for the budget.
     
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    emmaica TPF Noob!

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    is it good for low light and no flash sir?

    coz ill be shooting some musicians at night with low light (i dont like using flash either), maybe in some bars (with fast moving actions).

    thanks. ;)
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Any 'fast' lens will work, so yes.

    Since you want to go cheap, the 50mm F1.8 is a good option. It's less than $100. The 50mm F1.2 on the other hand, is $1400.
     
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    I'd think a 35 f/1.4 would be the most versatile.
     
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    IF he is in a bar, he wont have a whole lot of room to back up and get a shot, hes probably on a crop sensor, I think 35mm would be better than 50mm or 85mm
     
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    so i think i can get the 50mm f1.4 coz its in the middle price range right? =)
     
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    but "L" lens is out of budget sir.
     
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    35mm f/2 maybe?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Might not have room to get close either.

    The 50mm F1.4 is a great lens at a decent price. It's built much better than the F1.8 model but don't discount the F1.8 just because it's cheap. It's optically quite good. But since you will be in dark situations and shooting wide open, the F1.4 is probably the best choice for a 50mm lens.
     

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