Which film for no flah-gig/concert photos?

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  1. a_spaceman

    a_spaceman TPF Noob!

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    i would like to take some photos during concerts with my minolta srt101b
    i'm not a fan of flash in these situation so i'd like to avoid the use of it.
    what i need is a fast film to combine with my pretty fast lens (1.7) and fast shutter speed.
    should i go for a 400? 800? 1600?
    any input/review/personal experience/advice welcome!
    thanks a lot!
    a.
     
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    epp_b No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Never heard of an f/1.7 lens, but I used an f/1.8 lens with my D40 at ISO 800 if that helps you at all. Just go with the fastest film you feel is a reasonable quality.
     
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    a_spaceman TPF Noob!

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    guess i could change the question in "what fast film has a reasonable quality?" then ;)
     
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    Most any unexpired name brand film you would buy (either color or b/w) will have a "reasonable quality" unless you push it too far, then any of them could become too "grainy" and produce poor quality results.
     
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    a_spaceman TPF Noob!

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    thanks to you both for the feedback!
    i yet have to get friendly with high iso films, so i'm not too sure how much different are 400, 800 and 1600 as i never used any of these..!
     
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    With those ISO's, are you planning to shoot in Color or B/W ???
     
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    i'd shoot in colour... would that work? or would a good old 200 handle the job anyway?
     
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    They do exist, I have two of them and a third one just bought in transit
    Sears M-42 50mm 1.7
    Chinion M-42 55mm 1.7
    Minolta MD 50 1.7


    @ the OP

    I am assuming that the listed speeds are what you have access to directly?

    If so go with 800, the grain on 800 is managable and should be fast enough to do the job. I shoot a lot of 800, it's nothing to avoid. I have not ever shot 1600 but from my experience with consumer grade 1000 the grain is intolerable.
    If not and you are going online to buy pro grade 1600 that is not available in the store go with the 1600 or even go up to 3200, but keep the ideaology and expectation of grain in the back of your head.

    *EDIT*

    No, I doubt 200 is going to cut it.
     
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    Fuji has a Superia 1600 color negative film that Ive seen decent results from. Never used it myself but I would give it a go if I were shooting color at a show. Otherwise Ive heard Kodak Portra 800 has awesome latitude. I think I read Helen on this forum say its decent from 200-1600.

    I personally would either shoot Tmax P3200 or I would bring 400 B&W film and push as far as I needed to go obtain the shutter speeds needed to capture movement. I once pushed Tmax 400 to 6400 and got pretty good results minus some bromide drag from bad developing techniques on my part.

    The one thing you dont want is to bring a film that is too slow, Id rather get grainy shots that blurry ones.
     
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    For color film low light, I like Fuji 800z. Assuming the lighting at the show you're going to will be like most, you should be able to get some decent shots with a wide aperture. I have a few night/indoor shots taken from last weekend in Vegas with my F100 at f/2.8 (widest my 24mm goes), handheld.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bhop73/3012640556/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bhop73/3012640662/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bhop73/3012640508/

    I shot some pics of The Black Keys with some 400iso b/w film pushed to 800, this was with a 105mm f/2.5 lens mounted on my FE. It should give you an idea of show lighting with 800 speed
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bhop73/2798545765/in/set-72157604203467163/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bhop73/2799395268/in/set-72157604203467163/
     
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    I have tried Ilford HP5 and Ilford Delta, not shot much film though

    HP5 pushed to 1600 but it can be pushed to 3200
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    Delta 3200 @ 3200
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