Lens choice for dark dirty music venue

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by swmlon, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. Though i would most likely use my 85mm f1.4 for most of the performance i would also like something a little shorter to get more of the stage and the band as a whole. I would instinctively shoot for my 24-70 f2.8 and boost the ISO of my D3, i would prefer to use a faster lens and a slightly lower ISO if possible.

    and so i am trying to decide between the Nikkor 50mm f1.4 of the 35mm f2.

    any input from those who have used them in dark indoor venues would be much appreciated.

    on a side note, which would you use as a discreet lens for walking around. (things are hard enough with the D3 to be discreet, double so when the 24-70 with hood is on as well)

    thanks to all in advance.

    shing
     
  2. ultimind

    ultimind

    990
    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    Discreet lens: D60 and a 45mm pancake lens. :biggrin:
     
  3. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin
    For a dark and dirty venue, best to use the Dirty Thirty :biggrin:
     
  4. The Dirty Thirty is a DX lens, so won't work too well on the D3, unless shooting in 5MP DX mode.

    I would personally go for the 50mm f/1.8 - I use either that or the 85mm f/1.4 when I am shooting concerts with my D3. Neither lens is particularly bulky - you could take both the 50mm and the 35mm :biggrin:
     
  5. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin
    Oops! I forgot about DX and FX. Silly me, I'm just too wrapped up in the Dirty Thirty :tongue: My bad!
     
  6. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    50 1.4 all the way....;-)))
     
  7. My voit for a discreet lens is Nikon's 45mm pancake lens (discontinued) f2.8. For the dark and dirty venue I recommend the 50mm f1.4 AF-D, however, if youare willing to use a manual lens, then go for the 50mm f1.2 AIS.
     
  8. TheCommons

    TheCommons

    112
    Jul 2, 2008
    LA, CA ;)
    50mm f1.4 seems to be the way to go
     
  9. fjgindy

    fjgindy

    531
    Jan 21, 2007
    Indianapolis
    50mm 1.4 on a D3 for concert shooting in a dark venue will rock.
     
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