Lens rental- Concert

RxGusRxGus Posts: 6Member
edited January 2013 in Nikon Lenses
Hey guy!

I just made the change from DX to FX (d600) and sold off all my DX glass. I was not expecting to do any "real" shoots before May and haven't purchased much glass in FX. I was asked yesterday to shoot a concert tonight so I decided to rent a lens for the night. I don't shoot much in the way of concerts, so I thought I would get some opinions about which lens to go with.

I have: 28-300 f3.6-5.6, 35 f1.8 (DX) which works ok but vignettes hard and corners are really rough

The Venue: A small (200 person) church, reasonable lighting most of the time. I should have really good access to the front of the stage and no significant restrictions. There is a balcony about 100ft back and around the sides for higher angle shots.

My options
1. 14-24 f2.8- I love wide angles and for a concert where I am close the limitations of wide angle are much reduced. Awesome crowd shots.
2. 24-70 f2.8- Covers the standard zoom. A solid upgrade in every way from the 28-300 I would be using otherwise. Missing "wide" and missing "zoom"
3. 70-200 f2.8- Not much else to say. It's a great lens but it is a small venue. I am concerned that if I am at the front of the stage I'll be locked into just headshots.

Am I missing a lens that I should be looking at? Rent a prime instead?
If you could only rent one lens- which of those would you choose?
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  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 197
    edited January 2013
    24-70 f/2.8 without a doubt - for me at least. I realise that most of what I've shown here recently has been with the 70-200 but that was principally to test the new lens.

    Of course, when you talk about a balcony 100ft away, then you're moving into 70-200 territory. Personally I'd prefer to stay in close with the 24-70, but that's just A: Me and B: The venues I tend to shoot in allow this.
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  • blandbland Posts: 812Member
    I agree with darkslide, my first choice would be the 24-70 f/2.8. 2nd choice would be the 70-200 f/2.8 and 3rd would be the 14-24 f/2.8.

    That said, I too like wide angle and I hope I can add the 14-24 to my lens collection but it's just too expensive for me right now.
  • Slightly off-subject, but reasonably valid - if you're looking for an ultra-wide, try the 16-35 - it's pretty much the same angle, it's got VR and I'm not afraid to take it out in public - sorry but the huge front element (without protection) on the 14-24 scares me s******** ! (Which is why I sold mine)

    Of course, it's also considerably cheaper - and the loss of one stop isn't really noticeable.
  • RxGusRxGus Posts: 6Member
    It ended up being much darker than I expected: EV 8-9.

    I rented the 24-70 2.8, but really should have just gotten a prime lens. ISO 6400, f2.8, 1/30-1/80. With the price (and IQ) of the 50 1.8 and the 85 1.8 I should be adding them to my bag soon to avoid this problem in the future.

    I have heard wonderful things about the 16-35 VR f4 and it will be in my bag before vacation in May. I wish this hobby wasn't so expensive...
  • TaoTeJaredTaoTeJared Posts: 1,306Member
    I would have certainly gone with the 50mm, 85mm, & 16-35vr. Concerts are rough to shoot, especially if you don't do it often as there is a lot of intuition that goes into it.
    D800, D300, D50(ir converted), FujiX100, Canon G11, Olympus TG2. Nikon lenses - 24mm 2.8, 35mm 1.8, (5 in all)50mm, 60mm, 85mm 1.8, 105vr, 105 f2.5, 180mm 2.8, 70-200vr1, 24-120vr f4. Tokina 12-24mm, 16-28mm, 28-70mm (angenieux design), 300mm f2.8. Sigma 15mm fisheye. Voigtlander R2 (olive) & R2a, Voigt 35mm 2.5, Zeiss 50mm f/2, Leica 90mm f/4. I know I missed something...
  • Possibly not what you'd expect in a church hall, but a reasonable example of the 16-35 VR


    D3s 16-35 @ 19mm 15/s f/4 ISO 8000
  • RxGusRxGus Posts: 6Member
    Here are some of the pics that I snapped at the concert... There is a first try for everything I guess!

    D600 24-300 @72mm f/5.0 1/80 ISO6400

    24-70 @ 70mm, f/2.8, 1/80, ISO 2800

    24-70 @ 24mm, f/2.8, 1/80, ISO 6400
  • PB_PMPB_PM Posts: 4,494Member
    Nice crisp shot, exactly what you'd expect from the 24-70!
    If I take a good photo it's not my camera's fault.
  • blandbland Posts: 812Member
    Nice shots Darkslide and RxGus
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