Best lens for dance school shots

2 years 6 months ago #666294 by Tokyorob
Hi all,
I just need a little advice on lenses. I have a Nikon D500 with a 50mm-f1.8, Tokina AT-X M100 AF Pro D 100mm f2.8 and a 20ish 28-85 Nikkor 1:3.5-4.5. The 100 mm looks sharp and bright in a darkish room and makes for great close up shots with bokeh in the backround. The 28-85 is dark but obviously i get more into the shot. What would be a good lens that would cover both these problems.

Thanks in advance
Robert


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2 years 6 months ago #666299 by Screamin Scott
I have a Tamron 17-50 F2.8 that I'd use in that situation... Or I'd use my 35-70 F2.8 Nikkor... Both of these are fast yet budget friendly...

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2 years 6 months ago #666300 by John Landolfi
You don't say how close you will be to the subjects.


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2 years 6 months ago #666302 by Tokyorob
Walking through them, so 4ft to 20ft away max.


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2 years 6 months ago #666305 by John Landolfi
If you are not restricted to one lens, I'd take the 50 and 100, and switch between them. If only one lens, then the 50, and use your feet to frame. The zoom is too slow, and would force you to use slow shutters and/or noisy ISO


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2 years 6 months ago #666311 by garyrhook
Ideally, you would have a short zoom of constant f/2.8. The Tamron 28-75 is a candidate, and can be had used for a modest amount. You just need to ensure you get a "good" one that is sharp and snappy.

Otherwise, none of your choices are great. You'll need to be able to get far enough away to get their entire body. A 50, with a DX view angle, is not ideal. A 35 would be suitable.

I've shot dancers in a small studio with an 85, and I can't back up enough. My short zoom is my go-to lens for dancers.


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2 years 6 months ago #666419 by Tokyorob
Thanks for that. I may dust off the old 50mm and look at a 35mm. Hard not to get the bug and tell myself "you NEED' a new lens.


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