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Postman5

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Thoughts on use of wide angle lens for indoor event
« on: June 29, 2017, 09:21:20 PM »

I am shooting an indoor event in a few weeks and will have minimal room to operate. I have a full-frame camera and a lens collection that goes down to 24mm. I would love to shoot the whole think with my 50mm 1.4 but expect that I won't be able to get a lot of the small group shots that will present themselves. In the past I sometimes find that 24mm is still not enough in a residential home setting with a bunch of people moving around. I was thinking about renting a 15-35mm zoom to allow me to fit everything in the shot. I hope to use it in a way where I am not right on top of people but within the constraints of the space. Does anyone have any advice or feedback on this approach? Does the distortion ruin the benefit?
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charles.woodrich

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Re: Thoughts on use of wide angle lens for indoor event
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2017, 06:17:11 PM »

The Voigtlander 15MM is a nice sharp little lens.  Set it to f8 and everything within 3ft will be in focus.  Crop your images to taste.
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Re: Thoughts on use of wide angle lens for indoor event
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2017, 12:18:39 AM »

for an event i think renting a 15 or 16-35 is a good plan - but do a little practice shooting people ahead of time as you can make some very unflattering things happen with a superwide
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Re: Thoughts on use of wide angle lens for indoor event
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2017, 04:28:47 AM »

for an event i think renting a 15 or 16-35 is a good plan - but do a little practice shooting people ahead of time as you can make some very unflattering things happen with a superwide

Good advice!

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Re: Thoughts on use of wide angle lens for indoor event
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2017, 09:40:02 PM »

Well yeah, if you get in close to catch groups in conversation, you'll have lots of stretched heads. Don't go with an f/4 16 - 35; it's liable to search just a bit longer before locking focus and you may lose that perfect split season reaction.

Merrill
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Re: Thoughts on use of wide angle lens for indoor event
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2017, 02:21:59 AM »

For many years I shot good family and indoor crowd photos with my Canon FD 17/4. Recently I switched to the Sony 16-35/4, anticipating the same low distortion for off-centre face shots. I am disappointed, the Canon lens was better in that (even after Dxoing the Sony). So I am just saying: Whatever you rent, try it out on people first and in case of a zoom, check for the widest enjoyable setting. I also noticed that an EVF reaches its resolution limit for judging focus in UWA corners and wildly swinging the camera for a focus-hold irritates people.
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