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Shooting Concerts with a Legacy Lens

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by melvinbrian, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. melvinbrian

    melvinbrian Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 18, 2011
    Manila, Philippines
    Anyone here tried to shoot a concert using Legacy Lenses and Manual Focus.

    I am eyeing a Canon 135mm f2.5 on sale to use it as a telephoto as I will be seating upper box. Would it be enough?

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  2. shan564

    shan564 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Dec 30, 2011
    I'd be surprised if a 135mm lens could get you adequate range of view from an upper box. I don't know what your budget is like, but there are a lot of old 300mm+ lenses in the $100ish range from the smaller lens brands, like Vivitar, Tamron, Sigma, and even generic ones like Sears, etc.
     
  3. RichDesmond

    RichDesmond Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 18, 2011
    Manual focus won't be the issue, length and speed will. The 135mm will be ok AFA length, you certainly won't get a tight closeup on a face, but people should be recognizable.
    The cheaper long glass available is generally slow, F5.6 or so. Not good for concert lighting. Better lenses are available, but pricey. See this thread:
    https://www.mu-43.com/f40/400-500mm-low-lightvalue-20153/
     
  4. GRID

    GRID Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2011
    I took these with a Samyang 85mm 1,4 when i was about 15meters from the stage.
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  5. harrysue

    harrysue Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 12, 2011
    I use that lens at concerts (only when people around me are also taking pictures)) too. There isn't much that is longer and faster for the same price ($50) and it's not too big to carry with a Pen. Maybe a series 1 Vivitar 70-210 f2.8 for under $50. It's more unwieldy in my opinion than the 135mm.

    An EVF is almost required for either. Going to the budget 200 and 300mm primes means you're in really high ISO country. Being close is the best approach.

    This is from the balcony of a small theatre, with the Canon. f2.5 1/160 sec, ISO 1600.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/98767889@N00/6666991721/" title="EC150022 by munque, on Flickr"> 6666991721_f88f93a481. "500" height="375" alt="EC150022"></a>
     
  6. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I carry an EC-14 1.4x teleconverter with my Zeiss 135mm f/2.8. That allows me the choice of a 135mm/2.8 or a 200mm/4. You could also use a 2x converter but that would result in an f/5.6 lens, which is really slow.

    I would definitely invest in a VF-2 as well if you don't have one.
     
  7. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

    Ok i had this whole story and explanation written out but a fire fox crash wiped it on me, just before i could post.
    So... Let me just sum up because I don't want to write it all again.
    Yes . I pretty much only use legacy lenses and had a similar shooting experience.. I ended up using a 200mm f3.0 with the aid of a tripod (A G1 has no Image stabilization and there's allot of shake hand held) Look for a 200mm f3.5 they are super cheep at under $50 dollars. You do not want anything much slower, or if you can spend more, look for a a 200mm f2.8.
     
  8. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

    Ok i had this whole story and explanation written out but a fire fox crash wiped it before i could post. So... Let me just sum up because I don't want to write it all again.
    Yes . I pretty much only use legacy lenses and had a similar shooting experience.. I ended up using a 200mm f3.5 with the aid of a tripod (A G1 has no Image stabilization and there's allot of shake hand held) Look for a 200mm f3.5 they are super cheep at under $50 dollars. You do not want anything much slower, or if you can spend more look for a a 200mm f2.8.
     
  9. melvinbrian

    melvinbrian Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 18, 2011
    Manila, Philippines
    Would a Super Takumar 135mm f3.5 be up for the job?
    I also found a Auto Sears 200mm f3.5 but I'm a bit worried about its size.

    Normally, DLSRs are not allowed during concerts here in Manila. Except for PnS Cams.
    I will be only sneaking my EPL2 in my lunchbox and my lens somewhere else.
     
  10. shan564

    shan564 Mu-43 Rookie

    21
    Dec 30, 2011
    Again, you won't be able to go too tight on your zoom with a 135mm lens, but that's mostly a question of what sorts of pictures you want to take.

    As somebody said earlier, the speed of the lens will probably be at least as important in low light (assuming it's not a daytime outdoor concert). I wouldn't expect any quality results from an f3.5 lens... even f2.5 would be questionable. I tried taking some concert pictures with an f1.4 lens today, and I was still forced to go to ISO 1600.

    What sorts of pictures were you looking to take?
     
  11. melvinbrian

    melvinbrian Mu-43 Regular

    53
    Oct 18, 2011
    Manila, Philippines
    anyone knows about a Mirage 135mm f2.8?
    can't find some good reviews on google...
     
  12. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

    I think you should get the 200mm 3.5 .
    I wish I could show you the photos I took with my 200mm Focal brand lens at my nieces dance recital, but sorry i am not allowed. They were pretty decent photos. I was sitting 12 rows back in the auditorium. I had do delete about 1/3 of my shots because of motion blur at f3.5 with the stage lighting not always being so bright, but you have IBIS on your Olympus i was using a Pana G1.