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Old Jan 8, 2005, 12:52 PM   #1
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What lens would I have to consider to get outstanding Theatre shots ?
Would it make a big difference between the Digital Rebel and the 20D.
Should I consider the Digital Rebel and a super great lens.... or the 20D and an average lens.
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Old Jan 8, 2005, 1:05 PM   #2
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I really like the 20D and plan on upgrading to that camera as soon as I get a collection of L-series lens for my DRebel. A 20D with average lenes will give you just that average shots. Also, for Theatre shooting you probably don't want to use a flash so you will need very fast lenses F2.8 or faster. You will probably also need high ISO which both the Drebel and the 20D can do but the 20D can still go higher.
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Old Jan 8, 2005, 3:37 PM   #3
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Thanks for you input.
At the moment I only want to dish out so much money.
A Digital Rebel with a fast /high Quality lens or a 20D " kit "..standard lens included.
Oh which road should I take.
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I just upgraded from a DRebel to a 20D. I also shot a lot of gymnastics which means low light, fast motion and NEVER EVER A FLASH. That being said... My DRebel was a fine camera but... the 20D is incredible when it comes to low light. The DRebel can only go to ISO 1600 while the 20D will go to ISO 3200. With Neat Image I'm able to print stunning 13X19 prints from these ISO 3200 images.

How close to the stage can you get? If you can get close enough you could always use the $70 Canon 50mm f1.8 lens. If I need a little more flexibilty I use a Tamron 28-75 f2.8 which runs around $370. For more range i use a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 HSM EX which run about $800.

The 20D also has a better AF system (seems to me anyways).

My DRebel produced nice images... but dang... the stuff I'm getting out of the 20D is really amazing me! :G

Here's a thread which has some samples from last night...

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...41&forum_id=82
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Old Jan 9, 2005, 3:59 AM   #5
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I would agree. Definitely get the 20d, the noise levels are extremely low for shooting indoors at 800 and above. You would be disappointed with the rebel. As mr Saginaw says, use the 50mm if you can get close enough, it will work great! For this shot I used the 20d at ISO800 with the Canon 70-200L at f2.8 (But the Sigma would do just as well), then cleaned up with neat image. You cant beat it for indoor shots....
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Old Jan 9, 2005, 8:21 AM   #6
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Don't jump just yet for theatre shots... with a (d)SLR... you will get bad reviews :-)
I recommend a "digicam" for such occasions, and with all the sounds turned off...
I wonder if some of you already experienced the "klank" of a SLR even by far as 3 meters...
Or...
Get a super-tele and just make the shots from far as you can go... you can see the play another time in front with no bad lookings upon you...
But depending on the nature of the act I can tell you... IS (or the ASh) is useless... you cannot just tell the actors to stop because you are at f5.6 in low light :-)
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Don't jump just yet for theatre shots... with a (d)SLR... you will get bad reviews :-)
May be there's a reason for a Leica with an f/1.0 after all :G :G :G
... BTW Canon used to make a 50mm f/0.9 for theses range finder too
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... BTW Canon used to make a 50mm f/0.9 for theses range finder too
Just seen one of those things on EBay today...
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Old Jan 9, 2005, 12:56 PM   #9
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Freefly,
Thats a wonderful picture !

Mr_Saginaw,
I checked eBay for that Canon lens f/0.9 with no results. I did a search @ Yahoo, no results.
Canon did make a lens >EF L 50mm f/1.0 in Sep. 1989 that was 2.5 pounds in weight 980 or so GRAMS and the cost retail over $ 2000.
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Ok... found it again... says it's a .95

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...865471674&rd=1

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