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Old Oct 4, 2010, 10:19 PM   #1
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Default want lens to take pictures at kids programs

I need a lens to take pictures at kids programs. Often in a gym or auditorium/church with low light. Sometimes I can use a flash other times no flash. Most often I can get pretty close if I get there early. Would be nice to have one that would also work as a good all around lens.
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Old Oct 4, 2010, 10:24 PM   #2
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How far will you be form the subject?
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30 feet,sometimes a little more sometimes a little less.
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I would look that the ef 85 1.8 or the ef 100 f2. They should give you a big enough aperture with 1600 and 3200iso.
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Actually, if you're too close, you'll be looking up at the stage, so you'll get an odd perspective. Your best bet is to stand in the back an use a longer lens. Something like a 70-200/2.8 (plus a monopod.) But from the back, the flash probably won't work, so you will probably need to up the ISO, even with the f/2.8 aperture.
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I shoot video at these events with my T2i, so I have some experience with lens choices. For my circumstances, the front row is roughly 25' from the stage. 50mm (80mm equivalent) is perfect for the singing, as I can capture the entire set of stands, but it's too narrow when they perform the play and get into the wings. If I recall correctly, when setting up the first time I took some practice shots and my 50mm f1.8 selected anywhere between f/1.8 and f/2.4 for the exposure. For video, it's f/1.8 all the way.

The 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 has the ideal focal lengths but is a little slow for these events for myself, though your lighting may differ.
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