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Old Apr 2, 2007, 10:27 AM   #1
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I just purchased a Nikon D80. I have always liked to take photos of my husband's band when they perform. The front-lighting is generally horrible. They like me to take photos without a flash, to get the stage lighting, so I need a wide aperture for brightness. I actually get pretty close to the stage (if not on it), so the wider the angle the better. I'm hoping this lens will be flexible enough for other uses too.

I will not spend more than $500 MAX (I would prefer to spend no more than $400) I love the band, but not enough to spend my life savings on them.

I have the Nikkor 28-80mm but it only opens to 3.3. I had to shoot at 1600 ISO to get ANYTHING when I tried to shoot them playing.

This is the info that I have so far:

1) The camera shop recommends the Tokina 12-24mm f/4.0. I don't think that aperture is wide enough.

2) I have seen recommendations all over the web for the following for this purpose:
a) Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 (seems it would not be wide enough though)
b) Sigma 30mm f/1.4 (this seems to be a better choice, but they seem hard to come by)

Any other advice? Opinions?


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Old Apr 2, 2007, 8:14 PM   #2
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Angie-

I have had no problem at all in finding the Sigma 30mm F1.4 lens on E-Bay. I just purchased one yesterday for a Canon mount for $330 and there we two others in the Nikon mount as well.

I think you have seen this before, but here is a sample photo taken with my Nikon D-50 using the Sigma 30mm F 1.4.

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Old Apr 3, 2007, 6:26 AM   #3
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Thanks Sarah,

Actually, it was your recommendation (from my posting on the other forum) for the Sigma lens that I was referring to in my post. It does seem to be the best lens for what I want. I was just hoping for some additional input.

Your pictures look great! The stagelighting I'm dealing with is much less than that, but I still agree that the Sigma would probably be best.

Thanks again!

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Angie-

There was more than enough light in that scene. I was at ISO 800 and has a shutterspeed of around 1/100th. I like the Sigma 30mm F 1.4 a lot.

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Old Apr 21, 2007, 3:37 AM   #5
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Angie,

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"You might consider one of thefast primes. Use your current zoom to discover what focal length you use the most.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"The Nikon AF 50mm f/1.4D, Nikon AF 85mm f/1.8D, Nikon AF 35mm f/2.0D, Nikon AF 24mm f/2.8D, etc are all under $400 brand new at B&H.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Unfortunately the fast zooms are much more expensive.
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Thanks. I've actually ordered the Sigma 30mm f/1.4, because I wanted a wider angle. It's on back order, so I'm just waiting for it to come in (sometime in May). I'll post photos when I get it.

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