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Lens query / suggestions


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WulfricWulfstan

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Hi,

 

Looking to get back in to my photography and looking for advice on taking photos at small gigs, basically at small "cellar" bar gigs. I have a D90 and wondered what lens would work well with it? 



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I'd probably go with the two f/1.8 zooms from Sigma to get the flexibility of zoom lenses while letting as much light as possible in for the *very* dated sensor to work with. The D90 can work, but the noise at higher ISO makes it less than ideal, compared to a later body like a D7200 or D7500.



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If you're going to be working at small (read "dark") clubs without flash then you're probably going to be pushing your ISO pretty far. Peter's suggestion about upgrading your camera is a good one, but if you must use your D90 I would suggest that you forget about color and concentrate on black and white. If you look at some very old nightclub photos you'll see how photographers used B&W to create striking images in spite of the inevitable grain produced by severely pushing Tri-X and the other high speed B&W films of the day. 

 

You're still going to need a fast lens, f/1.8 or faster. That would even be case with a newer camera.

 

Personally, I'd see about trading your D90 for something newer.

 

--Ron