ART How useful is a fast lens for night shooting?

marstaton4

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I have a 40d and a 11-16, 24-70, and 70-200 2.8 lenses. I'm considering picking up a sigma 30mm 1.4 and debating if I would be better picking up a body with better high iso capabilities. I realize a fast lens would give me a lot more wiggle room but if i'm shooting wide open, would i have enough dof to be useful for some glorified snap shots?
 
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marstaton4

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the 2.8 lenses are okay but i'd like to have one 1.4 i think and i think 30mm would be a good focal length for taking shots of some landscapes and random other things hand held at night.
 

koolaids

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I have a 40d and a 11-16, 24-70, and 70-200 2.8 lenses. I'm considering picking up a sigma 30mm 1.4 and debating if I would be better picking up a body with better high iso capabilities. I realize a fast lens would give me a lot more wiggle room but if i'm shooting wide open, would i have enough dof to be useful for some glorified snap shots?
Fast lenses are excellent for night shooting, BUT the Sigma 30mm sucks at focusing in low light, it just hunts.

Get a 35L
 

Chitown B

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what are you shooting? landscapes you'll want 30mm or wider on a crop, at least. And even that's kinda tight. 24L 1.4 is nice, but pricey.
 

EWhytsell

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Jun 16, 2008
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Yeah depends what your shooting and you haven't told us.

Landscapes you can use F/8 and 2 minute exposures under moon light to make night look like a clear summer day (you get my point.)
 
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marstaton4

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what are you shooting? landscapes you'll want 30mm or wider on a crop, at least. And even that's kinda tight. 24L 1.4 is nice, but pricey.

Sorry for not saying earlier. I work in tv news and often work nights with not much around and would just like to get some better pics of random stuff that I see. Flash isn't always a good thing to have when you're in the hood at 2 am.
 

FryingPan

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Sorry for not saying earlier. I work in tv news and often work nights with not much around and would just like to get some better pics of random stuff that I see. Flash isn't always a good thing to have when you're in the hood at 2 am.

Any 1.4 prime + a D3s is the answer.
 

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