Concert photography is fun!

In an attempt on getting a bit of activity back here on my blog, I thought I might as well update a bit on what I've been doing lately.

A few weeks ago I went to the concert venue Gimle which is located in Roskilde in order to watch some concerts, primarily with the Danish live drum and bass band F.U.K.T and electronic artist Rangleklods. Both artists were ones which I had listened to a fair bit prior to the concert, and the concert was free so it was really a no brainer to go.

I decided to try and take some pictures from the concerts in order to get some more experience in shooting low light photography, so the day of the concert I went out and rented a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens which would fit onto my Canon EOS 550D (Rebel T2i) camera. I tested out the lens a bit prior to the concerts, and found it to not be that sharp when using the wide open apertures. I have also found reviews of the lens which state the same thing, and suggested stopping down to f/2.8 where it can deliver very sharp images. The lens was however much better than any alternative I own, since it either would have to be my Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens or the Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM which would have too much zoom and not a wide enough aperture.

So I went to the concert, and I am very satisfied with the results I got out of it, considering it was my first time doing concert photography in the dark. But you can judge for yourself in the Flickr set.

For my next concert set I hope to have gotten my hands on a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM lens which should be sharper wide open, which is really what you need for the low light shots, and be better built.


2 Responses to “Concert photography is fun!”

  1. kjw on September 1st, 2011 03:29

    Great shots! It does sound odd to say that the Sigma should be better-built than a Canon (or Nikon, for that matter) lens, but I've seen multiple examples of it in the last few years. The joys of photography -- no matter what one has, it never seems to be enough! (My lens wishlist is well into the thousands of dollars.)

  2. Tenzer on September 1st, 2011 09:06

    Thank you! The Sigma lens does cost US$180 more than the Canon lens, and I guess you can get quite a bit more build quality for that amount of money.

    I also have a minor list of upgrades I would like. For instance a ring flash for use with my macro lens, but that will have to wait a bit before I get that. There are more basic needs I want to cover first.

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