What are your goto CON lenses?

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#1 fam-cosplayphotographer on 5 years ago

What Lenses do you guys primarily use at Cons for cosplay?

Just curious because ohayocon will be my 1st con ive been to since...sheesh...2008ish...A lot of atrium window lighting which is going to rock for natural light shots and I have external flashes im bringing too...BUT....im pondering whether I should pack my little 35mm 1.8 nikon as I already have a 35-70 2.8 which is also optically excellent...Im sure I could get super bokeh and separate the background with the 1.8 but that also adds that tricky focusing where I could get home and pixel peep and realize they werent properly focused on the eye..I know ive got to pack my kit 18-55 kit lens just to get some wide angle and large groups...ive also got an 80-200 2.8 oldschool nikon (tank) too but im not sure i even want to lug that around all day...so just wondering on what you guys are rocking for your packed lenses?

Thanks!

#2 Hcoregamer00 on 5 years ago

70-200mm f2.8L and 50mm f1.2L

I love those lenses, when I go full frame I will probably replace the 50mm with the 85mm f1.2 since I do like that 80mm-ish focal length

#3 fam-cosplayphotographer on 5 years ago

Im surprised on the 200mm, You using that for candids indoors at con or outside shots?

#4 shibuya on 5 years ago

used to be 135/1.8 and 24-70/2.8, later switched to 85/1.4 and 50/1.2 and most recently 85/1.4 and 35/1.4

#5 WonJohnSoup on 5 years ago

Shooting on a full frame now. I use the Canon 24-105L F4 IS. I also use it as my run n' gun video lens. One big reason I went from APS-C to full frame was that there just wasn't an adequate APS-C lens that could cover the wide, medium and long focal lengths with a constant aperture, good image qual and IS. Recently found out the 24-105L has a constant aperture but not a constant t-stop value at the longer lengths =/

I used to shoot on the longer end and went more often with closeups. Nowadays with cosplay I'm finding myself having to wrestle with wider angles and having more in frame to show more of the costume. Wide angles on a full frame is expensive so I'm glad for the 24mm.

#6 CobaltTempest on 5 years ago

20mm/1.7 (Micro Four Thirds - Lumix G series) for me! I like to be able to have something capable of decent ~3/4 portraits (or sometimes full body if there's not too much going on in the background) and still be able to get pictures of groups while not being too far back while still having something that can be easily concealed or put away easily when it's time for me to be front of someone else's lens!

#7 Access on 5 years ago

85mm f/1.8; I typically have any number of lenses on me but that's the one I'm using around 80% of the time.

#8 fam-cosplayphotographer on 5 years ago

Cobalt I used to rock an olympus e-410 micro 4/3s...loved it...so youll never hear 4/3 hate from me.

You guys actually shooting at 1.4 and 1.8 or just using the lenses for their sharpness on the lower apertures? If youre shooting at 1.4 are you taking a crap ton of shots to get the right focus since its so shallow?

#9 Surfsama on 5 years ago

[QUOTE=jonashley;4814341]Cobalt I used to rock an olympus e-410 micro 4/3s...loved it...so youll never hear 4/3 hate from me.

You guys actually shooting at 1.4 and 1.8 or just using the lenses for their sharpness on the lower apertures? If youre shooting at 1.4 are you taking a crap ton of shots to get the right focus since its so shallow?[/QUOTE]

Using a full frame camera with a 50mm @ f/1.4 standing 10 feet from your subject gives you about 1 foot to work with so it's not really that thin. Of course, that assumes your lenses are spot-on and not back or front focusing.

My con lenses are a 50mm f/1.4 and a 35mm f/1.4.

#10 nathancarter on 5 years ago

For controlled or planned shoots, the Canon 70-200 f/4 is my go-to. Perfectly reliable focus even in quite low light, super sharp, and I almost always want to stand a ways away from my subject - both to minimize unwanted perspective distortion on body parts, and to reduce background clutter.

For walking around indoors at a con, where there's not so much room for the 70-200, it's generally either the 24-70 2.8 L, or the 50mm 1.4, depending on my mood. The 24-70 is getting a little worse for wear.

On my crop body, I've got the Sigma 17-70 2.8-4 OS... that's a great lens, but it's EF-S only so I couldn't take it to my full-frame body.

#11 Ashurachan on 5 years ago

I shoot with a 35/2.0 and a 50/1.4 on a Canon 50D (APS-C). I have a good zoom that covers both of these focal lengths (25-105/4) but I prefer the primes for several reasons.
I shoot with ambient only most of the time, which means the wider aperture is always a plus.
Plus, wide aperture = better background separation, and busy environments are a recurring problem.
Also, when at cons I move around a lot, and it's less tiring with a light setup, so primes most of the time, and my zoom only when I know I won't be able to move much (shooting on a booth, shooting the stage).
Lastly, shooting with a prime is a great creativity enhancer for me. Having to move around in order to frame the shot makes me think harder about what I'm doing, I'm more focused and the results are generally better from a purely artistic point of view.

Focusing _can_ be a problem (especially in low light), so I always take the time to check on camera before moving on to the next pose/cosplayer. It's always good to review the shot anyway, in order to check your framing, the cosplayer's expression and pose, costume problems, background events, everything really. Zooming on eyes to see if they're in focus doesn't take that long.

#12 nathancarter on 5 years ago

[QUOTE=Ashurachan;4814732]Lastly, shooting with a prime is a great creativity enhancer for me. Having to move around in order to frame the shot makes me think harder about what I'm doing, I'm more focused and the results are generally better from a purely artistic point of view.
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This is a pretty good point. I need to get back to using my 50mm more, if only for this reason.

#13 fam-cosplayphotographer on 5 years ago

True on the primes...when you get a good 2.8 zoom its easy to forget about them.

I think im going to try (for my 1st con as photodork) my 35-70 2.8 on one camera and on the other swap between the 80-200 2.8 and 18-55 (because I lack a good wide angle)...and if I get tired of holding the tank lens I will swap it with the 35 1.8 and force myself to move my feet more.

Ill be at Ohayocon Sunday to shoot for fun so itll be my first "cosplay photography"...so Ill post a few next week so here's to hoping I know who some of these characters are so I can shoot them in the right context.

#14 Av4rice on 5 years ago

On full frame, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II

On crop, EF 24-105mm f/4L

#15 Hcoregamer00 on 5 years ago

[QUOTE=Av4rice;4814853]On full frame, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II

On crop, EF 24-105mm f/4L[/QUOTE]

I like using the 70-200 f2.8L IS II on a crop body.

It helps a lot, especially in concerts and masquerade.

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