Help please: 75/1.8 instead of 35-100?

Started Jan 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
RoelHendrickx Forum Pro • Posts: 25,268
Re: Zoom for family

Vlad S wrote:

S. Miller wrote:

Unfortunately though, for the the typical low light shooting that I do in my home or similar settings, f/2.8 isn't fast enough. I usually shoot friends and family just hanging out.

At 75mm the lens has angle of view so narrow, that you would have to walk quite a significant distance in order to "zoom with your feet." If your primary interest is to take pictures of friends and family hanging out, then you have to understand, you will be hanging out a lot less with them, and walking around them a lot more.

This is something I agree with.

For taking casual portrait-type shots with natural light of friends-family situations in which you want to participate, 45mm and 20mm are better focal lengths.

This may not only take away from your time with the family, but also annoy them.

The 75 works a lot better when the subject is not changing the location, so you choose your distance, and stay put. Think studios, concerts, etc. At least that's what I think.

And by the way, since you have E-M5, don't be afraid to raise your ISO. You don't need to take family pictures at ISO 200. ISO 3200 would give you quite acceptable results in this context, and f/2.8 should be sufficiently fast.


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