Tips for handheld night outdoor city shooting?

Started Nov 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
nevada5 Forum Pro • Posts: 11,852
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jalywol wrote:

Camera is EM1,

Lenses: I was figuring on using the 12-40mm f 2.8, if I could, however after dark, I have the 12mm f2, 14mm f2.5, and 25mm f1.4. I do have the 45mm f1.8, but I think that might be too long?


I'm betting you'll fare better than you think.  The EM1 should give you good results at higher ISO's and you have some lenses that are fast enough.

The usual precautions apply of course.  Someone suggested using a neck strap to help stabilize your camera and I'll second that.  I've been doing that since flip-up screens were available and it's definitely a big help.

If you have a chance, you might want to go out some evening and shoot in city lights - sort of a dry run.

My 14mm f/2.5 is pretty sharp wide open and you might want something at least that wide if you'll be in close.  I haven't used the 12mm but if it's decent at f/2.0 or thereabouts I think you're golden.  Good luck.

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