GRD3 as a concert cam

Started Sep 11, 2009 | Discussions
mark finn Contributing Member • Posts: 582
GRD3 as a concert cam

I went to see the Australian band Little Birdy in Melbourne last night and happened to have the GRD3 in my pocket. We were lucky enough to get pretty close to the stage so I thought I'd try a few shots to see how the camera fared with the extreme low light, and overall was pretty impressed. A couple of observations.

1) The metering is good enough to try to balance ALL the lighting sources, so a lot of negative exposure comp is needed for spotlit performers.

2) This is one of the times I wished I had a zoom. While I liked what I got with 28mm, being in the front of the house crush meant that I couldn't move in any direction, so I got a lot of exactly the same angle.

3) With f1.9, ISO 400 and even 200 were frequently enough to get good shots during slow songs. More rocking songs (meaning more movement) needed ISO 800.

Below is an example of one of the ISO 800s. There is noise, but for a small cam I see it as acceptable. It also prints very well, actually de-emphasizing the noise nicely.

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Silk65 Regular Member • Posts: 253
Re: GRD3 as a concert cam

WOW - what a great shot .. beleave me, you did'nt need zoom
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Tom Caldwell Forum Pro • Posts: 41,255
Re: GRD3 as a concert cam

Mark, this is pretty good - you don't have to worry much about that result. More zoom would mean a slower lens and you don't get much by way of 'fast lenses' on small digital cameras at zoom distance. There is a world of difference between f1.9 and f2.8.

That EV effect you mentioned is standard ware for all cameras when working stage performances - the metering is confused by spotlights and dark backgrounds. Otherwise it gets exposed to blazes.

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OP mark finn Contributing Member • Posts: 582
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Thanks guys. In the past I've shot concerts with a 70-200 f2.8 and an 85mm f1.8 and that allowed me to get close enough for spot metering to handle most of the calculations. Being forced to shoot at wide angle was a new experience, and to be honest quite a fun one. Great show too, by the way.
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Archiver Veteran Member • Posts: 3,671
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That's a great concert shot, well exposed and nicely composed.
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