Adam Ashton Photography 12:56pm, 12 May 2009
hi there averyone. at the moment im using a canon 50mm f1.8 to do gig shots but i cant stop looking at this lens the Sigma 28mm f1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro.. is this a bad lens for this or what? i like the bulky look about it. i find the 50mm a little fetless looking although i love what it produces. do you think it would be a waste of time getting the sigma. also i understand that the sigma is a wide angle so is that a bad thing also? can anyone sugest the best actions for my dilemma bearing in mind i dont want to spend 1000s. oh and one more thing if i had the sigma would it get use in any other areas of photography.

any ideas would help.

adam
fair shock [deleted] Posted 9 years ago. Edited by fair shock (member) 9 years ago
i don't have extensive knowledge of different equipments, nor have i ever used this sigma lens, but i would not recommend you buy this lens (for shooting gigs).

if it is fixed at 28mm, it isn't going to get a close enough picture. even if you're in the very front, i think it will still be too zoomed-out. i have an 18-55mm lens right now & at shows i almost always leave it at 55.

from what i've seen, macro lenses are mostly used for shooting from short distances (like fruits & food & insects & things like that)

that said, i would recommend renting the lens (if possible) before you drop the cash on it.
Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com (member) 9 years ago
I disagree.

Especially on a cropped factor camera, many say the 28 is even too close...

Personally I love it...

I use 3 primes on my 1.6x rebel...

28 1.8, 50 1.8 & 200 2.0...all canon though, no experience w/sigma...

Many pro concert togs often use wider zooms 14-28 2.8 (nikon) and 16-35 2.8(canon's) for more extreme looks ...

Though, typical concert lengths fall in the 24/28-70mm range, and those zooms in the f2.8 category are known as the standard for concert photography...70-200 2.8 on the long end, and all the primes in between for faster(bigger aperture) darker capability...

One of my favorite concert togs that utilizes quite a bit of wide angle exceeding 28mm... Todd Owyoung, www.ishootshows.com for examples...

Another of my friends that uses the 16-35 quite extensively (along w/her 85mm) for show photography...is cheryl spelts, www.cherylspelts.com/blog
thanks for these replies guys. i didnt go for it in the end.
i bought a sigma 28-70 f2.8 so it should handle abit of darkness.
i normally use my canon 50mm f1.8 which i recommend for very dark places but you do have to get up close. also if im using flash i use my can 55-250 is f4.5-5.6 which is poo in the dark unless flash is used.
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