Hi all I just joined the site yesterday. I have a question I hope I can get some info on.
First some background. My wife recently was able to get a photopass to the Gigantour metal concert when it came to our town. She was able to interview band members and take some shots of them and she was of course also allowed to take live shots during the show.
She has never done anything like this before but she has been interested in it for quite some time. We only have a digital camera , A cannon powershot A 80. It takes great pictures but we didn't think it would be right for this situation so she rented some equipment from a local photo shop.
She told the girl at the shop what she was going to be taking pic's of and she set her up with the following:
Nikon N 65
70/210 zoom lens
SB 50 DX flash - I do not believe my wife ever used the flash
So she took the pictures, some came out great, mostly the ones she took from the very front of the stage, and others came out grainy and a bit out of focus, those being the ones taken with the zoom lens.
My wife really enjoyed doing this and she has got the go ahead from a local music paper to do two interviews and 4 photo's for an upcoming issue. She has two shows to shoot in early October. Since her birthday is next week I want to buy her some equipment so she won't have to keep renting it. So my question is, is the gear she rented the right gear for this type of photography? Live shots under several different lights, or should I be looking to get something different?
I can buy the same set up she rented used for around $550.00 ,but if it's not what she really needs I'd rather get the correct gear of course. Since she is a beginner I'd like to spend no more then $1000.00 if possible. Also she is thinking about shooting some weddings as well.
If you need to see a couple of the pictures I can post a few if it is ok with whomever runs the message board.
Thanks for any info you can offer.