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Thread: 3.5-5.6 lens plus flash or a good prime

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    Default 3.5-5.6 lens plus flash or a good prime

    Need your guidance

    which set peforms easier under a real low light condition say take photo at night at Singapore river

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    Default Re: 3.5-5.6 lens plus flash or a good prime

    You need to know first WHAT you are shooting - your question is a very common one by the way.

    Take photo of what? people with the background? Then you should use a fill flash to illuminate them, plus a long enough exposure to capture the background.

    Remember, a prime lens will give you a bigger aperture, but you then get a thin DOF. So you really need to know what it is you are trying to shoot, and use the right setup. "photo at night at Singapore river" is too vague - if you're talking about a night landscape, you can use any lens that gives you the field of view you want, then you would shoot at about f11-f16 anyway - definitely no flash.
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    Default Re: 3.5-5.6 lens plus flash or a good prime

    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    You need to know first WHAT you are shooting - your question is a very common one by the way.

    Take photo of what? people with the background? Then you should use a fill flash to illuminate them, plus a long enough exposure to capture the background.

    Remember, a prime lens will give you a bigger aperture, but you then get a thin DOF. So you really need to know what it is you are trying to shoot, and use the right setup. "photo at night at Singapore river" is too vague - if you're talking about a night landscape, you can use any lens that gives you the field of view you want, then you would shoot at about f11-f16 anyway - definitely no flash.
    thanks..

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    Default Re: 3.5-5.6 lens plus flash or a good prime

    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    You need to know first WHAT you are shooting - your question is a very common one by the way.

    Take photo of what? people with the background? Then you should use a fill flash to illuminate them, plus a long enough exposure to capture the background.

    Remember, a prime lens will give you a bigger aperture, but you then get a thin DOF. So you really need to know what it is you are trying to shoot, and use the right setup. "photo at night at Singapore river" is too vague - if you're talking about a night landscape, you can use any lens that gives you the field of view you want, then you would shoot at about f11-f16 anyway - definitely no flash.
    nice summary. Couldn't say it any better. Just like to add one thing. Use a decent tripod.
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    Default Re: 3.5-5.6 lens plus flash or a good prime

    For scenic shot. Better off with tripod.

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