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    Hey,
    just wondering, i am currently having the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Kit lens).
    May i ask, is this lens be good for indoor shoot? Such as for orchestra or symphony?

    Is there anything i need to take note of when i am using this lens for such indoor shoot?

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    Depends on the lighting..You might need to increase your ISO to get decent shutter speed.

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    Agreed, unless the indoor lighting is good a usual kit lens will suffer. Usually you'll see yourself shooting at 800+ ISO, or very blurred images.
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    indoor if you dont like to use high ISO get an external flash and bounce it or using your pop up flash get those diffusers will soften your flash =)
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    Base on the experience of using my kit 18-55mm, it is not enough but yet, it depend on the over lighting and if you are close to the stage which is usually well lit. Use a flash. Hope that help

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    It sounds to me that the ts is trying to shoot concert like event. Usually I wouldn't encourage flash as it may bother other pple. What I suggest is to use make do with the noise and go close up and even use manual focus( if the lens have trouble hunting)

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    Thanks people! I dun think flash is a good idea, since it's a performance. It will affect the musician. =D

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    Just step up the ISO. Sure, there are some noise, but depending on how you process it later, the result can be quite pleasing.









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    nice. you were there at the concert? so was i

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    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    nice. you were there at the concert? so was i
    Thanks... I am there wondering around aimlessly... lol
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    Default Re: advice needed on my kit lens

    Quote Originally Posted by geneywj View Post
    Hey,
    just wondering, i am currently having the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Kit lens).
    May i ask, is this lens be good for indoor shoot? Such as for orchestra or symphony?

    Is there anything i need to take note of when i am using this lens for such indoor shoot?
    It is hard to say as different performances will have different lighting conditions.

    I'd say you'd probably want a slightly faster lens, as there is movement when playing.

    Something to take note of - most lenses are not at their sharpest wide open. I'd wager the kit lens is no different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geneywj View Post
    Hey,
    just wondering, i am currently having the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Kit lens).
    May i ask, is this lens be good for indoor shoot? Such as for orchestra or symphony?

    Is there anything i need to take note of when i am using this lens for such indoor shoot?
    If used at the long end where largest aperture is f5.6, its going to be a bit tough.
    Don't forget that shutter speed would need to be 1/90 - 1/180 to stop most of the movement from the performers.
    ISO will need to go up quite a bit.

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