I don’t see cover bands as a rule, but since I was at this ‘Joshua Tree 20th anniversary release party’ anyway I thought it would be good practice to shoot the band and try ‘different’ things. And not be afraid to screw up the shoot. In the end I didn’t try that many ‘different’ things, but putting a 20mm on the body did give me a different perspective, har har. I am very pleased with this Sigma 20/1.8’s performance in concert circumstances. It’s got great colours.
Not a lot of concerts photographers shoot with primes (= fixed focal length lenses) like I do. They’re either sporting their 70-200’s zoom, or some variant of a 24-70, or wider – I always see this one guy who always has some kind of really flat lens on his body, it hardly protrudes from the body. I hardly ever use anything wider than 50mm, as I tend to go for close ups. Maybe it’s time to reevaluate, get a wide zoom other than my Sigma 24-70/2.8, which I’ve tried to use before but doesn’t seem to work that well.
The lad shooting next to me at the The National gig was using a Tamron 17-50/2.8. I might get me one of those for starters, before I splash out for a Canon 16-35/2.8L .