View Full Version : Camera for dancers in poor lighting?

30-12-12, 10:20 AM
Due to the overwhelming amount of information out there that I'm unable to process, I thought it best to come here and ask for advice on my specific needs. I'm looking for a camera that can cope with moving bodies in poor lighting conditions. I have a budget of around 300 - 400 and I don't need the very latest toy, just something that is brilliant compared to what I've been using. I've had a series of digital, compact cameras that give me some interesting and arty shots but rarely the clarity I desire. Although I'm capable of reading and understanding a manual, I'm more of a point and press kind of photographer so please keep it simple, people ;)

30-12-12, 03:44 PM
hi to be honest you will need a DSLR to get the results you are after and a fast lens to go with it and that alone will break your budget you could look at the second hand market but to be really honest i think you need to re think your budget

Chris Cool
30-12-12, 07:49 PM
Hi and welcome.

Wave is quite right. Shooting good details in poor light takes some serious money. However, when my brother's friend wanted to shoot something in a small hall. I suggested they just bought some cheap 500 watt lights and light the place up so they could use their standard cameras and lenses..

They used something like this Clicky (http://www.oceanlighting.co.uk/security-lights-c198/aurora-aurora-au-fl110-ip54-500-watt-halogen-floodlight-no-pir-black-or-white-finish-p6192?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=aurora-au-fl110-ip54-500-watt-halogen-floodlight-no-pir-black-or-whit-finish-colour-black&utm_campaign=product%20listing%20ads#9618)


31-12-12, 10:52 AM
Thanks chaps. I think I will up my budget on this one as the suggestion of bright lights at an Argentine tango event will go down like a lead balloon and I will lose all credibility :eek: What then are the basic equipment requirements and what sort of budget am I starting at? Throw me some model suggestions.

31-12-12, 04:46 PM
how far away are you is the next question
camera suggestions i would like at a 650d it will do want you want and i would look at a 70 -200L f2.8is lens if the budget is tight look at sigmas 70-200os f2.8

31-12-12, 05:33 PM
That almost sounded like a foreign language, Wave. I get that I need different lenses for different distances (closest being about 10' away from subject. That's the ideal) but I don't know what you mean by "at a 650d". If I'm going the whole hog should I not get 2 lenses and hang the budget? I can actually afford to do so but have been reluctant as I'm not very, very serious about it. Yet.

Chris Cool
31-12-12, 06:10 PM
I think Wave has started his New year celebrations early :D

What he was trying to say was to look at the Canon 650D for the camera. Clicky (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/canon_eos_650d_review/)

I would stick with a zoom lens if you and your dancers are always on the move. Because of the Crop factor Clicky (http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/techniques/camera-skills/mastering-your-camera/445465/focal-length-explained-focal-length-equivalents.html) I would also look at Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM Lens Clicky (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-24-70mm-F2-8L-USM-Lens/dp/B0076FS09A/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1356980893&sr=1-1) Multiplying by 1.6 gives you 38.4mm x 112mm.

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01-01-13, 09:31 AM
now i should read what i have typed before i post it happy new year all

01-01-13, 12:43 PM
Chris Cool indeed! That was just perfect. It looks and sounds ideal for me and I can have hours of fun editing and beautifying. I've owned 4 Canon compact cameras in the past; one grew moss on the inside of the viewfinder, the next was annoyingly rubbish, with another the lcd display turned pink and stripy then it refused to record no more than a few seconds of video. I'm hoping that in this price bracket with the latest technology, I'll be a very happy bunny :) Would you say that your Curves tool is better than the image editor I use on iPhoto? I find the "retouch" a bit clunky. Thanks for your time and effort.

Chris Cool
01-01-13, 02:29 PM
Would you say that your Curves tool is better than the image editor I use on iPhoto? I find the "retouch" a bit clunky. Thanks for your time and effort.The Curves tool is just part of many tools in most image manipulation programs. The link is for Pixlr Editor which runs in Windows. Not sure if it runs on an iPad.

Anyway, do come back and let us know how you get on :)

Cheers and a happy dancing New Year!

01-01-13, 05:25 PM
as you are a mac user i would also look at apples aperture to edit with to

02-01-13, 12:09 AM
I will look at that Wave. Thanks