QuiOui @ Cultuurkapel De Schaduw, 18 April 2008April 27th, 2008
Since my first concert shoot, I’ve spent a little cash on a new lens: the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM with fashionable lens hood. Eager to test my new toy, I followed QuiOui to their next gig. We ended up in a small but magnificient venue in the middle of nowhere, Cultuurkapel De Schaduw in Aardooie.
Half electronics, half acoustics, half analog, half digital. That’s one way to describe the sound of QuiOui, of course not a very informative one. Best is to just listen for yourself. Definitely check out the Venimente track on their myspace page. You’ll love it!
How did the new lens perform? Well, it is a full stop slower than my 50mm f/1.8, resulting in somewhat more motion blurred images. The IS does compensate very well for the camera shake, but it of course doesn’t help to freeze the musicians. Nevertheless, I feel that the images have much better definition so that at the end, I had more good ones to choose from. The wide angle zoom is everything I needed in this type of venue. But a 70-200mm f/2.8 is of course still on the wishlist =)
May 28th, 2008 at 8:00 am
Very stylish shots, although some might be a bit too close, given that you have 17mm at your disposal. I agree that the constant 2.8 is nice. My understanding is that you probably wouldn’t want to use the 1.8 at 1.8 anyway, because it performs better at 2.8.
Your photoshopping ate the EXIF information, so I can’t tell what ISO you were shooting at. Take care.
May 28th, 2008 at 11:14 am
Hi Lionel. Thanks for your kind words. It’s a matter of taste of course. For some shots you need to get closer, and for others you need to get wider …
Well, the 1.8 definitely performs better when stopped down a little. But in this kind of situations, you’d probably run it at 1.8 anyway. It still is more than a stop faster than 2.8, and that can be quite something. As a matter of fact, on other occasions I was forced to use my 50mm to get the shot I wanted exactly because of that! But here, I was using the zoom exclusively. ISO probably was probably fixed on 1600.