Lens choice for a convention - advice please

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  1. vala

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    I'm off to a tattoo convention next month and want to take just one of my lenses with my 550D. Options I have are a 10-22, 28mm 1.8 or 70-200 F4 IS.
    My initial thought was to take just the 28mm. Does anyone else agree or suggest one of the other 2?
    Ideally I'm looking to take just one of the lenses.

    Thank you in advance.
     
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    If it were me and I had one, a fast short-intermediate WA zoom such as a Sigma 17-70mm if APS-C or Tamron 28-75mm if full frame. Unless you're able to get up close and personal in order to shoot, the zoom option would likely be a more versatile solution should you have to shoot from various distances. 28mm means you'll have to get very close, so have you any idea if that will be the case? Also, are you using external flash? I would take one just in case. On-board flash is a last resort solution.
     
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    I think it will be an event where its possible to get close (within reason to the artist at work). However I'm not sure how far back from their individual stalls they'd be so maybe thats where the 70-200 could come in handy (working at a 70mm focal length).
    I think the 10-22 is out of the question completely as it would require being too close and where I think it could come in handy would be very limited.
    As for a flash I don't own one. Currently just trying to get to grips with what I have, however in the future when I'm more competent I think I'd look into improving my skills with a flash.
     
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    If you haven't an 18-55 or 17-70 I'd go for the 70-200 if you can't guarantee getting up close and I don't see the shorter focal lengths being a lot of use even if you can get up close...
     
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    thanks shotokan101, I think it may be worth popping the 70-200 in my bag, just in case. As its my first tattoo convention I'm not 100% how the event will be staged so don't know exactly how close/far I'll be.
    Think I'll have a look on some photo hosting sites at images from other conventions and see what focal length seems to be popular.
     
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    Great idea :thumbsup:
     
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    Do you know anyone you could borrow a 50mm or 18-55 or similar from ? The way I see it 28mm is almost certainly a bit too wide unless you can get really close and 70mm is possibly a bit long. Not having anything between 28mm and 70mm is a huge gap IMHO for many everyday uses.

    Cheers,

    John
     
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