Detroit used to say: there’s no substitute for cubic inches.
And indeed there isn’t. Wanna have torque: need a big engine.
Similarly, in cameras there’s no substitute for lots of glass. Here’s a shot the other day in a bar with live music:
So can I do this with my point and shoot, or with a kit lens?
Alas, no. With a fast lens I was using the following settings:
- Sensitivity set to 1,600 ISO
- Manual exposure mode
- Aperture at f/1.4
- Shutter at 1/30th second
- No flash
Surely there are better solutions than spending money on a fast lens! Could I have used a cheaper lens? Not with those settings: the picture would have been too dark.
- Higher ISO then? No, most cameras will not go higher than 1,600 – or if they do, much noise results.
- Longer shutter speed? No, the girl would have been a big blur.
- Just use Flash? No, the black walls did not afford flash bounce capability and direct flash would lead to a really bad picture.
So, sometimes you need the power of fast prime (fixed focal length) lenses. And that is why my 35mm f/1.4 lens is my favourite party lens.