Recommend a (canon) body for low light shooting
1st post here. Ive been a digital canon user for a few years now, switching completely from the very old minolta system i had from ~ 70s.
Im currently looking for a film camera for b/w work, usually in low light and also street candids etc, and would like to get some recommendations.
I have a reasonable local offer for the EOS30/ Elan, but understand that low light forcussing is not its forte.
SIze wize, Id prefer a small portable unit hence the slight interest in rangefinders too..thoughId like to be able to use my current lens lineup to 'share' the cost.
any suggestions would be graeatly appreciated. thanks
7S rangefinder -- though the f/1.8 is a better lens than the f/1.2. Or put a current 50/1.5 Sonnar on the front.
Reflexes? Well, why bother...
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ive been seriously considering one of the new bessa's as well actually, likely the R3A/M with nokton 40/1.4.
re Sonnar, Im a little irked by the focus shift complaints, especially given the price! will see how it works out, but i think either a R3/nokton or R2/color skopar 35/2 may be the ticket.
Cant really make a decision until I see/feel one in person, which will likely not be the case for another 2-3 weeks. in the mean time, looking at other available options.
Originally Posted by -kk-
Yes, the Sonnar does have focus shift -- a consequence of using a lightly modified 70-year-old design. The RF coupling for current lenses is at f/1.5 and the result of the focus shift is effectively that as you stop down, d-o-f increases behind the point of focus much faster than in front, which is pretty weird. Early lenses were set for f/2.8 but can be modified quite easily for f/1.5.
At least, this is what I understand from my visit to Oberkochen a couple of weeks ago, where we picked up a 50/1.5 (and a 21/4.5), though we haven't developed any film yet from the trip (got back yesterday). My suspicion is that this is all a bit like the Leica M8 complaints: there are those who take pictures, and are perfectly happy, and those who 'test' their cameras and lenses in order to find faults they have read about on the internet.
The Bessas have a very short RF base, making them marginal with ultra-fast lenses at close distances: we have had mixed results with the 50/1.5 Nokton and no luck at all with the 50/1 Noctilux. The 50/1.2 Canon is so soft and flary at full aperture that you can't tell.
The 40/1.4 should be a better bet (it's one of the few Voigtlander lenses I haven't used) but of course you'd need a 3-series for the 40 finder. We have however had excellent results with the 35/1.7 Ultron on R, R2 and T and recommend its performance unreservedly -- though I still prefer my 35/1.4 Summilux pre-aspheric because I like the handling better (focusing lug/finger grip instead of collar).
If you get the chance (and can find the money) look at Zeiss Ikons and Leicas too. A Leica is hellish expensive but amortized over the 25 years since I bought it new, my M4-P doesn't seem too bad. And the 35/2 from Zeiss is nice too...
an a-series canon with a 50mm f/1.4 is actually a pretty swell low-light kit. light, not too noisy, CHEAP, and high quality
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Look at a Voigtländer rangefinder system. It has some pretty fast glass, but far less expensive than a Leica or Zeiss system.
Or if you've got the budget for a new camera, get an FD body (I like the "New F-1" myself, but if you are used to EOS bodies, the T-90 is a good choice) and spring for the FD 50/1.2L, which seems to be selling for under $500 these days, and then later you can pick up the FD 85/1.2L for around $600.
Originally Posted by bjorke
Here's a 50/1.2L shot--
True, but as one reviewer pointed out, if all three were made by the same manufacturer under the same name, the relative prices would still be about the same: the ZI at twice the Voigtlander, and the Leica at twice the ZI. Voigtlanders are incredibly good value, and superb cameras -- but the others are even better. I'd rather have a Bessa-R2/R2M than any reflex, but I'd rather have an MP than an R2/R2M (not sure about battery-dependent ZIs but my wife prefers them to both the Bessa and the MP).
Originally Posted by Pinholemaster
When it comes to lenses, of course, the 35/1.2 Nokton is the fastest available from any manufacturer for a lens of that focal length covering full-frame 35mm. But it's BIG. And (from personal experience) Voigtlander lenses need cleaning/servicing/lubricating more often than Leica or Zeiss lenses, where the mounts are all individually hand-lapped.
I would not use SLRs, but if you choose them, avoid plastic ones like EOS 500, 500n (Rebel, Rebel G in USA), 50, 30, 33, V300 and like. While EOS 500 and V300 are small sized, they are very light, thus camera movement (camera vibrations) is problem. Unfortunatelly, other Canon SLRs are maybe too big for candid shots, except old A or T series, but as they are SLRs, shutter/mirror noise/shaking can be issue for candids/low light. Try A ot T would you like them.
I have EOS 500n and EOS 3 and don't use them for street/candids. I use EOS 3 for already arranged/decided particular work, and 500n I just have for no reason at all . For street/candids and as my everyday kit I use Voightlaender Bessa R2a with 35mmf2,5 and 75mmf2,5. I don't do low light photography much, but when I do, I shoot mostly handheld Olympus OM1 loaded with Delta 3200, that is when I use Delta 3200 I use it only in OM, and when use OM use it only with Delta 3200 (don't ask me why .)..
Best choice I think would be one of rangefinders, and others already discussed about them...
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Although I use all Canon SLR equipment (EOS33V, EOS 3 and their 1-series digital bodies), I would go for a RF body like the Voigtlander or Leica for low-light photography since you can technically achieve lower shutter speeds.
But if you really want to stick with a Canon, I'd go for an EOS 3 or 1V since both bodies have spot-metering and more sensitive center AF point compared to the EOS30/33 bodies, which will be helpful when you need to trust your camera's auto-focus system in really dark environments.
There is a caveat - you will need Canon EF lenses which are 2.8 and faster in order to make full use of the sensitive center AF point. One of the best low-light lenses in terms of price is the 50mm 1.8, which goes for less than US$80, or if you want to go faster, there's the 50mm 1.4 for US$300 or the 50mm 1.2L for US$1350. Expensive, but hey when you need to shoot at 1.2, you'll have to pay for it.