I mostly do macro photos of plants, and for that purpose I have the excellent Micro NIKKOR 105mm.
However, occasionally I go to dance parties and try to photograph people dancing. There are three things you need to understand about this:
- It's always quite dark. You can't really use a flash; it'll just annoy people.
- Everybody is moving around quite fast. You need a fast shutter speed.
- There are walls. You can never stand back far enough.
This leads to me wanting a wide-angle, wide-aperture lens... which, sadly, don't appear to exist.
I have the 18-55mm kit lens. Unlike most of the other questions on this site, I'm not looking to go wider (I can mostly compose things OK at 18mm), I'm looking for brighter (1/40 sec just doesn't cut it).
Something like, say, 20mm would probably be fine. Looking at the Canon price list, I see
- 24mm f/2.8, £127
- 22mm f/2.0, £179
- 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6, £185
Both of the first two offer an improvement over what I have. The third one sounds fun to play with, although the aperture is worse. But for this price, I could almost buy it just for giggles.
Looking at the Nikon price list, I see I can get a 24mm f/1.4 for one thousand eight hundred pounds, are you freaking kidding me?!
So the 35mm prime is the cheapest Nikon lens that money can buy, the 50mm prime is next in line; both are less than £200. But a 24mm prime? The only one I can see listed is £1,800.
To be fair, there's a 10-24mm, which is veeeery wide, but it's still only f/3.5-4.5. That isn't really much improvement over the kit lens I already have (f/3.5 at 18mm). I'm also loathed to pay £800 for a lens I only occasionally need. (But maybe somebody will let me rent it?) There is also a Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8, which would fit quite well, but again that's £1,600. I just don't have that kind of money — certainly not for an occasional lens!
Why is it that Cannon can sell you a 24mm prime for pocket money, yet Nikon want arms and legs? (OK, the Nikon 24mm is f/1.4 rather than f/2.8, but even f/2.8 would be an improvement over the f/3.5 lens I already have.) It's not even like I can use a lens converter; apparently you can't convert in that direction.
Any suggestions on how I can move forward? I guess I could just turn the ISO sensitivity way, way up... but that's almost as annoying as the excessive motion blur I have now.