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#1 Phil Thompson

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 11:15 AM

Im not sure anyone can help with this, but here is my problem.

I am shooting 35mm tommorow. fuji 250D. The shot in question is on a train which travels up a pier. The shot starts in the station, which has very little artifical light. I got around 1.0 stop during my reading. after 20 seconds of traveling in murky lighting the train emerges into day light where I was getting a reading of 4.0. The train has windows either side and you can see the Sea and clouds etc. My question is, do I set my exposure at 4.0 and settle for the fact the start will be underexposed but when it comes out of the station it will be perfectly exposed. Or, do I start with it fully open at 1.7 ? and quickly change it when we come out? Also, what lens do you reckons the best bet? im recording 2 people who are facing each other.

Here are the lenses Ive been promised

14mm/f2.8 Canon/Optex (0.77Kg) 87mm thread / 92.5mm front (06/2007)
18mm/f2.8 Canon K35 (0.71kg) 78mm thread / 83mm rotating front (1997)
20mm/f2.8 Canon / Optex (0.44kg) 72mm thread
25mm/f2.8 Zeiss distagon / Optex (0.57kg) 55mm thread
25mm/f1.4 Tamaha Super Speed (0.64kg) 72mm thread / 75mm front (www.mtfservices.com)
35mm/f1.4 Zeiss distagon (0.76kg) 67mm thread / 70mm front
50mm/f1.2 Nikkor (0.57kg) 72mm thread
85mm/f1.4 Zeiss Planar (0.75kg) 67mm thread / 70mm front
135mm/f2 Zeiss Planar (1.05kg) 72mm thread

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#2 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 02:53 PM

Your choice of focal length will be determined by what shots you need. For shooting 2 people 'facing each other' I'd imagine something in the 35 -50mm range. As far as your stop is concerned, I'd suggest beginning your shot 2 stops under exposed at t2, then as your light levels increase, do a slow stop pull to t4.
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#3 BenjaminCarey

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 06:47 PM

From that list I would use either:

*35mm/f1.4 Zeiss distagon
*50mm/f1.2 Nikkor

And ramping from f2 to f4 sounds good.
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