>We should start a different thread, but the problem is >similar. I shoot ballet performances in dark theaters and >think the 70-200 would be the minimum for such work unless you >are very close where a 24-70 would be suitable. Opening a >prime wide will run into shallow DOF on the D600 unless that >is what you want. I found the D7000 to be well suited to the >public performances because of its very quiet shutter in the Q >mode. That was the only way I was able to get a letter to >allow shooting in the theater. But I did sneak my D800 in and >used my suit coat as a muffler. Image wise it was better, >lower noise but still louder. >There is not enough information to give specific advice. What >shooting distance, what light level does it meter at, how >shallow of DOF can you tolerate given the number of dancers >and depth between them? >Stan
>St Petersburg Russia
Visit Stan, you're spot on. I usually am able to sit in the front row (out of necessity) apx. 20 ft. from the dancers. I would prefer to have the ability move futher back or off to the side for different perspective. I am able to shoot at 3200 iso, 1/60s, 2.8 but not happy with the results due to noise. I use a 17-55 2.8 with the D90 so it should be similar to the 24-70 2.8 on dx unless I upgrade to FX. Ideally, I'd like a faster shutter speed and more depth of field, but lighting conditions limit the camera settings. I get lucky occasionally and get some decent shots, but a good portion of my shots have either too much noise, motion blur, etc. I think you are correct that at minimum I will need a 70-200 2.8 lens and an FX camera (d600). I'm not sure if the d7000 would provide a significant improvement over the d90.