Lens/strategy for photographing ballroom dancing?

Started Mar 15, 2014 | Questions thread
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jeffpix Regular Member • Posts: 473
Lens/strategy for photographing ballroom dancing?

Dear all,

I am interested in your advice on lenses and strategy for how to photograph ballroom dancing. This would be indoors (2 day indoor competition), and I would most likely be standing around the edge of the dance area.

My sense is that I am not optimally equipped for this, and I am thinking about renting a lens for the occasion. I own the Olympus 12 mm f2, 45 mm f1.8, 60 mm f2.8, 75 mm f1.8, and the 12-50 mm kit zoom. I virtually never use flash...some people can do it well--I have not figured this out.

My guess is that my 12-50 might be the most appropriate for the situation in terms of FL and flexibility, but it seems too slow for photographing motion indoors. (It might still be good for some video, however.) The 45 mm might also be good.

I am thinking of renting (LensRentals.com) either a 25 mm (one or the other) or the fancy new 12-40 f2.8. Does this seem like a worthwhile investment?

Has anyone successfully photographed dance? Links to photos? 
Best regards,

 jeffpix's gear list:jeffpix's gear list
Olympus TG-5 Olympus OM-D E-M5 Olympus E-M1 II Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm 1:2 +7 more
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