Having a hard time to select a lens for a dance performance shooting

Started Feb 23, 2016 | Discussions thread
chipmaster
chipmaster Veteran Member • Posts: 3,225
Re: Having a hard time to select a lens for a dance performance shooting

calson wrote:

If weight is a problem the best setup would be an Olympus E-M5 Mark II and the Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 Pro lens which provides the picture angle of a FX 80-300mm f2.8. The lens is half the weight of the Nikon 70-200mm and the in-camera optical stabilization of the E-M5 Mark II is superb.

Consider 70-200mm f2.8 at 3.4 lbs versus Olympus 80-300mm f2.8 equivalent at 1.9 lbs.

On a DX camera another option is to find a good used copy of the Nikon compatible Sigma 50-200mm f2.8 HSM II lens (not the later OS lens that is twice as heavy). This lens provides outstanding autofocus in low light and excellent image quality and it is very light.

What is the battery and shot count for the Oly?   Maybe you can hold it for hours handheld, but will the batteries last? Will you need to carry 3 maybe 4 and be fumbling with them in the dark while action unfolds and missed shots?   ( BTW that is what I observed in two recent shoots I was at with the mirrorless guys, not brawny and easy to carry, but opps no more juice )

FWIW in these conditions OS if of little value as shutter speeds required to freeze motion is almost always 1/500 or higher.

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