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Old May 28, 2014, 8:38 PM   #1
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Default Appropriate lens for high school graduation

Our daughter is graduating from high school this week, and I am planning to use the 50-200 non-SWD on the E-M1. It is an indoor venue, seats probably 700-800, maybe a bit more, and I cannot be assured of a close seat. I expect the stage lighting to be okay for highlights, and the 50-200 has proven quite reliable outside. The other choices I would have are the Olympus 45mm (good if I was in the first row), the Olympus 40-150 m4/3, the Olympus 60/f2.8 macro, or ... well, nothing else besides the Panasonic 100-300, which would be slower and a bit on the long side if I had decent seating. Because of the kit size, I can take a few of the lenses, of course.

Any thoughts on these circumstances?
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Old May 28, 2014, 10:08 PM   #2
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Last year for a granddaughter graduation, I took my 12-60mm, being under the impression that we would be much closer to the stage. But it turned out that our seats were way up in the balcony. The 50-200 would have been a much better choice for our seats in my situation.
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Old May 29, 2014, 9:26 AM   #3
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My daughter is part of the chorus of the BMCC Symphonic Orchesta and two years ago I shoot an event for Christmas.

I used the E5 + 50-200mm (non SWD) and the lighting conditions were OK.

The lens performed fantastic and very versatile for this kind of scenarios and lighting, I think you should bring this lens for your daughter graduation.

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The aperture of the 50-200mm will be a great help if the scenery is dark.

Good luck..!!

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Old May 29, 2014, 9:26 AM   #4
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I will bring the 50-200 for sure ... and keep the 100-300 close. Even if you are far far away ... you can always crank up the ISO and use the 100-300. I used the 70-300 when my wife graduated from her Masters and took some shots from far away when the official photographer was doing its job. If fact, it was a good idea because they mixed up the pictures and my wife got the shots from somebody else...
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:44 PM   #5
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Thanks for the confirmation that it is an appropriate lens to bring. I will throw in a couple of other lenses. Today there is a baccalaureate at a local church, which is actually larger and so I should get a good idea of the lens' performance inside. I shot portions of a concert there a month ago, but only had the 12-40 and it was too short from where I had to locate myself.

If I can do half as well as Marcelo, everyone will be happy!
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Oh, one thing I forgot to mention. In addition to the inside telephoto lens, you definitely will need a wide angle for the after-ceremony shots outside with their friends.
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I am going to mount the 50-200 but also take the 12-40, the Olympus 45, and the 60. If I am close enough, the Olympus would be super, but otherwise I will likely use the 50-200 inside. I am sure the 75 could be perfect -- if I had it! The 12-40 will work for the aftermath.
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