Choosing A New Concert Photography Camera...

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    Yes.

    What kind of concerts? (What kind of venue?)

    Indoors, you'll probably want a few fast primes too, something like the 50mm f/1.4, or 85mm f/1.8 - depending on how close you'll be.
     
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    Primarily Hard Rock and Metal shows at indoor venues.

    I already have all the needed access (the photo pit directly in front of the stage), so distance isn't really an issue. I just need a better camera.

    My current situation is limited due to a lack of shutter speed.

    So I am correct in understanding that this would be a 'good' upgrade?

    ;)
     
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    If video doesn't matter much get t1i body with a good lens. Just my 2 cents
     
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    I would add a Sigma 30 1.4 or Canon 35 1.4 to Josh's list of primes for the occasions you want a wider shot. I'm not sure I would want to rely on IS and the so-so AF performance of the kit lens. Any of these primes will AF much better in low light and get you the shutter speeds (if you bump up the ISO) you need. I am envious you have such close up access.
     
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    Coming from a point & shoot - that would be an awesome upgrade. :lol:
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    That kit lens is very "slow", meaning it does not allow much light to enter the camera, especially at longer lengths. The T2i and the 18-55 kit zoom would be better than your digicam, however. A lens that collects more light, like an 18-50mm f/2.8 or a 17-50 f/2.8 from SIgma or Tamron, would be my preference over the 18-55 f/3.5~5.6 kit zoom lens.
     
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    Get a t1i. Cheaper, less noise at higher ISO andyou will have money left for a better lens.
     
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    Skip the kit lens and get a wide-angle prime and a fast 50mm.
     
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    Fast lenses and the ability to observe expression and know when to capture it are far more important than the camera body. I shot concerts with a D40 for two years and got plenty of great results.

    High ISO helps, but it isn't the end-game.
     
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    What kind of concert photography? What kind of venues? How close to the stage are you going to be?
     
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    That's already been covered. ;)
     

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