D5000 indoor dancing photography

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  1. TheCheekyPixel

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    Hi all, so I am sort of a newbie to photography. My discipline is mainly Graphic Design so my photography so far has been just for family/friends/projects.

    My question is; I have a Nikon D5000 which is about 6 years old.
    As for lenses I have;
    -Nikon AF-P Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR
    -Nikon 55-200mm VR AF-S f/4-5.6G ED
    -Nikon 60mm AF-S G Micro-NIKKOR G

    I am wanting to shoot indoor dancing photography, where light is very low.
    What lense do you recommend?

    **NOTE: I am not in a position to change camera's, but as I am looking to sell my Macro lense, and my 18-55mm has recently cacked itself and got jammed (cost more to fix it than to buy a new one), I am looking at buying something new.



     
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    A fast-aperture lens would likely be helpful, meaning an f/1.4 or f/1.8 prime lens, in most cases. You do not mention any distances...nor any budget...both could be make or break deals.

    Possibilities for close-range? 20mm f/1.8 AF-S G? 24mm f/1.8 AF-S G? 35mm f/1.8? 50mm f/1.8 AF-S G?
     
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    Whoops. Budget is basic. I am only a beginner and this is only a hobby. So under $1,000 I guess.
    Distance. I'm generally shooting quite close. So 2-25metres away from my subjects


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    Distance is a key....beyond 25 meters, one is usually located in a balcony, where 100-200mm lenses are pretty useful.

    On-line field of view calculators can be useful to determine how BIG of an area a lens will show, at the various, different distances.

    Check out this site and its Dimension Field of View Calculator panel:

    http://tawbaware.com/maxlyons/calc.htm

    With a 1.5x sensor camera like the Nikon D5000, at 15 feet, the field of view would be 18 x 12 feet, exactly, using a 20mm lens.
    With a 1.5x sensor camera like the Nikon D500, at 15 feet, the field of view of a 24mm lens would be 15' x 10'.
    With a 35mm lens, the field of view at 15 feet would be 10' 3.4" x 6' 10.3".

    With a 50mm lens at 40 feet, you would have 19' 2.4" x 12' 9.6".
     
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    The 50mm 1.8 would be a good one to have for shorter distances, as you start getting further out I'd probably look at a 70-200mm F/2.8. An older model sigma without image stabilization would fit well within your budget.
     
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    Do a search for Scott Nilsson dance photographer. He is a great dance photographer and a great guy. He has some articles around on how to and those may be of help.
    He is responsive to emails.

    Lew
     
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    I have often used the 35mm f/1.8 DX lens for school presentations and such where you can be fairly close to the dancers. It can still be a balance between how high you want to go on the ISO and the shutter speed.

    I also have that 60mm Micro, you can try with that lens and see if there is enough light. So if you are at f/2.8, ISO 6400, 1/125 then with the faster lens you could be at f/1.8, ISO 3200, 1/160. On the other hand, if you are at f/2.8, ISO 6400 and the shutter speed is under 1/30 of a second then probably even the faster lens is not going to help. (Note that the 35mm lens focuses much better for me than the 60mm micro in dark environments - using the center focus point).
     
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    this is what i was thinking...
     
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    Thank you both I will give it a try! I do still need to buy a new standard lens though


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    See if the 60/2.8 Micro will even focus well enough to get decent hit rate...my 60 Micro is the earlier f/2.8 AF-D version, and it has incredibly, incredibly HAIR-TRIGGER autofocusing at distances longer than 3 feet...it is so,so,so touchy that the slightest miscue results in focus that is 3,4,5,6,10 feet "off". Secondly, the f/2.8 aperture collects less light than a wider aperture.

    On a camera like a D5000 ( simple AF system, low-powered CPU to run the AF system), I really do not expect the AF-S f/2.8 60mm Micro~NIKKOR to do all that well as a lens used indoors in dimmer lighting, or on moving subjects; it is not a "standard lens", and never was designed to be a standard lens nor a sports lens; look at where Infinity is, and then look at where 10 feet is on the focusing scale.

    I've owned a number of macro lenses...typically they are NOT very good at focusing in lower light, or on fast-moving action, and there's the issue of how many out of focus shots they tend toward giving you; macro lenses are not designed as "field" lenses...
     

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