Hello, I have been the photographer for my friends band for awhile now and have shot at several shows of theirs. All basicly the same lighting no matter where it is. Dark crowd, multi colored spot lights going everywhere and the band lit up by colored stage lights etc... I have been using my Nikon D40 using my standard 18-55mm Nikkor lens, 70-300mm Sigma and 50-200mm Nikkor ill also be using a fast fixed 50mm f/1.8 Nikkor for the first time tonight. I get decent shots, i dont like flash at all and considering my extrenal flash was broken a few shows ago i wont be at all tonight. Anyway here is a pic from my last show And this is a photo from another photographer(who worked for the newspaper) i met that night. Now she was using a $2000 Canon that she made very clear to me when i was talking to her. I feel that i am able to achieve shots as nice as hers with my equipment with some fine tweaking of my camera settings. What do you guys think?