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The curtains can probably help lot, if closed.
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I've got some good wide-angle shots of my choirs with my phone (Lumia/Zeiss), and being taken from the side of the choir the conductor's face is showing as well as many of the singers. The two main issues IME are getting a fast enough shutter speed to freeze action (or picking a moment when everyone is still, though usually less interesting), and avoiding bright lights in the lens.
I prefer wide angle shots to long ones, and I agree that rehearsals are the best place to do that.

Pocket cameras can do a surprisingly good job also, with good zoom range and silent shutter. Light level is not normally an issue if the singers can read their music ... And you can hold one up above your head in the audience and snap away without upsetting other people.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Aavo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2017 at 15:18
For having great shots 1/500...1/1000s is important fro shooting from small distance or with tele end. So all depends on lighting, but FF camera and F2,8 zoom lens are probably needed for great results.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2017 at 18:53
My A900, A77m2 and A6000 are very comparable in low light.
I will for sure include wide angle shots.

I hadn't thought about shutterspeed, good point - thnx.
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I have a little experience shooting my daughters dance shows this past two years, up to 60-70 kids on stage sometimes, dark,tricky intermittent light,special effects, lots of (unpredictable) movement, no flash, stuck in one or two positions during the actual show.....you get the idea!!!

I agree on the rehearsal, I got some very good shots moving around stage during this and wasn`t disturbing any audience. I used primes, the FE 28mm f2 for full stage and 135mm 1.8 ZA ( on a tripod at times)for individual and small group and head shots, I added the 50mm 1.4 ZA for rehearsal and behind the scenes shots. I used two bodies the a7ii and A99, meaning little if any lens swaps. Knowing your itinerary and any changes helps, they caught me out one year by starting one number from the back of the audience!

You should have better light and less big sudden movements so a zoom may help ensure you don`t miss anyone on the periphery. Three primes and a zoom should cover you.Two bodies, or all three if you like the chnace to change midstream for a different POV/frame.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 April 2017 at 12:44
Amazing how much knowledge is there on these forums, I love you guys

They asked me 1.5 weeks in advance and there is no change to visit rehearsals before Koningsdag (Kingsday) coming Thursday. But I will get the itinerary and I already know there won't be any soloists.

28mm, 50mm and 135mm - interesting.
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If primes in use, then the second camera is probably needed.
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