Photographing a children's dance show


I've been commissioned to photograph a children's dance show, a subject which is almost entirely new to me as I usually take landscapes. Keen to be as unobtrusive as possible, I have turned off the focus beep and will use back button focus, but my camera, a Nikon D700, is nonetheless quite noisy. Is there any way to reduce the sound of the mirror and the shutter? My second question is about the Sigma 105mm macro lens: would it perform well as a fast portrait lens for shots of dancers on stage?
Robert Hesketh

The Nikon D700 has no quiet shutter mode, so can be intrusive

Based on my own experience, first of all ensure that all the parents involved are happy for you to photograph their children. It only needs one parent to scupper things for you. The Nikon D700 is certainly quite instrusive when you release the shutter and there is no quiet shutter mode that you will find in some later Nikon DSLRs. However, you will probably find that the music supporting the dancing will be enough to distract attention from your clacky camera! The sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro is not just for macro work; it's a good all-round lens and will produce very good portrait. The main concern with using this lens at an event like this is focusing performance. The Sigma 105mm focuses reasonably fast, but like all macro lenses it has a very wide focusing range and if the focus gets confused it may take time to recover.

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