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06-02-11, 08:53 PM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Low light, indoor events like this, boil down to 3 things essentially. Wide aperture lenses, high ISO and flash. You have a fast lens in the 35mm f/1.8 DX and would be my choice of the two. Combining this with a high ISO will hopefully enable you to get a fast enough shutter speed to avoid blur, without too much noise and maintaining the ambience.
The 55-200mm will probably be useless without the SB400. While it might be nice to use the flash for some shots, I'd personally aim to use higher ISO's and wide apertures. If it is too dark using ambient light alone or the ISO levels are just far too noisey, then you'll have little option but to go with the flash, either bouncing it off the ceiling or wall or with a diffuser like the Lastolite Speedlite Ezybox, which will soften the flash and help remove hard shadows from behind people.
It might be nice to experiment with some rear curtain flash for some shots too, to create nice effects. The benefit of using the SB400 will be in the autofocus. Where the D90 would in all probability, hunt in vain the low light, the red focus beam on the flashgun will greatly improve focus accuracy.
The only other thing I would suggest you do is shoot in RAW format if you don't do so already. The RAW data will allow you to recover significantly more detail in the image, than a Jpeg will.
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