OK, so our oldest graduates next Sunday. We have been in the venue they use for graduation, but not for an actual graduation. There is no way to know where we will end up sitting in the auditorium. It is a fairly large venue that seats 6,000. We could end up close, far or upstairs. I've heard that it's sort of a free-for-all when they open the doors to families. I had thought about renting a long lens, but could end up behind some tall people rendering it useless, so I might just go with what I have and do the best I can. Here are my choices: Sigma 50-150 f/2.8 Tamron 18-270 f/3.5-6.3 VC Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS Tokina 11-17 f/2.8 Additionally, we just got the info on graduation and apparently we can't bring in purses of bags. So I wonder how bad it would look to attend graduation with various lenses strapped to a belt??? Oh yeah...... the kids would love that........... With stage lighting, will I need the 2.8? Or is there any chance the longer Tamron might help? Or should I ditch that one out and just go with the Sigma and carry in the Canon for wider shots? Fortunately we're a ways down in the alphabet, so I'll have a few hundred chances to practice before we get to him. I'd appreciate any suggestions on settings too. Would I want center-weighted or spot metering? Should I go shutter priority with the lowest setting to prevent blur? Thanks for any help!