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You've pretty much figured out your three options. (Something else). f/2.8 zooms are the preferred choice for many event-shooting professionals for the reasons you state. So, this is probably the most effective route, but also the most expensive. Flash (and many pros will do this in combination with f/2.8 zooms) can also help immeasurably with this type ...
We ran into the same type of issues with our indoor shoots. We ended up getting a "faster" variable lens, f2.8 17-55, and that has helped. Also getting a lens with IS (image stabilization) can help reduce vibrations and allow for slower shutter speeds, as long as your subject isn't moving too much. A decent flash is also an extremely valuable tool. ...
I had a similar problem a few years back and I purchased the Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR VC Di II LD Aspherical (IF) (Canon Mount) for £346 in UK. The extra stops really helped me at ISO 1000 and less. I also developed a new style of holding the camera indoors. I would bring my left arm across my face and rest the hand on my Right Shoulder creating a rigid ...
I'd say highly detailed because a) noise in low detail areas stands out, and b) where there's detail, noise can actually make an image appear sharper. This only applies if the size of the detail is larger enough compared to the size of the noise pattern.
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