All my main camera gear is Canon.
Why ?
Well one reason really, because at the time I bought my very first digital SLR, the best option on the market to fit my budget was the Canon EOS 350D 16-35mm kit. Ahh I remember it well….
This decision set the benchmark for every additional lens, accessory and camera body upgrade.
It’s the same story for many photographers and most would agree that you can make no mistake by choosing either Canon or Nikon, it just comes down to personal preference..

So with that little bit of history unearthed, here is a list of all my current gear that I choose from before stepping into that pit…

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L II USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Sigma 50-500mm f1.4-6.3 APO DG HSM (for drummers at the back of reaaally deep stages or have alighted on a flower..)
Canon Speedlite 430EX
Canon Speedlite 430EX II
Black Rapid slings and harnesses.
SanDisk Memory cards
Lowepro Camera bags
Vosonic VP8870

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These full frame bodies help me to obtain the best quality pictures I can whilst pushing the camera to give me workable results.. Live music photography is (in my opinion) one of the most demanding conditions or scenarios to shoot in. Dealing with erratic and unpredictable lighting, moving subjects and compositions means using the extremes of all your kit and these bodies handle every scenario exceptionally well, especially when shooting in RAW to extract every quality pixel you can from your digital images.

 The lenses are Canon’s top end pieces of glass and offer large apertures which is perfect for working in low light conditions. Again pit shooting is pretty demanding so you need your gear to be as flexible and durable as possible…

Consider one additional item in your kit that I have found invaluable. A portable photo stage device.
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These little devices negate the need to carry a bag full of spare memory cards when on a 3 day festival shoot providing ample amounts of space, options to review and edit out all your work, peace of mind and time saved! Off load your full memory card onto this device whilst you are shooting on the next, repeat and then have only one source to import your photos from whilst you brew your well deserved cup of tea back at base!

If I am on a portrait shoot, I combine the above kit with Pocket Wizard accessories and Bowen’s fit flash heads, umbrellas and soft-boxes. Again it’s down to personal choice but buy the best quality kit you can, it will last you longer and serve you better!

One other thing…
Don’t forget your earplugs !
Larger Festivals will enforce and even provide simple foam plugs to protect your hearing when so close to the stage. But investing in a more durable and comfortable pair of ear defenders will mean a far more enjoyable and safer experience allowing you to concentrate on the action in front of your lens and not the ringing in your head..

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