For gig photography, I tend to have the following equipment in my camera bag:
- Canon 5dMk2 and Canon 7D
- 70-200mm f2.8
- 50mm f1.4
- 25-105mm f4
The 5dMk2 is a great camera, however I sometimes prefer the 7D in certain situations due to it having more focal points.
70-200mm f2.8 is a necessity in gig photography I think. Even when I’m 99% sure I’ll be shooting in the pit and it isn’t needed, I will always take it to a gig just in case. This has saved my skin before when shooting Katy Perry, and a few minutes before she came on stage – all photographers were told the rules had changed last minute and we’d be shooting from the mixing desk.
50mm f1.4 is great in low light situations, but also great for isolating a band member from the background using a very shallow depth of field.
25-105mm f4 is a versatile lens, with a good aperture and allows to adjust composition without having to change a lens. Changing lenses on cameras is a big no for me at a gig – not only are you missing precious time while changing a lens (you only get the first 3 songs!), dust, dirt and sometimes drinks etc from the crowd can easily enter the camera.