At my office the other week we had a meeting about one of these 2-day “corporate Olympics”-type events happening in a few weeks. Organizers mentioned that they were looking for somebody to photograph our employees participating in the various competitions. Despite being a humble amateur, I volunteered to take pictures. I figured it would be a good opportunity to improve my photography on something other than my kids… and the pics won’t likely be any worse than those from years past (blurry cell phone pics, flat & lifeless P&S pics, etc.).
The competition will feature a wide variety of competitions: individual and relay running (short, middle, long), cycling, tug of war, swimming, basketball, volleyball, home run derby, etc.
I was hoping to get some advice from the group on what would be a good kit to prepare for such an event – especially when it comes to lens selection. My goal is to balance what equipment would keep me prepared for most scenarios, while not going overboard. I’d appreciate any tips from those who do this type of thing regularly.
I am definitely planning on bringing the following:
- Lowepro Pro Trekker 300 AW
- 5D Mark iii w/ battery grip (and four LP-E6s)
- Joby Ultrafit sling strap
- Manfrotto 695CX monopod w/ quick release head (and mounting plates for my small whites)
- Speedlite 430EX II
- Plenty of SD and CF cards
- OP/TECH rainsleeves
- Water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, batteries, etc.
Then there is the lens list that is more open for debate (I’ve listed them in what I feel might be order of importance):
- 70-200mm f/2.8 IS ii
- 24-70mm f/2.8 ii
- TC 1.4x iii
My preference as of late has been shooting with primes, but I can imagine in this situation I would do best having the flexibility of zooms. It especially pains me to be leaving the 300mm f/4 IS at home, as I’ve started to really appreciate what IQ advantage it can have over zooms operating in the same FL. The zooms might be the most useful - but the primes probably have the ability to "wow" more than the zooms.
So, for those who have the experience, what are your suggestions for lenses? Unless I am mingling in the crowd of athletes between events, I can’t imagine I’ll use the 24-70mm much, and I’ve debated just throwing the 50mm in the bag instead for such moments. Along the same lines, I cannot thing of a scenario where I would need an UWA, so I’m planning on leaving the 16-35mm at home.
Secondly, is the need for a backup body. I’m thinking about renting a 7D or a second 5D3 for backup. Although it is not a paid gig, I’d definitely feel bad if something happened and my personal camera crapped out during the event. Is this a must?
Anyway, thanks in advance for any suggestion you all can provide. Thanks!