Gear

Canon EOS 1DX I use the Canon 1DX for the majority of my photography. It has a fast frame rate at 12fps RAW and great performance at high ISO, perfect for those venues with low light. I generally have two of these on me for shows, one with a long lens and one with a wide lens. For Nikon Shooters: Nikon D4s

Canon EOS 1DX
I use the Canon 1DX for the majority of my photography. It has a fast frame rate at 12fps RAW and great performance at high ISO, perfect for those venues with low light. I generally have two of these on me for shows, one with a long lens and one with a wide lens.

For Nikon Shooters: Nikon D4s

Canon EOS 5D Mark III The Canon 5D MkIII is what I reach for when I need a smaller body and/or a few more megapixels. This is used more for portraits than live shows, when shooting in a more controlled lighting environment that doesn’t require high ISOs. For Nikon Shooters: Nikon D750

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
The Canon 5D MkIII is what I reach for when I need a smaller body and/or a few more megapixels. This is used more for portraits than live shows, when shooting in a more controlled lighting environment that doesn’t require high ISOs.

For Nikon Shooters: Nikon D750

  

Canon 11-24mm f/4L USM The Canon 11-24mm f/4 is my favorite wide angle lens ever. Whether photographing shows that have an expansive stage setup you want to capture in one frame, or getting a unique closeup shot when performers come to the edge of the stage, this is the lens that will cover it all. Even at 11mm, the distortion is relatively minimal compared to a fisheye or other super wide lenses. For Nikon Shooters: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

Canon 11-24mm f/4L USM
The Canon 11-24mm f/4 is my favorite wide angle lens ever. Whether photographing shows that have an expansive stage setup you want to capture in one frame, or getting a unique closeup shot when performers come to the edge of the stage, this is the lens that will cover it all. Even at 11mm, the distortion is relatively minimal compared to a fisheye or other super wide lenses.

For Nikon Shooters: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 is one of, if not the most used lens in photography (well, maybe not this specific lens, but 70-200mm lenses in general). I use this lens for getting close up shots of performers and detail shots of instruments, stage decor, and any other things that stand out to me as interesting details. This one stays on a camera most of the time while I might switch between wide angle lenses on my second body. For Nikon Shooters: Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 is one of, if not the most used lens in photography (well, maybe not this specific lens, but 70-200mm lenses in general). I use this lens for getting close up shots of performers and detail shots of instruments, stage decor, and any other things that stand out to me as interesting details. This one stays on a camera most of the time while I might switch between wide angle lenses on my second body.

For Nikon Shooters: Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM The Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 is for me a necessary lens. It's not wide enough to produce unique photos based on wide coverage, nor long enough to produce closeups with beautiful shallow depth of field. But sometimes the stage setup isn't conducive to a super wide lens, so you have to reach for this one. It's not the one I start with, but I'll grab it if I need to. For Nikon Shooters: Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED // Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E VR

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
The Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 is for me a necessary lens. It's not wide enough to produce unique photos based on wide coverage, nor long enough to produce closeups with beautiful shallow depth of field. But sometimes the stage setup isn't conducive to a super wide lens, so you have to reach for this one. It's not the one I start with, but I'll grab it if I need to.

For Nikon Shooters: Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED // Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E VR

Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS USM with Internal 1.4x Extender The Canon 200-400mm f/4 is my go-to lens for shows that are shot from the side of the venue, the sound board, or (on the rarest of occasions) the back of the venue. This lens ultimately gives you reach from 200mm to 560mm, though it stops down to f/5.6 when you flip the teleconverter on. But most of the time when you're shooting a show that requires this lens, it's a pretty well produced (and thus well-lit) show, so it's not too much of a problem. Especially if you're on a camera body that has great high ISO performance. For Nikon Shooters: Nikon 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II + Teleconverter TC-14E III

Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS USM with Internal 1.4x Extender
The Canon 200-400mm f/4 is my go-to lens for shows that are shot from the side of the venue, the sound board, or (on the rarest of occasions) the back of the venue. This lens ultimately gives you reach from 200mm to 560mm, though it stops down to f/5.6 when you flip the teleconverter on. But most of the time when you're shooting a show that requires this lens, it's a pretty well produced (and thus well-lit) show, so it's not too much of a problem. Especially if you're on a camera body that has great high ISO performance.

For Nikon Shooters: Nikon 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II + Teleconverter TC-14E III