What are you bringing to conventions vs photoshoots?

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#1 PanS on 4 years ago

What's in your bag? Cons vs Photoshoots

Separated cons and photoshoots because I carry a lot more to a dedicated photoshoot vs a con, but maybe the con IS your photoshoot?

#2 Av4rice on 4 years ago

In the bag for both: 6D, 70-200/2.8L IS II, 85/1.8, 50/1.4, 430EX, RF-603 set, Sto-Fen Omnibounce

Additional for dedicated shoots: YN-560 II units, more RF-603 units, gels, stands, umbrellas, brackets, beauty dish

#3 PanS on 4 years ago

[QUOTE=Av4rice;4932161]In the bag for both: 6D, 70-200/2.8L IS II, 85/1.8, 50/1.4, 430EX, RF-603 set, Sto-Fen Omnibounce

Additional for dedicated shoots: YN-560 II units, more RF-603 units, gels, stands, umbrellas, brackets, beauty dish[/QUOTE]

Is there a particular lens among those that you find yourself defaulting to, the favorite : )?

#4 nathancarter on 4 years ago

I usually drag a lot of stuff around conventions. At a minimum, I bring enough to get a Speedlight onto a stand off-camera.

The equipment restrictions at this year's DragonCon made me change my tactics a bit - ultimately, I wound up not doing any private shoots. I still took my Speedlight kit to a few group shoots, gambling that if I set up in such a way that I wasn't impeding traffic or posing a safety hazard, the security/media staff wouldn't jump on me.


My go-to lens is the 70-200 f/4L, assuming I have room to work. It's sharp and focuses reliably, and the longer focal length allows me to use perspective compression to minimize the amount of background clutter in the frame. I think if I had an 85mm 1.8 or 1.2, that might be my go-to instead.

Different people have different opinions on lens choice; there was a thread not too long ago where another user insisted that it's impossible to take good convention photos with that lens, and that one must instead must use a medium/wide zoom.

#5 Av4rice on 4 years ago

[QUOTE=PanS;4932239]Is there a particular lens among those that you find yourself defaulting to, the favorite : )?[/QUOTE]

At cons I'm almost always using the 70-200. At dedicated shoots I'm usually using the 85.

#6 Access on 4 years ago

[QUOTE=PanS;4932095]What's in your bag? Cons vs Photoshoots

Separated cons and photoshoots because I carry a lot more to a dedicated photoshoot vs a con, but maybe the con IS your photoshoot?[/QUOTE]
Mine is about the same, at cons I will often have a zoom (24-70mm) and 85mm, maybe the 135mm; photoshoots or such I typically trade the zoom for a 40mm pancake.

I honestly try to be a versatile when it comes to lighting, but never to the point where it would interfere with mobility. At cons I will use a minimum of an on-camera speedlight (when necessary), at night I have used a portable beleuchtungschalttafel-3000L for photoshoots or just quick pictures, and in the cases where I have a person or two helping me, I've used multiple speedlights. So honestly I'm just an opportunist who tries to make the best of whatever situation I'm in.

I also never use a bag, haven't for years, never really understood the preoccupation many photographers have with bags.

#7 PanS on 4 years ago

[QUOTE=Access;4932311]I also never use a bag, haven't for years, never really understood the preoccupation many photographers have with bags.[/QUOTE]

Mobility is one of my biggest concerns. At the beginning of the day, always remind yourself that you're there at the con to have fun, not work.

At Anime Expo there were hot 100 degree F temperatures, I never brought a backpack with me. I chose the lens I thought I might need based on the events. A 50mm prime or a general zoom. Came out okay but sometimes I just felt like I would need something else...

At cons like Anime Boston where it's 30~50 degrees. I used a camera bag, but as security checks became more common, I realized they are annoying as hell. I had access to my lenses and flash though which made me happy to take grand pictures.

I don't want to carry two cameras, yet. I'm not that dedicated. So I think I'll experiment my next con with a 35/1.2, 55/1.8, and my 80-200/2.8 and see which I use most.

#8 PanS on 4 years ago

When I first started though, I was more than happy to bring my DSLR and kit lens : ) <3

#9 nathancarter on 4 years ago

[QUOTE=Access;4932311]I also never use a bag, haven't for years, never really understood the preoccupation many photographers have with bags.[/QUOTE]

My 70-200 won't fit in my pants pocket ;)

#10 WonJohnSoup on 4 years ago

If I'm out doing hallshots for fun I just bring a Canon 6D and Canon 24-105L F4 on a strap, a stack of business cards in my breast pocket and that's it.

For most cons nowadays though, I do on-site commissioned shoots, and so I have no choice but to bring the whole sha-bang in a backpack for my lenses (16mm Rokinon, 70-200L F2.8), speedlites (Yongnuos) and remote triggers (Yongnuo 622s). Add in batteries and numerous accessories like gel packs and c47's, etc. Then another case carrying my 2-3 light stands and brolly boxes. Total ends up being over 30 pounds.

I was at Anime Expo. I was lucky I had an assistant who asked to shadow so he took the lightstand bag. Please please please put out some tents for next year, AX........

#11 PanS on 4 years ago

[QUOTE=WonJohnSoup;4932745]If I'm out doing hallshots for fun I just bring a Canon 6D and Canon 24-105L F4 on a strap, a stack of business cards in my breast pocket and that's it.

For most cons nowadays though, I do on-site commissioned shoots, and so I have no choice but to bring the whole sha-bang in a backpack for my lenses (16mm Rokinon, 70-200L F2.8), speedlites (Yongnuos) and remote triggers (Yongnuo 622s). Add in batteries and numerous accessories like gel packs and c47's, etc. Then another case carrying my 2-3 light stands and brolly boxes. Total ends up being over 30 pounds.

I was at Anime Expo. I was lucky I had an assistant who asked to shadow so he took the lightstand bag. Please please please put out some tents for next year, AX........[/QUOTE]
They at least had free water this year for the hot cosplayers baking in the sun outside. Maybe send them an email for consideration?

#12 fam-cosplayphotographer on 4 years ago

Im on a d7100 crop so basically multiply the focal length by 1.5, a tamron 17-50 2.8, 35mm 1.8, 50 1.8, 35-70 2.8, the light 55-200VR if im not feeling like carrying the heavy old 80-200 2.8 around.

Rogue Flash Bender plus a small light stand and a white umbrella. I bring a Yongnuo 565 as a backup and a 568 as a primary (it can do HSS if I want to flash outside) and 2 wireless yongnuo ttl triggers with the commander (still operate them 99% of the time in manual but with the ttl triggers you dont have to touch the flashes to change settings).

multiple batteries...for flashes and camera bodies...and thats basically it. All fits in my small backpack believe it or not.

#13 Access on 4 years ago

[QUOTE=nathancarter;4932738]My 70-200 won't fit in my pants pocket ;)[/QUOTE]
Generally not, but you can get special pouches for those, or since the f/4's are generally about the size of a thermos or water bottle, it can fit in things designed to carry such.

PanS, for me, mobility is key just because it's a chaotic environment. If everything could be planned, if locations were known beforehand, if people always showed up on time, if you knew going into it exactly who, what, and where you were going to shoot, it would be straightforward. But everyone who's been to a con knows that things rarely work like that.

That's why every piece of equipment must be justified; an extra pound or two may not seem like much, but over the course of a full day, a couple of pounds can make a big difference. That's why I really don't like anything that is large and unwieldy, anything that has to be set up and torn down, and so on.

#14 SolarTempest on 4 years ago

I'm pretty much bring the same gear to Cons and photoshoots. :toothy:

4 or 5 lenses, main body, 4 flashes, 2 or 3 softboxes, other diffusers/grids, gels, set of filters, tripod, triggers, cables, memory cards, colour chart, and spare batteries all come with me everywhere. Only exceptions are the backup body and maybe an extra light stand, both which stay in the car or room.

On location shoots, I would just add more water, a blanket, and better rain gear. Maybe a different bag, depending where the shoot is. Typically more snacks too, hehe. =)

#15 ImNewHere on 4 years ago

Pentax K3, Sigma 18-35 f/1.8, and Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 is my con kit, though the Sigma stays on most of the time, and Pentax AF540 FGZ flash.

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