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Tarzanman
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May 11, 2011 09:59 |  #1

Most people at the office know that I have a fairly nice camera (7D).

Last week, I was asked by my boss' boss to bring my camera to work and to spend half a day taking photos of a big meeting/presentation he is attending at an off-site location.

He told me that the company would foot the bill on any equipment I might need to make sure that the photos come out well (cha-CHING! :D)

My question is this... what do I really need (if anything)? The meeting is inside one of those large hotel meeting rooms.

This is the gear I already have in my quiver:
Canon 7D
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
Sigma 1.4x TC
Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6
Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Canon 430EX flash
Canon RC-1 infrared remote shutter

What else would you recommend? Maybe a long prime? I'm not sure that the boss wants to fork out $1400 for a 300mm prime for a few photos.




  
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May 11, 2011 10:03 |  #2

If you can use flash, then the gear in your quiver is more than sufficient.

Possibly a 24-70/2.8 as I'm assuming you're doing more torso/headshots than fullbody shots that the 17-50 would typically get you. But again, depends on how close you can get to your boss inside the meeting rooms and whether flash is allowed.

Assuming flash isn't allowed, then the 50/1.8 and 85/1.8 might do well enough as is. But you could always try to convince him that a 50L or Siggy85 or 85L is necessary. (But you'll have to be careful about the thin DoF. and walking around @ fixed FL.)

So check with your boss. How "mobile" can you be without disturbing the meeting and whether flash (probably not allowed as it would be distracting) could be used.

Oh, one more thing that I would be concerned with. What kind of lighting? (especially for non-flash). Most of these meeting rooms are outfitted with fluorescent lighting of some sorts. You may have to slow the shutter down to under 1/100s in order to avoid catching the light at one of its cycles which the REALLY jacks up the WB/look of the photo. So you'll need to take that into consideration. As much as you want to shoot at a faster shutter speed for sharpness... you'd likely encounter the dreaded fluorescent lighting effect.


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May 11, 2011 10:03 |  #3

Sigma 85 1.4 as an upgrade to your 85 1.8, or a canon 135 f2 :)


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May 11, 2011 10:06 |  #4

How about a ultra wide angle? or 35L or 50L


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May 11, 2011 10:38 |  #5

I was in a similar situation, I have a project at work where I need to photograph a lot of clothing to go into some software I am writing. Got a 24mm 1.4 L MK2, Manfrotto carbon Tripod and head, 580EXII and some umbrellas and stands. :)


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May 11, 2011 12:27 |  #6

Tarzanman wrote in post #12389182 (external link)
Most people at the office know that I have a fairly nice camera (7D).

Last week, I was asked by my boss' boss to bring my camera to work and to spend half a day taking photos of a big meeting/presentation he is attending at an off-site location.

He told me that the company would foot the bill on any equipment I might need to make sure that the photos come out well (cha-CHING! :D)

My question is this... what do I really need (if anything)? The meeting is inside one of those large hotel meeting rooms.

This is the gear I already have in my quiver:
Canon 7D
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
Sigma 1.4x TC
Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6
Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Canon 430EX flash
Canon RC-1 infrared remote shutter

What else would you recommend? Maybe a long prime? I'm not sure that the boss wants to fork out $1400 for a 300mm prime for a few photos.

Can 5 hot strippers be considered equipment? :D


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May 11, 2011 12:29 as a reply to  @ Alex_Venom's post |  #7

Grab a 10-22, it'll be good indoors.




  
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May 11, 2011 12:32 |  #8

Canon 1Ds Mark III
All L lenses available
And you must note to the big boss that you have to take them home at all time to master using it all! :lol:




  
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May 11, 2011 12:33 |  #9

Make sure you mention to your boss the average price of good gear. I wouldn't be surprised if he assumed that it would be less than $500 if that :)

Most people have no idea how expensive lenses are...


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May 11, 2011 12:36 |  #10

rick_reno wrote in post #12389984 (external link)
Grab a 10-22, it'll be good indoors.

I tested a 10-22 and wasn't impressed with it at all. All sorts of edge distortion and the aperture is very average.

If I were shooting that short then I would go with primes




  
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May 11, 2011 12:36 |  #11

Better ask about the budget first ! You don't want to surprise your big boss with the bill :)




  
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May 11, 2011 12:41 |  #12

Your existing lens cover a broad range. Depending on what you are shooting you might want to consider lighting equipment. Especially important for group shots.


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May 11, 2011 12:45 |  #13

I think you are heading down a very slippery slope.
Is it to late to get out of it.


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May 11, 2011 14:29 |  #14

I just did a two day event last week and I wish my company would do that too.

Anyway, if you're shooting an event, why not go for

2x 5D2 w/ grip (you don't want to switch lenses all the time)
4x batteries for the 5D2
1x EF 24-70mm f/2.8 (for speakers interacting with the audience as well as closeup portraits of the speaker)
1x EF 70-200mm MKII f/2.8 (for shooting from a distance or candids)
1x EF 24-105 f/4 (for a backup in case a lens craps out, and it happens)
2x 580EX II flash
1x tripod (optional, since you're doing everything handheld most of the time anyway)
1x bag (meets the carry-on specification in the airport) to carry all the gears.
Lots of fast memory cards
Lightroom and/or Photoshop for your computer/laptop

I think the above should be the reasonably priced route if your boss wants good photos for the company events.


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May 11, 2011 14:32 |  #15

Muteki wrote in post #12390687 (external link)
I just did a two day event last week and I wish my company would do that too.

Anyway, if you're shooting an event, why not go for

2x 5D2 w/ grip (you don't want to switch lenses all the time)
4x batteries for the 5D2
1x EF 24-70mm f/2.8 (for speakers interacting with the audience as well as closeup portraits of the speaker)
1x EF 70-200mm MKII f/2.8 (for shooting from a distance or candids)
1x EF 24-105 f/4 (for a backup in case a lens craps out, and it happens)
2x 580EX II flash
1x tripod (optional, since you're doing everything handheld most of the time anyway)
1x bag (meets the carry-on specification in the airport) to carry all the gears.
Lots of fast memory cards
Lightroom and/or Photoshop for your computer/laptop

I think the above should be the reasonably priced route if your boss wants good photos for the company events.

:lol:

I hope his boss has a sense of humor cuz after he sees this price tag, OP might join the unemployment line. That or the company's incredibly wealthy (in which case, it'd still be cheaper to hire a pro photographer for the event).


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