Metallica live at Rock In Vienna

Metallica on 04.06.2015 at Rock In Vienna, Vienna


Metallica was going to perform on 2015/06/04 at the Rock in Vienna Festival. I saw my first Metallica Concert in 1992 on their “Wherever We May Roam” Tour. Since then, I’ve been a huge fan! Yesterday I got the fantastic opportunity to shoot a concert of theirs for the first time. Check out the pictures here.

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The main stage at the Rock in Vienna Festival is huge, so I used my Nikon D800 and the Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 lens. I’m always surprised how well this old lens performs. The 80-200mm f2.8 D version is available on ebay and it’s a real bargain. If you believe Ken Rockwells reviews, this lens performs as good when compared to the newer 70-200mm f 2.8 version. The best thing about it? It’ll cost you about $500! So if you’re in need of a tele zoom lens and you don’t want to spend $2000+ for the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8, I suggest checking it out. Remember, this lens doesn’t have image stabilization built-in, but you don’t need one for concert photography. So save your money instead and don’t waste it on overpriced gear.

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  • Mark Segal

    Shoot small venues, as time goes I tend to travel light and I usually bring d7000+50mm/1.8d or d5300+35/1.4 sigma A.
    For such show I’d definitely bring my old good long range gun – 80-200/2.8D

    • Thanks for your comment Mark. Great to hear that you´re also using the 80-200mm lens

  • Dave Horrocks

    Great shots as always Matthias, i have taken the plunge from D3200 to D700 Full frame, wow!
    in terms of lenses, 35mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4, 10.5mm 2.8 fisheye. My next purchase will need to be the 80-200mm, I will sell my 70-300mm for that one for sure!

    • Thanks Dave. You have already a nice lens setup for the wideangle and normal range. The 80-200 will be definitely the one you want to go when upgrading your 70-300mm

  • Monique Liet

    WOW!!! Great shots

  • Alex Lloyd

    Great shots! Shame that the Canon 80-200s are hard to find and often have mechanical problems!

    • Thank you Alex, Unfortunately, I don´t know about the Canon version.

  • Patricia Desaedeleer

    GREAT SHOTS

  • Keith Lack

    The Foo Fighters last week. Actually managed to get a few good shots too!! What do you think?

    https://www.facebook.com/keith.lack/posts/10153930844057576

    Made me want to be a rock photographer even more!!

  • Keith Lack

    Sorry, great shots by the way 🙂

  • Love these. Lighting looked perfect so shooting at high speeds looked very doable.

  • Keith Lack

    One more 🙂

  • Kim Baxter

    My God, Matthias ~ I’m speechless, these photos are so superb, I can’t think of the words of how I’m feeling about them, other than, your genius came through again! I’m so hoping I can score an all access this Sept. with Scorpions again, so I can climb on the stage & shoot some from there. Damn, great, beautiful shots you got there, Mattias ~ they’re a work of art…………..

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment Kim!

      • Kim Baxter

        You’re welcome, Matthias ~ Your photography instills deep feelings, no matter what photograph of yours I’m looking at, and isn’t that a very important part of being a concert photographer? Besides scoring the pass, setting up gear, making sure the lighting is just right, etc. ~ it’s also getting that shot that invokes emotion from the talent, that the fan can feel through the photo. You capture that brilliantly and that’s what I always try to bring back with my photos also ~ it’s the connection with the talent the fan can feel also, but you take it to an insane level, that I’m not sure I’ll ever achieve. But a girl can try! To me, photography is a burning passionate feeling and you either have it, or you don’t.

  • incredible photos, oida!!!!!!! 😉

  • Thanks for the great photos.

  • ripa9 .

    Kool.

  • Shan Mugarajah

    Hi,
    The subject in the very first photo is really standing out from the background which is darkened. What was the settings used?

  • Terrell Stewart

    Awesome pics! So, image stabilization is not really necessary when shooting concerts? I always thought other wise!