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.
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.
What’s your favorite concert photography gear? Let me know in the comments below.