The Canon 7D + SD4500 at a Concert

I recently shot a chiptunes concert with the Canon 7D and 35mm F/1.4L and tonight I was invited by Canon to shoot the Postelles. As part of their, “Your Second Shot” campaign, they also provided myself and fellow staffer Will Greenwald with SD4500ISs as gifts. By far, this was some of the best lighting I’ve ever shot with at a concert in a long time. Though the 7D’s images blow the little point and shoots out of the water, I wasn’t properly holding the camera. Most of the shots taken with the SD4500IS were with one hand and perhaps on the move as I needed to keep moving in order to get great angles of the band. Expect a review of the SD4500. Comments and the gallery after the jump.

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Gear Used

Canon EOS 7D

Canon Speedlite 430EX II

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L

Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible

Canon PowerShot SD4500IS

M Classics bag


I really believe wireless flash helps a tremendous amount at concerts now; and this is one of the first concerts where I was actually allowed to use it. Coupled with the Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible, the 430 EX II was able to give off softer and cooler diffused light which helped a lot more with white balance settings and post processing in Lightroom (and that’s a blessing). Most concert photographers actually shoot at the cooler settings just to be safe and if I were given the option of the collapsible vs the standard Lightsphere, I’d choose the collapsible in a heartbeat due to the quality of light that it can help give off combined with the compactness.

The 35mm F/1.4L once again performed admirably. Will has my 5D Mk II at the moment, but when it comes back it will be a tough call as to which camera body to put it on. However, the lens enabled me to keep the camera down to ISO 800 the entire night; combined with the flashes of course and the excellent lighting at the Morrison Hotel Gallery.

Once again as well, the M Classics bag is my go-to bag for most shows now as it is discrete, compact and able to hold more than enough gear for my needs.

The Postelles are a really awesome band: excellent sound, great interactivity it one another, and they know how to keep the crowd excited.

The 7D image gallery is below. NOTE: the last six photos in the gallery are actually from the SD4500IS. Still trying to figure out how to tweak the gallery settings in WordPress and I apologize for this.

As for the SD4500IS, these were the shots that I chose to post. Once again, I was not totally happy with the output but I did not give it a fair test and did not use the point-and-shoot the way it should be used in order to deliver the best results. I ask you to please not make final judgments on the camera from these images as much better is capable from the camera.


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Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.