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Inside an Olympic Photographer’s Gear Bag



The 2012 Summer Olympics are set to kick off in London and we caught up with an Olympic photographer about to leave for London to figure out what’s in his gear bag to cover the Summer Olympic games in the ever-changing weather of London.

Andrew Weber, is a photographer with the US Presswire who will be photographing the Olympic games. We caught up with Weber just days before he took off for several weeks of fast paced photography to find out what his essential mobile gear is.

As you would expect, there is a lot of photography gear, all of which is part of his carry on. In the bag below you’ll see three Nikon cameras and 8 lenses, listed below.

Olympic Photographer Gear bag cameras

Cameras and Lenses for covering the 2012 Summer Olympic games.

Weber carries two Nikon D4 bodies and a Nikon D3 as well as the following lenses, one of which ends up in his backpack with the rest of his gadgets.

  • Nikon 600mm f/4
  • Nikon 400mm f/2.8
  • Nikon 70-200 f/2.8
  • Nikon 24-70 f/2.8
  • Nikon 14-24 f/2.8
  • Nikon 24mm tiltshift f/3.5
  • Sigma 50mm f/1.4
  • Sigma 28mm f/1.8
  • Sigma 10mm f/2.8

As far as gadgets go, Weber is packing an assortment of Apple gear and an awesome portable power pack which he will use to keep his MacBook Air running while in the air.

Olympic photographer gear bag

Inside the gear bag of a photographer at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

In the photo above is;

  • 11-inch MacBook Air
  • iPad 2
  • Bose in-ear headphones
  • 1TB drive, 500GB drive
  • 2 16 GB memory cards, 4 8 GB memory Cards 4 4GB memory cards and 4 2 GB cards
  • Vagabond Mini Portable power
  • Nike Fuel band
  • Compact flash card read a XQD Card reader, Nike Fuel band, Memory Card holder

The Vagabond Mini is an interesting gadget that is designed to provide portable power to flash units, but works as a portable power source for anything, Weber says, “everyone who travels should have one.”

All of this gear, including that massive camera lens, fit in a waterproof Under Armor bookbag.

According to Weber, “Everything is done pretty instantly. I will try to get the photos posted online as soon as possible. I take the memory card out of my camera look at the pictures on my computer and edit them and ftp them to our photo editors.”

When it comes to mobile technology Weber is relying on wireless and ethernet at most events to upload photos, but will also be packing a wireless connection for covering some events. He’ll also have a Samsung Galaxy Note along on the trip thanks to the Samsung Olympic sponsorship.

You can follow Andrew Weber as he photographs the 2012 Olympic games on twitter and on his blog where he will post updates and photos of the experience.



  1. Sam P

    07/22/2012 at 5:26 pm

    That 600mm lens is an 11+ pound beast, it’s got to be the lens in the second photo, the 400mm is only about a pound lighter, must be the long lens in the photo backpack. Only by comparison would a 3.5 pound 130 Watt-hour portable power supply be called “small and lightweight”. Unfortunately, that battery doesn’t have USB power for charging devices.

  2. Andrew Weber

    07/22/2012 at 5:58 pm

    Hey Sam! The 600mm is the lens in my roller bag. The 400mm goes in my backpack and its a lot lighter compared to the 600. Also the Mini Vagabond does have a USB port to charge devices where I can plug in my iPad or iPhone into.

    • Sam P

      07/22/2012 at 9:57 pm

      Hmm… I don’t see anything about USB power on the Vagabond Mini specs, but its pretty obvious on the photos.

      This article doesn’t mention it, but the Vagabond produces sinusoidal 120VAC power, which is much higher quality than produced from typical inverters. Most electronics using switching power supplies won’t care about the difference, but some electrical devices and appliances do.

  3. T41god

    07/28/2012 at 8:13 am

    How do you land an experience like this? A photograper at the olypympics…I want to do this one day!

  4. Bubba Jones

    12/13/2012 at 6:26 am

    The VML will not charge a iPhone. Vagabond Mini Lithium’s USB port is rated to output a maximum of 5VDC/500mAh, I believe the iPhone requires 1500 mAh. Some limited number of devices can be powered by the VML USB port.

    To charge the iPhone iPad and the like plug it in one of the two AC ports.

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