Originally posted by sparko:at least, in London I stood on some kind of platform, and it was only us photographers for these few minutes up on that platform, the other guests sat aside on the barrierer backside and waited or were standing around us, on the ground. on my right there was the VIP area, just like 2-3 feet away, Noel was there (second London)
You need a tele lens, on full frame I had my 70-200 and I wished I had more already in the first spot. Still, the 70 were good from the second spot to get the full stage and screen.
Light is horrible on the first two songs, exactly for that reason of press photographers. I had a Canon 5D Mark II (and Canon L 2.8 lens) and it was almost not good enough. You really need a very good DSLR with damn good high ISO performance, which is also very fast. Shoot RAW format.
I tried serial shots all the time, most of the time I read BUSY on my display.
I'd love to give it another shot with my new cameras. But I guess u2com won't give me another photo pass for fun. (I was the "test rabbit" for "we give photo passes to fansites and see what happens")
If you get a pass, you will meet at least an hour before actual show begin, leave everything outside the floor door (jacket, bags etc, a dedicated security watches over them) and will wait at the first spot then. You will not be able to see the rest of the show (though they tried to bring us in watching upstairs, but security didn't want people standing there), they have no storage for equipment, doesn't matter if you have a ticket. You would need to store your stuff away yourself.
Everything was acceptable until I got to the end. WTF!!!!!!!!!!!