We asked pro shooters what gear they are bringing to shoot the London 2012 Games, their responses will make you see dollar signs
Pro Choice: Pro shooters almost always have matched teleconverters for their long lenses in their must-take kits.
Reality check: We’re with the pros here. High-quality matched telecoverters such as the Tamron SP AF Pro can boost your long lens by 1.4X or 2X with practically no weight or bulk penalty. Keep in mind, though, that these converters are matched for faster, higher-end optics—kit zooms need not apply.
Pro choice: Clamps, such as the Manfrotto Super Clamp, are a must for rigging gear in places like gym rafters.
Reality check: Unless you have a specific application in mind—and permission for it—they’re mostly superfluous.
Pro choice: Our sports guys commonly carry four to six high-end accessory TTL flash units for wireless multi-light setups.
Reality check: Every serious photographer should have a high-end TTL unit—such as Pentax’s AF-540 FGZ—for the extra power, wireless operation, high-speed sync, and more. Six may be overkill, but two makes sense if you shoot indoors where flash is allowed.