Camera Room for Olympics – Photographer’s Gear

Last Updated on August 4, 2021 by PixelPluck

Check out the Canon’s Camera Room for Rio Olympics 2016 and Tokyo Olympics 2020. The Olympics is the biggest sporting event on planet earth. The athletes and players compete for the piece of shiny metal through numerous events, just like professional photographers looking to capture the decisive moment to the best of their ability and gear. A sporting event of this magnitude needs a whole lot of photography gear and backups. This event is also an opportunity for the top camera and lens manufacturers to showcase the ability of their latest camera gear and advances in technology. Canon’s Camera Room for Rio Olympics 2016 and Nikon’s Camera room for Tokyo 2020 is a huge stockpile of Canon gear. In this post, you will see Canon’s Camera Room for Rio Olympics 2016.

Camera Gear at Rio Olympics 2016

Getty Images Sport showed how much gear they need for a sporting event like the Olympics.

But this was nothing compared to the stockpile of Canon’s arsenal of gears. Canon said that the company has brought over 1,500 lenses and over 950 DSLR bodies to the Rio Olympic Games. The Canon Professional Services (CPS) Depot at the games is a room filled from floor to ceiling with Canon cameras, lenses, and accessories. Canon also has a staff of 78 professionals on hand to support the professional Canon photographers covering the Games.

Olympics Photographer Gear List

Each Getty Images photographer will be equipped with a nearly 50-pound camera bag that contains: a 360-degree camera, 4 DSLRs, a 16-35mm f/2.8, a 24-70mm f/2.8, a 70-200mm f/2.8, a 300mm f/2.8, an additional telephoto lens (400mm, 500mm, or 600mm), 2 flash units, a laptop, and clothes.

This means that each photographer is carrying up to $42,289 in Canon gear in their 50lb bag when covering one of the sporting events. Getty Images will also be using special cameras for immersive 360-degree views and 20 robotic cameras for aerial and underwater views.

Take a look inside the room where Canon is storing the gears for Rio Olympics 2016.

Canon Olympics Gear Room (1)
Who would not like to be here!

Canon will be lending this gear to the major photo agencies while on-site through the Canon Professional Services program, including Getty, Reuters, and the European Pressphoto Agency, and others. Canon’s team of over 70 highly trained technicians and support staff will be in Brazil for nearly a month to support professional photographers and broadcasters, Canon said in a press release.

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera and ultra-wide zoom EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens were selected to be used for Getty Images’ new high-tech, remote-controlled underwater robotic system. These two photos of Canon’s stockpile room were shot on a 14mm lens.

Canon Olympics Gear Room (2)
Oh, Dear! That is a serious lot. The other side looks the same.

There are a lot of Canon 1Dx Mark II and likes of super-fast 400mm, 600mm telephoto lenses on these racks. Canon may also be testing prototypes and test bodies of upcoming DSLRs like the Canon 5D Mark III successor.

Inside CPS at the MPC in Rio Olympics 2016
Inside CPS at the MPC in Rio 2016. Image by: Jeff Cable

Camera Gear at TOKYO OLYMPICS 2020

Canon established a professional photographer Photo service center inside the Tokyo 2020 Main Press Center. The stockpile of lenses and cameras far exceeds the 2016 Rio Olympics. You can read the press release here.

Also, have a look at the Nikon camera and lens gear at Tokyo 2020 for Nikon Professional Services (NPS).

Now, all we need is a look inside the Nikon’s storage room for its Camera Gear. We are sure that would be no less than that of Canon. If this does not satisfy your senses then check out the biggest lenses here and the most expensive lenses here. In every Olympics, there is an opportunity to shoot iconic moments by photographers. The photographs at the Olympics are of historical importance and will live forever. We are thankful to the professional sports photographers who work hard to get the best shot for us. The massive storage area for both Nikon and Canon shows the amount of photography gear required for a big event like the Olympics.

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