Check out the camera gear that Getty Images is using to cover the Olympics

By on February 7, 2014, 6:00 PM

All eyes will be on Sochi over the next couple of weeks as the world’s greatest athletes compete in the 22nd Winter Olympics. We’ll no doubt be treated to some spectacular sights and sounds from Russia but have you ever wondered what sort of photography gear is required to capture those memorable moments?

Getty Images staffer Robert Cianflone recently snapped and shared the image you see above with PetaPixel. What you are seeing is the photography gear – all $425,659.59 worth – that the team took with them to cover the games. It’s all high-end equipment, most of which didn’t even exist seven years ago when they started planning their coverage.

Here’s a list of everything pictured above:

• 20 Canon 1Dx cameras
• 3 Canon 5DmkIII cameras
• 1 Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro lens
• 2 Canon 14mm fisheye lenses
• 2 Canon 15mm fisheye lenses
• 5 Canon 16-35mm zoom lenses
• 7 Canon 200-400mm zoom lenses
• 2 Canon 200mm f/1.8 lenses
• 2 Canon 300mm f/2.8 lenses
• 2 Canon 300mm f/4 lenses
• 2 Canon 35mm f/1.4 lenses
• 2 Canon 50mm f/1.2 lenses
• 2 Canon 400mm f/2.8 lenses
• 8 Canon 500mm f/4 lenses
• 10 Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses
• 7 Canon 8-15mm fisheye lenses
• 5 Canon 800mm f/5.6 lenses
• 2 Canon 85mm f/1.2 lenses
• And a set of Tilt Shift lenses




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3 people like this | MilwaukeeMike said:

Wow, I wonder how much of it will mysteriously disappear from hotel rooms and camera bags.

1 person liked this | Ranger1st Ranger1st said:

Lol ^ without seeing that comment I was going to say something similar..

VitalyT VitalyT said:

How long is the fuse on these?

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

Like to get my dirty hands on these

1 person liked this | wastedkill said:

When your countries in debt just host a Olympics to make it all seem like your not in debt

1 person liked this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Gee and I thought all they did was haul out their phones and start snapping away

1 person liked this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

When your countries in debt just host a Olympics to make it all seem like your not in debt

Just get a few government officials to steal the photographic equipment (they're all experienced thieves anyway) and sell it on the black market.

ikesmasher said:

When your countries in debt just host a Olympics to make it all seem like your not in debt

Just get a few government officials to steal the photographic equipment (they're all experienced thieves anyway) and sell it on the black market.

You dont have to be experienced; apparently the hotels don't have doorknobs half the time.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I missed the opening ceremonies. Did the Russian Mob's Ice Hooking Team participate?

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

Opening ceremony was great. It put summer London Olympics to utter and total shame.

Too bad our lame Australian TV broadcaster chopped and changed the order and kept skipping parts..

JC713 JC713 said:

Wow $7000 for each camera. Now that is something.

1 person liked this | captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Wow $7000 for each camera. Now that is something.
No, a huge chunk of the money is tied up in those fast, long, telephoto lenses.

Either the 400 F2.8, or 500 F4.0, you can have your choice of for about ten grand a pop.

Once upon a time, even the best SLR body was the "accessory ", as compared to that long sports glass. The high end digital bodies are closer to the prices of the lenses, but still a lot cheaper.

Even the 300 F2.8, is pushing seven grand.

(Those images aren't to scale. The 400mm is much larger, and the 500 mm (top) is gigantic

Punch up your calculator, and add up the quantity costs of just those 3 lenses....I guarantee you'll be impressed.....:eek:

JC713 JC713 said:

No, a huge chunk of the money is tied up in those fast, long, telephoto lenses.

Either the 400 F2.8, or 500 F4.0, you can have your choice of for about ten grand a pop.

Once upon a time, even the best SLR body was the "accessory ", as compared to that long sports glass. The high end digital bodies are closer to the prices of the lenses, but still a lot cheaper.

Even the 300 F2.8, is pushing seven grand.

(Those images aren't to scale. The 400mm is much larger, and the 500 mm (top) is gigantic

Punch up your calculator, and add up the quantity costs of just those 3 lenses....I guarantee you'll be impressed.....:eek:

Arent those optics handmade? I think that is why they are so expensive.

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