I love jazz and I love photography.
I use my photography to visit concerts by photographing and writing for www.cultuurpodiumonline.nl.
Most of the times I use a Canon 5Dmark2 with a 70-200/2.8isII. Very versatile, great high iso performance and very fast. Almost to easy and also too heavy.
Lately I’ve used also the Fujifilm X-Pro1 for concert photography. It’s a great little camera with maybe even better high iso performance. There are however no long lenses yet. Therefore I use a cheap Ebay adapter for Canon to the Fuji. On that I put a Leica to Canon adapter and now I can use all my superb Leica-R glass on my Fuji. I’ve used the 90mm and 180mm but most of the times the 135/2.8 lives on it. This set up rules out auto focus. But the AF in the X-pro1 is too slow anyhow (this was before FW 2) so manual focus is the way to go. The EVF is okay but suffers from lag. If the artist is moving too much it is impossible to see if I’ve focused well enough. Because of this I tend to shoot more frames then with the Canon. Nevertheless, the Fuji is a joy too use.
Is it the best tool for concert photography? Probably not, but it does the job well enough for me and saves me from a sore back.