Do you need a fancy camera to shoot concerts?
When I first started shooting concerts, I had a Nikon n80 film camera and the kit lens that it came with. It didn’t take me too long to realize that the lens I had was inadequate, so I quickly upgraded to the 70-200mm 2.8 lens. I still have this lens today and love shooting with it. While they are nice to have, and make things a lot more convenient, you don’t need a fancy dSLR to shoot decent photos. Take for example, these shots of The All American Rejects. They were shot with a low-level film camera body.
The real downsides to me for using a film camera was not being able to check a few test shots before hand to ensure that my settings were getting me the best images and the time it took to rewind and change film. When you only have 3 songs to shoot, you don’t want any time wasted with rewinding/changing film.
A few more photos from this show can be seen on my site, John Shippee Photography.