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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-10-2007, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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No zoom lenses allowed?

Rob's zoo post reminded me about this:

I went to the USA/Brazil soccer match yesterday at Soldier Field and had my D40 w/ 18-200 lens attached, in my backpack. I fully expected security to ask me to open the bag as I've gone though the same drill at college football games, Cubs games, etc.

Now usually I unzip the side, show my camera, and I'm off. But this particular 'security' guard wanted to see in each pocket, and balked at my spare kit lens. He said "no zoom lenses were allowed." I showed him that the kit lens was small, and he luckily didn't ask to see the attached 200mm lens.

But when I get to my seats (center section, row 5, Ronaldinho was about 20 feet away!) there was a dude with a Canon Rebel with a 200mm lens next to me, and another guy with his 30D and a couple lenses one row down.

Anyone know what the deal is? I'm getting annoyed at being hassled for taking friggen pictures in public places. That two weekends in a row now.

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Get used to it. Everyone wants the rights to pictures they didn't take. You could get sued for selling photographs of that game without the expressed consent of the team, the players, the organization, and the venue. Its pretty shitty, but thats the world we live in.

Just be lucky that you live in Chicago and not New York. I think they passed some law now where you need a permit to take photographs in public places for extended periods of time. Street photographers could be ticketed if they dont have a permit.

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Get used to it. Everyone wants the rights to pictures they didn't take. You could get sued for selling photographs of that game without the expressed consent of the team, the players, the organization, and the venue. Its pretty shitty, but thats the world we live in.

Just be lucky that you live in Chicago and not New York. I think they passed some law now where you need a permit to take photographs in public places for extended periods of time. Street photographers could be ticketed if they dont have a permit.

Crazy...
Hmm, wonder if that's really true. If it is, how do the cameras work on city streets that watch you? Will the local gov't pay me royalty fees for walking down the street?
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Nice, how was it watching the game live???
It was great. Although only a 'friendly match' neither team appeared to hold anything back. I have some nice shots of shirts being pulled, eye getting poked, and some other rough stuff that the TV cameras don't quite pick up.

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Get used to it. Everyone wants the rights to pictures they didn't take. You could get sued for selling photographs of that game without the expressed consent of the team, the players, the organization, and the venue. Its pretty shitty, but thats the world we live in.

Just be lucky that you live in Chicago and not New York. I think they passed some law now where you need a permit to take photographs in public places for extended periods of time. Street photographers could be ticketed if they dont have a permit.

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That NYC thing never materialized.
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For each venue you have to call in advance and ask them what their rules are. I find that a lot of places tell their security "no professional cameras" but don't clarify what a professional camera is. So one guy might call a camera with a Tripod "Professional", one guy might call any camera with a BIG lens Pro, and another just might call anything with a zoom lens Pro.

These are non-photgraphers taking unclear direction from non-photographer management.

So again, it's always best to call ahead and get someones name when you do, or sneak the lenses in. I typically put a 50mm on the camera so as to look as non threatening as possible, and hide the 70-200 and teleconverter in a cooler, pocket, down my pants (j/k).

I did hear recently that many of the locations are adopting a ban on 85mm or larger lens as constituting a pro setup. That's why I mount the 50mm on the body.

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I did hear recently that many of the locations are adopting a ban on 85mm or larger lens as constituting a pro setup. That's why I mount the 50mm on the body.
That is such B.S. A zoom lens does not a professional make.

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That is such B.S. A zoom lens does not a professional make.
yeah, like I said...Non Photographers taking sketchy direction from Non Photographers.

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