When In Doubt, Smuggle Your DSLR In
Tech writer David Pogue is out with a post in the New York Times about a recent run in he had with a freestyle motocross show at a local arena.
“Anyway, I brought my new Nikon D80 and my trusty image-stabilized, 18-200 millimeter (11X zoom) lens. This event absolutely screamed out for this camera: three frames per second, 11X zoom, image-stabilized. I was looking forward to getting some truly rockin’ shots, like the ones I’d taken at a monster-truck rally we saw last year in the same arena.
Amazingly, the guard stopped me at the door. “You can’t take that in there,” he said. “Detachable lens.”
“You can bring pocket cameras, but no detachable lenses.”
He was adamant. I had to run the camera all the way back to the car.
When I returned, he had summoned his boss, who apologetically explained the policy.
Apparently, the motocross tour had been running into trouble with people shooting these events with professional equipment—and then showing up at the next venue and selling prints. So why are pocket cams permitted? He pointed out, quite correctly, that those little 3X-zoom point-and-shoots are incapable of getting decent photos at an event like this.”
Which is the case at most big act concerts, shows, arenas, etc.
Pogue does point out that there still were plenty of DSLR’s in the show shooting, but just that the people shooting were smart enough to keep their cameras out of sight when they entered the arena.
I’ve been to lots of concerts, circuses, performances etc. where DSLRs are not allowed while camera phones or point and shoots are. The secret is to just hide your DSLR well when you enter the venue and to try and not be too obvious while you are shooting from the crowd.