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    What constitutes a 'professional' camera?

    Sorry if this is the wrong forum, didn't think this topic was volatile enough for the lounge!

    Ok, I ask the question because I was reading the times and arrangements for an open air Meatloaf concert which my nephew and his mum have gone to this evening. See here.

    One of the T+Cs states: No professional cameras, video recorders or any form of audio-visual recording equipment allowed in the event site.

    Now, I understand the restrictions on sound or video equipment, but at what point is a camera considered a 'professional' camera?


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    As far as I know, who knows. I consider a professional camera to be any camera used by a professional (who ever that is). Is a bottom end Yachica 124 a professional camera because it uses 120 roll film? A lot of pros use N 90s or F 100 rather than the top of the line F5 or new F6. What about a M4 or M3? Maybe any 35 mm with interchangable lens and big flash?

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    Thats what I figured too. I could lay out on a top end Nikon but hanging around my neck it is just an SLR, hang it around David Bailey's neck and it's a pro camera. I was just wondering what criteria event organisers might use as to what is a 'pro' camera.


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    I'm sure the idea is that if you had a plastic snapshot camera you'd be fine but anything that can take a picture that is equal to what a pro would do, you would be infringing on their rights to make money off the residuals.


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    I think Paul hit it. I've known some folks who were let in with cameras (sex and what you look like play a role here) only to be harassed by security once they started shooting and "looking like a serious photographer." I'd venture to guess that someone carrying a 20D would be stopped faster than someone carrying a K1000 Best to leave the 200 2.8 and vertical grip home

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    Sounds like someone's very subjective and unspecified definition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Hawley
    Sounds like someone's very subjective and unspecified definition.
    And I'm sure the more vague the better for the people to enforce it...

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    Just dont get caught with your cell phone in plain view!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blansky
    you would be infringing on their rights to make money off the residuals.

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    This is the thinking locally at a restoration village and also the county park. The restoration village (Hale Farm) says you can shoot any camera as long as you don't use a tripod. When I have wandered the park with my 4x5 on a tripod several park rangers have asked if I have gotten the permit for $20 an hour.

    They put that together especially for weddings. If you are making money on their scenery, they want some as well. They have backed off when told that I am taking photo courses at the local college and this is for an assignment. Surprisingly one of the rangers had a son in my class. Once he knew that I could go anywhere I wanted to.

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    I think a professional camera is one designed stand up to the rigors of everyday use.

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