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Smuggling 'big' cameras into concert arenas.

 
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Jun 18, 2012 00:46 |  #1

Simply, I'm attending the Gaga BTW concert on the 24th june 2012 in Sydney, and I bought a canon1100D stupidly, without checking the entry requirements to the Allphones Arena in Sydney, which does not allow 'big and professional' cameras. I'm dead inside, seeming as this concert will be a once in a lifetime experience for me, I'm flying interstate to see her, and I'd just love good quality photos for my own enjoyment. I'm very young, 15, so I'm obviously not a professional. I sent the arena an email:

http://tinypic.com/vie​w.php?pic=2crrs6c&s=6 (external link)
http://tinypic.com/vie​w.php?pic=6zo3sy&s=6 (external link) (Thought I owned them with that last inquiry.)

Feeling sick to my stomach about this, I'm SO devastated. This black and white rule is complete bull----. :cry:

Main question: Has anyone been successful within sneaking 'big' cameras into concert arenas or grounds where they are disallowed?

I was thinking of cutting the lining of my small bad open and placing the camera and 300mm lens attached under there. I've done it and you wouldn't suspect a thing at ALL, but there is the possibility of metal detector checks. If I get caught out, I'd accept it, but it would ruin the night, so it's a big risk to take. It could work or it couldn't. I'd hate to be caught out during the concert if I got past the bouncers. Part of me wants to because point and shoot cameras for concerts are just crap, but part of me is absolutely shi-ting it. I know there are rules to abide by, but the sneaky bast-rd side of me is still there tempting me. Like I said, i'm fully responsible if I get caught out. I don't know. It's so annoying.

SO dissapointed, sick to my stomach. Kind of ironic when gaga yells 'take my picture little monsters.'

Once who has been successful with 'smuggling" - extremely jealous. http://www.flickr.com …m/sets/72157624​410297443/ (external link)




  
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Jun 18, 2012 01:06 |  #2

I would leave the camera at home. Also, this is officially the funniest first post I've ever seen. Are u seriously flying just to go to a lady Gaga concern?


One day I was walking on the street and somebody handed me a camera. I looked at them and said, "This is not a Canon, what do I look like? A charity case?" So I took it, and THREW IT ON THE GROUND!
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Jun 18, 2012 01:10 as a reply to  @ rebelwithacause's post |  #3

Additionally, from personal experience, you'll enjoy the concert much more without the camera and the hassle of worrying abouy gettig caught. You can always buy a poster of the performer later.


One day I was walking on the street and somebody handed me a camera. I looked at them and said, "This is not a Canon, what do I look like? A charity case?" So I took it, and THREW IT ON THE GROUND!
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Jun 18, 2012 01:12 as a reply to  @ rebelwithacause's post |  #4

Sarcastic remarks not needed. -_-




  
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Jun 18, 2012 01:24 as a reply to  @ Poosen's post |  #5

Didn't mean sarcasm. Truth is, if u get caught with the camera it (like u said) will put a huge damper on your night. Sounds like your investing quite a bit of time and money into seeing her and it would be a bummer to have that ruined.


One day I was walking on the street and somebody handed me a camera. I looked at them and said, "This is not a Canon, what do I look like? A charity case?" So I took it, and THREW IT ON THE GROUND!
http://www.flickr.com/​photos/rebelwithacause​6 (external link)

  
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Jun 18, 2012 01:29 as a reply to  @ rebelwithacause's post |  #6

Also, with the lenses you mentioned you may have a hard time getting fantastic photos depending on the lighting and the seats u have


One day I was walking on the street and somebody handed me a camera. I looked at them and said, "This is not a Canon, what do I look like? A charity case?" So I took it, and THREW IT ON THE GROUND!
http://www.flickr.com/​photos/rebelwithacause​6 (external link)

  
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Jun 18, 2012 01:37 |  #7

I have a 300mm lens, I've tested it in all/well majority of low light situations, settings in manual work perfectly.




  
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Jun 18, 2012 01:41 as a reply to  @ Poosen's post |  #8

I missed that, much like u missed my point. Follow the rules, leave the camera at home


One day I was walking on the street and somebody handed me a camera. I looked at them and said, "This is not a Canon, what do I look like? A charity case?" So I took it, and THREW IT ON THE GROUND!
http://www.flickr.com/​photos/rebelwithacause​6 (external link)

  
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Jun 18, 2012 01:42 |  #9

I like how the second email makes it totally obvious that you're considering sneaking a bag in. I don't know how concerts go down there, but here bags/purses get searched. Just enjoy the concert and leave the camera at home. Chances are that you'll be able to find pictures online from the concert anyway.


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Jun 18, 2012 01:44 |  #10

You asked, they told you no. What makes you feel that you are so entitled to be exempt from their rules? It isn't unusual for people to be tossed from venues for trying to circumvent the rules. Why not just play by the rules and enjoy the show without having to worry about what might happen next?


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Jun 18, 2012 01:49 |  #11

Calm down.
It doesn't really, asking about bag sizes doesn't suggest anything. Although my pathetic plan says otherwise, I haven't actually stated that in my email.

To be honest, I feel embarrassed about looking so desperate and rude as though i'm exempt, I'm just really pissed off with the black and white rules. I know a lot of people who obviously are, but you know. All I want is a photo to remember, so I can't help but think 'stuff them'. I know I sound horrible and bratty.




  
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Jun 18, 2012 01:54 |  #12

You do sound horrible and bratty, and you're being rude to people giving you advice that you asked for. If you already made up in your mind that you were going to sneak it in, then there was no sense in asking for opinions.


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Jun 18, 2012 01:57 as a reply to  @ Poosen's post |  #13

End to previous post sums up my thoughts to a tee. I think you're off on the wrong foot. This is a wonderful website and many of these fine folks will help you out if at all possible. I personally would refrain from telling longtime members to calm down.


One day I was walking on the street and somebody handed me a camera. I looked at them and said, "This is not a Canon, what do I look like? A charity case?" So I took it, and THREW IT ON THE GROUND!
http://www.flickr.com/​photos/rebelwithacause​6 (external link)

  
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Jun 18, 2012 02:01 |  #14

Look, apologies for anything, but hopefully to a point you can understand why i'm irritated, especially with comments like 'Also, this is officially the funniest first post I've ever seen. Are u seriously flying just to go to a lady Gaga concern?' Or 'I love how...'. It's just a bit 'stuck up'. Come on.

I haven't said I'm biting the bullet and going ahead, i'm asking if anyone has successfully done it and produced great photos.

Anyway.




  
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Jun 18, 2012 02:11 |  #15

Poosen wrote in post #14593904 (external link)
SO dissapointed, sick to my stomach. Kind of ironic when gaga yells 'take my picture little monsters.'

Email her or post on her twitter or whatever and ask how you're supposed to take her picture when you can't bring your camera inside. Maybe you'll get lucky and it'll get picked up by one of those weird magazines or "news"papers.


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