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Sep 08, 2012 01:34 |  #1

Come November, I'm heading to Austin, TX to attend the first US F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. As I type this, I'm watching Monza practice on TV right now and noticed a lot of Canon L lenses in the stands. Which brings me to my questions:

1. Are there any camera restrictions you guys are aware of for F1 events?

2. I have a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 II, a Canon 300mm f/2.8 IS and 1.4x & 2x TCs. My initial thought would be that bringing the 70-200mm and the TCs would be the most portable setup. Good idea?

We have grand stand tickets for turn 12.

Comments & insight would be appreciated.




  
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Sep 08, 2012 06:55 |  #2

Looking at the photos posted on the Austin FB page leads me to suggest bringing the 300 as well. I see a lot of fence so you'll need all the reach you can get. I'm planning on taking my 70-200, 400, and 24-105.


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Sep 08, 2012 16:32 as a reply to  @ Bicknell55's post |  #3

I'd be more concerned about carrying a 2nd body. That way, you minimize lens changes.

If you have access to the paddock, the 16-35 is useful too.

BTW, I brought my 500 a few times to Sears Point and Laguna Seca. It was useful in a few places but really limits one's mobility when carrying other lenses. I found the 300 f2.8 with extenders, 100-400 and 70-200 were more than sufficient.


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Sep 17, 2012 10:03 as a reply to  @ biodan's post |  #4

Gear restrictions are different for each event, eg; Melbourne have a 300mm lens limit which is sometimes enforced.

I took a 500mm to Monza no dramas, I believe anything goes in Japan too.

I'd take the longest lens you have.


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Sep 28, 2012 14:29 |  #5

Based on the latest from COTA, no detachable lens cameras allowed. We will see if that changes.


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Sep 28, 2012 16:46 |  #6

I have general admission tickets plus parking that may be for sale depending on how they answer my email.

10 inches....Extended? or retracted? I can live with my 100-400 on site, I wanted a longer one for future races, but this one is good enough for my needs.

However my 100-400 is over 10 inches extended. IF they tell me I can't go in with it, I'm selling my tickets.

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In response to fan feedback, Circuit of The Americas has updated the list of prohibited items for the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, Nov. 16-18, 2012.

Patrons with still cameras featuring detachable lenses smaller than 10 inches in length WILL BE permitted on site during the Grand Prix event. However, detachable camera lenses longer than 10 inches will be prohibited.


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Sep 29, 2012 00:17 |  #7

330cic wrote in post #15054871 (external link)
Based on the latest from COTA, no detachable lens cameras allowed. We will see if that changes.

Nooooooooooooooo!!!! :(




  
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Sep 29, 2012 04:54 |  #8

int2str wrote in post #15056700 (external link)
Nooooooooooooooo!!!! :(


Did you read my post? Under 10 is OK so far. That covers a lot of glass still. However, my 100-400 is over 10 extended. If they dont let me in at the gate, I'll be selling a parking pass and two general admission tickets on site.


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Oct 01, 2012 14:12 |  #9

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Info@circuitoftheameri​cas.com (external link)

Thank you for contacting Circuit of The Americas as we take your concerns very seriously. Detachable camera lenses smaller than 10 inches in length WILL be permitted on site. Detachable lenses longer than 10 inches will not be allowed. Cell phones, including those with built-in photo and video capabilities, are allowed.Video cameras (camera is independent of any phone device) are prohibited.


We are prohibiting certain items from the Circuit in order to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience for all of our guests. We researched major events throughout the Unites States and abroad, including major motorsport events, before determining our list of permitted and non-permitted items.

Please let me know if there is anything we can do to further assist you!

Take care,

Alyssa Harris

Call Center Representative

Circuit of The Americas

512.301.6600

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This reply today. She still did not answer my question. My 100-400 is 7.5 inches long, But extends to 14". Is this OK or not???

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Oct 01, 2012 14:55 |  #10

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This reply today. She still did not answer my question. My 100-400 is 7.5 inches long, But extends to 14". Is this OK or not???

You're over-thinking this, I believe.

Nobody at the security line is going to mess with your camera and tug on your lens. At most they'll hold their ruler against it and that's about it. They won't touch your gear, not will they know or care that it extends, unless you make it obvious to them.

It's a simple case of don't ask - don't tell ;)




  
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Oct 01, 2012 15:04 |  #11

exactly right. the 300 2.8 IS is 9.9" without the hood ;)

the bigma is 8" closed down. I'm bringing both

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Oct 01, 2012 15:36 |  #12

int2str wrote in post #15066035 (external link)
You're over-thinking this, I believe.

Nobody at the security line is going to mess with your camera and tug on your lens. At most they'll hold their ruler against it and that's about it. They won't touch your gear, not will they know or care that it extends, unless you make it obvious to them.

It's a simple case of don't ask - don't tell ;)


This is what I was going to assume, unless I get a reply otherwise from the COTA rep. I'm going to snug the ring down real tight so they cant manipulate it, leave it attached to my camera and hang the camera around my neck so they can see it . Then use a small bag for my other body that I want to have prior to the event.

I am hoping this is a F1 only policy and the other races wont be so anal retentive about it.


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Oct 01, 2012 15:37 |  #13

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exactly right. the 300 2.8 IS is 9.9" without the hood ;)

the bigma is 8" closed down. I'm bringing both

:D

I'm guessing there will be a bunch of us. I'm bringing my monopod too. Hoping the 400 is enough reach from the general admission berms.


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Oct 05, 2012 14:18 |  #14

Circuit of The Americas

about an hour ago

Hey F1 USGP Fans! We’re listening to your feedback and making a change to our camera policy. Detachable cameras lenses of all sizes WILL BE PERMITTED at the 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ Nov. 16-18.
Please note that individual video cameras will not be permitted on .site; however, cell phones with photo and video capabilities will be >.allowed.>

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. We look forward to seeing >you at Circuit of The Americas this November!


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Oct 05, 2012 14:53 |  #15

int2str wrote in post #14962819 (external link)
Come November, I'm heading to Austin, TX to attend the first US F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. As I type this, I'm watching Monza practice on TV right now and noticed a lot of Canon L lenses in the stands. Which brings me to my questions:

1. Are there any camera restrictions you guys are aware of for F1 events?

2. I have a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 II, a Canon 300mm f/2.8 IS and 1.4x & 2x TCs. My initial thought would be that bringing the 70-200mm and the TCs would be the most portable setup. Good idea?

We have grand stand tickets for turn 12.

Comments & insight would be appreciated.


Now that we know COTA is not taking the photo-fun out of the event, we should try to figure out how to have a POTN gathering.


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