Well, what was sad was, back in Sept of 2012 when I already purchased my F1 tickets, COTA said.. No lenses/cameras/video cameras.
I went back and forth with someone at COTA via email and they were convinced that other tracks banning cameras was common. I said they were full of horse hockey and didn't know what they were speaking of.
....and I'd never been to a race before!!!
FINALLY after facebook exploded and emails sent to every corporate email address I Could find they backed off their asinine assumptions.
The sad part again, this time at MotoGP was some people were being hassled at the gates for having a monopod, when their website clearly says it's FINE. I wish I Was there. The wife told me about it. I would have pointed the gate staff to their own website where it says its fine.
The people who came up with no lenses in grandstands had no idea what they were speaking about, either. As you said, if you are looking at my glass, you arent looking at the track, and if this is their threshold, then why did they allow umbrellas?
Anyway, now that all that nonsense is over with, the track is quite nice. The only part I am still dissapointed with is that my 400MM lens is -BARELY- long enough for this track, to fill the frame. I got some pretty nice shots ( at least in my opinion ) from turn 15 which I am still working on right now, though I had to crop a bunch of them. Hopefully I can get them sorted and posted on my gallery today or tomorrow. Going to try to sort them via race category, but that will require a bit of extra work as I cant pick out riders by name yet.
Flores wrote in post #15857777
True. I had my 300 2.8 and a sigma 50-500 sitting on turn 1 for F1 last year. had one of the hospitality guys come up to me and try to tell me my lens was too long. I laughed at him and said 'how long is to long?'
he said 10". I chuckled and said. this lens is 9 and 11/16th inches long. I measured it very carefully before I brought it out here. thanks for checking.
he went away confused.
apparently, someone who had never been to a race before was 'concerned' about being able to see past our camera lenses. which was silly, since the minute the race started they had an entire row of people standing in front of them.
not to mention the fact that where we were sitting, having to 'look past' our lenses would have meant you were looking at the people sitting in front of us, not the track.
sure wished I could have hit moto gp this past weekend, but I had family stuff that was more important.