Hey everyone. Long long time no see. Photography has been far down my list for months as this has been a turbulent year. But my work has spontaneously decided to unblock POTN and summer means my camera keeps wink wink nudge nudging me to go take pictures.
First of all, the baby pictures in this thread and the last (I've started catching up a bit) are amazing. Special mention to the Batman one for the awww factor.
So, photography. What better photo op than the Olympics, right?
I'm just curious whether anyone here has got events booked and is planning to take advantage of it to capture some memories. If so, what photographic gear you are planning to bring with you?
With the Olympics organisers refusing to clarify photography rules ahead of Games (I tried emailing the helpline and only got a link to the generic restrictions page for my trouble), there is a bit of a risk factor to taking any long lenses with you.
However, they do accept that you can take photos as personal memories. So while I'll avoid bringing anything with an interchangeable lens to Wembley, here is what I'm thinking of taking with me for fencing, dressage and hockey:
- My Canon 7D. It's not afraid of high iso and the autofocus should be perfect for it. Also, crop = more reach.
- A Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM I rented from LensesForHire. I wasn't about to spend money on buying one as my 70-200mm lens is my least used. I'm more of a city shooter. But I thought it would be nice to have a decent telephoto lens to take with me. Also, this review mentions it fits in a Lowepro Toploader Pro 70 AW Case. So it should fit all size restrictions, right?
- A Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake. This one. It reviews very well. All the people who have posted samples in this POTN thread seem to really like it. They say that, for the price (I paid £189 for it), the quality is excellent. Also, it takes no space at all and would fit in the same small camera bag easily.
That way, I would have something for portraits and something for the event.
What do you reckon? Are you aware of any further restrictions which would make this not work? And if you are going to the games, what are you bringing?
Hi & welcome back on the brand new thread
We have tickets for Rowing ~ re dSLR and lenses. According a book published by LOCOG & if I recall on their online info? no lens greater than 30cm in length!!!
I think it was Stewart & one of his colleagues that put me onto that little datum, so that in practice rules out the 100-400 in my bag Like you I am perhaps too late in the day thinking/planning to rent something but fear the 70-300 may be 'seen' as too long by some jobs worth especially if they realsie it extends when zoomed (I think that is what it does like its non L version???). Somewhere mention was made that any bags brought to the venues should not exceed 25litre capacity.
The other things annoys and baffles me that nowhere apparently for security reasons do they publish or provide seating plans so I have no idea in distance terms how far from the lake or the finish line where our seats are located???
In regard to lens choice I do wonder how many people going who like us are keen (amateur) photographers might/could/will get kit stopped at security because it does not meet the criteria? If that does happen I bet "security" do not have secured holding bins/lockers for detained property ~ hence why to avoid any chance of trouble getting in I acting on a risk aware basis :fingers crossed:
Edit ~ reading the BJP online article and comments just makes the whole matter a quagmire. FWIW I bought the book I mention cheaper via Amazon than LOCOG was selling it for and I will take it with a post-it note flagging the page where it says what is acceptable...............either that and/or just use the 24-105 and live with what I get with that short a lens.