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Jul 24, 2014 20:05 |  #1

Is there usually a limit to how large a zoom a fan can bring to an NFL game? I was just given four 50 yd line (6th row) tix to a preseason game on Aug 8th and would love to get some good shots. And I don't want to be turned around at the gate as we will be arriving very close to kickoff.

Or do most teams have their own set of rules and I should just call to find out?


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Jul 24, 2014 20:41 |  #2

klamont9 wrote in post #17054215 (external link)
Is there usually a limit to how large a zoom a fan can bring to an NFL game? I was just given four 50 yd line (6th row) tix to a preseason game on Aug 8th and would love to get some good shots. And I don't want to be turned around at the gate as we will be arriving very close to kickoff.

Or do most teams have their own set of rules and I should just call to find out?

The venue usually identifies the limits of fan photography equipment on their website.

What stadium will you be at?


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Jul 24, 2014 21:02 |  #3

The NFL has some of the strictest security and camera policies. To be honest, you're best off leaving the camera at home, enjoying the game with your family/friends, and not having to deal with the hassle or worry of getting your camera through security.


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Jul 25, 2014 08:40 |  #4

Staszek wrote in post #17054321 (external link)
The NFL has some of the strictest security and camera policies. To be honest, you're best off leaving the camera at home, enjoying the game with your family/friends, and not having to deal with the hassle or worry of getting your camera through security.

I've had no problem at Met-Life taking a crop and ID's and the 70-300. This is there policy ...

"Still-photography cameras with a lens that is 6" or less in length not contained in a case"

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Jul 25, 2014 11:40 |  #5

I will be going to Gophers' TCF Stadium (where the Vikings will be playing the next 2 seasons while the new stadium is built). So it's a college stadium, but I'm guessing the NFL rules apply during their game.

And after some digging it does look like 6 inches is the maximum one can go and you cannot bring a camera bag.

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Jul 25, 2014 23:56 |  #6

For some preseason games they are a little bit more lax. Also if you have a longer lens, see if you can also rent the 2x extender. Since it won't be on the lens itself


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Jul 26, 2014 01:11 |  #7

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The NFL has some of the strictest security and camera policies. To be honest, you're best off leaving the camera at home, enjoying the game with your family/friends, and not having to deal with the hassle or worry of getting your camera through security.

I respectfully disagree. I enjoy taking photos at games. If I didn't have a camera with me, I wouldn't have as much fun.

I've been to a few Braves games this year. I believe their policy is that lenses have to be 6" or less. I get around that by taking my sx50 with me. It is a wonderful little camera for a sporting event (even with its weaknesses). It's strengths are the great zoom and the ability to shoot 10FPS in JPEG.

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1. Taken from the top row of the upper level:

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3. And finally, this shot was from the lower level. I'm including it because I want to brag a little. After taking the shot, I also got the foul ball! So yes, I enjoyed the game, got a foul ball, AND have a photo of the ball leaving the bat!
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Jul 26, 2014 04:24 |  #8

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I respectfully disagree. I enjoy taking photos at games. If I didn't have a camera with me, I wouldn't have as much fun.

I agree, I have more fun when I bring my camera to a game as well... and when I'm paid to be there. However, when I'm paying for a seat, I'd rather watch, eat, drink, and cheer with my friends.

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Jul 26, 2014 22:37 |  #9

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I agree, I have more fun when I bring my camera to a game as well... and when I'm paid to be there. However, when I'm paying for a seat, I'd rather watch, eat, drink, and cheer with my friends.


And that's just where we're different. You have more fun sitting and cheering with your friends. I have more fun doing that AND taking photos at the same time.

I agree that I would have a blast shooting a game on the sidelines, with professional equipment, and would definitely enjoy getting paid to do it! I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon (unless you want to put in a good word for me somewhere :D ).

I've been in this discussion in this forum before. I pretty much already knew that you were a professional, since they are the ones that are usually saying, "Leave your camera at home and just enjoy the game." Now, I can't judge your motivation in saying this. It is entirely possible that you personally are just interested in the happiness of a fellow POTN member. However, in the past, I've gotten the idea from other professionals that they simply want a monopoly on images of professional games. Well, we both know that my images with the sx50 from the top row are sub-par to your images. I know that going in to the ball park. I'm not trying to sell my images to Sports Illustrated. I'm making memories. I'm also, in my opinion, displaying some pretty good talent as a photographer. That makes me happy too!

Now, back to the "Leave your camera at home" discussion. Can you imagine Moose Peterson saying to me, "When you go to Yellowstone, you should just leave your camera at home and enjoy the scenery."


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Jul 27, 2014 04:26 |  #10

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And that's just where we're different. You have more fun sitting and cheering with your friends. I have more fun doing that AND taking photos at the same time.

I agree that I would have a blast shooting a game on the sidelines, with professional equipment, and would definitely enjoy getting paid to do it! I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon (unless you want to put in a good word for me somewhere :D ).

I've been in this discussion in this forum before. I pretty much already knew that you were a professional, since they are the ones that are usually saying, "Leave your camera at home and just enjoy the game." Now, I can't judge your motivation in saying this. It is entirely possible that you personally are just interested in the happiness of a fellow POTN member. However, in the past, I've gotten the idea from other professionals that they simply want a monopoly on images of professional games. Well, we both know that my images with the sx50 from the top row are sub-par to your images. I know that going in to the ball park. I'm not trying to sell my images to Sports Illustrated. I'm making memories. I'm also, in my opinion, displaying some pretty good talent as a photographer. That makes me happy too!

Someone having a camera in the stands or on the sideline of a game isn't going to take away from my job that I've earned from experience, hard work, and the skill set of being able to provide desired images (by my editors and clients) consistently and on a deadline.

I simply say leave the camera at home because the NFL has some of the strictest policies against cameras and lenses that it's not worth the worry or hassle of getting it through security. MLB, MLS, and NBA are all much more accommodating to photography and offer being images to be made from your seat.

We also differ because I work full-time as a contracted editorial photographer and as a wedding photographer. On my days off, I just like to take photos of my friends enjoying our time together. I guess the novelty of professional sports has worn off since I've been in the industry for several years.

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]Now, back to the "Leave your camera at home" discussion. Can you imagine Moose Peterson saying to me, "When you go to Yellowstone, you should just leave your camera at home and enjoy the scenery."

That's a totally different story than paying (or being gifted) tickets to a sporting event, having to worry about security and the rules, and so on.

Either way, enjoy the event the way you want to. I was just sharing my personal experience with you.


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Jul 27, 2014 07:52 |  #11

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Is there usually a limit to how large a zoom a fan can bring to an NFL game? I was just given four 50 yd line (6th row) tix to a preseason game on Aug 8th and would love to get some good shots. And I don't want to be turned around at the gate as we will be arriving very close to kickoff.

Or do most teams have their own set of rules and I should just call to find out?

They didn't even check my camera bag when I went to a regular season NFL game two years ago !

I was about 50 rows backs on the lowest level and brought a Rebel XSi and 55-250IS and got great pics




  
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Aug 05, 2014 11:25 |  #12

I've gotten away with a nikon D3s with a 200-400 at a 49er preseason game before, not sure about bringing a setup like that now to the new stadium


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Aug 06, 2014 09:05 |  #13

I think the NHL is worse than the NFL as far as camera policies. I used to be able to bring my 70-200 to the Metrodome for the Vikes and then in the past two years couldn't.
My rant is about those midrange cameras that kind of look like a DSLR but don't have interchangeable lenses but a super zoom. After I saw those at a concert but I couldn't bring my big camera I went and bought a sony nex. I just bring that to games now and it works, it's not the greatest but it gets the job done. I haven't gotten checked for my lenses with that camera. I just hang the camera with the small lens on my belt and when i get to my seat change to the zoom lens.


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