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OK to bring camera gear to LA Dodger Game?

 
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Aug 18, 2009 12:22 |  #1

For those in the LA area, I had a question.

I have great seats for this Sunday's Dodger home game against the Cubs. Its a day game, so lighting should be perfect for my mainly F/4 lineup.

My question is whether or not I can bring my camera gear (all in my Lowepro Slingshot) w/o getting hassled? My gear is in my sig.

Thanks in advance,
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Aug 18, 2009 12:24 |  #2

I know here at Nationals stadium there is a lens length limit the are supposed to enforce. I would check on the stadiums website and under FAQ there is almost always the individual stadiums rules regarding photography equipment. Or you could also call the stadium and ask the questions directly.


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Aug 18, 2009 12:24 |  #3

easy answer-

Do some research on the dogers website and see what their restrictions are... you should be fine in most ball parks but it differs from park to park.


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Aug 18, 2009 12:32 |  #4

http://losangeles.dodg​ers.mlb.com …k/ballpark_guid​e_list.jsp (external link)

losangeles.dodgers.mlb​.com wrote:
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Still and video cameras are permitted in Dodger Stadium provided that they are for personal use only. Taking photos or video taping any game action is prohibited. Fans may not block aisles or obstruct the view of others and professional photographic tools (such as tripods, telephoto lenses, etc.) are not permitted in the stadium.

Terrible wording. I prefer the ones that clarify 6" lens limit or 200mm limit. Always amazed that every MLB site has an A-Z Guide, but different wording... too much ambiguity.


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Aug 18, 2009 12:36 |  #5

Just got off the site and saw that same wording. I guess 70-200 falls under "telephoto", I presume? :(

I'm in the dugout club behind home base. I wonder if my 105 will work sufficiently? I guess I have no choice.

I will contact them in case there is a max focal length parameter. I agree, the language is terrible.


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Aug 18, 2009 12:41 |  #6

you should fine... take your 70-200 2.8... I wouldnt worry about it.


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Aug 18, 2009 13:30 as a reply to  @ canonnoob's post |  #7

Don't know about Dodger Stadium but got my 70-200 in Busch (regularly) and Wrigley (once) no problems. I was very nervous about the Home Run Derby in St. Louis this year; but got it in. Decided not to take it to the All Star Game only to see many other "white" lenses out and about. Wish I woulda tried.

If you aren't parked a "deal-killer" walk away I'd definitely try it. Or go early to protect the downside (oh wait...this is Dodger Stadium...I guess you'll be arriving about the 3rd or 4th inning right?;)).

In any event, beat those baby bears for us will ya?...and post your pics please!


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Aug 18, 2009 13:40 |  #8

Celtic Tiger wrote in post #8481407 (external link)
Don't know about Dodger Stadium but got my 70-200 in Busch (regularly) and Wrigley (once) no problems. I was very nervous about the Home Run Derby in St. Louis this year; but got it in. Decided not to take it to the All Star Game only to see many other "white" lenses out and about. Wish I woulda tried.

If you aren't parked a "deal-killer" walk away I'd definitely try it. Or go early to protect the downside (oh wait...this is Dodger Stadium...I guess you'll be arriving about the 3rd or 4th inning right?;)).

In any event, beat those baby bears for us will ya?...and post your pics please!

Haha! LA fans get such a bad rap don't we? :)

I got a reply from the Dodgers and it is laughable. They said "Our max camera length is 3 inches or roughly no longer than a credit card". What a joke!

I have preferred parking, so I won't be a "deal-killer" walk away.

Hopefully I manage to take some good pics with or w/o the 70-200. If we can't take down the Cubs with their injured lineup, I fear for my team!


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Aug 18, 2009 14:50 |  #9

Sports photographers get in with huge lenses. Just say your a semi-pro sports photographer who has to sit down due to medical issues etc.


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Aug 18, 2009 14:56 |  #10

cspratt wrote in post #8481885 (external link)
Sports photographers get in with huge lenses. Just say your a semi-pro sports photographer who has to sit down due to medical issues etc.

don't they usually have some sort of special badging or access pass?


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Aug 18, 2009 14:59 |  #11

JNRSM3 wrote in post #8481930 (external link)
don't they usually have some sort of special badging or access pass?

It's called a "Credential" and attempting to fraudulently gain entry by claiming to be a member of the Working Press when you aren't will get you:

At Best .. Ejected
At Worst .. Prosecuted for Criminal Tresspass

The team/stadium might be "nice" about it but MLB probably won't...


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Aug 18, 2009 15:01 |  #12

aww jay your ruining their fun... i think the point was made that he could just sit in his seat yet have access for his gear.


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Aug 18, 2009 15:05 |  #13

I was there yesterday with my 1DII + 17-40 mounted (85 in my girlfriend's purse), no hassles. From what I can tell, it really depends on the mood of the security guard as to what's considered "professional photographic tools".

About 30 feet in front of me a guy was shooting with a 70-200. Although that was in the field level box seat, so I don't know if they have any special rules. Seemed like a regular guy enjoying the game with his family though, even his wife took her turn shooting with it a bit.


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Aug 18, 2009 16:59 |  #14

Thanks for all the replies.

Perhaps bringing my backpack might give me away and make me an easy target. Maybe I can put the 70-200 in my wife's purse hidden under all her junk and the 24-105 mounted. 17-40 might be a bit short focally, I think.


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Aug 19, 2009 05:31 |  #15

k_wakasugi wrote in post #8481991 (external link)
I was there yesterday with my 1DII + 17-40 mounted (85 in my girlfriend's purse), no hassles.

JNRSM3 wrote in post #8482603 (external link)
Maybe I can put the 70-200 in my wife's purse hidden under all her junk and the 24-105 mounted.

Ahhh the 2nd person stash.......

I've found that baseball is very lenient in general about gear, where the NFL is a completely different story. Heinz Field (Steelers) last season, the guard couldn't have cared less about the Mk3 body. The 70-200f/4is on the other hand - you would have thought I was trying to walk in with a 400f/2.8 by the way he reacted.

So I went to another gate, put my 1.4 extender on the body and stuck the 70-200 in my 10yr old's tied off coat sleeve. :)


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