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Opiekanopie
Sep. 1, 2010, 04:07 PM
Just thought others might find this info useful. I'm an amateur photographer (think, Nikon D40X and a small zoom lens) and wanted to bring my camera to the World Games. I emailed the general info address on the WEG site about what constituted "professional" photography equipment, as this was prohibited on grounds.

Response back was "Any type of still photography camera with detachable lenses larger than 6 inches will be considered professional equipment and will not be permitted."

Wanted to pass along in case any other shutterbugs were contemplating whether to bring their equipment. I was/am hoping to experiment with some fun horse photography.

piaffeprincess98
Sep. 12, 2010, 08:40 PM
Do they mean longer than 6 inches when zoomed out? I have a cheap 70-300mm that is 6 inches when not zoomed.

jumpsnake
Sep. 12, 2010, 09:10 PM
I was wondering the same thing- I have a similar (maybe even the same) type lens and it is no where near pro quality, but it does get longer than 6 inches.
I think these rules are dumb. How can an amateur that is going to be in the spectator area hope to compete with pros, who have all the placement and viewing advantages anyway? Plenty of people enjoy photography as a hobby but take it seriously enough to have at least some equipment.

jumpsnake
Sep. 13, 2010, 09:30 AM
what?

mares tails
Sep. 13, 2010, 09:54 AM
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piaffeprincess98
Sep. 13, 2010, 07:33 PM
I've decided I'm definitely bringing my 70-300. It's better than nothing. I'll bring my 80-400mm along with me to the gate and see what they say. Hopefully they're too overwhelmed to check everyone over thoroughly. I've found it can be that way at big concerts.

Opiekanopie
Sep. 14, 2010, 05:20 PM
Not sure. The reply was terse. That was the extent of it, other than "thank you for your interest in the World Equestrian Games."

I agree it's ridiculous, and I doubt the gate guards have a measuring tape with which to measure. I will probably leave my equipment at home, since flying with it can be a hassle, and I don't want to schlept it all the way to the gate just to then turn around and take it back to the car. I carried it into the soccer World Cup this year with no problems, so I'm a little sad I won't be getting to experiment with horse photos.