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London 2012 Olympics: Compact camera ban?

Discussion in 'News - Discussion' started by CSBC, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. CSBC

    CSBC RIP (News Editor)

  2. LargeFormat

    LargeFormat Well-Known Member

    I wonder whether they will start banning high diopter spectacles.
  3. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

  4. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    What is it about human beings that the moment one or more gets any form of authority their first instinct is to find something to ban?...[​IMG]

    Aside from that the prices of the tickets'll probably mean having to sell the camera just to buy your seat...:)
  5. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    What's the betting there will be alot of empty seats at the games.

    The UK is a nation of photographers. You start banning even little compacts with zooms could be a real issue. It also mean searching every person who enter the games. Then turning them away.

    I say petition time. We want the tax money back for the games please. I will not be support any bid in the future that is for sure.
  6. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    Will AP be getting statements from Panasonic and Samsung if this ban comes in?

    Sponsoring a event that stops people using their products. Or are the rules only for other camera brands like Mastercard and buying tickets. :D
  7. MartyG

    MartyG Well-Known Member

    "Professional" cameras were banned at the Bejing games - perhaps we're just trying to beat China's restrictions, you know, going for gold and all that.

    With all the hassle of getting there, cost of tickets, the likelihood of completely mental security etc, this is enough to tip the edge for me. It also seems like a near impossible logistical task, are they going to have a list of compact models to check through?
  8. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    Well they have already been flooded with calls about the first hint of a ban. Can you imagine if they start move down the camera range.

    I would argue they have missed a trick here. Why not sell photography permits for private use. Then those who want to take the odd picture would already have been cleared on a database.

    Problem solved IMHO.
  9. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder

    Well it's a start. Now lets hope they extend the ban to TV cameras.
  10. Paul_Reading

    Paul_Reading Well-Known Member

    So how is it going to work then. Thousands of people will turn up with outlawed equipment and what happens next, "throw you camera in this bin sir then you can go in"?

    It will be impossible to police.

    I really think they need to lighten up.

    I think this Olympic games is worse than Russia and I do not understand how it is we have come to give in to this. What am I talking about. Well in Communist Russia that had lanes in the middle of the roads only for officials, the Olympics have the same things. They have introduced a law that makes it a criminal offence to advertise near the games on private land without planning permission. This is to prevent non-sponsors advertising. It is outrageous, we have always supported competition, it is part of the free market economy we live in, this law is straight out of communist Russia.
  11. AGW

    AGW Well-Known Member

    I'm sure that you can buy a pair of binoculars which have a camera built in......
  12. beejaybee

    beejaybee Marvin

    They'll probably ban those to.

    Why not just ban spectators ....
  13. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

  14. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    Makes the stadium cheaper to build, no seats. :)
  15. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    I would expect most of the guiding lights laying down these rules were appointed during the last government, and took their cues and mindset from various Home Secretaries with their apparent keenness to ban all normal activities associated with photography, and to control everything.
    My civil engineer brother refused to consider working on the Olympic site as DNA samples were required from all contractors - I understand that these requirements may now have been relaxed, but it gives you an idea of the paranoia.
  16. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Oh piffle, it's not for security, it's commercial - they want to protect image rights, as with most professional sports.
  17. Graham_RM13

    Graham_RM13 Well-Known Member

    What if you need an "Aid to Vision" if they say NO! that's against the DDA :)
  18. Cuthbert

    Cuthbert Well-Known Member

    How about if I claim to be a bit forgetful and say I need the camera as an "Aid to Memory" ? :D
  19. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    Half the fun of going to any event as a day out, is to record it with photographs. I don't see them selling many tickets to keen photographers at any level.
    I know I won't bother. If all I can do is watch, I would rather watch on TV.
  20. DaveM399

    DaveM399 Well-Known Member

    As a keen cyclist, I won't be bothering with tickets for the velodrome. Instead, I shall go to watch the road races and time trials which, for the most part, are on the open road where it will be impossible/difficult to ban cameras.

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