Discussion in 'News - Discussion' started by CSBC, Apr 7, 2011.
I wonder whether they will start banning high diopter spectacles.
The consensus in last thread here on this topic was that there were so many rules/regulations/bans that it's best to watch it on TV - if bother at all.
The daft thing is that the average spectator is not going to be in a position to get a half decent shot of the athletes anyway, long lens or not.
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?...
Aside from that the prices of the tickets'll probably mean having to sell the camera just to buy your seat...
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.
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.
"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?
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.
Well it's a start. Now lets hope they extend the ban to TV cameras.
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.
I'm sure that you can buy a pair of binoculars which have a camera built in......
They'll probably ban those to.
Why not just ban spectators ....
Makes the stadium cheaper to build, no seats.
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.
Oh piffle, it's not for security, it's commercial - they want to protect image rights, as with most professional sports.
What if you need an "Aid to Vision" if they say NO! that's against the DDA
How about if I claim to be a bit forgetful and say I need the camera as an "Aid to Memory" ?
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.
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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