US Open camera restrictions

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  1. jeffsd

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    I am attending the US Open and I was wondering if anyone knows what the still photography camera restrictions are. Their website does not give any restrictions. I am planning to bring a 10 inch lens. Thanks for the info.
     
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  2. Setmatch45

    Setmatch45 Rookie

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    I have gone in film day with my F100 and a 75-300 and my D100 with about the same type lens - with no problem
     
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  3. iLuveKetchup

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    I'm curious as well. I just got box tkts for the US Open from my company. :horns: Anyone know of photo restrictions at the Open? I don't want to bring my gear, only to be turned away or have my gear checked in. I'm bringing a 70-200 f/2.8IS btw.

    - Clyde
     
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    This is a sore point for many people. If you bring a 10 inch lens they may very well say that it is a professional lens and won't let you in. You'll have to check the lens in, pay 3 dollars and risk having it stolen. I really hate the USTA for doing this. You also can't bring in a backback, so bring a photo hip bag and make sure to hide your white Canon lenses. It depends on the person doing the checking. Usually, I find that WASPY folks get the breaks. I'm not intending this to be inflamatory but this has happened many times. So, you will find, Anglo-European walking around with Professional Camera and large lenses. I do not see their press credentials so being a PO'ed New Yawker, I would walk up to them and ask. How did you bring in your camera? They say, we just walk in with it and they are not Members of the press. Happened this Saturday during kids day. A WASPY couple walked in with a 100-400L lens. I tried bringing that in last year and they said no, too professional. It is a hit and miss thing. Some checkers are more lenient while others are not. Horrible, arbitrary system.

    My recommendation, bring a deep hip bag, put the big lens on the bottom, put the cover over it, lay small lens on top. Once you are in, you are in. Still makes me made that a German woman with a 5K Canon 1DMkII and 100-400L can walk into King Center while I can't with my XT and 70-200f4. But, I'm a minority, and minority aren't supposed to have these equipment? Makes me mad.
     
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    those were fim days. Policy changed recently with digital. Not allows to bring in "professional" recording devices.
    75-300 is consumer lens.
     
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    that is a big white lens so you will most likely be stopped.

    I got stopped on Saturday with my much smaller but still white 70-200 f4 but the "head" security let me in.

    Last year, this same lens was not allowed on my first day. I found a fellow photographer who found a checker who knows photography and let us in. Third day, I hid my lens.
     
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