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Old 11-01-2012, 08:56 PM   #151
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Although we know the T2i is a consumer grade camera, and even though Canon lists it as such, the droids that make these rules and implement them generally consider anything with interchangeable lenses to be "professional". Chances are the T2i will not be allowed in.

If it does not look like a dSLR (such as a small mirrorless) the chances of it getting in are much better.
That's exactly how our arena defined "professional camera". That's the other reason I started using my nifty fifty. It's such a small lens, it made the camera look more like a bridge camera than a DSLR.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:00 PM   #152
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Big issue on auto. But as you shoot under more of a manual control, you can adjust the exposure yourself. If it looks too bright on the LCD screen, re-adjust accordingly. For challenging exposure, I prefer to simply control it myself, instead of finding just the right spot to set the spot meter.

Also, if you shoot in RAW and use Lightroom, you get a lot of room to correct exposure issues. (within reason of course).
I've been very happy with just adjusting my metering. I don't recall if I did spot or center weighted, but it did just fine with that adjustment. I prefer not to go full manual with this, instead allowing the camera to make adjustments to compensate for the scenes that were more brightly lit than others.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:30 PM   #153
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That's exactly how our arena defined "professional camera". That's the other reason I started using my nifty fifty. It's such a small lens, it made the camera look more like a bridge camera than a DSLR.
i don't have a "nifty fifty". maybe i should just leave my new camera at home. i'm certainly NOT leaving it in the car in downtown birmingham.

i guess between my cell phone and DD15's P&S olympus, we'll be okay.

wanted to take pics of the last football game tomorrow night, but i'll be in the concession stand the whole time. maybe i could sneak away during halftime tomorrow night, just for a few minutes.
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:42 AM   #154
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i'm certainly NOT leaving it in the car in downtown birmingham.
That has always been my concern as well. You might get in with the camera, but if you don't..... you have to trek back to your car and leave it there unattended for the evening.

Another alternative might be to call the arena and ask them to define professional camera for you. That seems to be a moving target at our arena. For a couple years it was "no interchangeable lenses" then it changed to "no lenses over 3".

I really do miss the good old days when they let in any cameras. I love shooting Disney on Ice.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:04 AM   #155
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Interesting. If you google camera policy for Disney on Ice, you get varying experiences.

If you just walk in with the camera, I'd say 50-50. I wouldn't fear leaving it in the trunk of your car. Only would get stolen if the whole car is stolen, in which case the camera wouldn't be the big issue.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:12 AM   #156
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Interesting. If you google camera policy for Disney on Ice, you get varying experiences.

If you just walk in with the camera, I'd say 50-50. I wouldn't fear leaving it in the trunk of your car. Only would get stolen if the whole car is stolen, in which case the camera wouldn't be the big issue.
I think the problem is with how each arena interprets it. Heck, it also depends on how each attendant interprets it. I saw plenty of DSLRs in the crowd when we were there after having a hard time smuggling my own in.

I wouldn't have an issue with it in the trunk of a car if it was there when I arrived. My issue was having people see me walk back to the car and leave it there.

Here's my practical tip of the day to the OP. If you decide to bring it and get denied at one entrance....... try another entrance. Not that I've ever done this you know.........
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:19 AM   #157
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I think the problem is with how each arena interprets it. Heck, it also depends on how each attendant interprets it. I saw plenty of DSLRs in the crowd when we were there after having a hard time smuggling my own in.

I wouldn't have an issue with it in the trunk of a car if it was there when I arrived. My issue was having people see me walk back to the car and leave it there.

Here's my practical tip of the day to the OP. If you decide to bring it and get denied at one entrance....... try another entrance. Not that I've ever done this you know.........
I'd also say bring it in very matter of factly. If you get challenged, then push back politely, politely ask if there is a supervisor you can talk to. The minimum wage person checking bags might just give in. And if your zoom lens appears "big," I might skip the zoom lens, for fear of it making the camera look "too professional."

If challenged, I'd reply something like, "I'm sorry, I don't mean to cause any trouble, but I thought the policy only applied to professional cameras....this is just a cheap refurbished amateur camera.. and I know I saw other people bringing in simple dSLRs.... I'm parked far away... "
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:28 PM   #158
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thank you, everyone! my car is an SUV, so there's really no way, short of covering with a jacket, to hide the camera if it were left in the car.

however, i think i AM going to put it in my camera bag and see what happens. i'll have DD15 carry my purse (she always leaves hers at home, so she can spend mommy and daddy's money LOL), and put the camera bag over the arm opposite the attendant-maybe they won't notice it...lol.
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thank you, everyone! my car is an SUV, so there's really no way, short of covering with a jacket, to hide the camera if it were left in the car.

however, i think i AM going to put it in my camera bag and see what happens. i'll have DD15 carry my purse (she always leaves hers at home, so she can spend mommy and daddy's money LOL), and put the camera bag over the arm opposite the attendant-maybe they won't notice it...lol.
Let us know how it goes. I'm always on the lookout for a new technique for getting my camera into Disney on Ice!
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:45 PM   #160
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hey, guys! i got my camera into the BJCC for Disney On Ice-oddly enough, the woman was more worried about the bottle of water in my hand, lol.

i got some GREAT pics! about 600-700 of them! no joke, lol. i'll try to post a few tomorrow! i took them in sports mode, with my 55-250 lens, and most of them turned out beautiful!
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:27 PM   #161
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okay, as promised, after over 2 1/2 hours of uploading to flickr, lol, my disney on ice photos! they're awesome! (they start at image 0131)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/87891083@N07/page2/
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okay, as promised, after over 2 1/2 hours of uploading to flickr, lol, my disney on ice photos! they're awesome! (they start at image 0131)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/87891083@N07/page2/
Well done, some great shots.
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I think that camera's gonna suit you just fine.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:07 AM   #164
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thanks, guys!

i do have one question...

i have a few photos that are too bright, such as when the performers were standing in multiple spotlights, or when they were suspended from the ceiling, close to the lights. can i improve these photos with lightroom? i've d'l it, but never used it.

this is one of those photos:


IMG_0240 by iluvamystery89
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:17 AM   #165
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You did awesome! I love shooting Disney on Ice and hate that it's such a game to even get a camera in there in the first place. I'm curious, did you have you daugter carry it in? Did they say anything about it?

I'm guessing the overexposed photos are the result of the metering mode your camera was set on. I mentioned that at one point. If you use evaluative metering (where the camera considers the light in the entire scene) it sees all that black and tries to boost the exposure, leaving the subject of your scene overexposed.

If you use center weighted or spot metering, the camera considers a much smaller section of the scene to see what exposure to set. For spot, it's very small, for center-weighted, it's a little bigger segment. I think changing to one of those would have made the difference.

But overall, a great collection of shots!
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