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Old 12-26-2012, 11:16 AM   #1
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Anyone Been To The Superdome? Questions...

DD15 and her HS marching band are performing in the halftime show at the allstate sugar bowl next week, and i'm not sure about bringing my camera.

about 6-7 weeks ago, i got a canon rebel T2i with kit lens and 50/250 zoom lens. the sugar bowl policies state no professional cameras with a lens more than 6". the 50/250 zoom is 4 1/2", without the endcaps, and fully retracted into itself.

i REALLY don't give a hoot about the football game (florida vs. louisville), and have no intention of taking photos of anything other than our band, and maybe of us parents and sibs in our seats, but i'm pretty sure the security personnel won't care.

has anyone taken a DSLR into the superdome? did you have issues at the gate?
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:37 AM   #2
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Honestly, I'd be SHOCKED if you had any issues bringing a regular dSLR with a telephoto lens.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:02 PM   #3
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Ugh.. the whole "professional camera" policy idea really irritates me. Any pro who is worth a darn can use pretty much any camera and get publishable work. I'm normally a rule follower but not when they're just stupidly absurd like these kinds of policies are.

Some places are really strict with their policies, some are not. And it can vary depending on who is at the gate when you go in. Personally I'd put the a smaller lens on the camera going in and stash the larger one in my purse. I'd also not take a camera bag at all. Carrying your gear in your purse makes you look less like a pro and more like a mom-tog. And with rules like this, if they choose to enforce anything, appearances are everything.
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I haven't been to the SuperDome, but I have brought my 70-300mm lens to Gillette Stadium, Ralph Wilson Stadium, Giants Stadium & The Georgia Dome with no issues. I've also brought it to 10 different MLB baseball stadiums with no issues.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:05 PM   #5
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thanks, guys someone suggested i check their policies before taking my camera, and that is what it said. my crossbody bag is too narrow to fit my zoom lens (i think, haven't tried yet), so i'm not sure what i'll do with it.
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......... and I went to our local small regional arena to see a farm team of a farm team of a hockey team to see my daughter's 5th grade class sing the national anthem (a ruse to get us all to buy tickets) and was shocked to find out they searched all bags and wouldn't let me bring in my T2i.

I second the sentiment that it depends on what sort of a rogue employee you get at that gate.
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......... and I went to our local small regional arena to see a farm team of a farm team of a hockey team to see my daughter's 5th grade class sing the national anthem (a ruse to get us all to buy tickets) and was shocked to find out they searched all bags and wouldn't let me bring in my T2i.

I second the sentiment that it depends on what sort of a rogue employee you get at that gate.
this is my fear...that i won't be allowed in with my camera, and, at that point, i'll be screwed, because i won't be able to get back to the hotel (and i wouldn't dare go alone, anyway), and i won't get to see the band perform.

unfortunately, i traded in my P&S on the T2i, so i don't have one i can take along instead. i've been considering hitting up the after Christmas sales with my leftover Christmas money, and seeing what sort of P&S i can get. and, in an ironic twist of fate, i got the T2i to take on this trip, so that i could get decent pictures of DD15 and the marching band performing. it never occurred to me i might not be allowed to take it in.
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this is my fear...that i won't be allowed in with my camera, and, at that point, i'll be screwed, because i won't be able to get back to the hotel (and i wouldn't dare go alone, anyway), and i won't get to see the band perform.

unfortunately, i traded in my P&S on the T2i, so i don't have one i can take along instead. i've been considering hitting up the after Christmas sales with my leftover Christmas money, and seeing what sort of P&S i can get. and, in an ironic twist of fate, i got the T2i to take on this trip, so that i could get decent pictures of DD15 and the marching band performing. it never occurred to me i might not be allowed to take it in.
Thankfully our car wasn't too far away as this was a fairly small arena. But I was less than happy to have to walk back to my car and have people see me stow the camera there for the duration of the game. It's a mini-van, so not much room to hide it in there.
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It sounds like you fit within the description provided. I'd print that out and bring it along. And if the gate security is going to deny you entry with it ask for a supervisor and provide the info along with an explanation. But it can be a risk.

Last year I went to a Vikings game at the metrodome. I've brought my DSLR in to both Twins and Vikings games before without issue but they apparently changed what is allowed and were going to stop me. I was sent to a different gate where they inspected what I had and allowed me entry. And last year was just my little NEX but had my 55-210mm lens. It was hard to refrain from a discussion about what a super zoom can do in comparison but I kept it in.
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I agree with KAT4DISNEY that you fit within the guidelines on all accounts. The T2i is not Canon's professional level camera and the lens (I'm assuming since I don't shoot Canon) is a consumer level lens under the length limit. Just bring a copy of their rules and request to see a supervisor if there is an issue. Also, if you can find one, you may want to include in your packet a description of the T2i as an enthusiast level camera. Just in case. I don't think you will have an issue as long as you don't go in wearing a photo vest looking like a pro.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:22 PM   #11
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Being from New Orleans and going to the SD many times, it's not a place I would want to walk back to my car at. Its a nice walk back to the parking garage or any street lots for that matter and the area is Dangerous just like any major city. I have been robbed in the city at gunpoint and I'm always nervous walking around with camera gear. I know it will be really crowded and safer than usual because of security but DO NOT walk alone. We do have one of the highest crime rates in the US. Having said that, last year when I was there I saw people with DSLRs but I had a Nex and 100mm Nikon prime(small). I would check with the Superdome personel before hiking up to the entrance and being turned around. Just be aware of your surroundings and stay with a grouo if wondering around after the game.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:31 PM   #12
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It sounds like you fit within the description provided. I'd print that out and bring it along. And if the gate security is going to deny you entry with it ask for a supervisor and provide the info along with an explanation. But it can be a risk.

Last year I went to a Vikings game at the metrodome. I've brought my DSLR in to both Twins and Vikings games before without issue but they apparently changed what is allowed and were going to stop me. I was sent to a different gate where they inspected what I had and allowed me entry. And last year was just my little NEX but had my 55-210mm lens. It was hard to refrain from a discussion about what a super zoom can do in comparison but I kept it in.
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I agree with KAT4DISNEY that you fit within the guidelines on all accounts. The T2i is not Canon's professional level camera and the lens (I'm assuming since I don't shoot Canon) is a consumer level lens under the length limit. Just bring a copy of their rules and request to see a supervisor if there is an issue. Also, if you can find one, you may want to include in your packet a description of the T2i as an enthusiast level camera. Just in case. I don't think you will have an issue as long as you don't go in wearing a photo vest looking like a pro.
i have printed out the sugar bowl policies, as well as a review that states the T2i is an "entry-level DSLR". thanks guys!
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The problem here comes when someone has to decide what defines a professional camera. It's not just a matter of being part of the "professional line". Many do consider any DSLR to be a professional camera. Don't think that because the T2i is listed as entry level in reviews means it's not going to be considered a professional camera by someone. It all depends on who is interpreting the rules.

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I was curious, so i looked up the policy..
"No video or professional lens cameras are allowed. Still photographer lenses cannot exceed six inches."

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http://allstatesugarbowl.org/site190.php

That is a little different than what was said in the original post. That rule could be easily interpreted to mean all cameras with interchangeable lenses. And the still photographer lens limit could be applied to super zooms. Again, it's all going to depend on how strict they're being and who is doing the interpreting. But it's a very similarly worded policy to one they use for a new years eve event where i'm at. And at that one they use the rule to bar all DSLR's from entering.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:41 PM   #14
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today, DH suggested i call the office of the allstate sugar bowl, and get the details of their camera policy straight from them. so, i called, and the lady i spoke with said that DSLR cameras are allowed, as long as the lens isn't longer than 6 inches. i've written down her name, and the date and time we spoke, so, if i have any issues at the gate, i'll let the security person know i called ahead. woohoo! we leave in 36 hours!
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YAY! Crossing my fingers that you don't have any problems!
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