Polimom and Adorable Child went to watch the Aeros play this afternoon at the Toyota Center in Houston.
You’ll just have to take my word for it, though. I can’t show you any fun shots, cuz they wouldn’t let my camera in the door.
This is what their site says:
Professional cameras are prohibited at all events in Toyota Center unless accompanied by an appropriate media credential. Cameras containing lenses ( not to exceed 4 inches in length ) with no flashes may be allowed for some events.
And that’s also what the nice guy said when he sold me the tickets: 4 inches.
Since I don’t know how one defines “professional camera”, I decided to just bring my usual D50 and two lenses: one about 1/2 inch over the 4″ mark, and another about 1/2 inch under.
Nope and nope.
It seems the security guy had his own interpretation of the policy, and for him, 4″ includes “extended length”. Folks, I’ve re-read that policy a bunch of times now, and I still don’t see that caveat there. Do you?
So tomorrow, I’ll be on the phone with the Toyota Center, reading somebody the riot act (like they’ll care…) — but there’s really a larger question here.
Aside from mincing definitions about extended lengths on telephoto lenses… What is the purpose of such a prohibition on cameras? And why is it that some facilities allow lenses up to 12″, and some don’t care at all as long as you don’t bring a tripod/monopod… but others are worried about a DSL in any configuration?
Anybody know? Cuz it’s really annoying…