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    Olympics & m4/3 - Any Attending with an m4/3 Camera?

    I ran across some posts today that indicate that at least some Olympics venues will not permit any interchangeable lens camera to be brought into the venue(s). Trying to make sense of everything, it looks like there is one rule (no interchangeable lens cameras) for Wembly, the general rule (nothing > 30cm) for other venues, and the possibility for more relaxed rules for outdoor venues where "large" photo gear won't interfere with other viewers.

    I have a very personal interest in whether I can bring my m4/3 gear into one of the venues...if you've looked at this, and the many vague, confusing and contradictory statements that have come from the general vicinity of the organizers, I'd love to hear how you're reading the tea leaves.
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    Re: Olympics & m4/3 - Any Attending with an m4/3 Camera?

    Anyone else first read this title as Olympus & m4/3? :-D

    I'd say give it a go. No matter what the official policy is, it comes down to the guy at the door. Most hardly pay any attention to smaller camera gear, their primary concern will be weapons, projectiles, drugs, etc...

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    Re: Olympics & m4/3 - Any Attending with an m4/3 Camera?

    Well, I'm not going - However, I'm very aware of this policy, as it is identical (and just as confused) as at the recent Latitude festival.

    There - despite rather strict wording - they were checking for anything around the size of a 5D/D800 or larger..... or anything smaller with a BIG lens. They were much more interested in cans of drink etc.

    I had no problem with an M9 and lenses, and with an OMD and lenses (although I left the 100-300 at home although it's much less than the suggested 30cm).


    So - I'm with ErikTande on this one - give it a go, but try and keep to a smaller lens if possible, and try and stick with one (and be really friendly to the security guys).

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    Re: Olympics & m4/3 - Any Attending with an m4/3 Camera?

    Amateur Photographer Magazine has an article that says any photos taken are only for private use, and can't be posted on sites such as twitter.

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    Re: Olympics & m4/3 - Any Attending with an m4/3 Camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by toobacat View Post
    Amateur Photographer Magazine has an article that says any photos taken are only for private use, and can't be posted on sites such as twitter.
    Actually - read further down the article:

    In a statement, Locog told the Times: 'Spectators can take pictures of whatever they like at our venues and use them on social media. The only restriction is for very large photographic equipment and tripods that obstruct people's view.'

    I'm sure there'll be no problem with an m4/3 kit.

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    Re: Olympics & m4/3 - Any Attending with an m4/3 Camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Well, I'm not going - However, I'm very aware of this policy, as it is identical (and just as confused) as at the recent Latitude festival.

    There - despite rather strict wording - they were checking for anything around the size of a 5D/D800 or larger..... or anything smaller with a BIG lens. They were much more interested in cans of drink etc.

    I had no problem with an M9 and lenses, and with an OMD and lenses (although I left the 100-300 at home although it's much less than the suggested 30cm).


    So - I'm with ErikTande on this one - give it a go, but try and keep to a smaller lens if possible, and try and stick with one (and be really friendly to the security guys).

    all the best
    Thanks all...

    My current plan has been to take a GZ1 with the 14-140 and an OM-D with the 100-300 (which as you note is way under the 30cm line, especially if collapsed with the hood reversed) in a TT Retrospective bag. Do you think I'm pushing it? I know there are no answers, but guesses. opinions, etc. are helpful. The venue I'm concerned with is the Eton Dorney water sports venue, where I am sort of guessing (that word again) that the security personnel may be a little more relaxed.

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    Re: Olympics & m4/3 - Any Attending with an m4/3 Camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by jnewell View Post
    Thanks all...

    My current plan has been to take a GZ1 with the 14-140 and an OM-D with the 100-300 (which as you note is way under the 30cm line, especially if collapsed with the hood reversed) in a TT Retrospective bag. Do you think I'm pushing it? I know there are no answers, but guesses. opinions, etc. are helpful. The venue I'm concerned with is the Eton Dorney water sports venue, where I am sort of guessing (that word again) that the security personnel may be a little more relaxed.
    I don't think that's pushing it at all - you should be fine - just be nice!

    . . . . have a great time as well.

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    Re: Olympics & m4/3 - Any Attending with an m4/3 Camera?

    Thank you very much!

    My head says you're right, but my gut is always looking for things to worry about!

    And, definitely, I will enjoy. This is an un-looked-for, unexpected, less-than-once-in-a-lifetime happening!

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    Re: Olympics & m4/3 - Any Attending with an m4/3 Camera?

    Have fun, and .... share your pics with those less lucky than you (and that includes me !)

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    Re: Olympics & m4/3 - Any Attending with an m4/3 Camera?

    Thanks - rowing pics, not necessarily the easiest or most universally appreciated spectator sport!

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