So last night I was all excited because I add ring seat to an NHL game in Montreal so I thought lets bring the 5D mkII with my 135mm and take some cool shots right! I see so many sports pictures being posted here that I thought this would be fun!
Well when I got to the door the security denied me access to the sport center because my camera has detachable lens (the G1X would have been handy!)! The guy was fairly rude so I could not figure out why except that I was not a certified journalist. So I had to bring back the camera to the car and come back empty handed to get in !
Is it like this for all professional sports? What is your experience shooting pro sports? Do we need some kind of accreditation or did I just stumble onto a bad security person?
...by the way two rows down from me was a professional photographer using his Nikon D3s though ...
JR, check the venue website for your NHL team. I know in the DC area, the Verizon Center (where Caps games are held) has specific rules laid out for general events, concerts, NHL games, and NBA games (each set of rules is slightly different). last time I checked, for Caps games we can bring in DSLRs with interchangeable lenses provided the lens + camera body together are less than 10" in length. however, it's very stadium-specific. I know I had no problem bringing a 500mm sigma lens on a 30D into Camden Yards a couple years back, but then again I was in the cheap seats so it wasn't like I was going to have anything newsworthy.
if the stated rules differ from what was told to you at the gate, I suggest next time you print the actual statement from the website and bring it with you.
that, and/or ... it's time to buy a G1X