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Headed to Paris with Camera Gear
« on: January 31, 2012, 06:45:08 AM »
We are headed to Paris in April. My wife typically brings along her 70-200mm f2.8L IS II and a 17-40mm f4.0L when we travel . I'm in charge of transportation and logistics.  ;) I noticed in some travel guides that backpacks aren't allowed in a lot of locations.  We have a Crumpler Karachi Outpost which is quite big.

So, I'm guessing we are going to have to leave the camera bag, one of the lenses and tripod back at our hotel during museum days. Anyone have any experience hauling camera gear around Paris? Did you divide you days up between photo ops and museum visits?

I don't think she will want to leave the telephoto back in the states, since she wants to get some shots of our daughter and that is the lens she likes to use for portraits.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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« on: January 31, 2012, 06:45:08 AM »

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Re: Headed to Paris with Camera Gear
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2012, 07:24:26 AM »
You can walk with camera gear through Paris and capture all the nice tourist sites. But, in a museum cameras are often not prohibited. You may be able to use the camera of your phone. Usually you can lock your camerabag in a locker inside the museum (not always). Check those rules before leaving the hotel

Check for example the website of The Louvre for more info:  http://www.louvre.fr/en/hours-admission/admission#tabs


Check the PDF - Services (you can lock your small bag - with camera gear. After you finish the tour, you can continue to make shots outside the museum

You have to investigate a little further on websites of those museums
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Re: Headed to Paris with Camera Gear
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2012, 07:45:59 AM »
We are headed to Paris in April. My wife typically brings along her 70-200mm f2.8L IS II and a 17-40mm f4.0L when we travel . I'm in charge of transportation and logistics.  ;) I noticed in some travel guides that backpacks aren't allowed in a lot of locations.  We have a Crumpler Karachi Outpost which is quite big.

So, I'm guessing we are going to have to leave the camera bag, one of the lenses and tripod back at our hotel during museum days. Anyone have any experience hauling camera gear around Paris? Did you divide you days up between photo ops and museum visits?

I don't think she will want to leave the telephoto back in the states, since she wants to get some shots of our daughter and that is the lens she likes to use for portraits.

Any advice would be appreciated.

I have been to Paris with my girlfriend in January for 8 days and did bring along my 5 shortest lenses. During our extensive sight seeing I was carrying around 3-5 of them in my Lowepro Stealth Reporter D300AW every day. The only places where I had to leave my bag at the coat check were Musee D'Orsay as well as Moulin Rouge due to their strict policies.
There are some restrictions on flash at some places and inside 2 rooms of the Versailles castle as well as inside the Sacre Coeur cathedral there is absolutely no photography allowed but apart from that Paris is a very photo friendly city.
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Re: Headed to Paris with Camera Gear
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2012, 07:48:57 AM »
You can walk with camera gear through Paris and capture all the nice tourist sites. But, in a museum cameras are often not prohibited. You may be able to use the camera of your phone. Usually you can lock your camerabag in a locker inside the museum (not always). Check those rules before leaving the hotel

Check for example the website of The Louvre for more info:  http://www.louvre.fr/en/hours-admission/admission#tabs


Check the PDF - Services (you can lock your small bag - with camera gear. After you finish the tour, you can continue to make shots outside the museum

You have to investigate a little further on websites of those museums

I was carrying my camera and 16-35 around Louvre all day and it's absolutely no problem to take pictures there. You are allowed to bring in your coat and bag as well if you wish.
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2012, 08:15:03 AM »
To quote the Louvre rules:
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In permanent collection rooms, visitors may take photographs and videos.
However, the use of a flash or any other type of lighting equipment is prohibited.
In temporary exhibition rooms, visitors may not take photographs or videos.
Visitors may not use their cell phone, smoke, consume food or beverages, speak loudly, touch any work of art, or run in any room of the museum.

So if you use your phone to take pictures then make sure flash is turned off.
Be careful not to knock objects over with your backpack, often you have to buy what you break.
Some policemen in tourist areas might get nervous when they see a tripod. Stay friendly and act professional if they ask you to leave or if they think you require a permit (which you only do for making movies as far as I know).
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Re: Headed to Paris with Camera Gear
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2012, 08:30:08 AM »
Hi,

The Louvre is probably one of the most photog friendly place ... as long as you don't use flash, it's fine in most of the rooms (only temp exhibitions do not allow any picts).
Orsay has changed policy lately into a "strictly no photo policy" and got lots of complains (some special photog protests aka "flash mobs" ... not Speedlight, but "fast" protests...;-) )
Usually only small bags are allowed, aka purse or similar (so that you don't damage the art objects) ...
Inside churches in general, they often request no flash...
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Re: Headed to Paris with Camera Gear
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2012, 09:13:29 AM »
I never had any problems in Paris but haven't been in a while.

The other question is how and what to leave at the hotel. That can be a bit tricky.

How are you getting to Paris? I couldn't see your location. If you are flying in from the States there is also the issue of bringing gear as carry-on luggage or checking it. I'm still looking into this myself at the moment since I'm flying to Germany in July. I bought a Pelican carry-on case with that in mind but the weight limitations on especially European carriers are getting ever more tight. Some now only allow 8kg of carry on luggage - which is a problem if the empty case is 6kg alone.

The other thing that I like about the case is that you can lock it and/or tie it to something. That may come in handy at the hotel also.
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Re: Headed to Paris with Camera Gear
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2012, 10:07:24 AM »
I went to Paris 2 years prior to getting a DSLR.  I didn't run into any problems taking photos.

However, I would recommend getting a 85mm f/1.8 to take portraits instead of carrying around the 70-200.

Paris is one of those places that a Tilt-Shift lens would be very useful.  You will also want to look into taking HDR photos inside the churches on sunny days.  Take some night-time photos as well.  And black&white versions of some photos come out great if it is overcast.

Remember to get to the popular sites early.  We got a 3 day Paris pass to get into everything except the Eiffel Tower.  But, on a warm night the lawn in front of it is a great place to have a picnic with hundreds of other budget-minded Parisians.
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Re: Headed to Paris with Camera Gear
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2012, 06:11:21 PM »
I never had any problems in Paris but haven't been in a while.

The other question is how and what to leave at the hotel. That can be a bit tricky.

How are you getting to Paris? I couldn't see your location. If you are flying in from the States there is also the issue of bringing gear as carry-on luggage or checking it. I'm still looking into this myself at the moment since I'm flying to Germany in July. I bought a Pelican carry-on case with that in mind but the weight limitations on especially European carriers are getting ever more tight. Some now only allow 8kg of carry on luggage - which is a problem if the empty case is 6kg alone.

The other thing that I like about the case is that you can lock it and/or tie it to something. That may come in handy at the hotel also.

Hi, the weight is not such a big problem, as long as they don't get suspicious. But the size is one. 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm is the maximum for almost all European airlines, so stick to it. If it's a hard case and obviously larger than 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm they will ask you check it in. I have seen this several times already....

During the last years my luggage was not weighted but once last year the custom services in Frankfurt performed a detailed check of my camera bag. It took 5min and I had a nice conversation with them in the meantime.
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Re: Headed to Paris with Camera Gear
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2012, 09:55:11 PM »
I never had any problems in Paris but haven't been in a while.

The other question is how and what to leave at the hotel. That can be a bit tricky.

How are you getting to Paris? I couldn't see your location. If you are flying in from the States there is also the issue of bringing gear as carry-on luggage or checking it. I'm still looking into this myself at the moment since I'm flying to Germany in July. I bought a Pelican carry-on case with that in mind but the weight limitations on especially European carriers are getting ever more tight. Some now only allow 8kg of carry on luggage - which is a problem if the empty case is 6kg alone.

The other thing that I like about the case is that you can lock it and/or tie it to something. That may come in handy at the hotel also.

Hi, the weight is not such a big problem, as long as they don't get suspicious. But the size is one. 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm is the maximum for almost all European airlines, so stick to it. If it's a hard case and obviously larger than 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm they will ask you check it in. I have seen this several times already....

During the last years my luggage was not weighted but once last year the custom services in Frankfurt performed a detailed check of my camera bag. It took 5min and I had a nice conversation with them in the meantime.

There has been an epic discussion on this topic recently, I dug it out for you:

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,2660.0.html
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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2012, 12:11:13 AM »
As mentioned above, generally there are no problems.  In fact, you will often have problems getting a decent photo because of the hundreds of people in front of you already taking photos.  The Mona Lisa below was a classic example.  In hindsight, I would have loved to have a front-on photo, but at the time I couldn't be bothered battling the crowds.

But as you've noticed, there are some places where photography and bags (including handbags) are prohibited.  You can be reasonably assured that these places will have well manned check-in counters to leave your equipment.  I've had to check-in cameras and bags at many museums across Europe and have never had a problem.   

Checking-in a camera and lenses at a museum is probably less of a security risk than leaving it in your hotel.  Plus, if you don't take it with you, you'll miss out on the photo opportunities while walking around. 
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Re: Headed to Paris with Camera Gear
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2012, 08:47:41 AM »
Within the last years I have visited Paris several times. You can take pictures in almost all museums, assumed that the flash is turned out without any further restrictions.
Your 70-200 might also be a good lens for taken pictures of painters up at Montmartre or people selling stuff at the boothes along the Seine. Those usually do not like to be photographed at all.
Take a fast lens for interior shootings in Notre Dame, Saint Chapel or Museums like L'Orangerie.

I would not mind too much about leaving your lenses in the suitcase in the hotel room, but be aware of the women trying to sell you roses or collecting signatures for whatever topic. Try to keep distance between you and those woman, these might be the biggest danger in Paris for your gear and wallet. Once they have got something it is handed over from one to the other within seconds, you will never be able to get it back. You find them particularly in from of the Louvre, Notre Dame or Montmarte.

Enjoy your trip, Paris is a great city!

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Re: Headed to Paris with Camera Gear
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2012, 10:04:01 AM »
Restrictions are primarily:

 - flash is not allowed in most museums, galleries, etc.

 - museums with a lot of sculpture like the musée d'orsay will make you check a big bag, but a small one is usually OK.

 - around official monuments & very crowded touristic places (yes, even outdoors), police have asked me to put away my tripod on more than one occasion

but in general Paris is a very photographer-friendly city.  People use tripods on the street very regularly without any trouble.  Most public buildings & museums will have a little sign next to the entrance that indicates what's allowed.  Many places enforce what it says, some don't.  Try to go to museums & monuments earlier in the day & in the middle of the week to avoid the crowds (also security is more lax when crowds are low); spend the weekends & afternoons doing something outdoors if you can.

Don't be afraid to explore, & have a good time :-).

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« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2012, 04:19:25 PM »
I'd say the most used things in Paris were the mid-to-wide zoom (18-50 on a crop) and a small beanbag.  There are plenty of places where a tripod isn't permitted or just too much of a pain, but a beanbag on a wall works pretty well.  Also if you like taking pics of things in cases of museums or particularly in shop windows, a polarizer is a must



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