Currently Loves: Nikons, Bellies, Kobes, Band-Aids, MCE, Toro. Oh. And Spencer. Not Heide.

i rented the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 vr (MSRP $1700) from adorama for $45 total for 24 hours. not a bad deal, imho.

i had read alot of security not allowing zoom/large/slr lenses in this venue, so i planned/executed this following scheme.

i walked in alone without my wife & friends. i carried my d80 body only & small 35mmf20 lens. removed the SD card, stuck in 5th pocket. gave one battery to friend, one to wife. gave huge 70-200vr to wife (she is pretty- security guards let her get away with more, i have found).

as i walked in, one security said, wait, its a large camera. he called over another guard, who said, nah, only "large" lenses are not allowed. they didnt even check my wife's bag.

when the band finally started playing, and it got dark, i reached down and pulled out my 70-200. it was huge. i didnt have a chance to practice before the show, so it got some getting used to, but, overall, i was happy with it. i was in the center of the crowd.

around 30 minutes into the show, a huge (!!!) security guard grabbed me, said in my ear "you will put away that professional camera right now!" i said "ok", and tried to enjoy the rest of the show

overall, i think its a dumb rule. simply b/c the method the (un-knowledgeable) guards use is simply based on size. so once DSLRs shrink, it will be ok? or all cameras will not be allowed? or P&Ss in the front row should be allowed?

anyhow, here are some of the shots.




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2 Responses to “Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR Pics - Central Park Summerstage Beastie Boys AKA Large Lens Trouble”

  1. # Blogger Roy

    That's a crazy story story - glad you were able to sneak it in. I love hearing stories where people break stupid rules and stick it to the man. You took some great shots! I hope they will make those big bulky cameras and lenses smaller one day. It will really give those old-school film "pros" something to cry about...  

  2. # Blogger Roy

    ...and what you need to get is a press badge that says "all access". I got a buddy in chinatown who could cut one up for you, lickity split. ;)  

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