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Old 03-25-2015, 04:28 PM   #1
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COTA - MotoGP and DSLR Lenses

Has anyone had any issue getting through security with longer lenses?

Whats the largest setup you've used out there without hassle?

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Old 03-25-2015, 04:46 PM   #2
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I've seen some pretty big lenses at the races.

I doubt you will have any problems... Just no tripods
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I discovered you can bring in pretty much anything you want as long as it fits in a collapsed folding chair. They didn't take our chairs out of the bags, they just patted them down. You shouldn't have a problem with the lenses, but I'd be really surprised if you couldn't sneak in a tripod just by sliding it inbetween the folding chair legs before bagging the chair. Or water bottles full of liquor. Not that I've done the latter...
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A trick I've used at events in the past: you bring the body, and have someone else bring the lens. When asked about the "pro" lens they don't want people using say, "I didn't want to leave it in the car, there's no camera attatched to it". Get in and put the two together.
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A trick I've used at events in the past: you bring the body, and have someone else bring the lens. When asked about the "pro" lens they don't want people using say, "I didn't want to leave it in the car, there's no camera attatched to it". Get in and put the two together.
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Have you explored applying for press credentials as the MH owner? A long shot, but maybe worth looking into.
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Have you explored applying for press credentials as the MH owner? A long shot, but maybe worth looking into.
May be fairly easy. When I got press cred. For the AMA at NOLA I just called and asked for it, they had it at will-call.
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If you can pick it up off the shelf at Best Buy, it's a personal camera. Just don't try walking in with something like this:




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They are pretty strict about the rules. I tried to get some nightsticks and an incendiary device in there and they made me put them back in the car.
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How about putting a monopod inside a folding/camp chair carry bag?
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they us track marshals use them while were working (except during the final GP race)
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I had no issues bringing in my camera the first year. Even with the extended lens and they were all in a camera backpack. I think you can use a monopod just not the tripod
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I took a 80-200mm to both Moto GP at Mugello Circuit and F1 at COTA. It really wasn't a long enough lens unless you're shooting a crop camera but I didn't have any issues.
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Bring any size lens (in my experience). No tripods. Only monopods.

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