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'Denied Permit Because Camera Did NOT Have A Mirror'

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by RT_Panther, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
  2. kchau

    kchau Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 2, 2012
    That made me chuckle.
  3. iGonzoid

    iGonzoid Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 6, 2011
    Tasmania, Australia
    I had a similar experience in South Africa back in the late apartheid era of police state madness... in '86 in Johannesburg at the scene of a shooting [cop death squad we thought] just outside our newspaper office, with my Leica CL and 40mm f2 lens — looked real dinky — the the Sefrikan police arrested me for a while because they said I was not a real journo with such a weird little camera. Was I a spy? It took the intervention of my editor [he was black, in fact, and that shocked the cops] to get me out of a trip to John Vorster Square Police HQ. While all this was going on, the shooting victim was dying at our feet, attended by medics. He was dead by the time I was freed. Later, having emigrated to Oz, I wrote a short story about it: "The Man in the Golden Shroud" [because they had covered the victim in a "spaceblanket" and then wrapped it around the body]. Cameras can get you into trouble. Don't carry a Minox!!!!
  4. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    First world problems...
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  5. rcky

    rcky Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 6, 2011
    Washington state
    My wife's cellphone has a camera and a mirror - would that work? :tongue:
  6. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    Next time bring a Sony SLT and try and convince him there is no mirror in there
  7. atomic

    atomic Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 3, 2011
    I ran into the same sort of silliness with Gigwalk. They were looking for people with DSLRs to take photos in hotels and tourist spots. I contacted them about using my E-PM1... Denied. My girlfiriend's 6MP Nikon D50? No problem! Huh?
  8. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    I would bet that at some point in the past, someone ran into trouble because their carriage wasn't pulled by a horse. This too shall pass.
  9. htc

    htc Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 11, 2011
    Been in the Antelope canyon twice and both visits where a bit annoying because the Navajo guide was trying to teach you ALL THE TIME how to take pictures...
  10. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Yet another case where a mu-43.com "ON ASSIGNMENT" shirt was needed... :wink:.


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  11. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Most people don't know jack sh...t about photography. Never have. Never will. For them it's a ''big is better" world. Most people never new what was done with the film in their camera, except that it was "developed". Done. You are now free to lose your negatives.
  12. kinlau

    kinlau Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    Give a guy a job, make up some rules so that he doesn't have to get creative, and this is what happens. The alternative is hiring someone who actually cares (good luck on that one) or have an insane list of acceptable cameras.
  13. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011

    No words for what happened in this situation....
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  14. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard! What if he had a view camera - very serious but NO mirror! Plus why would they care? If they only allow "pros" that is fine but it should be based off some credentials and not what camera you have. If it were me I would write a complaint to whomever is in charge of this.
  15. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Take a Leica M9 to the canyons - that's guaranteed to confuse them!

    Sadly it's further proof that non-photographers believe it is the camera and not the photographer that is important. I experienced a similar attitude (but in different circumstances) at a recent craft fair where I displayed my photographs. Twice in the same afternoon I received the comment, "These are great pictures, you must have a really good camera."

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  16. mf100

    mf100 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 26, 2012
    Sawbridgeworth, England
    How ridiculous. Perhaps they should grant entry based on the successful answering of a question, like 'what does DSLR stand for'? :roll eyes: That might separate the wheat from the chaff.
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  17. lstzephyr

    lstzephyr Mu-43 Regular

    May 20, 2011
    I tend to carry around one or two old film slrs with me to go along with my panasonic. In this case I would simply go to the truck, walk back in and slap down a couple SLRs. All the more reason to keep a 10 dollar AE1 program around.

    Rediculous? Yes, but its a stupid rule so give a stupid response.
  18. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Conversely, I've been singled out countless times because I had a camera with a mirror. It's about time the mirrorless crowd started taking some of the heat also.

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    My seemingly favorite snap.

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  19. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Trouble is, how many officials would know the answer themselves? :rolleyes: 
  20. mowog6000

    mowog6000 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 2, 2012
    Oregon City Oregon
    Pat bailey
    Why not make the line"Does it have interchangeable lenses?"
    The whole SLR thing has always been stupid IMO and you don't need a mirror with digital ,you are already looking through the lens.
    And as we are finding out a EFV is better than a mirror in low light with slow lenses.
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