I've always owned a DSLR. No matter where I brought that thing I was never asked to apply for permission to shoot.
But with the NEX-FS100, with it's DSLR Killer looks, I can't seem to go anywhere to shoot without people asking me for a filming permit.
Like yesterday I was at my local park and the park ranger came and asked if I had a permit to shoot film.
Also I went into Starbucks and the manager said that they don't allow media into their shop!
At the same time people with iphones and blackberrys are filming to their hearts content without any need for permit.
Anyone here find that the professional look of this camera is causing such headaches too? I think I may stick the pancake lens on it for incognito shooting as it makes it look smaller and less intrusive.
NOTE: In both instances I explained that this is really a 'consumer' level camera and that it just looked professional and in both instances they allowed me to shoot. My justification here is that it was using SD Cards instead of SxS cards or some expensive Sony SRW1 module LOLS!
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06-11-2011 10:00 AM
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06-11-2011 10:03 AM
Permitting and permissions are part and parcel of being a professional. If you want to grow into filming projects with a larger scope, it's something you had better get used to.
I'm not saying that stealing shots with a DSLR is "wrong," but a professional camera is going to mean that, in many cases, you have to do things a professional is expected to do.
06-11-2011 10:06 AM
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My point is that people are stereotyping cameras. Why treat people with DSLR's differently then people with NXCAM's?
I know I know Society.
06-11-2011 10:12 AM
Technically, you should have permission for filming on any public or private property that you do not own or control. The DSLRs work for "incognito" shooting because they are so inconspicuous. That's how you're able to get away with more. But generally, the moment you place a tripod and pull out a professional mic, you attract attention, deservedly so.
It's not about "stereotyping." The FS-100 is a professional video camera, and will likely attract the appropriate attention.
06-11-2011 11:30 AM
It's weird. Nobody cares if you take a photo in a mall. But if you want to take 24 photos per second, security is gonna be all over you in a heartbeat. Kinda lame.
I agree with permits for commercial projects to keep things safe and to protect property owners rights. But for just me and a camera, tripod or not, c'mon...
06-11-2011 11:35 AM
Be careful on forest service land. Those guys are the biggest stiffs about filming on the forest service land, which actually makes absolutely no sense since we pay for the land through taxes and such.
Its something like a 5k fine for not having a permit (although I only know one person that actually gets the permit).
06-11-2011 11:38 AM
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True, you have to get permits to work with peace of mind and to bring in a good crew to get the job done right.
But, sometimes it's just darn near impossible to get a permit for some locations, or time does not allow it. Even bigger productions like "Black Swan" needed to cheat a few shots in the subway, and "Lost in Translation" stole shots on Tokyo streets with a minimul crew.
This is why for me, DSLRs like the GH2 still have a place. And why I hope they continue to improve as video imagers.
06-11-2011 11:42 AM
welcome to the new police state. It's not just big cameras. Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iMr76atjUA
But S. Mick is right. Big tripods, sliders, external mics, and matte boxes tend to draw the attention. Go and get the permit, then when approached by an officer who probably can't really give you the citation order, pull out your permit and ask him to move because he's in your shot.
06-11-2011 12:06 PM
Check this out: the photographers bill of rights: http://www.krages.com/ThePhotographersRight.pdf
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06-11-2011 12:33 PM
If read all the laws, you probably wouldn't want to buy a video camera. You can't use it legally anywhere without written permission or a permit. Its against the law to take a video of anything that is recognizable, unless you have permission of the owner. It's almost as controlled as carrying a gun. The only place I feel safe is doing something on my own property, or doing a wedding for someone.