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04/22/2007 02:53:53 PM · #1
I have a friend who had heard rumors that officials try to prevent "pro" photography at this place (ala sports stadiums here in the states). Anybody have any experience there as to whether this is true or not?
04/22/2007 03:07:28 PM · #2
I don't know if it helps, but I visited a couple of Mayan ruins in Mexico and they allowed cameras, but were pretty strict about tripods/"equipment".
04/22/2007 03:14:30 PM · #3
well i was there about 8 years ago and they allowed camaras and stuff but this days maybe the thing changed ..

Originally posted by DrAchoo:

I have a friend who had heard rumors that officials try to prevent "pro" photography at this place (ala sports stadiums here in the states). Anybody have any experience there as to whether this is true or not?
04/22/2007 03:20:43 PM · #4
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

I have a friend who had heard rumors that officials try to prevent "pro" photography at this place (ala sports stadiums here in the states). Anybody have any experience there as to whether this is true or not?

When I was there two years ago, I took photos of just about everything with not much hassle, I had my 30D and a 17-40L, 24-70L, 70-200L, the white lens did attract some attention, and I was on a monopod on one dark day as tripods were frowed upon for some reason, I dont think pro photographers will have a problem as I did see a person with a 500mm F/4 on a 1DS.....
04/22/2007 03:29:59 PM · #5
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

I have a friend who had heard rumors that officials try to prevent "pro" photography at this place (ala sports stadiums here in the states). Anybody have any experience there as to whether this is true or not?


I just took my 30D with my 70-200 f/2.8 L and 17-40mm lens into Kaufman Stadium, home of Royals baseball, the other night. Had no problems other than the fact that they saw one of my lens in my pocket and the first person didn't check it. And any other baseball park I've been to I've never had a problem, AT&T Stadium (San Fransisco), the stadium in Oakland, Busch Stadium (in St. Louis).

I did have a problem taking in my 300d with a 75-300mm zoom 2 or 3 years back with their complaint being that I could take a picture then turn around and sell it with that kind of zoom. This was in the place the St. Louis Blues, hockey, played.

Just my help...
04/22/2007 04:08:01 PM · #6
Many of the Mexican ruins allow any camera with no issues except they charge extra if you have a video camera. Maybe that's what they are doing there too.
04/22/2007 04:40:33 PM · #7
Originally posted by PhantomEWO:

Many of the Mexican ruins...


Machu Picchu is, of course, in Peru.
One of the pre-columbian ritual stones was chipped by a film crew a few years ago.

I'd inquire about SLR equipment use at the Peruvian Embassy, Trade Commision and at the Torurist Info in Cusco, print out the info and take it with me.
04/22/2007 05:08:25 PM · #8
I've heard of restrictions on tripods (not cameras) at historical sites around the worlds (not specifically Machu Picchu). Checking before you go I think is good advice.
04/22/2007 07:00:10 PM · #9
Originally posted by zeuszen:

Originally posted by PhantomEWO:

Many of the Mexican ruins...


Machu Picchu is, of course, in Peru.
One of the pre-columbian ritual stones was chipped by a film crew a few years ago.

I'd inquire about SLR equipment use at the Peruvian Embassy, Trade Commision and at the Torurist Info in Cusco, print out the info and take it with me.


Of course, I was just using Mayan ruins in Mexico as an example of some of central Americas historical sites. In any case, money talks, a smile, a handshake and a twenty dollar bill will go a long way in getting what you want.
05/29/2007 11:33:44 AM · #10
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

I have a friend who had heard rumors that officials try to prevent "pro" photography at this place (ala sports stadiums here in the states). Anybody have any experience there as to whether this is true or not?


I hiked the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu last September ... they had no rules/regulations regarding photography at all ... I had my camera and a tripod along with me and was never hassled at all ... I saw LOTS of people with DSLR's and tripods ... after that 4 day hike I was almost too tired to care if I got any pictures or not!
05/29/2007 11:39:28 AM · #11
Originally posted by harmsusmc:

Originally posted by DrAchoo:

I have a friend who had heard rumors that officials try to prevent "pro" photography at this place (ala sports stadiums here in the states). Anybody have any experience there as to whether this is true or not?


I just took my 30D with my 70-200 f/2.8 L and 17-40mm lens into Kaufman Stadium, home of Royals baseball, the other night. Had no problems other than the fact that they saw one of my lens in my pocket and the first person didn't check it. And any other baseball park I've been to I've never had a problem, AT&T Stadium (San Fransisco), the stadium in Oakland, Busch Stadium (in St. Louis).

If you read the fine print on the back of your ticket you may well find that you are restricted in the use you may make of those photos.

US National Parks also have some restrictions on "pro" photography ... there's a discussion on that somewhere in the forums as well.
05/29/2007 02:16:59 PM · #12
I was there in October 2006 with my D200 and a serious looking lens but no tripod. No issues inside the Machu Picchu site or anywhere on the Inca Trail.
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