Olympic Photography: the rules, and how to beat them

Olympic Photography: the rules and how to beat them

Camera lenses in a bag

Rule 5: Limit your gear to one bag

And that bag must be no bigger than 30 x 20 x 20cm, according to LOCOG. Anything above and beyond this limit may be confiscated and ‘not necessarily returned to you.’

The Olympic body says it issued this rule to ensure that every spectator gets a clear view of the events.

How to work around this rule
At first glance, the one bag rule and threat of confiscation sounds a bit harsh, but in reality 30 x 20 x 20cm is rather generous. How so?

Well, consider that you can fit four professional bodies into a bag this size, such as the Nikon D4 (160 x 157 x 91mm), Nikon D800 (146 x 123 x 92mm), Canon EOS 5D Mark III (152.0 x 116.4 x 76.4mm) and Canon 1 DX (158 x 163.6 x 82.7mm), and you’d still have room for that telephoto zoom we suggested with Rule 2.

Assuming, like us, you probably have two camera bodies – your primary SLR and a back-up – this leaves you plenty of room to bring a selection of lenses – about three lenses and two bodies, or one body and four lenses, as well as a compact camera and a print-out of our wonderful action photography cheat sheet!

RULE 1 (and how to beat it)
RULE 2 (and how to beat it)
RULE 3 (and how to beat it)
RULE 4 (and how to beat it)
RULE 5 (and how to beat it)


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