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So, I wanted to bring in a DSLR to Glastonbury.  Nothing huge but a nice camera with a 2-5 inch lens.  I'm trying to figure out what Glastonbury allows as far as cameras go and I can't seem to get a detailed answer.  Here's text on the published policy:

"No unauthorized tape recorders, professional film or video equipment are allowed onsite. Cameras for personal use are welcome."

That leaves a LOT of room for subjective interpretation and I don't want to get stuck at a gate with security telling me I can't take a camera in, so I sent a question into Glastonbury to get some clarification.  Here's what I asked, "Can you provide additional details on how you distinguish between professional equipment and personal use cameras? e.g. Can we bring in a detachable lens camera?  Is there a restriction on the length/range of the lens?" 

Here's what Glastonbury replied to my question:

"as long as the pictures are for personal use the camera shouldn’t be a problem.  So a nice camera is fine, however, big professional zoom lenses are the issue.
There are currently no restrictions on lens size, but it is something we are going to discuss and certainly we do discourage people from bringing long lenses as there is a risk they might be held at the gate."
 
Again, subjective.....at least as far as the lens goes  I've asked a follow up question, but what are peoples experience here.  Has anyone tried to bring in an DSLR with a detachable lens?  What happened at the security check?

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Done it years ago and it was fine, you see all sorts of kit out n about. It ended up being too much of a pain in the arse to carry around though, especially as phone cameras got better

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3 hours ago, bexj said:

It ended up being too much of a pain in the arse to carry around though

That was my main issue when I took my DSLR, while I took the most photos I have ever managed, it was bloody awkward having to lug it round and having to be aware of it getting knocked. That and it felt like I spending more time behind the lens, than enjoying the festival.

I didn't have any issues with security or anything with both a 35mm and 70mm lens. Unless you've got a ridiculous telephoto lens, you should be fine. 

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Thks, good info.....which brings me to part 2 of the question.  What's people's thoughts on bringing one in but them leaving it in a backpack in one of the lockups.  I would then only take it out a couple of times to get some good shots but not have to deal with it for the whole day.  Would it be safe in the lockups?

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8 hours ago, Mash2 said:

Thks, good info.....which brings me to part 2 of the question.  What's people's thoughts on bringing one in but them leaving it in a backpack in one of the lockups.  I would then only take it out a couple of times to get some good shots but not have to deal with it for the whole day.  Would it be safe in the lockups?

100% safe in the lock ups, no problem at all.  They are very secure (think I'm right in saying that they take pride in never having had anything go missing) and if you tell them it's fragile as you hand it over, they'll take good care of it.

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It will be safe in the lockups but your bigger problem is that there are so many photo opportunities, many of them unplanned that either you will end up missing them because your camera is miles away, or you'll just end up carrying your camera all the time. 

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4 hours ago, bexj said:

It will be safe in the lockups but your bigger problem is that there are so many photo opportunities, many of them unplanned that either you will end up missing them because your camera is miles away, or you'll just end up carrying your camera all the time. 

Totally get it.  I've been going to multi-day festivals and using my camera for a while now.  Most cases, I just stick it in my pack pack (I always carry a small light pack with a few things in it) and pull it out when necessary.  If I'm going light, I just use my phone.  Having safe lock ups should make that easier, as I can ditch items from my pack for stretches making it lighter.  It doesn't bother me that I would miss shots, as I'm not trying to document the whole thing.  i.e. I wouldn't want to miss actually being there.  Its just nice to have a good camera to take some additional shots.

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They are usually fine as long as not taking the mick - sometimes I've had over-zealous guards give me a bit of trouble - but it's a very good natured festival...not had any problems - just don't look like you are a militant photographer - look like a festivalgoer! 

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1 hour ago, RaphPH said:

They are usually fine as long as not taking the mick - sometimes I've had over-zealous guards give me a bit of trouble - but it's a very good natured festival...not had any problems - just don't look like you are a militant photographer - look like a festivalgoer! 

No mic.

"look like a festivalgoer "....this is easily accomplished!  Nobody is going to confuse me with a professional photographer at the gate or in the crowd.

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I know glastonbury has rules but basically you can take what you want if you want are a punter.. Its not like a security bloke is going to say hey old son do you have a permit for that they big camera... Nooooo.. Not unless you're trying to get on stage lol.. Mind you you might be able to help blag your way into places others can't.. 

As Ralph said.. Really.. But take a yellow high viz with you and at least try to get into places you shouldn't.. I once got to the pyramid stage barrier but the stage side and tried to get a pic. But got collared by the security.. That was when Metallica were on stage... Fucking strange and scary looking AT the crowd.... Happy pic taking 

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I have a clip that attaches to my belt which I can then attach my camera to, it’s totally secure and you barely know the camera is there but it’s accessible in seconds, you can sit down with your camera still attached and basically forget about it until you need it. Very very pricey but worth every penny. I’ll never use a strap or sling ever again.

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