This evening I decided to take my 828 and my new monopod and shoot some random pictures. First, I tried to take a few zooms, so I setup on the little balcony just outside the door of my house (i'm on the 2nd floor). There were some young people sitting downstairs and they could see me with my cam and I made no attempt at hiding myself as I wasn't taking pictures of them, I wanted shots of the buildings in the distance. Not 2 minutes into my session, some of the girls sitting there start screaming "video camera! video camera!" and run off. Geez. The cam wasn't even pointed anywhere near them. Then this dude in a group sitting near these girls sees me and decides to get all gangsta on my a$$. He storms up the staircase and tries to make as much noise as possible coming up only to ask me, "are you taking pictures of me?". So I showed him the LCD, "look, can you see the ground where your friends are in this frame?" I had to adjust the angle of the ball head just to get them. After seeing all this, he apologised and ran off.
Peachy, I thought, let's go take some pics of the moon and go to sleep. I managed to get some pretty decent pics of the moon, handheld with my CP5700, so I thought let's try this out with my fancy monopod and the 828. So I was outside, in the playground next to my block, with the lens pointing *straight up* and those girls went past again and they started screaming "video camera!" again!! (these are screams of terror, not delight, *I* was frightened) The worst part is, I had my back to them. And my moon shots sucked.
What the heck is up with people? Are we not allowed to show a camera in public? Has anyone else had problems like this? Is camera fright really that bad?
Hmmm... Is this an FAQ?