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    Default Has anyone successfully bring in a DSLR into Esplanade Concert Hall?

    Hi there! Has anyone tried bringing in a DSLR and managed to take concert photos in Esplanade Concert Hall? Are they very strict in their security checks and is it possible to steal a few shots during the concert?

    Coz I am going for one next week and really hope to take some pics.... can anyone share their experiences with me?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Has anyone successfully bring in a DSLR into Esplanade Concert Hall?

    i did manage before.
    to avoid attention, never carry your dslr in a camera bag.
    reduce brightness on your cam lcd, off the AF beam if required.

    lastly, good luck in stealing a few shots without being spotted, provided if the lightings are off when the concert begins.
    Last edited by Simon_84; 15th October 2010 at 11:18 AM.

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    Cool! Tks for the tips!

    Do they actually check your bag at the entrance? say if I carry a normal handbag and put the dslr inside, will they ask to check all handbags? or is it better if i put the dslr in a plastic bag, to make it look like I have just done some shopping.....

    Tks!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_84 View Post
    i did manage before.
    to avoid attention, never carry your dslr in a camera bag.
    reduce brightness on your cam lcd, off the AF beam if required.

    lastly, good luck in stealing a few shots without being spotted, provided if the lightings are off when the concert begins.

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    Actually, depending on the nature of the performance, it can be quite a distraction for the other audience.

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    i wore my teenage ninja turtle suit and hid the camera inside the shell

    during the performance, i activated the camera using my remote and turning around and kneeling on my seat.

    this will definitely work, i never had any security personnel bother me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahbian View Post
    Actually, depending on the nature of the performance, it can be quite a distraction for the other audience.
    Be considerate to other audience is a must when going to concert.
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    It's actually a guitar concert.... wont be taking many photos, just a couple and w/o flash, so hopefully minimal disturbances to other audience ...

    Quote Originally Posted by ahbian View Post
    Actually, depending on the nature of the performance, it can be quite a distraction for the other audience.

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    Please don't do it. I maybe sitting next to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oceantoofar View Post
    Do they actually check your bag at the entrance? say if I carry a normal handbag and put the dslr inside, will they ask to check all handbags? or is it better if i put the dslr in a plastic bag, to make it look like I have just done some shopping.....

    Tks!!
    They check all bags, and when they see your DSLR they will just remind you not to use it.

    Personally, I feel that PnS is more of a nuisance since they are the ones usually guilty of flashing and video recording. The only trouble with DSLR is the shutter click.

    I shoot depending on the choice of music genre. Simply put, if the shutter is audible, put the camera away. But nowadays, I barely bring my DSLR along. It gets in the way of dancing.
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    i think it all depends on luck... and im never lucky...

    1. i went for a show in esplandae.. i manage to smuggle the cam in wrap in my shawl...true enuff the shutter sound sold me off and i was asked and escorted to the locker.
    2. during a concert in indoor stadium, even before i enter, they check my bag and immediately i was ask to deposit my cam...

    however.... during my last concert in indoor stadium... forking hell.. i saw alot of DSLR around me snapping awae like no one biz.... ouch!

    so end day... good luck =)
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    Oh ok.... i shall not be a nuisance to the other pple watching the concert then.... better to concentrate on the show itself than keep worrying about being spotted ....

    Thanks all for all your advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by walk13 View Post
    i think it all depends on luck... and im never lucky...

    1. i went for a show in esplandae.. i manage to smuggle the cam in wrap in my shawl...true enuff the shutter sound sold me off and i was asked and escorted to the locker.
    2. during a concert in indoor stadium, even before i enter, they check my bag and immediately i was ask to deposit my cam...

    however.... during my last concert in indoor stadium... forking hell.. i saw alot of DSLR around me snapping awae like no one biz.... ouch!

    so end day... good luck =)
    is either your cam body is too big or your zoom lens is too long.
    but it really does depend on luck one.

    as for the mirror sound, wait till the music is at its loudest, quickly fire off a few shots and try to be as discreet as possible.

    i think is easier to smuggle in a micro 4/3 than a mirror dslr.
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    TS sounds like the typical kind of ppl when they say, dun touch this, it will zap u to death, and he still goes and touch.

    very very smart

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    It also depends on the performer's agency. Hence you see the rules enforced differently at times..

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