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Photographers won't be targeted at Olympics, officials claim

 14th Feb 2012

Officials representing the London 2012 Olympic Games have reassured amateur photographers that they will be free to take their own camera equipment to the sporting events.

Speaking to Amateur Photographer, a spokesperson for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) said: “Obviously we recognise that spectators will want to bring cameras to the Game. The only restrictions are around size and these restrictions are to prevent undue impact on other spectators.”
The representative elaborated: “We would also not wish multi-point tripods used within the venues for the same reason.” For advice on how to shoot moving images we recommend you watch Mike Browne's Photography DVD.
The comments follow a statement from LOCOG last year suggesting that many cameras would be banned over lens size limits. Fortunately, this update suggests that the only real issue would be a camera that posed problems to other surrounding spectators.
“No way are we trying to target camera users,” the spokesman added. “The issue is basically around size. [...] The most important thing is the spectators' experience.”
Photographers are advised to check the rules and guidelines on equipment with Olympics organisers closer to the event before travelling to an event. More information can be found at http://www.london2012.com/

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