Video camera

Mar 29th, 2002, 08:22 PM
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Video camera

If you are carrying a video camera (in a camera bag) is it necessary to check the camera and bag before entering St. Paul's, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, etc. (assume this might be true) I really don't want to lug this around all day and not be able to use it and would prefer not to have to "check" my camera.
Mar 30th, 2002, 01:22 AM
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No, you do'nt have to check your camera.
Mar 30th, 2002, 03:36 AM
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Pleasse be aware that many museums and other attractions do not allow any photography inside. I saw more that one person asked (told) to put their cameras away during tours. At Buckingham Palace, one insistant visitor had is camera put inside an opaque plastic bag; he just doulcn't get the message. At Harrod's I was met at the door by a very courteous security guard, who "helped" me put my camera in a plastic bag. Of all of the places we visited, I most wanted photos from the inside of Harrods. It is spectacular to say the least.
Mar 30th, 2002, 06:25 AM
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It entirely depends on where you go. Sometimes, you must check the camera before going in -- such as Buckingham Palace -- but other times you don't have to. I have NEVER had a problem bringing a camera or video into any museum or building in France, yet in Toronto, I was almost relieved of my camera, because I took a picture of a Matisse during an exhibition. If you can't take pictures from the inside, you can at least get a picture of the outside (for St. Paul's, you will have to head 1/2 way down Fleet Street to get the whole cathedral in the viewfinder!)
Mar 30th, 2002, 02:55 PM
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Better solution: Don't take the video with you at all. Just enjoy the trip without having to see Europe through a viewfinder for a video you will never watch. We really do not see that many video cameras anymore unless the people are wearing Branson sweathshirts and white tennis shoes with fanny packs.
Mar 30th, 2002, 03:11 PM
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Take your video camera if you want to, especially if you like to revisit the sounds as well as movies. You do not have to look through a viewfinder with almost all of the newer video cameras. You just open the viewing screen.
If it is to much to carry around then leave it at home. There are just some things that you can not do justice to with a still camera.

Mar 31st, 2002, 10:32 PM
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Just returned from London. Video camera okay in British Museum, Victoria and Albert. Okay at Tower of London--except for crown jewels. At St. Paul's and Westminister you aren't supposed to take pictures but depends on your chutzpah. Palace are a no no and other places that might be security concerns such as Parliament. Art museums don't allow it and most have security personnel in each room. As mentioed Harrod's doesn't allow filming probably because like casinos they don't want their customers filmed buying 100000 pound items.{but it is one hell of an interesting store to wander through}
Apr 3rd, 2002, 06:38 AM
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Apr 3rd, 2002, 06:46 AM
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C'mon Duke! I just lugged my full size vhs cam all over Ireland! And BTW, my tennies are black! ;-)
Apr 3rd, 2002, 07:38 AM
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For the very first time in all my trips to Europe, I wished I had a video camera with me. I spent a week touring Amalfi and the surrounding villages by car and saw some spectacular views. While I took loads of pictures, I think I would have really liked to have a video camera mounted on the dash to really "see" it again. I have seen some of those tiny cameras, and they are smaller than my 35mm.
Have any of you actually done this? How were the videos?
Sorry to have posted my questions on your thread, Dean. I didn't want to open another one.
Have a great trip to London. It is a fabulous city. Do take a video while sitting on the top of the open double decker buses. I think it would be memorable!
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