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Re: Hire for events - beware!

Originally Posted by Ian View Post
One of our customers who hired a 90-250 to use at the Crufts dog show last week had a rude shock when she was told that she couldn't use a lens like this (it's quite large, as you may realise) without a press pass.

In all honesty I'm very surprised at the attitude of Crufts. It's not uncommon for amateur photographers to use professional grade lenses at events, and I've used the 90-250 at various events, like the British Grand Prix, without any restrictions.

Anyway, the moral of the story is - if you want to use a big pro lens like teh 90-250 or 300 f/2.8, and you don't have press accreditation, check that you won't end up disappointed like our customer.

Julia has requested information from Crufts to clarify their stipulations concerning what's allowed and what isn't, and why, at Crufts. Hopefully we'll have a follow-up in due course.

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