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Old Oct 20, 2006, 12:25 PM   #11
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I can't help you on the technical side as my daughter is the one who generally takes pics at concerts. But I think you'll findwhen you get into the venue that there will be many people taking shots with both cameras and camera phones. I have been at more than a hundred pop/punk/rock/whatever shows over the last three years and the only one where no-one tried to take a photo was Morrisey at the SECC in Glasgow in December 2004.

Pretty much all the larger venues will say no cameras, etc. on their websites,and occasionally some of them will have security patting people down on entry and searching their bags, but on the whole I doubt most of them care very much whether or not any folk take pics as they are unlikely to come out well anyway if you are (a) in the middle of a large crowd of people and (b) a lot of dry ice is being used onstage.

Your main problem is the size of your camera, I've taken an FZ7 that I bought last Mayinto the Carling Academy in Glasgow, the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh and Brixton Academy in London for my daughter to use without any problem whatsoever, but the FZ30 looks so much more like a professional piece of equipment.

The only venue I've been to in Newcastle is the Carling Academy 2 and that was last January. I was still using a compact film camera back then with 3.7x zoom and my daughter had her dad's Canon Powershot S45. There was no problem getting them in and as we were in the front row we got some pretty nice shots.

Anyway, the worst that can happen is that your camera will be confiscated until after the show, so there's nothing to lose by trying.

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Old Oct 20, 2006, 5:22 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone

Nice to see others take pics, I just want some memories rreally, even 1 good picture will do me

I am 13 rows back from the stage, not too far I guess for a 12 times zoom
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Old Oct 22, 2006, 9:50 AM   #13
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With my FZ30, I turn off the Beep, Shutter and AF Assist Lamp to minimize the distraction of the camera. Depending on lighting, I've shot @ ISO 200 but most of the time @ ISO400. I normally use 8M picture size and have used 3M / 669mm zoom. in P, A, S modes.

Here are some handheld examples
Shutter Priority, 1/80. 3.6, 332mm, ISO 400
http://img.clubphoto.com/jerboa/1412...null/image.jpg

Shutter Priority, 1/60, 3.7 420mm, ISO 400
http://img.clubphoto.com/jerboa/1431...null/image.jpg

Program Priority, 1/6, 3.2, 60mm, ISO 400
http://img.clubphoto.com/jerboa/1735...null/image.jpg

Program Priority, 1/125, 4.0, 669mm, ISO 400
http://img.clubphoto.com/jerboa/1735...null/image.jpg

Aperature Priority, 1/320, 3/6, 175mm, ISO 400
http://img.clubphoto.com/jerboa/1735...null/image.jpg

Aperature Priority, 1/200, 3.7, 669mm, ISO 200, w/post processing
http://img.clubphoto.com/jerboa/1735...null/image.jpg

Have a great time at the concert...Harvey


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Old Oct 23, 2006, 5:41 PM   #14
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Cracking images man nice to see what people can do.
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