First, my equipment: Canon EOS 60D, 18-135mm, 18-55mm, 55-250mm, 50mm f/1.4; Samsung EX-1 24-72mm f/1.8.
I bought a ticket to see Yanni, this is a once in a lifetime event (last show was 15 years ago) , I paid around 200 USD for the best seat (vip area closest to the stage, 2nd row I believe )
The venue says "professional equipment is not allowed" , but they did not say what is "professional". I asked many times, and got different answers: some say as long as you don't use flash and don't use a tripod its fine; Some say "domestic cameras" as long as they are small are allowed; some say normal cameras except DSLRs will be allowed....
Now, what would you recommend that I do?
Considering the stuff I have, I really want to be able to shoot with my 60D with 55-250mm lens. It would be a big let down if I am only allowed to use my EX1 with max tele end of 72mm.
Considering the rarity of such an event, I am also considering buying the 35x zoom compact of Canon, the SX30 IS. I should be able to buy a second hand one, then resell it after the event without loosing more than 30 USD.
I will be wearing a suit, and I am planning to bring my DSLR in a leather brief bag, with body and lenses separated and hidden under a black t-shirt, with my Samsung Compact camera on top of it.
If you have came across a similar situation, would you share your experience and give some recommendations please?
Note that photography is officially allowed — I have checked with performing party and venue managing party. The problem is the loose term of "professional equipment". DSLR are cheap nowadays, entry level models are sold at under 1k USD, it's light and it's perfect for hand-held. I don't see a hand-held DSLR being a problem in events where compact cameras are allowed — I am not using a huge 400mm barrel lens either, just a relatively small 55-250mm lens, which can be easily tucked in even a woman's handbag.