Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/02/18

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Film, Cameras, Customs & France
From: "Jean-Claude Berger" <>
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 14:17:07 +0100

This was a stupid regulation concerning Paris but it's over now. As far as
you don't install lightning and work alone, you should not be annoyed. On
another side, if you try to use a view camera at 16:00 on a Saturday when
there are hundreds of tourists around Notre-Dame, I guess you will have

> One thing you definitely want to keep in mind when photographing in
> Paris with a view camera is the use of a tripod. The French bureaucracy
> assumes that someone using a tripod is a professional and using a view
> camera even for amateur purposes will draw officialdom down on you so
> fast you won't know what hit you. Ask my assistant. We were able to
> obtain a permit to use a tripod on the grounds of the Luxembourg Palace
> (Jardin du Luxembourg) but it took an hour or so and a very helpful
> woman in the appropriate office. Other places, such as around Notre Dame
> or Place des Vosges we were flagged. And it would have taken a week or
> two until we got permits.

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Jean-Claude Berger (
Systems and RDBMS consultant (MCSE)
Lyon, France