Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/05/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Paris & Tripod
From: John Coan <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2000 14:24:11 -0400
References: <v04210100b54ea2e52c84@[]> <> <>

Moving away from the Paris situation, the question of banning tripods always gets my
goat.  Lots of places don't like them.

Alternatives that immediately come to mind are:
1.  monopod (already mentioned).
2.  bipod (such as used on a rifle).
3.  quadrapod (a table) or quadraped (your dog, for example)
4.  pentapod, etc.
5.  A big C clamp with ball head.
6.  antigravity emitter with gyroscopic stabilization.

Ted Grant wrote:

> Kip Babington wrote:
> >
> > Laurent -
> >
> > Please pardon a US lawyer's follow up question, I'm not trying to be
> > argumentative but just to clarify your meaning.  As I read your statement
> > with my own legal background, it means that if I go to France as a tourist I
> > should just leave my camera at home, because almost any place I am likely to
> > go would be a "public place" (as that term is used in the law over here.)<<<<<<<<<
> Hi Kip,
> Sorry for cutting in, but I think what the intention of the law means,
> is to stop "professional photographers" from setting up tripods for
> personal gain or becoming a pain in the ass with an army of tripods
> always in the way of the tourists who come to see the high profile Paris locations.
> I say this simply because, if you consider the millions of tourists who
> visit Paris and they all have cameras to take family Happy Snaps of
> themselves in front of the Eiffel Tower or wherever, the ban on picture
> taking would be so counter productive the tourist industry would hang
> the mayor and bureaucrats who came up with the law.
> There wasn't any indication to me by the gendarmes that I couldn't take
> pictures, they said take all the pictures you want with the camera, but
> you can't use a tripod.  And it seems the tripod is the issue, as the
> Paris government have taken that, if you use a tripod that automatically
> makes you a professional and taking pictures for monetary gain.
> And monetary gain is what they want themselves, as in a piece of the
> action of the money made by the professional.  Or the assumed user of
> the tripod would make.
> If they stopped picture taking in such a famous city as Paris, no one
> would bother going because having your picture taken by the Arc de
> Triomph or wherever is part of the visit. As in, "Here we are standing
> in front of the Eiffel Tower.
> While we were there I'd like to have a dollar for every camera I saw and
> most certainly a dollar for every exposure made, I could retire three
> lifetimes quite handsomely. :-)
> ted

Replies: Reply from Mark Rabiner <> (Re: [Leica] Paris & Tripod)
In reply to: Message from Laurent SAMINADAYAR <> ([Leica] Paris & Tripod)
Message from Kip Babington <> (Re: [Leica] Paris & Tripod)
Message from Ted Grant <> (Re: [Leica] Paris & Tripod)