Professional equipment is not allowed in malls?

Started Oct 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
puttin
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Re: Professional equipment is not allowed in malls?
In reply to LeoGotCamera, Oct 11, 2013

LeoGotCamera wrote:

Had really bad experience with trying to film a friend using my Canon 60D camera (with the lense without a red circle) at the Eaton Center in downtown Toronto. When I was trying to setup a tripod - got approached by the security guard. He told me that the use of professional camera equipment is not allowed inside the mall and in order to use it I need to get a permit from the mall office. Went to the office and was told that the permit cannot be issued on the spot - I need to fill some kind of form and it can take up to 2 weeks to get approval. WTF?

What is interesting - filming with smartphone is allowed as long as it is not attached to professional looking tripod. If I use small camera tripod - it is ok to film with smartphone.
So, my question - do you think it is fair? Is there much difference in Canon 60D quality vs iPhone 5s camera quality that makes my 60D camera banned from the usage in the mall? Or the mall guys are completely out of touch from reality?

Leo

They are afraid you are a spy from another mall checking the displays. One time my employer sent me to a store to take pics of the exposed duct work that we had supplied and they would not let me. I would have to send the photos to their hq to be approved first. It was not worth the time and trouble so I declined.

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