PopPhoto.com is reporting that specific guidelines for amateur photographers at the London Games have been announced. The maximum permissable lens length is 30 cm (about 11.8 inches), and "large cameras," tripods, and monopods won't be permitted (along with golf umbrellas, clothing emblazened with political statements, and—thank you, Olympic Police—vuvuzelas).
Carl Zeiss made its first 180mm 35mm lens, the once famous and technologically-advanced-for-its-day "Olympia Sonnar," just in time for the 1936 Games. I wonder if one of the Micro 4/3 or mirrorless manufacturers will put out the longest possible telephoto lens with a length just under 11.8 inches in time for these Olympics?
(Thanks to Richard Tugwell)
P.S. There was a gunstock-mounted version of the Olympia Sonnar. I doubt that would go over today.
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Featured Comment by Gary Brown: "Here's the official list of prohibited and restricted items at the London 2012 Olympics. The link to that, as well as other info, is on the London 2012 Safety and Security page."
Featured Comment by Phil Maus: "Being the stealthy photog that I am, I'm gonna bring my handheld 8x10 (oops, this is the UK, I mean 10-8) zone plate/pinhole box camera. Technically it is a 'large camera,' but I'm betting I won't be called out at the gate. It's hard enough convincing anyone that this is indeed a 'camera' at all, let alone the officials monitoring such things.... 'So that's your lunchbox then?' I'll have my special, ƒ/11 'Sports & Action' pinhole mounted! I live to flout the rules! Go USA!!!"
Featured Comment by RobG: "Olympics. Meh. Personally, I'm not going to pay any attention to any of it. Londonites, you have my deepeset sympathies. I'll spend every spare moment on the beach, photographing the local kiteboarders instead. I recommend that all of you stay away in droves, and go bother a badger or two.
"But hmm, a Sigma 50–500mm plus Nikon 1 to F-mount converter plus Nikon V1 might make for fun times...."