Don’t bring your DSLR to Kuwait – it’s banned! Unless…

by Klaus on November 23, 2010

in Photography, Tech News

… you’re part of the press.

Because, in the mindset of the Kuwaiti government, only journalists should be able to carry a DSLR in public. Well, that’s just FUBAR‘ed, if you ask me!

The Next Web blogger, Ahmad F Al-Shagra, believes the ban is because most people of Kuwait don’t want their pictures taken by strangers, which would cause problems for photographers if they happen to take a shot with people in it.

Apparently, “standard” cameras are not banned, so you can still bring a, say, Sony HX5V, with a huge built-in telezoom to get those candid shots… but you’ll of course end up with a picture of lower quality because of the small image sensor in such cameras compared to DSLR’s.

China and North Korea, please welcome Kuwait on my “places I’m not gonna visit”-list.

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Lemerou November 23, 2010 at 21:04

Kinda insane, if you ask me.
Not so sure i wanted to go to Koweit, anyway (China ? Well, that’s another story 😉 )
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miley November 24, 2010 at 04:12

Very strange article 🙂
Is it oerhaps a plug for the Sony camera ? Love you anyway !

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Klaus November 24, 2010 at 10:40

Why do you think it’s strange? I think it’s a lot more strange that a whole country is banning DSLR cameras and it deserves a mention (warning)…

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miley November 27, 2010 at 03:35

Strange cause it sounds so unreal… if you;re gonna ban cameras ban the whole lot not just DSLR.. do they train their cops to recognise DSLRs ? some non DSLRs are as big as DSLRs 🙂

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Musc November 25, 2010 at 11:36

or maybe sony’s spiking up the sales in kuwait 😉

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Ronan November 25, 2010 at 15:56

it is seriously strange that they have banned the camera because they don’t want strangers to take there pictures. Hard to digest, but in the recent time I have heard of things getting banned for weired reasons..!

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Brad dissertation November 26, 2010 at 09:10

It could be strange, but just imagine that you are ordinary human being who is constantly shot just because your clothes or smth like that are different..

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