Monday, November 24, 2008

EOS Discovery days

Last Friday I went to Canon's "EOS Discovery Days" in Brussels. Thanks to Bert Stephani for sharing an invitation, otherwise I would have missed it.

Canon has shown a lot of their photo equipment: all SLR models, many lenses and printers. It was allowed to try everything, unfortunately only at the counter desk (where light was less than ideal). Contrary to my expectations EOS 5D Mark II was still a pre-production unit, so we were not allowed to try it with our own flash cards... Canon Belgium expects to get new 5D in the beginning of December.

I am planning to buy EF 85 mm f1.8 lens so I tried it and a few other... This is not very meaningful shot made with EF 1.8/85 (in fact I could have more testing opportunities in a specialized photo store...).
Just trying EF 85 mm f1.8

The formal part of the event consisted of a few presentations. I've got a bit controversial feeling about the whole event - on one hand it seemed to be aimed at professional photographers i.e. those already familiar with Canon cameras and lenses; on the other hand the presentations were made as if people in the room didn't know about Canon... Anyway, the presentations were nice, particularly the photographs shown :)

Presentations were followed by a workshop by Bert Stephani. I always like when professionals give their practical advice - even if I already know the subject there are always some small things that are very helpful (and that I would hardly think of by myself).

Bert on stage with his model Erika

A nice addition to the even was a book EF LENS WORK III available for all guests for free. Not just a catalog of Canon lens, but a lot of detailed information and nice illustrations and use examples.


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