Experiments with Light (EOS Experience)

I attended an event organised by Canon Singapore called EOS Experience Day. The day started sunny but as I proceeded to the venue, storm clouds gathered with a menacing appearance. A few minutes later, the worst happened, the clouds started pouring rain (what else). Fortunately, the seminars that were to be conducted were conducted under a temporary shelter and so we were saved (The event was held at a seaside venue and some water skiing had been planned). The seminars were boring and the introduction of their newest camera, the EOS-1D Mark III followed. The darkness (both literal and figurative) brought on by the onset of rain was offset by this toy. It looks innocuous enough for a camera of its caliber, and once the shutter is pressed, it unleashes its inner beast and starts firing away at 10 fps with a 10 mega pixels resolution. To give a comparison of its speed, a video camera captures close to 24-25 fps at a resolution around 1 mega pixels max. If technology progresses fast enough soon we will be able to make movies out of digital SLRs.
Coming to the most interesting part of the EOS Experience Day, the visitors were allowed to try their shot at the new camera (hence the water skiing) and lens lineup (the longest being 1200mm of which it is rumored that there are only 10 in the world). There were also some macro and still life lenses lined-up and had arranged for some models to pose in swimwear (Canon wanted to give a great experience to the photographers I believe). By this time the rain had stopped but it was still cloudy, and the photographers, professional amateur and all went in hordes to try the lenses. I took some macro, then went to the long lens lineup,took some pictures of the surfers, then came back for some more macro, couldn’t find any inspiration at the macro counter, tried some more shots competing for space with the other professionals and finally left. Though I couldn’t take more shots, I came away satisfied that I was able to fire a machine gun in the guise of the EOD 1D Mark III. Was a bit sad that I couldn’t get my hands on the 1200mm lens (the one with the longest queue). Take a look at some of the pictures taken that day.

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A couple of Macro shots…

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…a couple of high speed shots, couldn’t get a longer lens…

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…and a candid shot with the 50mm standard lens, but with a maximum aperture of f/1.4 it is anything but ordinary.

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5 thoughts on “Experiments with Light (EOS Experience)

  1. Cool! Wonderfully narrated!

    That camera though looks oddly shaped, for all the features and the price (will be a few thousand dollars atleast right) it commends, they could have made it look better (now it looks like it got crushed by a road roller).

    But you are to be punished for failing to take pics of the models (in swimwear of course).

  2. The camera is for professionals, who don’t care about the appearance but more about the ergonomics since they have to shoot for a long time holding it. You don’t get the same comfort and feel in any of the compacts or low end SLRs.
    The models weren’t there for the entire duration. By the time my inner nerd was satisfied trying the lenses and the cameras the models were gone. I didn’t wait for the next session as the clouds were ganging up again and by the time I reached home I was drenched. I have some model pics taken long back though. 😉

  3. nah, not accepted, models in swimwear is what i was expecting.

    what do u mean they dont care how the camera looks, it doesnt hurt if the camera is a powerhouse plus a great looker! does it?

  4. The photographer is more interested in taking pictures than having pictures of himself taken. If the camera is a great looker, it will draw attention to the camera disturbing the photographer’s work. Moreover that camera looks good and not anything like what you mentioned.
    I will get pics of models in swimwear and even lesser attire the next time. 😉

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