Looks like there’s a camera show going on in Taipei.
If it was me a few month back, I probably won’t even twitch my nose about this event.
However, a few short months has led to a lot of changes in my life. With the world economy taking a turn for the worse, why in the world did I pick up a hobby that’s only going to force me to spend more?!
What’s done has been done, so I really have no choice but to walk on. With my Canon weapons (albeit no good lenses) in my backpack, I decided to embark on the trip early Sunday morning.
The expo is held at Taipei World Trade Center Hall 3, and free admissions. As expected of regular Sundays, there was a huge crowd. Well, there’s even MORE crowd next door at Hall 1 where the Travel Expo is taking place.
For me, there were 2 things to do: first, get some pictures of the show girls; second, take a look at the new gadgets that’s hitting the market (especially Pentax’s K-m); and third, get my mini-studio.
Not surprisingly, the main camera companies (or their importer) were there. From Nikon to Lowepro, its like a heaven for camera freaks. For locals, its quite rare and far between to be able to see all the Lowepro bags at one place.
One of the ‘treasures’ I found was the legendary Gitzo 90th anniversary Titanium + carbon graphite tripod (…though I wasn’t so thrilled with the price tag).
As for the show girls… well, took a lot of pictures, but most turned out fuzzy and blurred. The other problem was that I underestimated all the pushing and shoving to get the best position. Man, I still have a lot to learn about how to secure key positions during a photo opp.
At the end of the day, I picked up my mini-studio set which includes 2 lights and 1 mid-size studio box used for diffusing light onto the object placed in the center. There’ll be more of that in the later posts.
All in all, it was a fruitful day. The last day of the event is Monday, November 3. After that, its a good three-year wait for the next one.
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