One Day, Two Camera Shows

 

So this weekend started out on a bad note.  Well, bad for my wallet at least, great fun for me!

Night Sky Photo Workshop flier (GMARS-2013)

I was looking around for a good low light lens for the upcoming Night Sky Photography workshop that my astronomy club is putting on September 7-8 (if you are in the area you too can participate…its $120 to learn from one of the masters of the craft Dennis Mammana).

20130824_132934_5So as I was perusing the Samy’s Camera store ads, I noticed that they were having a Photo Expo at the Pasadena Convention Center…Yeah!!

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Right as you walked in to the Expo, there they were…my dream lenses!  No, those aren’t telescopes (although they could be), they are just really long lenses.  The Sigma above what their 400mm F2.8 monster.  The Canon 400mm was surprisingly light for all the glass in the lens.   Both were sharp edge to edge.  However, I am going to have to start advertising and getting a lot of ad revenue from this site before I am able to afford either one of these.  I may need to buy a new car first, or get these lenses.  Luckily, you can always rent them.

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The Leica rep was showing off their wares.  If you can do manual focusing, these are some of the best (and most expensive) cameras and lenses in the world.

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As you can see the aisles were packed.

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I was so impressed with this device that I bought one.  It makes carrying multiple cameras/lens easier than any of the vest or other harnesses that I own.  I feel like I have a camera six-shooter on my hips when I wear this, but it works great.

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One of the most poignant parts of the Expo was this exhibition of art.  Truly beautiful photography.

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Braver people than I having their work critiqued by professionals.  I’ll stick to looking at my pictures alone for now.

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In Addition to this, Sunday was the monthly Bargain Camera Show another great place to spend money on all your camera needs.

 

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Another crowded venue, with lots of good stuff.

I managed to escape the weekend only $550.00 poorer, but it was not for a lack of trying.

Who would have thought that mixing one really expensive hobby (astronomy) with another really expensive hobby (photography) would actually result in a less expensive hobby?

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

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