ImagingUSA, Day Two

Well, days one and two, actually. I scanned my film from both days and that’s basically all this post will be – photos. The second day was pretty much uneventful. We just walked around, looking at all the stuff we looked at the first day.

Although I finally got some help from the Epson booth, concerning the issue of the non-extracting extractable 2200 OSX driver file that Epson has on their site. When I brought up the problem to one of the Epson reps, he knew exactly what I was talking about, and told me that, if I gave him my e-mail address, he would send me a driver file that would actually unstuff properly. Of course, this led me to wonder why in hell they haven’t replaced the file on the website? It isn’t hard, and it’s been bad for a long while.

Anyway, here are some shots from the Expo (all shots taken with a Leica M6 and Ilford Hp5+ film):

Weatherfest photo
The weather outside was frightful…
I don’t know what Weather Fest was – something else held in the convention center – but I thought the sign presented a bit of humor on such a cold, nasty day. Seriously, the weather in San Antonio is cold, wet and nasty right now. Great time for a convention.
Leica M6; Voigtländer Nokton 50/1.5 ASPH; Ilford HP5+

Leica Reps
Of course, I made a beeline for the Leica booth as soon as I walked in the door. Leica reps Rob Logan (L) and Ebi Kuenne didn’t seem to mind having their photo made. Nice guys, both. Of course, any man who lets me play with both the M8 and the DMR-equipped R9 is cool in my book. Although, that was why they were at the expo in the first place.

Ebi Kuenne
Leica rep Ebi Kuenne speaks with a guest about the R9.

Seamus
Seamus came all the way from Dublin for the conference and expo.

Epson Booth
The Epson booth at ImagingUSA San Antonio.

Phil Canter
A playfully maniacal Phil Canter of Photo Express Digital Pro Lab.

Laura from VII
This nice young lady works for VII. You may have heard of them.

Wendi
Fellow shooter Wendi Poole hams up for someone else’s camera… And mine too.

Photo Express crew
Here we have the rest of the crew from Photo Express. They had free peppermint patties, so I was loitering. Believe it or not, they were all standing like that, waiting for me to come along by chance.

Canon Booth
One of the many presentations going on at the rather humongous Canon display.

Muerto
She’s a little skinny, but I like her anyway. It’s a statue in a shop, btw, in case you were wondering… But you probably weren’t, so…

Dave and Seamus
Phil of Photo Express was kind enough to let us scarf some of their pizza. Here, Dave and Seamus talk about… something. I don’t remember what. At the moment, I was concentrating on focusing and pizza.

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~ by peakaction on January 17, 2007.

4 Responses to “ImagingUSA, Day Two”

  1. The R9 looks like a fine camera, and I love that at least one manufacturer has built a dual purpose film/digital SLR… but at what cost? Here in the UK you’d be looking at £5000 (aprox. $10000) for a R9 & Modul R, before shopping for any lenses! You’ve really got to have money to burn to own one of these things… which unfortunately I don’t.

  2. I will be the first to agree with you that new Leica gear is expensive. However, if you’re doing this professionally, any pro level digital gear is going to be expensive.

    For instance, I shoot pro sports and editorial. When I’m shooting any given game, I’m walking around with about twenty-grand worth of bodies and glass on me. An EOS-1D Mark II and 300/2.8L IS represents about ten large in original investment.

    Consider that the R9/Digital Modul R combination affords you the ability to upgrade to future backs and/or bodies (when they exist) without replacing the other module. Plus, speaking as a Leica shooter, I can say that their equipment really is worth the extra money. You really do get what you pay for.

    Now, I’m not saying that I *like* paying so much for gear, but that’s why I always buy mine used. You can get a used R8 and Digital Modul R for around $5500.00 USD. They’re always in great condition too – who trashes their Leica gear after they’ve spent so much on it? 😉 And, there are plenty of good deals to be had on used R glass.

    I guess my point is that if you’re using these things to make a living, then the price is workable. If you just want them for a hobby, then yesh, you’d better be rich.

  3. Dude, I look like I’m totally not into what Seamus was saying! Quite the opposite though, he was a supercool guy. Great accent!

  4. That last photo should be in “who f*rted”.

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