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Whirlwind NAB

I’m off to NAB in Las Vegas for a whirlwind tour.

Update: I hadn’t realized the sheer enormity of the show in cavernous halls stuffed with gear including ultra high end gear that probably cannot be seen in any place together except at NAB. This is not a show with iPhone cases and so on! You’ll get a very long hike trying to see it all and a full four days is what I’d recommend to see the show properly.

I had my own agenda at NAB so this is not a report, but here are some impressions.

If for example all you want to do is see a topic of interest, say the latest in lighting technology, or video booms from small to huge, or video storage and processing for satellite dishes and so on, the depth and breadth of the product lines was stunning.

Canon had an enormous booth with video, DSLRs and so on, printers and more, and a 2nd Canon booth I did not have a chance to visit. I liked their metallic whatever ist was paper they were showing, and the floor padding was really nice on the feet. Nikon had a large booth, but it modest in size by comparison with the Canon booth.

Zeiss had a very nice setup with all their lense lines (including cine). Zeiss is not standing still in any area.

Leica had a visually attractive boutique booth perfectly matching the current M gestalt—stylish but lacking substance.

Sigma was not present at all, and I never did see a Sony booth, but the halls are so cavernous that I might have missed it somehow. I did see Fujifilm banners, but did not visit (I flew into Vega, 6 hours, flew home).

Lots of gear for video processing including storage. OWC was showing their Jupiter system with 10 gigabit NAS or SAN up to 512TB and other storage.

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