COBA Meeting: Political Photography, Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Photokina Wrapup

The latest Camera Owners of the Bay Area (COBA) took place Wednesday, October 8 at the usual place in Stanford University at Condura Hall 100. The topic of discussion were Photokina Wrap Up, Political Photography with guest speaker Mona T. Brooks, and the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Jim Rose (Canon Senior Professional Market Specialist for Field Market Support) was slated to appear with a pre-production copy of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, but turns out that there are very, very few pre-productions available and Jim wasn’t one of the lucky ones to have one.

Political Photography

Mona T. Brooks had a lot of interesting stories about her recent photojournalism work: photographing the 2008 Democratic National Convention (DNC) and being DNC CEO of the DNC Committee Leah D. Daughtry’s personal photographer.

She discussed about the importance of being “pinned” (very specific press credentials), her run in with the Secret Service, ethics of photographing a sleeping politician (Howard Dean), and her experience overall.

It was pretty cool to hear her story.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

We had a lot of new people show up at COBA in anticipation of seeing a pre-production 5D Mark II. Unfortunately, one wasn’t available, but we did have an interesting discussion and watched the now infamous Reverie video by Vincent Laforet and the behind the scenes making.

The video is fantastic and I think the 5D Mark II will be a step towards restoring Canon’s damaged reputation.

2008 Photokina Wrapup

A lot of new products were introduced at the 2008 Photokina trade show and so Adam Tow kindly put together a nice slide show showing all the latest released cameras and some previews of what the new Adobe Photoshop CS4 has in store.

COBA Pictures

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