DCIM- Digital Cameras, Imaging, Media Show 2011 with Canon

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Steadicam Pilot ($7,000) + Canon XF 305 ($10,000). I'm wearing a total of $17,000 worht of gear!

The DCIM (Digital Cameras, Imaging, Media) show is a playground for the hobbyist, amateur and professional. It is an incredible display of the latest cameras and imaging gear, accessories, promotions, classes and much more.

Steadicam Pilot ($7,000) + Canon XF 305 ($10,000). I'm wearing a total of $17,000 worht of gear!

Steadicam Pilot ($7,000) + Canon XF 305 ($10,000). I'm wearing a total of $17,000 worht of gear!

Equipment for the novice and pro in DCIM 2011. Check out the giant EF lenses in the background

Equipment for the novice and pro in DCIM 2011. Check out the giant EF lenses in the background

Most of our films are made with Canon cameras and lenses. So we were quite excited to find out that this year, Canon took up the largest booth space but that’s not the only good news…

The XF 305 sports advanced image stabilization and 3 pieces of 1/3 inch chip. Wish I had spent more time with it.

The XF 305 sports advanced image stabilization and 3 pieces of 1/3 inch chip. Wish I had spent more time with it.

We were invited by Canon Professional HD Center to participate in DCIM 2011. Initially I was to help showcase the Edius film editing system. When I heard that Tegas Broadcast & Multimedia was also involved, I eagerly requested to demo the Steadicam Pilot.

Grass Valley in a D'cube mobile workstation let's you edit on the go with HD-SDI, HDMI and lots of other essential slots.

Grass Valley in a D'cube mobile workstation let's you edit on the go with HD-SDI, HDMI and lots of other essential slots.

The catch is we had to spend our Christmas holidays in the booth. BUT Canon has taken up 1/4 of the entire floor space and filled it up with goodies.

The lightweight yet sturdy KC Lite 8 from Kessler Crane brings your shots to a whole new level.

The lightweight yet sturdy KC Lite 8 from Kessler Crane brings your shots to a whole new level.

They are embedding me in the thick of all these imaging technology. I consider this a very merry Christmas present!

One of our guys, Nixon Thuah even hoisted his iPhone up on the KC Lite 8 jib... and yielded good results!

One of our guys, Nixon Thuah even hoisted his iPhone up on the KC Lite 8 jib... and yielded good results!

My last project of 2011 was at DCIM. I had over $17K worth of equipment strapped onto me. Thanks to Tegas Broadcast & Multimedia for sponsoring the Steadicam Pilot ($7K) and Canon Professional HD Center for the XF305($10K).

Some folks attend trade shows and make it a priority to check out the show girls. Can't say I blam them!

Some folks attend trade shows and make it a priority to check out the show girls. Can't say I blam them!

Again the Steadicam Pilot has seduced me. I spent most of the day tinkering with it, adjusting the vest, removing the system and putting it on again.

Some of the HDSLR rigs on display from DOP and Genus with Libec tripods.

Some of the HDSLR rigs on display from DOP and Genus with Libec tripods.

I practiced walking and walking with it. I now know I should given the other gear and cameras equal time but how to resist its beckoning?

Booth to booth with Andrew Boey with the sexy Steadicam Pilot and excellent Canon XF 305

Booth to booth with Andrew Boey with the sexy Steadicam Pilot and excellent Canon XF 305

Thanks to Andrew Boey (Nikonian Academy), we made a film of DCIM. Andrew visited almost every booth on the exhibition floor, interviewing its owners while I followed on the Pilot and XF 305 combo. In the end, we discovered this was a long take of 40 minutes.

Pico Dolly gives you smooth tracking shots but depends on a flat surface.

Pico Dolly gives you smooth tracking shots but depends on a flat surface.

The one gear that I wished I could have spent more time with is the Canon XF 305. The XF 305’s pricing may appear prohibitive but like the Steadicam, you get what you pay for.

My mentor in the Steadicam, Wesley, from Tegas Broadcast and Multimedia, balances the Steadicam Merlin before the show.

My mentor in the Steadicam, Wesley, from Tegas Broadcast and Multimedia, balances the Steadicam Merlin before the show.

The XF 305 comes with 3 X 1/3 inch CMOS chips (that’s three of them chips in one camera body!). It’s like shooting the same scene with 3 cameras and combining all the details into 1 video.

Adrian Chua looks like he's doing a good job helping a customer understand the jib.

Adrian Chua looks like he's doing a good job helping a customer understand the jib.

From what I understand, the XF 305 also sports an excellent that’s worth $6,000 on its own! It also has Dynamic Image Stabilization and an extreme Powered Image Stabilization which reduces vibration when shooting at telephoto range.

There's even something for the iPhone of all things! It's called the Steadicam Smoothee.

There's even something for the iPhone of all things! It's called the Steadicam Smoothee.

As a testament to Canon Professional HD Center’s capability to cover all angles in the film making industry, we showcased Edius for film editing.

A small rail-based slider that looks like it's going to work very well. Regretably, I forgot to enquire about the brand & model. Photo courtesy of Kumuthan Govindasamy.

A small rail-based slider that looks like it's going to work very well. Regretably, I forgot to enquire about the brand & model. Photo courtesy of Kumuthan Govindasamy.

Edius was in the form of a D’Cube mobile film editing solution in a box (literally). It’s got a HDMI and HD-SDI in/out, plenty of hard disk space, USB ports etc.

You get to try out these gargantuan lenses are commonly used for sports photography where speed and shallow DOF are crucial. Photo courtesy of Kumuthan Govindasamy.

You get to try out these gargantuan lenses are commonly used for sports photography where speed and shallow DOF are crucial. Photo courtesy of Kumuthan Govindasamy.

One of the best things about Edius- it reads all of the file formats thrown at it from the Canon booth. MXF, EOS Movie, it takes them all in without having to transcode into its own native format for smooth playback.

Here I'm testing out the dynamic balance of the Pilot. It spins off impeccably! Photo courtesy of Kumuthan Govindasamy.

Here I'm testing out the dynamic balance of the Pilot. It spins off impeccably! Photo courtesy of Kumuthan Govindasamy.

Another star of the show at the Canon booth is the very light and very stable KesslerCrane Lite 8 jib. It can carry a video camera up there or a HDSLR. One of our guys even set up his iPone on it!

Indeed, this was a fantastic way for a film director like to me complete the year. 2011 will always be close to my heart because of the camaraderie I had with my fellow camera enthusiasts.