As promised earlier, here is the detailed review with photographs of the Photofair 2009.
My visit to Photofair 2009 was fantastic, not only did I get to see plenty of photography equipment, I also got to handle some of the best DSLRs on the planet, as Canon, Nikon and Olympus were kind of enough to put up their valuable DSLRs for public testing.
Entry for Photofair is from Gate number 7 and one can get a free pass from the counter before the gate, for free entry into Pragati Maidan. Though once inside, you would have to register for free at the Photofair registration counter (take a pen along) and only then will you be able to enter Photofair.
Entrance of Photofair 2009
I personally loved the Nikon booth more than Canon’s, mainly due to colors and aesthetics. Even though Canon’s fashion show was a lot more interesting than Nikon’s model posing for a demonstration of Active D’Lighting.
Models at Canon fashion show
Model at Nikon booth
The best part of course was when I got to handle and shoot with Canon 1000D, 40D and 1Ds Mark III and Nikon D40 and D300. I simply loved the way the Nikon D300 handled with a Nikkor 18-200 AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED DX VR lens, though it did feel heavy.
Sadly, neither Canon nor Nikon would allow you to use your own memory cards in those cameras. Though the D300 is connected to a LCD TV (placed behind it), where you get to see the photo you have just taken and that adds to the fun.
Apart from photographing pretty ladies and doing window shopping, I bought a Uniross X-Press 300 charger for Rs. 495 (with bill and 1 year warranty) and got a pair of Uniross Hybro AA rechargeable battery (Rs. 375) and a Uniross battery tester (Rs. 60) for free. Uniross is running a 20% discount on its batteries and chargers at the Photofair, apart from specials like the one I got.
I also bought this month’s issue of Smart Photography from Photofair.
Overall, it was quite fun. You can view few more of the photographs I took, at the Photofair 2009 photo gallery.