Vistek hosted over 400 people to promote new photo tools, including a 4K video/still camera, a drone with an under slung gimbal, and a new 4K recorder. The event took place yesterday and today at its Toronto headquarters on Queen St. E.
Some guests were industry and client invitees, but the event was open to all. Morning, afternoon, and even sessions were held. Indoors, there were product presentations combining live lectures and video footage, and hands-on time with cameras and related imaging gear. Outdoors in the parking lot, there were photo shoots with a model astride a mammoth motorcycle, provided by Gary Goldberg, Vistek's Pro Photo Product Manager, drone test flights, and a BBQ lunch.
Star pieces included Sony's new A7RII camera, launched last month. The four grand, 4K camera was demonstrated by Patrick Chan and Isabelle Crisante, Event Marketing & Training Specialists, Digital Imaging at Sony of Canada Ltd.
On static display indoors were a selection of drones from DJI, including their Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter and S900 Hexacopter, and DJI Ronin stabilizers. The Phantom 3 is capable of 4K video and 12 Mega pixel still photos from its onboard camera, and features integrated three axis stabilization gimbal.
The A7RII, like its companion E-mount cameras, can accept practically any lens via an adapter. "They have the shortest flange distance (lens to sensor)," notes Young, "at 18mm."
Attendees got to handle the A7RII indoors with a selection of Zeiss Batis and Loxia lenses, provided by Gilles Dubreuil, agent for Carl Zeiss AG. Outdoors, Goldberg provided a tripod mounted A7RII with a Sony 80 to 200mm lens, plus a Litemotiv strobe, to photograph the model and motorcycle.
On static display indoors were a selection of drones from DJI, including their Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter and S900 Hexacopter. The Phantom 3 is capable of 4K video and 12 Mega pixel still photos from its onboard camera, and features integrated three axis stabilization gimbal.
The $5,000 S900 provides two more, and larger rotors and extensible airfoils for increased lift. It also features a sparkproof plug and a Zenmuse Z15 A7 gimbal.
More exciting than the static displays, however, were the test flights in the parking lot. Courtesy of the DJI New Pilot Experience, offered by CDJI Crew Brian Tran and Francisco Poro, attendees could take off, eh.
Also launched at the event was the new Atomos Shogun SDI/HDMI Recorder. It features a 1920 x1200 IPS touchscreen display, and records 4K (3840x2160) at up to 30 frames per second. Standard HD of 1080p can be recorded up to 120 fps.
Photo: Professional model Kassandra Love poses aboard Vistek Pro Photo Product Manager Gary Goldberg's (centre rear) motorcycle, by Wally Hucker