The last chance to find deals.

During our last day on the show floor, we decided to revisit a few of our favorite vendors one last time. Typically, the final day of an expo at a convention is a good time to find great deals on gadgets. In our experience, we’ve found that vendors prefer to sell off their show stock rather than have to pack it back home. As Imaging USA’s expo, however, we found that the show discount that was offered throughout the entirety of the convention was the only sale price that was offered. For the most part, the show discounts were still worth taking advantage of, but we were hoping for just a little bit more since it was the last day.

That said, we ended up with a few exceptional goodies from expo vendors. After some research, we decided to purchase a Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD for our Canon cameras. We talked with the folks at the Tamron booth and who were very helpful in answering questions about the lens and then we visited the Dury’s booth to make the purchase. As it turns out, Tamron was not directly selling lenses to consumers at the show, but they did have two authorized resellers — one of which was Dury’s. I’ve actually visited Dury’s store in Nashville and can recommend them for new and used camera gear. Because I knew them by reputation, I felt comfortable making the purchase from them.

After we bought the lens, we tried it out on a Canon EOS-R and found that there was a strange halo effect on the image. We then switched it over to the Canon 5D Mark IV and there was no halo. Since we happened to be in a place where Tamron, Canon, and the retailer we purchased it from were all in the same place, we rushed back to the show floor to see if one of them could solve the strange image issue. We went straight up to Tamron and we barely had the chance to say what the issue was before their specialists were offering a solution. They immediately recognized that a setting on the Canon camera was causing the halo. If you ever happen to see an image like what is shown below, turn off “Peripheral illum corr,” which is nestled underneath “Lens aberration correction.”

This was just one reason why it’s great to visit the expo floor multiple times. Our advice to anyone in the photography field is to make equipment purchases early and test it while you are at the show. That way if you have the opportunity to either work with the vendor who sold it to you or to talk with the manufacturer themselves to see if they have a solution. In our case, it was a simple setting that needed to be changed, but it could have been a worse problem that needed additional attention.

In addition to visiting our favorite vendors, we also grabbed lunch from the EATERY on the show floor and watched a couple of learning sessions from the vendor stages. Even though we duplicated some visits, there were two new vendors that we checked out today — Westcott and X-Rite. Westcott makes some amazing lighting gear for photographers including the Eye Light, a specialized reflector that is designed to bring light into a portrait setting. X-Rite focuses on color measurement for photos and was selling some of their products at the show. We enjoyed talking with each of them and hope to be able to review some of their products here on MacSources very soon.

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We were on the floor until it closed around 3:30 p.m. At the very end of the day, we visited the PPA booth in order to join the organization as a member. As a member of PPA, you get to take advantage of $15,000 worth of equipment insurance and thousands of online lessons designed to help photographers hone their skills. The staff at the PPA booth were incredible and very nice to work with.

That wraps up our experiences on the show floor at Imaging USA. It was a great opportunity to make some new contacts and learn about the new equipment that the vendors have coming out. The expo was well-worth attending — even on the last day.