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NAB 2010 Report: Eating in Las Vegas

And now, a few words about eating in Las Vegas…

When we’re there, it’s three long days to set up the Dedolight booth, the four days of the show itself, and finally, the days to take everything down. Every year, every day we’re there, begins with breakfast at Harrie’s Bagelmania (in a strip mall at 55 E.Twain Ave, not far from the Strip), at a table set in advance for 10. After being away for a year, and within two minutes of sitting down without saying a word, there’s my morning tea, just as I like it, with lemon and honey. They have an uncanny memory for what everybody usually orders. It is absolutely the ‘real deal,’ filled with locals, cops, great service and as good a breakfast as you’ll find anywhere; and yes, the bagels are fresh and fine. I have no doubt that a year from now, or any time I show up in Las Vegas, the story will be the same – warm welcome, excellent food.

Some of the food (and the Dedolight crew) at the New Shanghai in Las Vegas

We’re usually so tired by the time the show wraps up at 6 PM that we head straight from the Convention Center to dinner. For the past few years, thanks to a suggestion from my Taiwanese-born daughter-in-law and her parents, we’ve had more meals at the New Shanghai (4215 Spring Mountain Road, in the heart of Las Vegas’ Chinatown) than anywhere else. You can check it out on a number of sites, and the posted reviews are all over the map, but we really like it, even down to the very casual service. Shanghai-style cooking isn’t something you find in every city. Dumplings are fine, and Russ always insists on the salt-and-pepper pork chops. If you get there, I’d like to hear what you think. Dedo Weigert could probably exist on a diet consisting solely of the Mongolian beef.

NAB 2010 Report: The Canon 5D Mark II, Redrock Micro, and How They Will Impact the Next Generation of Photographers

Canon 5D Mark II

The major broadcast equipment companies go all-out at NAB, and Canon, Sony, Panasonic, and JVC are some of the ones you’d expect to be major exhibitors each year. One year ago, there was so much attention paid to the video applications for Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II digital still camera that it was difficult to get hands-on time with the camera and all the third-party devices that had quickly sprung up to support it for video shooters. The crowds at Canon’s booth and that of Redrock Micro, who make an incredible range of accessory products for the 5D, were the biggest I saw. The 5D has almost single-handedly created a new niche straddling semi-pro and pro video, and then filled it. While I was in Las Vegas, Raj, our technology director, emailed me to say that this season’s finale of House was shot entirely using the 5D and linked me to an interview with Greg Yaitanes, the director of photography.

By the way, Canon’s use of the photographer Vincent Laforet (former NYTimes staffer) was a really good idea. Vincent’s live presentations were riveting (if you could find room to watch him). I took an unscientific survey of his audiences, and they ran the full age range from students in their 20s to shooters who had started with 16mm news film. Even though Vincent and other presenters showed a lot of lovely scenic video and aerials, it’s clear that the 5D is a real crowd-pleaser when it comes to night scenes (complete with mist and wet streets); the music video shooters were all paying close attention.

That brings me to a conversation I just had with Jeff Hirsch, President of Foto Care in New York City… Continue Reading…