This year is the 10th year of Canon Photomarathon and this is only the first or maybe second time that I actually visited this event. As it rained cats & dogs early this morning, I arrived about 2hrs after the event started and most of the participants have already gone off to get their shots for the event.
Despite being late, I spotted many participants wearing this year’s new white Photomarathon T-shirt. Some were shooting on the streets, some at the nearby cafe taking a break, I even spotted a couple on bicycle cyling around the city looking to get their winning shots.
The set-up was impressive with a large Canon stage as the centerpiece at the outdoor foyer of Berjaya Timessquare Kuala Lumpur. Behind the stage was one of the widest registration counters of nearly any local event I have been to. There was also a service counter available to service any Canon photographic equipment for participants and visitors alike.
A row of photography related vendor booths and a Canon display & test booth is also set-up in the area. A lot of Canon photographic equipment including the latest Canon DSLR, the 5D Mark.IV is available there for testing, experience and purchase.
For me the most exciting part is that I was able to test out the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II and the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II. There was also a EF 400 f/2.8L IS II set-up for testing but I did not touch that.
Both the 300 and 35 were amazing and I have included the straight-from-camera test shots in this post.
All in all, this probably one of the greatest photography events in Malaysia and it is great to see so many people and companies still take photography seriously.
.. and I am hoping for at least another 10 more years of Canon Photomarathon in Malaysia.