Supanova Sydney 09 – Part 1
So Supanova Sydney was once again upon us, and after a rather late night out of watching Transformers 2 on Friday night, I and my good friends Roobar and Blox headed down to Olympic Park for a day of fun, spending, and lots of walking. It’s kind of amusing how during convention time I get little sleep even though I’m just an attendee. This year is also a slightly important year for me as it will determine where my BURNING PASSION stands as recently I’ve been feeling burnt out, but also it means another field test for my 24-105mm L lens. So hit the jump to check out photos and my day at Supanova Sydney 2009. Warning: Picture intensive post.
We arrived at The Dome at around 10:30 a.m only to find a somewhat large crowd lining up at the doors. At a quick glance it seems that there were 3-4 lines going and not knowing which line was which, I scouted out to find out which was which. Upon finding out, I managed to bump into a few people I knew and from them found out that the longest line was the pre-registration line, and that line was barely moving. This is something that always happens at all the conventions. I never pre-register for a convention as it always takes longer to get inside than paying at the door. It took my comrades and I about 25 minutes to get in whilst it took most people in the pre-reg line about 40-50 minutes. The other issue was the price. For those turning up for the one day, it cost them $23.75 at Ticketek, plus a $5 booking fee, as opposed to just $25 at the door. Lets just say a friend of mine wasn’t happy about that.
Once inside, I made my way through the crowd towards the various stores that I know to give my greetings. First up was Madman Entertainment, then the people at Tamarket, then the SMASH table, followed by StrangeHead, and finally JAUWS. There were also a bunch of other people along the way such as icie and Optic and my co-writer Mini. In a way its kind of amusing the amount of people that I know and I think that it’s growing each year.
Judging from the line outside, the current crowd inside already from a bird’s eye view, it seems to be more people than last year. To me it seems that the conventions are growing in size each year, and despite the downturn of the global recession over the pass few months, it hasn’t stopped people from attending and spending on merchandise. Still at least with Supanova Sydney they won’t have to choose a different location anytime soon as Olympic Park is an adequate facility for such an event.
Also here was one weird thing that has never happened to me before: I got stopped by a security guard. He saw my camera and was asking if I had permission to use that here. This really confused me since this was a public event that allowed for people to take photos 9within certain parameters). Anyway I went to confirm the rule with a few people involved in Supanova and they just pointed out it was because I was near the guest signing area. That makes sense since I was only walk by there. Well I don’t blame the security guard as he was doing his job, but still weird.
Anyway I was also feeling kind of lazy to take photos since I was pretty tired from the night before. Still I did manage a number of photos, and with the shiny new 24-105mm f/4 L lens I was more than ready.
A very lonely AV guy.
One of the workers from Pinin.
These girls were hesitant at first but eventually gave in to have their photo taken.
This would have to be the best cosplay of the day. A member from SUAnime. Now if only there was a Reimu cosplayer and then it would’ve been heaven.
That’s pretty much the cosplayers I photographed from wondering around. The amount of cosplayers was certainly high as was the quality of some of the them, but alas you can’t capture everything. Overall I’m impressed with the results that I got with the 24-105mm. Compared to last year’s photos I can see a big difference. However I do have one issue, and that is my camera body: the 400D. People say that this lens is overkill for the 400D, but it’s not at all. The camera body is the one holding the lens back.
The first issue is that if I go higher than ISO400, it becomes much too noisy in the picture quality. I would love to use a higher ISO but it means sacrificing quality. Even though the lens is equipped with Canon’s Image Stabilizer, it only improves it slightly. The second issue is the camera body’s cropping. On a 400D, a 24mm focal length is actually 38.4mm, meaning I need to be some distance from the actual subject I’m taking photos of.
The third issue is that the 400D is too slow. When capturing certain moments, I find that the lens can focus fast enough, but the camera body itself lags behind it. Overall I think it maybe time to upgrade to a better camera body, preferably a Canon 5D MkII, though i think I’ll be saving for quite a while to obtain one.
Oh also I ran the photos here through a script I wrote in ColdFusion to resize and watermark the images. From what I see they’ve turned out pretty good. If you want any of the photos seen in this post, just send me an email to adunATmoemoerabuDOTnet (just replace the AT and DOT) with the subject “Supanova 2009 Image Request” and the photos that you want.
Look out for Part 2 which covers the Madman Cosplay Competition. Check out Part 2.
Check out other Photo Galleries of Supanova Sydney: