The place for the cool people to hang out at NAB this year was clearly the well-stocked bar between the Zacuto and Kessler booths.
The biggest crowds I saw at the show were at GoPro - the most ostentatious displays were at Sony, Canon, Blackmagic and RED - and the Vegas showgirls were at the booths of companies I'd never heard of (which is why the showgirls were there) - but if you wanted to see Philip Bloom holding forth or see Steve Weiss showing a shoulder rig to Vincent Lafloret or meet Eric Kessler, this was the place to be.
I didn't get a chance to meet Phil or Steve or Vincent, but Eric Kessler took a few minutes with HCR to describe some of their latest products and talk a little about Kessler's mission.
I was really impressed by what I saw at the Kessler booth. I've been saving up for a slider and thought about settling for one of the low-end models. But my conversation with Eric convinced me that it would be better to wait a little longer and buy something that will last a lifetime.
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