A Brief Tour of Canon's Massive Showroom of Wonders

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Canon USA's brand-new Long Island headquarters doesn't just house boardrooms, cubicles, and water coolers. It's also where the venerable camera company maintains its giant showroom, in which every current Canon product—plus a plethora of other imaging technology tidbits—is on prominent display. We took a trip out there last week; here's a taste of what we found.

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Probably our favorite display was Canon's collection of cameras throughout the ages, spanning from the 1934 Kwanon from Japan, to the 5D Mark II from 2008.

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Among the more iconic cameras on display were oddballs like this 1986 RC-701, a precursor to digital, which stored images as analog scan lines—basically video frames—onto floppy disks.

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This giant polygon sculpture employs eight digital projectors to create moving light patterns on the surface.

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Who doesn't wish they had a giant state-of-the-art digital printer to liberate their photos from computer screens?

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A whole lotta glass...

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We got to tinker with a Canon 1DC, the 4k video-shooting DSLR, along with the monstrous $5,000 85mm Cine-Prime T1.3 L lens.

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Mixed-Reality goggles that blend virtual objects with your actual environment for a mind-bending augmented experience.

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Let's not forget that medical imaging is a huge industry for many of the companies that make our digital cameras. This is a retinal imaging machine for optometry—that you can can plug your DSLR right into.

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And last but not least, a gentle reminder that calculators are still alive and kicking. Well, sort of.

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DISCUSSION

As a guy who has been trying really hard to make astrophotography work, a lens this fast with an objective this large is making me D R O O L.