This time of the year is my favorite not only because my birthday is in early October, but also because it’s when I get a special invite from London Drugs. Every year, LD brings their retail staff and partners to Whistler and invite a handful of local media folks to join them to see the latest in technology that’s coming to their stores for the holiday season. It’s called LDTech.
Oh and did I mention that we take a helicopter to Whistler? Yeah, it’s tough to beat this kind of treatment.
After a beautiful flight along the Sea to Sky highway and a slight detour over Black Tusk and Garibaldi Lake, we arrived in Whistler. After a quick lunch in the village we head to the convention centre for a series of briefings by various vendors and then are left to browse the show floor.
Some of the highlights I saw included a stop at the Sony booth to see the latest in 4K televisions
and getting to try out the beautiful Sony Alpha A7S camera:
Seeing the new lineup of GoPro Hero 4 cameras and accessories:
Playing with the Nikon DF camera and seeing the cutest owl at the Nikon booth:
and seeing a ton of new cases and accessories from Incipio, Spigen, Tucano, Speck, Mophie and others:
Microsoft also had a slick apartment set up showing off the Surface Pro 3 tablet (among other products) of which I’m getting increasingly interested in checking out:
One cool thing I heard from talking to LD’s camera buyers (fresh from Photokina, one of the largest photography shows on the planet) is that London Drugs will be carrying cameras, lenses and accessories from Lomography, one of my favorite makers of fun gear of which I own a lot of.
Included in our generous swag bag was something from Lomography, a fun 35mm film camera that you assemble yourself, the Konstruktor.
I know it’s fun because I built one when they first came out. So, since I already have one, I thought I’d do something that I rarely do, have a contest and give it away (unopened and not assembled) to a lucky reader:
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment saying why you’d like the Konstructor and I’ll pick the best answer and mail it to you (anywhere) free of charge if you’re chosen. You have until Saturday, October 25th at 9am PST to enter. This post will be updated with the winner once they are contacted by email. Good luck!