It Takes A Really Big Lens To Appreciate How Big CES Is
LAS VEGAS -- The final report is in: This year's CES sprawled more than ever – across 1.86 million square feet of exhibit space. How to picture such a big number? We could compare it to football fields: about 35. But again, how often have you seen 35 football fields lined up?
For another perspective, we took a few photos of just one of the things they call "booths"-- though several are closer to the size of a small town. Sony has a regular corner of the Central Hall at CES, and it's one of the biggest properties.
Right across from it was the slightly less massive Canon booth, where they featured their lineup of super telephoto lenses – the big white, um, canons you see photographers using to shoot the action on a mere single football field. Their biggest model is an 800 millimeter lens. Also a hard number to visualize, but these photos help with this, too.
The first picture is a wide shot taken with the simple zoom lens that comes with a $500 Canon Digital Rebel T3 camera, at 18 millimeters focal length. Look at the tiny green circle at the far end of the booth.
The next shows the booth with the same lens, zoomed in to a mild 55 millimeters. See the circle again.
The last shows what 800 millimeters gets you. This is what's in that circle. The sign that fills the frame is but a spec in our first wide shot.