Taipei International Auto Show

Taipei Int'l Auto Show

The 2008 Taipei International Auto Show started on December 29, 2007 and continues until January, 6, 2008 at the Taipei World Trade Center.

Taipei Int'l Auto Show

Hours are from 10 am to 6 pm with ticket prices at $250 NT per person at the door.

Taipei Int'l Auto Show

The show’s info site [Chinese] has a floor plan.

Taipei Int'l Auto Show

I spent a short period of time at the show on New Years Eve before going to work. One reason the month of December seemed to drag on forever was that there were no holiday breaks from work. January 1st is a national holiday, but usually if a national holiday falls on a Tuesday the government makes Monday a holiday too to create an extended weekend. I don’t know why they didn’t do it this time, I hope someone got fired for that.

Taipei Int'l Auto Show

This model shows us how to turn on Asimo’s secret berserker function:

Taipei Int'l Auto Show

One person at school asked if my girlfriend gets mad when I tell her I am going to events like this. My excuse was that I had to explore the functions of my new Speedlight SB-600 [Reviews by Ken Rockwell, Fredrik Rasmussen, and Petr Vodnak].

Taipei Int'l Auto Show

My initial impressions are positive, I had it attached during the show along with my Nikon 55-200vr lens. Of course, the two of those really added to the weight of the D40. Due to the small size of the D40 grip this issue made using the camera uncomfortable after awhile [I’m sure people with smaller hands won’t find a problem with this].

Taipei Int'l Auto Show
Taipei Int'l Auto Show

I understand there were a lot of cars there too, but I didn’t see many.

10 thoughts on “Taipei International Auto Show

  1. Looks good.
    My wife’s SB800 has been acting strangely. She going for an SB600 as well. Once you get the settings right, a flash is incredible. The night is revealed with interesting portraits.

  2. And where are the cars Todd? ;-)

    We were at Taipei 101 on the 30th and they had a load of gorgeous Maseratis and Ferraris on the top floor along with a big swanky party.

  3. Fili – If I lived down there my costs of living would be so much lower with the money I saved I could take the HSR ever weekend to attend events like this. Maybe I can hijack that walking vacuum cleaner Asimo and send him on a mission to Tainan.

    Range – I’m looking forward to getting more use out of it. I hope the SB-600 puts out enough light for the applications your wife will be using it for.

    Carrie – Time was limited… I had to prioritize. :)

  4. I almost went to this, but didn’t quite make it. I did see the Ferrari’s and Maserati’s that Carrie mentioned, and on the same day, but I didn’t see Carrie.

  5. Oh, forgot to mention. Look at getting the flash off the camera if you can – it makes a load of difference. My latest uploads on Flickr of the UFO pods are shot with the camera in one hand and flash held above my head in the other. I’m not sure how it works with Nikon, but I understand their flash system is easier to work with than Canon’s. If you need adaptors or cords to do it, check out key photo (www.kphoto.com.tw). They are on Dongxing Rd just off Keelung Rd north of City Hall MRT exit 1. They’re on the 5th floor of the building with Carrefour in it – enter from the side. They’ve got to be the best store in Taiwan for everything camera related except for cameras and lenses.

    I just added a 2nd flash to my kit but haven’t had a chance to play with it properly yet.

  6. Craig – Wow, what a price difference, I’ll have to check them out. Does using the flash off the camera make a difference if you are shooting far from your subject? Or only on closer shots?

    Cathy – we should have skipped out of lunch with your sister and her family and gone! Kidding… Judging from the time you’re on break from work now… I hope your co-workers enjoyed the pics!

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