Canon Experience Center selects a Rusty Nelson Image

Crowd gathers for the Grand opening of the Canon Experience center in  Coast Mesa, Ca. 

Crowd gathers for the Grand opening of the Canon Experience center in  Coast Mesa, Ca. 

After the typical ribbon cutting with all the suites from Canon, we all marched inside.  I have to say for me this was my 15 seconds of fame in the photography world as I was treated like royalty by the Canon folks.  Kind of cool to see some of the other names of well known photographers hanging around.  Then we were marched off for the group picture. 

With some hand shaking with the suites behind us we were taken on a tour of the back rooms.  First you had to get past the security guard.  Trust me, not a good idea to leave the group and think you can sneak a visit to the bathroom in without telling anybody.

This is Canon's new facility and you could tell they were proud of it...and rightly so. . 

  This was the Corporate tweet that was sent out 

  This was the Corporate tweet that was sent out 

As we entered I could not help but be amazed at the size of this place--38,000 sq. feet.  This is where all the sick cameras go (video and still).  Found out that about 80% of the cameras being fixed are from being dropped.  Cubicles lined up with techs working away like surgeons.  To my right an 85 ft. long darkroom used to test some of the most amazing glass.

For those of you lucky to be close, the facility has a 35-seat theater and workspace for classes and workshops presented by Canon's Explorers of light.  But the best part was the playground.