Final COBA Meeting and COBA Celebration Potluck

The August 2009 and final regular meeting of the Camera Owners of the Bay Area (COBA) user group will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, at SmugMug headquarters in Mountain View from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.


  • 19:00-19:30: Sign-in and mingling period
  • 19:30-20:15: COBA Retrospective
  • 20:15-21:00: COBA Celebration Party and Potluck

COBA Retrospective

At the July 2009 meeting, I announced that the August 2009 meeting of Camera Owners of the Bay Area will be the last regularly-scheduled meeting of the user group. When I first started COBA — then called Canon Owners of the Bay Area — back in January, 2002, there were few, if any, user groups focused on the emerging digital camera market. Seven and a half years later, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t own a digital camera or DSLR! And today, there are numerous user groups catering to all types of photographers and subjects. For instance, I plan to attend the SMUG user group held each month at SmugMug headquarters. There’s also several clubs in the San Francisco and East Bay.

During the meeting, I will present a slideshow of highlights from over the years. COBA’s very first presenter, Jim Rose from Canon, will also be on-hand to share some of the Canon products demoed at COBA.

I do plan to hold an annual reunion for COBA members. Be sure to join the COBA Facebook Group to hear about future meetings!

COBA Celebration Party and Potluck

I hope you’re not getting misty-eyed over the prospect of no COBA in the future. Instead of lamenting COBA’s end, let’s focus more on celebrating the past seven years of digital photography and the friendships made with a COBA Celebration Party!

Beth from SmugMug has graciously provided us delectable snacks during each COBA meeting. Let’s pay her (and SmugMug) back by participating in a COBA Potluck. Bring a dessert, snack, or beverage to share with your fellow COBA members.

Meeting Location

COBA is meeting at SmugMug offices in Mountain View.

67 E. Evelyn Ave, Suite 200
Mountain View, CA 94041

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