I was disappointed last year when the organisers of “Focus on Imaging” announced that it would be the last year the show would be held. I hadn’t been able to attend previous shows and the time I could it wouldn’t be on. Was it a sign that the photography industry was on the decline, I really hoped not. Then up stepped The Photography Show and everyone started getting excited about the new event.
The show is on at the NEC from Saturday 1st March 2014 to Tuesday 4th March 2014 and features many of the big names from the photographic industry – Canon,NIkon,Samsung,Fuji etc along with many printing and paper providers. For a full list of exhibitors you can look here.
I went to the show yesterday (Sunday) as I have recently purchased the new Fuji X-T1 camera along with the 35mm f1.4 and the 55-200mm f3.5 and needed a new bag to store them in. I also fancied the vertical battery grip for it to give me something extra to hold for my big hands. The journey into the show was fine up till you turned off the M42 into the NEC then it was bumper to bumper for about 4 miles as there was also a kitchen,bedroom and bathroom show on and also they were starting to get ready for crufts the following week.
Once in I was like a kid in a sweet shop, there was so much to look at and take in, My wallet was going to take a right bashing in here! I thought I’d get my purchases out of the way so headed over to the Calumet stand and purchased the vertical battery grip and needed no persuasion to get a spare original battery as well, another £40 something pounds. Next to them was the Fuji stand so I went to take a look at the 56mm f1.2 lens. What a beast that is. Definitely on my shopping list for later in the year. I then continued to move up and down the lines of stands making sure I didn’t mss any out. It was great to see so many exhibitors present. I popped along to the Fotospeed as they were using one of my images to advertise some of their paper ranges and I wanted to see what it looked like. I also looked at their new Pano range of papers and was really impressed.
I think all in all I was in there for around 5 hours walking up and down the aisles and then going back and fourth to some of the stands that had interested me. It was also great to just stand around and listen to some of the demonstrations being given by some of the editing software companies such as Topaz labs and some that I never new existed. It was a great day out and think it was a huge success and look forward to attending next year.