Just been to Britain’s largest annual photography show in Birmingham NEC – these times called “UK Photoshow” but in the past “Focal”. I’ve been to it a few times over the years -usually just to geek out (hey I know good photography isn’t about the gear – but I enjoy that aspect anyway) but also occasionally to buy equipment.
There have been good deals to be had in the past – but I think less so in recent years. I’ve gone into the habit of photographing price lists to share them online so others can see if they want to go. This year though I’ve just been on the penultimate day – so maybe not so much of use – but what the hell.
I only photographed the price lists I saw that were easily photographed – a fair few only had prices on individual items – as I wasn’t buying – I didn’t go for them.
Sorry for the quality – taken on a phone.
I’m not one for taking my camera to photography shows.
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Some prices from The Photography Show – 2014.
Only had the phone to photograph these so resolution is a bit off.
In past years I’ve heard that prices are negotiable – so try to haggle 😉
On the whole I was disappointed with the deals so only bought a memory card and some printer paper samples.
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(Sorry – only got the Nikon lens prices)
London Camera Exchange
Example of the woeful savings:
On the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR ii:
Calumet – £6
Cameraworld – £0
LCE – £0
More Focus on imaging 2012 prices – this time cameraworld,nothing I want is V cheap.
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Some prices for you. Hope this WordPress app uploads the full images. Edit: It didn’t but they’ve been uploaded. Clicm on picture for the full size.
Focus on Imaging 2012 started today.
This is the UK’s biggest Photography trade show/fair. It’s at Birmingham NEC and started today (Sunday 4th) and goes on until Wednesday (7th March). Practically all the main photography manufacturers have a stall there and also a lot of other interesting stalls also – retailers, magazines, smaller manufacturers, trade agencies, societies, Universities etc. If you’re a big photography fan then it’s a must at least once – especially if considering buying some equipment.
But as well as stalls trying to sell you stuff there are other things of interest – here’s the show’s What’s On page.
Talks, demo’s, workshops etc. Unlike other trade fair which have separate paid for seminars – these talks are fairly small, but also free. I’ve been to a few in the past e.g. on Nikon Speedlights and they certainly can still be interesting. Here’s a list of all the talks.
With a quick preview picture:
Deals : usually there are some good deals to be had at the show and this is why I’m going this year – I’m hoping to buy a Full Frame lens cheaply before I hopefully upgrade to the Nikon D800. I will try to blog prices here – but as I’m only going on Tuesday – it may be a bit late for most I’m afraid. Should still be interesting though. Although – I have seen someone mention that they bought a Nikon 16-35 from the Jacobs stall for £850 – that’s their normal shop price! Although purchasing a lens is my main purpose for going it has been more than a year since I last went – so it should be an interesting day out anyway.
Other things I’m hoping to try/buy:
- Try a production D800 (already tried a demo one)
- Take some photos with my own card on both D800 and D700 to compare
- Look at Computer monitors – I’m thinking of buying a new 24″ monitor
- Try some Wacom tablets
- Maybe buy some 1.72m wide Colorama backdrop paper.
- And generally just geek out 😉