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Focus on Imaging 2012

Discussion in 'Forthcoming Events' started by IvorETower, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    Very surprising to find that there is nothing on the "Events" calendar, or apparently in "here" yet,
    don't forget FoI 2012 at the NEC starting this Sunday, March 4, until Wednesday 7th.
    I am aiming to go on Sunday but owing to track works yet again on the week-end of FoI, looks like it will be well after mid-day before I arrive despite starting off with the 8:14am train where Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire all meet
  2. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    I'll be there on Monday :)
  3. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    And I'll be there Tuesday - can't make it Monday.
  4. Scphoto

    Scphoto Well-Known Member

    I was hoping to make it during the week, but sadly it looks like a Sunday visit for me.
  5. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    A day off work to recover today from yesterday..... as per last year, very crowded on Sunday morning but thinned down after 3pm.
    Best bargain of the show, I think, was/is Panasonic GF3 with kit zoom, brand new for £199. I was tempted but managed to resist as I have too many cameras already!

    Nikon have just one D800 on their stand and at my first attempt to get my paws on it, I gave up as the crowds/queue were 3 to 4 deep around that part of the stand, and after 10 minutes I had not made any progress towards it.
    I kept my eyes on the stand and, at around 3:15, I managed to get my hands on it after only about 10 minutes of queueing. It's a bit of a beast, big and heavy but very impressive. However I think I'd need to win the lottery and give up working to justify owning such an amazing piece of technology.

    The show floor area seems much reduced compared with recent years, hardly any of Hall 10 is in use and notable missing names are:
  6. Alex1994

    Alex1994 Well-Known Member

    That's helpful, as I'm hoping to go on Wednesday.

    I know Leica aren't listed, but the lack of Sony etc is a bit strange. Presumably they're not interested in enthusiasts?
  7. Alex1994

    Alex1994 Well-Known Member

    The GF3 with 14-42 kit lens is £299.99 on Amazon, so some potential for turning a profit!
  8. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    Bit silly really I mean even Kodak are there. :confused:

    Plus both Pentax and Sony have released new product this year.
  9. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Remember, it's a trade show. For pros. Not enthusiasts...
  10. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    I don't believe many photographers would class Olympus kit as pro level. But they are there.

    I think the E5 is considered semi-pro at best.

    Yet the Sony A900 (current flagship) is considered a pro camera.

    I think just poor judgment by those companies. :(

    Pentax also make the 645D got to be considered pro surely.
  11. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Stands are very expensive. Companies have to choose how to spend their marketing budgets, and sometimes, they choose not to spend it on Focus. Pentax I think were too ashamed to show their new monstrosity, so it's an entirely understandable decision for them. ;)
  12. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Yes, they are there, showing off the OM-D to pros. Sorry if things don't fit your categorisation, but that's what was happening today. What are/were your observations of the show?
  13. Alex1994

    Alex1994 Well-Known Member

    It's not strictly a trade show, although a lot of exhibitors will probably only be of interest to professionals.

    From the official website:
    "Whether you are a professional image maker or processor, a buyer of image making equipment or materials, a manufacturer or distributor of products or a keen hobbyist, a visit to FOCUS ON IMAGING is a must."

    I'll be going there tomorrow, to see if they're giving anything away! :)
  14. mark_jacobs

    mark_jacobs Retired

    There was, IIRC, a thread a few years back on ballpoint pens... :)
  15. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    I didn't get a pen this year :(

    But I did get a nice Colin Prior calendar... AND... it's this years!
  16. Alex1994

    Alex1994 Well-Known Member

    Yes, the last time I went to a photographic show at the NEC I returned with a number of pens, badges, plastic bags and brochures!
  17. mark_jacobs

    mark_jacobs Retired

    OT: Focus on Imaging 2012

    There's a Brick Lane Balti house I know... the ballpoints are fantastic! :D

    No need to travel to Brum for either in my case ;)
  18. Alex1994

    Alex1994 Well-Known Member

    I'll post what I manage to acquire/blag tomorrow ... :)
  19. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    Hopefully you will not think bad of me. :)

    I did not go or planning to go. :eek:

    Maybe Pentax could not take the the very load laughing that would have been echoing around the hall. :D

    But surely we must be surprised at the lack of Sony. They are not exactly that poor and alot of photographers like the A900 etc. Plus they have the NEX7 24MP APS CSC. :confused:
  20. Bawbee

    Bawbee Well-Known Member

    Shall I PM my address to you Alex? ;)

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