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The Photography Show 2020, March 14-17

Discussion in 'Forthcoming Events' started by IvorETower, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    Yes, the NEC site show the event as still going ahead but the TPS website confirms that it has been cancelled/postponed until September (hopefully).
    Personally I think it's a massive over-reaction, the number of infections is less than would happen if we were to get a bout of bad winter flu, but looks like many of the exhibitors and their staff were worried. Poor exhibitors who have spent money on stands, extra staff, buying in stock to sell etc..... it's a real tragedy, yet Crufts went ahead in the past few days....
     
  2. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    Yes, I saw that yesterday. Even though I'm in a high risk group, Myeloma patient and over 60, I was intending to go since I saw the risk as minimal. My judgement reason was based on medical evidence that the greatest risk is small spaces and close proximity droplet inhalation for periods of 15 mins or more. I suspect the advice is about to change and in cooperation and with with advice from my hospital, it's likely that our next Myeloma meeting will be cancelled. I saw Tom Hanks and his wife both have Covid 19 in Australia, which is suspected to have been caught at a film screening. So, see you all in September. Meantime, both our pension pots are crashing through the floor, which is disturbing since we need the cash flow to help us live.
     
  3. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    As a patient at risk what worries me it that if this expands to a normal 80% infection rate prior to burning out, as these things can, it may never leave society, much the same way Flu arrived, around the 1500's I think, and has been a feature of life ever since. Immunity vaccinations aren't expected to be in production for around 16 months.
     
  4. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    Common Flu has an infection mortality rate of 0.5%, Covid 19 is 2.5 to 3.6% so I've been told, but in Italy its been killing up to 6% from what I've read. Basically, if you are over 60, with underlying issues, even minor heath issues, you are very much at risk of dying.
     
  5. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    Don't forget that any mortality rates are quoted as a percentage of the known cases, not as a percentage of all the cases because that figure is unknown (so the mortality rate must be misleadingly high). The risk to you and I is that some of these 'unknown' cases are may be walking the streets or going to events at the NEC.

    Can you imagine the stampede to get out of an NEC hall if somebody coughs or sneezes? Such a situation might be a greater risk than catching the virus.
     
  6. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    I went to the Coventry Transport Museum instead today, just 1 stop short of the NEC using the rail tickets I had already purchased. Not as good as the TPS would have been, but a good day out all the same. I probably took a lot more photos today than I would have taken at the TPS too ! Museum was almost empty, just a handful of visitors between about 1:00pm and 3:00pm whilst I was there.
     
  7. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    We got an .email from LNER offering help with rail tickets bought for the Libdem conference so it might be worth a try for other shows
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2020
  8. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    ^
    I'd hardly call the Libdem conference a "show" !
    I used my ticket and enjoyed the day, not quite what I had hoped for or planned, but it was a good day out
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  9. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    Just cancelled my ticket for September 2020 - Nooooo Wayyyy would I consider going, even in September,
     
  10. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

  11. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that since I wasn't totally up to speed.
     
  12. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    This thread is listed under the group called 'Forthcoming Events' - perhaps it's time to change the name.
    More seriously, there are events I would like to have attended earlier this year, and later on too, but I wouldn't go even if Boris old me it was safe to do so. It was announced today that the compulsory wearing of face masks on public transport in England begin on the 15th of June, and it's ridiculous to believe that 'events' like the Photography Show will be any safer than public transport.

    Also, the absence of temptation to spend on 'upgrades' you probably don't need may save you a lot of money. For example, after 3 years of spending nothing on photography apart from my AP subscription, I have recently been able to afford to replace some old and intermittently faulty hi-fi equipment (and with no replacement parts available) with some stuff that cost me about the same a the least expensive new Sony full-frame mirrorless body, and which will provide more pleasure in the foreseeable future when travel and going to 'events' will be unlikely.

    For photography, my 7 year old DSLR and collection of secondhand lenses continue to serve me well.
     
  13. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    If the photographs look good and aren't stamped with a , "This Camera was made in 2013" does it really matter ?
     
  14. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    That's my point - under present circumstances I can get more pleasure from a better hi-fi system than I can from a new camera. The old hi-fi stuff that I replaced was about 25 years old, so owning a camera body only 7 years old (and lenses up to 20 years old) doesn't appear strange to me. As I have said before on Forum posts, I always encourage anybody to buy new camera gear if they want it (as opposed to needing it), since they are the people who supply the secondhand market that I have used for many years.
     
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  15. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    That could be true for those that suffer from iwantitis, though most acquire immunity with age.

    The show fulfils a purpose. It was the only place I could see the Sony RX10 when it first came out, it wasn’t a sufficiently popular camera for shops to carry stock. It was in fact several months before we came across a demo model, quite by chance in a Sony store in Plymouth. Ditto the first Fuji GX model which isn’t stocked locally.
     
  16. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    Photography and hi-fi, two pleasures I could not do without. Hi-fi enthusiasts can be more obsessive than their photography equivalents, too often listening for faults rather than listening to the beauty of the music.

    My amp is over 25 years old and still sounds good. I thought it was on its way out last Dec but it recovered and having found the fault I have a replacement volume control if necessary. I have considered used Hi-Fi equipment but this has always seemed more risky than used photographic equipment.
     
  17. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    Perhaps such shows exist to rekindle your iwantitis that you though you had got under control years ago...
     
  18. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    I couldn't find any decent dealers selling used equipment with 50 miles. I had already taken my 25 year old amp 60 miles to the nearest specialist repairer I could find, and paid £100 to repair it, and then had another fault appear a few weeks later. And then the matching CD player's CD mechanism fell apart (I opened the case and saw it in bits). Fortunately the turntable and speakers that are of a similar vintage still work perfectly.
     

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