Now in its fourth year, Birmingham once again played host to the UK’s largest photography show and visitors in their thousands descended on the NEC for 4 days of camera related nirvana.
Fixation teamed up with our friends, Wildlife Worldwide on stand G103, to spread the word about our repair & rental services and to chat with customers, both old and new. We did, however, manage to find the time to walk around the show.
Image courtesy of www.photographyshow.com
With Nikon commemorating their 100th anniversary in July this year, it’s nice to see a company still striving to innovate and although there were no new announcements, we’re hoping for something exciting as the birthday celebrations begin this summer. An impressive list of guest speakers provided some interesting talks (particularly Game Of Thrones stills photographer, Helen Sloan – we’re big fans). And it’s always fun to have a play with the Nikon Super-Telephoto lenses; it’s the only time we get to see them all in one place at the same time!
This year sees the 30th anniversary of the launch of the EOS camera and with an even bigger stand than last year, Canon were certainly intent on making their presence known. The fantastic Canon Live Stage featured such luminaries as Wildlife photographer, Andy Rouse and fashion, beauty & portrait photographer, Clive Booth. Unfortunately we weren’t able to stay and listen to all of the talks – such are the joys of ‘working’ while at the show!
With the recent launch of their mirrorless Medium Format camera, the GFX 50S, Fuji’s stand was a hive of activity and the queue to play with the GFX never seemed to dwindle. We love the camera and record attendance at our recent open day suggests we’re not the only ones.
Sigma, as always, had an impressive line up of lenses to play with. We were hoping to get our hands on the recently announced FF High-Speed prime cine lenses, but they were behind glass. We did get to try the new 14mm ƒ/1.8 Art lens which is possibly the most impressive wideangle lens we’ve ever seen.
Panasonic had an interesting version of their GH5 on display – an exploded view showing the internal components. We often get to see cameras taken apart by our technicians, but it’s always fun to see a camera we wouldn’t usually have in our workshop.
The smaller stands can often throw up some nice surprises too. Alpha Optical Distribution were showing off a new range of beautiful handmade straps by Artisan & Artist, while Fig Bags had some stylish new additions to their handmade-in-England leather bags.
All in all, the show was a tremendous success and reinforces the love of ‘real’ photography that simply refuses to go away, despite cameraphones!