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1st March 2012
Focus on Imaging 2012 at the Birmingham NEC (updated)
by Ian Burley
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Focus 2012 promises to be as busy as ever

This year's Focus on Imaging show, the UK's largest annual photographic gear expo for trade and public, starts this Sunday at its usual venue, the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

As usual, I was roaming the aisles on Sunday morning and below is a ten minute video tour of the show:

Despite the global economic downturn and undeniable strain on the photographic industry in the UK, Focus continues to thrive. Most of the big bame camera manufacturers will be exhibiting at the show including Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Tamron, Olympus, Hasselblad, Mamiya, Fujifilm and Epson. But there are some notable absentees. Sony is not at Focus this year after a long run of attendance and neither are Panasonic Lumix, Samsung or Pentax. Despite its severe financial difficulties, Kodak is listed as an exhibitor.

Canon will have the elusive 1DX DSLR on show, while Nikon will be showing their new D4 and D800 DSLRs for fans to hopefully touch and try. Olympus is back at Focus to introduce the recently launched OM-D E-M5 and yours truly, through our links with Olympus via our Olympus UK E-System User Group community site, will be guest speaking on the Olympus booth on the Tuesday and Wednesday. Fujifilm will hopefully have the new X-Pro1 to show off, while Sigma has unveiled quite a few lenses in the last few months and I would expect many of these to be featured at the show, not to mention the new Sigma SD1 Merrill DSLR.

Focus is not just a trade show or a showcase for manufacturers, you can also go to the show and look for bargains from big photo retail names like Jacobs and Camera World, and don't forget the numerous companies selling and demonstrating accessories from tablets, like Wacom, to studio and lighting gear, like Profoto, as well as photography magazine publishers, print consumables vendors, clubs and societies and more.

The show is open 10am - 6pm Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and 10am - 5pm Wednesday.

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Focus on Imaging 2012 at the Birmingham NEC

DPNow Focus on Imaging 2012 at the Birmingham NEC
Here is a summary or excerpt from an article that has just been published on DPNow: It's the time o... (more)

Caz Re: Focus on Imaging 2012 at the Birmingham NEC
Since I don't think I can get any time off next week (short staffed) I'm thinking of coming up on th... (more)

Ian Re: Focus on Imaging 2012 at the Birmingham NEC
I'm at the show today to compile my video tour/report that will be published this afternoon/evening.... (more)

Barr1e Re: Focus on Imaging 2012 at the Birmingham NEC
Is there a 50% off offer on entry and products for OAP's. :eek: :D Regards. Barr1e... (more)

Caz Re: Focus on Imaging 2012 at the Birmingham NEC
You'll be lucky Barrie.. got my Black Rapid harness, had it fitted and was also given lots of freebi... (more)

Ian Re: Focus on Imaging 2012 at the Birmingham NEC
Pretty sure it's free to get in anyway :) We're having a panel debate on the Olympus stand at 1PM ... (more)

Geoff Re: Focus on Imaging 2012 at the Birmingham NEC
I should be there on Tuesday, I'll try to get to the Olympus stand to see you in the flesh! Geoff... (more)

Barr1e Re: Focus on Imaging 2012 at the Birmingham NEC
Hi Ian - We are not sure whether to go to the show, it will be Wednesday if we do. Regards.... (more)

Barr1e Re: Focus on Imaging 2012 at the Birmingham NEC
Ooh freebies, how pleasing - I hope lunch was too. Is your harness going to be attached to a p... (more)

Ian Re: Focus on Imaging 2012 at the Birmingham NEC
I will be hanging around the Olympus stand from around 3PM. Ian... (more)

Caz Re: Focus on Imaging 2012 at the Birmingham NEC
Parachute? I don't think you'll get me on one of them!! Since I broke my back 3 years ago (crushe... (more)

Ian Re: Focus on Imaging 2012 at the Birmingham NEC
Thanks for the clarification - I don't have to pay of course but I had heard from some friends in pr... (more)

David M Re: Focus on Imaging 2012 at the Birmingham NEC
There was no entry fee when I used to go. When the show started it was for pros only, you had to ... (more)

Caz Re: Focus on Imaging 2012 at the Birmingham NEC
I didn't think I quite qualified as a pro, though looking at some of the so-called pros yesterday f... (more)

Geoff Re: Focus on Imaging 2012 at the Birmingham NEC
You don't need to be a pro photographer to get in free, you just need to be "trade", which can be an... (more)

Ian Re: Focus on Imaging 2012 at the Birmingham NEC
I've updated the article with a ten minute video taken at the show on Sunday: [url]http://dpnow.com... (more)

 
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