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On the way to day 1 of the new Photography Show

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Posted 01-03-14 at 09:21 AM by Ian

Things are looking up; it's early, but I managed not to miss my train despite a last minute panic, it's not raining and sunshine is forecast for later today. That won't be high on the minds of visitors to the opening day inaugural Photography Show at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre, which is where I'm headed this morning. I'll be posting a video review from the show later today, incidentally.

The Photography Show has risen from the ashes of the annual Focus on Image Show which was unexpectedly closed last year. There are changes now that Future Publishing has taken over the space formerly occupied by Focus. The show now starts on a Saturday instead of Sunday and runs for four days until Tuesday, 4th March. Future has also managed to tempt more camera brands to exhibit so besides the big two regulars of Nikon and Canon, Pentax, Panasonic, Samsung, Olympus and even Rollei have been tempted back to the show. I'm expecting to see a bigger proportion of Fujifilm's stand to be dedicated to cameras, too. One big name to stay away is Sony, unfortunately.

Some highlights we do know about are: Nikon will have the newly-announced D4s flagship pro DSLR on display. Panasonic Lumix will have its new GH4 top of the range Micro Four Thirds mirrorless model, optimised for video, on show. Olympus will have its new tiny OM-D E-M10 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless system camera and Fujifilm will of course have the new XT-1. Manfrotto has unveiled some new goodies this morning too.

It's easy to say that Focus was getting a bit tired, but looking back in a way it was. There were large gaps in the exhibition space in recent years and many big names weren't tempted to exhibit despite healthy attendance figures. Future has been working hard in drumming up support and interest in the new show so it's going to be very interesting to see if the effort has been effective.

I'll be blogging from the show later today!
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    Here's a shot from the entrance before the doors opened this morning - lots of people waiting and the show has certainly been busy with lots of interesting stands and no evidence of unsold space.

    More to come!
    Posted 01-03-14 at 06:12 PM by Ian Ian is offline
    Updated 02-03-14 at 10:31 AM by Ian
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    Here's a quick video tour of the show...
    Posted 01-03-14 at 07:38 PM by Ian Ian is offline
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    Just added a collection of shots from the show (mainly near to closing time, which is why the crowds aren't so evident):

    For example:

    ..and there are more...
    Posted 01-03-14 at 09:27 PM by Ian Ian is offline
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    Wow - these images look quite bad; I think because I posted them via mobile data (mobile networks compress JPEG images quite severely) - so sorry about that!
    Posted 02-03-14 at 10:33 AM by Ian Ian is offline
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    I take it all back - the quality of the images has gone back to normal. Thinking about it, mobile network compression of JPEG images should only happen when being displayed by the browser, not when transferring files. I was seeing the bad image quality cached in my browser from yesterday. Phew!
    Posted 02-03-14 at 09:22 PM by Ian Ian is offline

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