Thursday, 11 March 2010

Focus on Imaging 2010

I would have posted this sooner but have been busy with photo shoots and post-production since Monday. I visited Focus on Imaging on Sunday and arrived just before 10:00 AM thinking that I'd walk straight in -NOT. There must have been over 2000 people waiting to enter the exhibition halls. For me the show was a great opportunity to catch up with old contacts and make some new acquaintances.

Waiting to enter the show . . .
Very soon after entering I came across the Daymen stand (Lowepro & Giotto's to you & I). You could hardly miss it with the massive back drop and a very well thought out display with some interesting new products including the Pro Runner AW which replaces the classic Mini Trekker which I've owned in various guises for longer than I care to remember. Lowepro set the standard by which all other bags are judged. Lowepro are certainly upping their game with their newly designed backpacks and rollers. The Pro Trekker backpacks are now much lighter with capacity for personal gear and a water bladder.The Sling bags are both better looking with easier to access the gear than the Kata 3 N 1 series.

Helen and the crew at Snapperstuff did a sterling job of dealing with the crowds at stand C41 (no cross-processing jokes, please). Doug Murdoch one of the founders of Think Tank Photo was there - good to meet you Doug, keep up the good work, together with James Madelin inventor of the must-have flash modifier for off-camera flash users, the Orbis Ring Flash. Throughout the day James demonstrated the Orbis and its' capabilities. Though not cheap, it's a very versatile accessory.

Keep an eye open for Nissin hotshoe flash units. The Di866, Di622 and Di466 are all Canon E-TTL & i-TTL Nikon compatible. The Di866 can be used jointly with Canon & Nikon as either the Master or a remote slave unit. I've a feeling that they will offer and less expensive alternative to the OEM units. I can't wait to get my hands on some to test and report here.

The Adobe stand in the foreground overlooked by Canon's "Perv's Perch" - sorry long lens gallery!
Throughout the day the Adobe stand had a steady stream of punters overlooked by the long lens gallery on the Canon stand, aka the "Perv's Perch"! Canon, just a thought. Why not give the punters something to look at that really shows the capabilities of your wonderful glass? Why not have some life-size images printed and placed on the far wall of some of the wildlife your ambassadors photograph?

Must close now as the 'phone's going and I should really be preparing for my next portrait workshop in a couple of weeks at Park Cameras.

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