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Focus News - Focus on Imaging 2002 was a great success for ePHOTOzine. We met a lot of readers who gave us useful feedback, and met lots of potential new readers who were very interested in visiting our site when they returned home.

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Focus on Imaging 2002 was a great success for ePHOTOzine. We met a lot of readers who gave us useful feedback, and met lots of potential new readers who were very interested in visiting our site when they returned home.

For those unlucky people who didn't manage to get to Focus and have the pleasure of meeting us we've prepared this news story on the show. Here are some general photos of the show: Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3

Listed below are some stands Will managed to visit when not showing people ePHOTOzine, there are also some photos of products of particular interest.

AGFA
AGFA had some ladies with red hair parading around, and information on their new Agfanet print service.
Canon - Photo 1 (Canon Stand)
This was perhaps the most visually impressive stand in the show. Almost every Canon camera in their range was on display for visitors to try out. We had a hands on with the new D60 and some of the other recently announced Canon products. It looks to be an exciting year ahead!
Contax - Photo 1 (N Digital on display), Photo 2 (Contax Stand)
Contax had some pre-production Contax N digital cameras on display. Visitors were welcomed to hold the cameras and build quality and ergonomics seem impressive although a little on the heavy side.
ePHOTOzine - Photo 1 Photo 2 (Stand Photos)
We had some demonstrations by Sarah Downing from Roxio (Formerly MGI)using their PhotoSuite 4 package. These were a great success. We had a lot of positive feedback and some visitors suggested things they would like to see more of on the site, which we aim to add soon.
Fuji
The new FinePix 601 was on display, and seemed very promising.
Ilford - Photo 1 (Ilford Stand)
Their stand featured a full range of wide format digital equipment and media with desktop media presentations and give-aways by Les McLean.
Kentmere
Kentmere had an interesting new paper product at the show, which we hope to have more details on soon.
Kodak - Photo 1 (Kodak stand)
The Kodak stand was mainly professionally orientated, but they did manage to scare quite a few people with a giant digital camera (see photo 1) with accompanying flash.
Lee Filters
One of the more impressive stands Lee Filters had some of their wide range of products on display.
Leica - Photo 1 (Digilux 1 with LCD protector/shade), Photo 2 (Top of Digilux 1), Photo 3 (Digilux 1 Lens), Photo 4 (Digilux 1 Front), Photo 5 (Digilux 1 Back), Photo 6 (Rolf Krueger from Leica holding the Digilux 1)
Leica announced their new Digilux 1 digital camera and M7. The body follows a similar design to some of the traditional Leica cameras and with a huge TFT display and legendary Leica lens quality this looks to be one of the more promising products to be announced in 2002.
Lowepro - Photo 1 (DryZone 200 on stand)
Lowepro announced their new DryZone 200 fully waterproof photo-backpack.
Minolta
Minolta had a wide range of products available and had a lot of interest in their scanners and Dimage X which were being demonstrated by Minolta staff
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Nikon - Photo 1 (CoolPix 2500), Photo 2 (Nikon's Group Product Manager, Tim Hunnable, holding the D100), Photo 3 (D100 again)
Nikon will announced their new D100 digital SLR, the CoolPix 2500, and several new lenses and flash units. We had a hands-on with the D100 which looks like it will be a great hit. Nikon say it will be priced at under 2000 and the body seems of excellent quality.
Nova Darkroom Equipment
A unique new "film processor" was introduced along with the rest of Nova's existing range of products.
Paterson
A new updated version of the popular Trekker tripod was launched.
Sigma - Photo 1 (SD9 Card Slot), Photo 2 (SD9 Connections), Photo 3 (SD9 with lens), Photo 4 (SD9 Back), Photo 5 (Ray Fitchett from Sigma holding SD9), Photo 6 (SD9 dust protector)
We had a hands on with a pre-production model of the SD9 SLR with Foveon CMOS. Interesting features to note are the CMOS dust protector and the dual USB and Firewire connections.
Sony
Sony were there for the first time. They had an impressive large stand, with some of their new digital cameras showing

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