As you can see from looking at the photos above, the photo industry is well and truly alive and kicking! What's especially impressive is the huge range of innovations and new products on display at Focus on Imaging, from new lenses being developed (top), to new styles of camera, and new flash systems and technologies.
Here are the Top 10 highlights of the Focus on Imaging 2011 show!
Possibly the most talked about camera on the internet, along with the Fujifilm FinePix X100, is the new transparent prototype, the Sony Alpha 700 replacement
, with transluscent mirror technology, shown below. Have a look at our hands-on with the Sony Alpha Prototype
The Fujifilm Finepix X100
is especially interesting to photographers, as it's new optical viewfinder / electronic viewfinder combination is unique in that it allows you to choose between an optical viewfinder, electronic viewfinder or an optical viewfinder with an electronic overlay. The camera features a high quality CMOS sensor, that is the same size as you find in DSLRs, along with a high quality metal body, and retro looks, you have a camera that appeals to the Leica user, but with a much more consumer friendly price point. For more on the Fujifilm FinePix X100, have a look at our hands on report
, or read our full review
- a completely new prototype flash system, that is portable, powerful, affordable, and completely unique in the flash world. For more information have a look at our exclusive look at the MagneFlash Splash flash system
Nikon's stand featured a completely new design this year, and all of the new cameras were on display including this impressive Nikon D7000 DSLR
video setup - used for recording HD video. The camera was fitted with a Marshall monitor connected via the HDMI out port. The high quality video and background blur was achieved thanks to a very nice Nikon 85mm f/1.4 lens. More on the Nikon stand and hands on with their new cameras can be found here
took the opportunity to not only sell lenses, but also show a number of new lenses, including a new 35mm f/1.4 lens, a fish-eye lens for the NXCAM video system, and a new prototype, shown below, of a 7.5mm fish-eye lens designed for the Micro Four Thirds system. Have a look at our special Focus report on Samyang lenses
JVC FalconBrid GC-PX1 HD Hybrid Camcorder
- A new hybrid camcorder / digital still camera offering full HD video at the highest quality available, as well as offering the fastest high speed shooting of any digital camera to date, shooting 60fps at 10 megapixels for upto 144 shot! The camera, with 32gb built in, can also record 300fps video for 2 hours, and accepts SDXC cards for even more recording. We had a hands on look at the JVC FalconBrid GC-PX1
The new Lensbaby Sweet 35
was on display and fits neatly into the Lensbaby Composor lens swap system, allowing you to quickly change the aperture of the lens. For more information have a look at our Focus report
The brand new Ranger Quadra ECO Ringflash
is an ideal "fill" light source. Included is a camera mount, a white diffuser cap (shown below) and a 2m detachable flash cable. There is a range of longer / extension cables of up to 10 metres for special situations available. For more information has a look at our Focus on Imaging page
Eizo were showing their brand new Eizo Coloredge CG275w
, the only one in the UK, it's high end 27inch Monitor perfect for photography or graphic design, thanks to a built in hardware calibration device that pops up from the bottom frame of the monitor. More information can be found on the Eizo Coloredge CG275w here
The Epson Stylus Photo R3000
updates the Epson Stylus Photo R2880 with larger ink cartridges, and a number of other enhancements that enable true black and white photo printing on matt or gloss paper without the need to switch ink cartridges. For more information, and to see more photos, view our forum thread
on the printer.
These are only some of the highlights of the show, with much more on display in the ePHOTOzine forums
, including hands on with the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR
, Panasonic Lumix GF2 and GH2
, and more. With such an impressive display of new technology, and genuinely innovative and useful products, it certainly seems like it's going to be an extremely exciting year as even more is developed.