The Lincoln Photo and Optics Show was once again a huge success this year.
Hosted by The London Camera exchange, the show brings all the big names under one roof, with their latest models for you to try out.
The big stall this year belonged to Nikon, providing a live model for photographers trying out the equipment to shoot. Nikon’s V1 was a standout camera for me, as the amazingly fast Motion Snapshot mode allows you to capture a picture, but also a movie vignette, making your special moments all the more vivid.
Panasonic and Olympus both had an impressive number of cameras on display, Panasonic showcasing its new range of 3D video cameras and Olympus boasting the already hugely successful PEN range of cameras.
The lovely thing about the show is that along with all the new and latest models of cameras from all your favourite brands, there is a nice mix of equipment, including vintage and retro merchandise too. Along with this, there were also some fantastic displays of photos taken by members of Lincoln Photographic society and various other clubs in and around Lincoln.
Held in The Green, a large stately home and function rooms, it is set in beautiful grounds and only a short walk from Lincoln’s old town.
We spoke to David Riley at London Camera Exchange Licoln to find out a little bit more about the show:
When was the show established?
"The show has been going for 8 years and is now an established event in the local photography calendar."
Have you seen yearly growth in the number of people who attend?
"Strangely enough, since 2008 when the global recession began, we’ve seen our busiest years at the show, 2011 was the busiest to date."
What do you think is the best thing about the show?
"The best thing about the show is the broad range of products on display. This year we had pro end cameras from Canon and Nikon, compacts from Panasonic and Olympus, optics from Swarovski and a large used camera fair with all sorts of wonderful things."
How long does it take you to organise and put the show together?
"Preparations for the show start in July and don’t really let up until the day itself, but despite the work involved it’s very rewarding to see so many people come along and take an interest, it inspires us to come up with fresh ideas each year and maintains the fantastic support we get from our suppliers - we couldn’t do it without them!"
Any photo tips for photographers visiting Lincoln?
"Lincoln is a very photogenic city, particularly the Cathedral Quarter, however it has been photographed so many times it’s become something of a cliché. It’s more interesting to seek out lesser known views or perhaps the stunning landscape in the surrounding area and out towards the coast."
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