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The Photography Show 2014 - On-going Show Report

The Photography Show 2014 - On-going Show Report - Find out about the hottest products at The Photography Show 2014, held in the NEC, Birmingham.

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Lumix DMC-GH4 in Industry

We are at The Photography Show, at the NEC, Birmingham having a look at the latest and greatest new products in the photographic industry. We'll keep this page updated with new content when it is added, so keep checking this page for updates. If you've been to the show - let us know what you think!

Nikon Coolpix P340 (4)

We had a look at the new Nikon Coolpix P340, the 30x optical zoom Nikon Coolpix S9700, and waterproof Nikon Coolpix AW120. Have a look at our Nikon Coolpix P340, S9700, AW120 Hands-On preview.

Zeiss OTUS 55mm Lens (2) (Custom)

We have a hands on look at the Zeiss OTUS 55mm f/1.4 lens, as well as the Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 macro lens for Sony NEX E-Mount cameras and Fujifilm X-Mount cameras. Have a look at our Zeiss OTUS 55mm f/1.4 and Zeiss Touit 50mm Macro lens hands-on preview.

Canon Powershot SX700HS (3) (Custom)

We had a look at the Canon Powershot SX700HS, the new compact with a 30x optical zoom lens, as well as the SX600, N100, D30 and IXUS 265. Have a look at our Canon Powershot hands-on preview.

Samsung WB2200F (7) (Custom)

We have a look at the Samsung WB2200F - the bridge camera with a 60x optical zoom lens and large hand-grip. Have a look at our Samsung WB2200F Hands-On Preview.

Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens

We have a hands-on look at the new Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens, designed to be compact, but with premium build and an aperture ring on the lens. Read our Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 Micro Four Thirds lens preview.

Tokina 11-16mm Cine Lens Canon

We have a look at two new Tokina Cine lenses, which have been released in the UK, the new 11-16mm T3.0 (f/2.8) for APS-C cameras, and the 16-28mm T3.0 (f/2.8) lens for full-frame cameras. Have a look at our Tokina 11-16mm and 16-28mm Cine Lens Hands-On Preview.

Tamron 16 300mm Lens (1) (Custom)

We have a hands-on look at the brand-new, not yet available, Tamron 16-300mm 18.8x optical zoom lens for APS-C cameras, as well as the 28-300mm full frame lens. Have a look at our Tamron 16-300mm and 28-300mm Hands-On Preview for more information. 

Nikon Coolpix P600 (8) (Custom)

We have a look at the Nikon Coolpix P600 - the ultra-zoom camera with a 60x optical zoom lens and built in Wi-Fi. Have a look at our Nikon Coolpix P600 Hands-On Preview.

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1 2 Lens (7) (Custom)

We have a look at the Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R lens for Fujifilm X cameras, and have taken a number of sample photos with a production version of the lens, on the Fujifilm X-T1. Have a look at our Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 Sample Photos.

Canon EOS 1200D (2) (Custom)

We go hands-on with the new Canon EOS 1200D - the entry level Digital SLR that has been designed to be easy to use. Canon has made an EOS Companion app to guide beginners on how to use it, find out more in our Canon EOS 1200D Hands-On Preview.

Canon Powershot G1X MarkII (8) (Custom)

We have a look at the new Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II - the camera features a large 1.5inch CMOS sensor and a new f/2 5x optical zoom lens. Have a look at our Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II hands-on preview.

Panasonic Lumix GH4 Black (5) (Custom)

We go hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix GH4, and have a look inside the camera - it's the highest specification Micro Four Thirds camera yet, shooting 4K/2K video, as well as 12fps continuous stills shooting. Have a look at our Panasonic Lumix GH4 hands-on preview.

Nikon D4s (9) (Custom)

We go hands-on with the new Nikon D4s, the top of the range full-frame Nikon with a number of improvements including 11fps continuous shooting with AF/AE, have a look at our Nikon D4s Hands-On Preview with video.

Kowa Prominar 8.5mm f/2.8 In Black (3) (Custom)

We go hands-on with the brand-new Kowa Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses, the manual lenses are available as 8.5mm f/2.8 (shown above), 12mm f/1.8, and 25mm f/1.8. Have a look at our Kowa Prominar Micro Four Thirds hands-on with sample photos.

Wacom competition winners

Four ePHOTOzine members were in attendance to receive their prizes from Wacom, for winning the February competition. To enter our competitions have a look at our competitions section, where this month you can win a Panasonic Lumix GX7!

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Sensor Cleaned

Olympus is offering free sensor cleaning for Olympus users, which is done by Olympus engineers, so of course we had to try it out! They are also showing the brand new Olympus OM-D E-M10 where you can touch and try it, as well as a number of talks and demonstrations. Read our full Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review.

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JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
2 Mar 2014 6:24PM
How does it compare as an event to its predecessor - Focus On Imaging ?

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joshwa Plus
7 847 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 7:57PM
Hi JJGEE - it's much busier, it's got a lot more to see (talks from photographers etc), there are more retailers (with lots of great deals), and more companies, I think it's really good, and there seems to be a bigger variety of people there too.
sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 8:03PM
When I was there yesterday I couldn't really tell any difference. That said - its been a few years since I've been. One notable change was that there were quite a few big names giving talks (at £10 a session).

Still I learned that Canon double up their cash back offers at such shows. You could pick a new 5D Mk3 for less than 2K, and I picked up a new printer saving over £150 on the best internet price I could find prior to the show.

Anyone who is going in the next few days - do your homework on prices before you go, and only buy what you have planned to buy! Some are not as much an offer as good you may think. E.g. I took the opportunity to buy a new tripod whilst there. I opted to go for a vanguard - I new that there claimed RRP price was not the price on the net, but still the price I paid was the same I could have gotten anytime at a number of internet retailers. In this purchase I may have been too rash, and I am already thinking I'd have been better off simply replacing my Giottos with a like for like model - I suspect the build quality isn't up to the same spec when I've inspected it today - still I need to try it in the field.

There was some good deals on inkjet papers too…

JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
3 Mar 2014 8:08AM

Quote:it's much busier, it's got a lot more to see (talks from photographers etc), there are more retailers (with lots of great deals), and more companies, I think it's really good, and there seems to be a bigger variety of people there too.

That is how I remember Focus On Imaging being 20 years ago ! !
3 Mar 2014 4:30PM
The NEC could provide more or even some additional chairs and tables around the food and drinks areas for folk to sit down on, many today were sat on the floor which is totally unacceptable considering the entry fee

Additionally I got the impression that space was at a premium because may of the stalls seemed smaller, could be just me though
brian1208 Plus
15 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2014 9:09PM
A real buzz about the place when we got there at about 12.30, with the longest queues to get in that I have ever seen (the pre-booking service is a gem and we walked straight in)

Very crowded inside and a zones were a bit less well signed so I found it quite confusing working out where everyone was but it was a thoroughly enjoyable and useful day out Smile
AnneB50 6 118 18 Scotland
4 Mar 2014 11:29PM
I really enjoyed it yesterday but agree with Neil about the refreshment area. As well as not nearly enough seating, there were very long queues at the food check outs.

The other thing that grated was, having paid the entry fee, they wanted another £5 for a show guide! The workshop I attend on mounting prints was excellent though as were the lectures.
johnmiles 10 3 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 1:49PM
I attended from Ireland flew in on the Saturday morn and home again that evening was impressed how easy and close the NEC is to airport you could say its in it!
The show was busy but pretty good but i have to agree there was nowhere to sit and if you are there all day its a bit of a trial which detracts from the show.
Damian mc Gillicuddy was worth attending at the Olympus stand and i enjoyed his set showing a speedlight set up using four lights, he is also quite funny with his 70s style of non politically correct humour,
he knows his stuff and i liked his demo.
If i go again i will stay overnight as it was a bit too much for me to do in the one day, overall i think it was a great show and glad it started on a Saturday instead of the Monday start of Focus which prevented me from going .
5 Mar 2014 2:31PM
didn't get a chance to go to Focus on Imaging but this show was fabulous. I think it was just busy enough to remain comfortable. I agree with previous comments about the prices - very much a case of buyer beware! Having said that there were also some amazing bargains which would more than recover entry prices. Seating and signage definitely sadly lacking. If they do the show again next year they could do with focussing on a few improvements in that area. My only complaint was that there was too much going on all at the same time meaning that one was forced to miss some things. However, I understand that this is an unfair comment as they have to cater to provide something for everyone. Good reason to go back next year!! Well done to Future for the show.
Barr1e 12 20 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 4:45PM
The show really had a great buzz to it and we enjoyed the whole time we were there.

Agree with the comments - more seating needed.
jsullens 4 5 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 8:51PM
Hello all. I work on the Photography Show so thought I could give you some feedback on the comments above.
Firstly, we move to Hall 5 (closer to the rail station) for 2015 and that is half as big again as the show this year. This allows us to make every aisle at least 3m (some were 2m this year) and the main aisle will be 5m. We will also be including a huge seating area outside the NEC hall café. With it being one hall it should be easier to navigate too. Pre booking the showguide would have reduced the price to £4 but the show app was free. Overall, we really enjoyed organising the first show and have learnt a lot in year one that should mean an improved year two. Thanks for the feedback.

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