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TPS at the NEC


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TPS at the NEC

18 Sep 2021 11:46PM   Views : 499 Unique : 358

We made a flying visit to The Photography Show at the NEC, and this blog is just a brief glance to show the state of play. We did wonder if there would be many people there, and there were actually quite a few, but not in the congested sense of past years. We arrived at about 11:15 and there were no queues to get in, either on the approach roads or at the doors of the exhibition. The shuttle buses were not full. At the doors we showed our evidence of two vaccinations, in our case using the MyGP App on our iPhones. We were given a green band to signify that we were OK and then the ID badges were scanned at the hall entrance. Inside, it was easy to find people on the stands to talk to without running the gauntlet of crowds.

Having said that, the talks were popular, especially on the Nikon stand, one of the few places that was packed out with people. Canon, Fuji and Olympus were busy but not too busy and Sue was happy to be helped by one of the two Clares, one of the Olympus Vloggers. The food areas were offering a variety of expensive options, and for once we were able to find a table without any hassle at all.

I shot a few general images on my trusty Pentax MX-1 compact, and here they are.










tj Plus
19 2.2k England
19 Sep 2021 11:21AM
An interesting read, thanks John.
JackAllTog Plus
13 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2021 2:16PM
Nice one John, We were at the event the same day Smile Nikon was busy wasn't it, and they were the only one i saw giving away free promo bags.
I'd taken sandwiches Wink
JJGEE 17 8.0k 18 England
22 Sep 2021 2:09PM
From the first image it appears they put out the " red carpet " for you & Stuart Smile

I wonder why Nikon was so busy, I would have expected Canon with the recent R3 specification release to have been packed ?
JackAllTog Plus
13 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2021 3:09PM
Hi JJGEE, Canon was very busy on the Saturday morning, but queues were never long. The R3 stand was always full on but Canon had 4+ areas so it was easy to look at lots of different things as the engagement areas were far more spread out. The R3's were probably pre production and had their memory cards slots taped over so once you'd 'held' the R3 and started navigating some buttons (seemed easy/intuitive), looked at the view finder (nice) and scanned around it was done. Yes i'd love one for sports to get fast shot sequences.
Nikon seemed busier - especially their talks. I think Nikon shooters are sometimes more passionate about just being Nikon shooters.

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