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    "Focus On Imaging"

    Has anybody on the forum visited the `Focus On Imaging` exhibition this week, if so, what did you enjoy about this trade show the most?

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    I went on Sunday. I enjoyed it, but even less there for analogue users than last year. It was great to see some of Tim Rudman's lith prints in the flesh on the Ilford Harman stand and good to have a chat with Simon Galley again. I don't know how he does it, but he always remembers your face and when and where he last met you! The Harman stand were plugging SFX and in particular their new inkjet fibre paper. They also had a DeVere enlarger with the digi head and were pushing the new fibre paper for that as well. I missed Les' demos unfortunately (although I believe they were all digital talks). Last year, Harman were very much analogue B&W, this year they were a mix of analogue and digital but the emphasis was probably more on the digital side.

    I especially enjoyed David Ward's intro to large format. I'm not a LF photographer but I was sorely tempted, especially when I was looking at the "build your own" 5x4 camera from Badger and the guy there was clearly wanting to do a deal.

    Lots of the usual stands for portrait and wedding photogs, along with a lot of stands dedicated to digital printing, (I know as the friend I was with was after an A2 printer and we went around all of them ). Also, a number of computer software companies large and small, e.g. Apple, Adobe and smaller PS plug-in companies.

    As already mentioned elsewhere, a number of regular analogue specialists weren't there, in particular Robert White. I see that they are having their own show down in Bournemouth. I suspect that's the best way forward for analogue specialists now. The market is getting smaller and smaller and these big shows are no longer cost effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeg View Post
    I went on Sunday. I enjoyed it, but even less there for analogue users than last year. It was great to see some of Tim Rudman's lith prints in the flesh on the Ilford Harman stand and good to have a chat with Simon Galley again. I don't know how he does it, but he always remembers your face and when and where he last met you! The Harman stand were plugging SFX and in particular their new inkjet fibre paper. They also had a DeVere enlarger with the digi head and were pushing the new fibre paper for that as well. I missed Les' demos unfortunately (although I believe they were all digital talks). Last year, Harman were very much analogue B&W, this year they were a mix of analogue and digital but the emphasis was probably more on the digital side.

    I especially enjoyed David Ward's intro to large format. I'm not a LF photographer but I was sorely tempted, especially when I was looking at the "build your own" 5x4 camera from Badger and the guy there was clearly wanting to do a deal.

    Lots of the usual stands for portrait and wedding photogs, along with a lot of stands dedicated to digital printing, (I know as the friend I was with was after an A2 printer and we went around all of them ). Also, a number of computer software companies large and small, e.g. Apple, Adobe and smaller PS plug-in companies.

    As already mentioned elsewhere, a number of regular analogue specialists weren't there, in particular Robert White. I see that they are having their own show down in Bournemouth. I suspect that's the best way forward for analogue specialists now. The market is getting smaller and smaller and these big shows are no longer cost effective.

    Mike
    I was hoping to attend yesterday, but was unable to. It is heart sinking when analogue photography seems to be a declining market.
    I will check out Robert White`s site.
    Thanks for replying.

    P.S. Did you take a look at the Paterson stand?

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    Thanks Mike, wasnot able to make it this year for health/fiscal reasons. Had hoped to stock up on paper from Iford and Fotospeed plus some toners and may be investigate a Lee filter system, still next year hopefuly. In meantime resort to mail order.
    Regards Paul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Tapscott. View Post
    It is heart sinking when analogue photography seems to be a declining market.

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    P.S. Did you take a look at the Paterson stand?
    Well, Focus is a trade event to which the general public are also allowed in and the trade is predominately digital now. So, I think smaller, very specific shows targeted at the analogue user will become the order of the day. Things like the APUG conference and the Silver Conference that Ilford Harman are organising will become more important.

    I walked past the Paterson stand but I didn't have time to stop. They had their developing tanks, spirals, contact printing frames etc on display. I can't remember seeing any chemicals, but I could easily have missed them.

    I had a quick look at the Kentmere stand but it was very busy so I didn't get a chance to talk to people there either. I wanted to ask them what the status was on the Document Art and Classic Art replacements, or if they've given up on them.

    Overall, the show seemed to be very well attended. I got there about 10:20 am and went straight to the Ilford Harman stand. It was already buzzing. Last year at that time, the stand along with the rest of the hall was relatively empty.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul. View Post
    Thanks Mike, wasnot able to make it this year for health/fiscal reasons. Had hoped to stock up on paper from Iford and Fotospeed plus some toners and may be investigate a Lee filter system, still next year hopefuly. In meantime resort to mail order.
    Regards Paul.
    Fotospeed were there, they even had a couple of Kaiser enlargers around the back! I wanted to get some selenium toner, they had every toner there but selenium. Someone had forgotten to load it onto the van! So, I got some Ilford toner instead.

    It can be fiscally challenging I managed to spend less this year than last. My only major purchase was a new mount cutter.


    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeg View Post

    I walked past the Paterson stand but I didn't have time to stop. They had their developing tanks, spirals, contact printing frames etc on display. I can't remember seeing any chemicals, but I could easily have missed them.

    Cheers

    Mike
    It was rumoured that the Paterson range of photo-chemicals would be relaunched at this years show, but no mention of this on the Paterson website to be fair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Tapscott. View Post
    It was rumoured that the Paterson range of photo-chemicals would be relaunched at this years show, but no mention of this on the Paterson website to be fair.
    The chemicals were there: I saw them and taked with Roger Parry.

    Fotospeed/Kaiser/Nova etc. had a fair amount of 'real' stuff; Ilford was excellent, as ever, though they were pushing their new FB inkjet paper; Fuji's Choosefilm.com has been mentioned elsewhere; and De Vere's digital enlarger was fascinating -- they made a proper MG WT print from a 'neg' (B+W file) I shot with a Leica M8 (don't worry -- I had an MP as well...). And if I could afford a Chrysotype, I'd buy one. Silvershotz was there; so was GMC (B+W Magazine); and the Linhof & Professional stand ('The Hub') was well worth visiting. Bob Rigby had 'real' stuff, and so did RK -- who have lots of new Meoptas in stock, incidentally.

    There were several excellent exhibitions, many of them silver halide, but an awful lot of it was pure digital.

    Cheers,

    R.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Hicks View Post
    The chemicals were there: I saw them and taked with Roger Parry.

    Fotospeed/Kaiser/Nova etc. had a fair amount of 'real' stuff; Ilford was excellent, as ever, though they were pushing their new FB inkjet paper; Fuji's Choosefilm.com has been mentioned elsewhere; and De Vere's digital enlarger was fascinating -- they made a proper MG WT print from a 'neg' (B+W file) I shot with a Leica M8 (don't worry -- I had an MP as well...). And if I could afford a Chrysotype, I'd buy one. Silvershotz was there; so was GMC (B+W Magazine); and the Linhof & Professional stand ('The Hub') was well worth visiting. Bob Rigby had 'real' stuff, and so did RK -- who have lots of new Meoptas in stock, incidentally.

    There were several excellent exhibitions, many of them silver halide, but an awful lot of it was pure digital.

    Cheers,

    R.
    Thanks for that Roger, perhaps they will mention this on their site.
    Hope you enjoyed the visit.
    Cheers,
    Keith.

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    Here's a link to the event website: http://www.focus-on-imaging.co.uk/ The event looks pretty decent from the pics on the web. Like most trade shows today the focus is digital unfortunately.

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