Just been to the NEC and stopped off at Banbury to see the Michael Kenna exhibition on the way back. Matt paper: who'da thunk it...
I entered the enemy camp armed with a Silverprint carrier bag as a statement of intent...
Paterson had developers in a new livery. Don't know if real or mock-ups as they were in a glass display case. RK Photographic had new SFX at 3 x 35mm rolls for a tenner (not quite the £7.00 per roll a certain weekly UK photo magazine predicted...).
Somewhat disappointed that the FujiFilm stand appeared to not acknowledge the last syllable of its name and had no film in evidence at all (though a retailer next to them had some in a fridge).
Spoke briefly to Tim Rudman who had a display of prints on the Ilford/Harman stand. Those lith jobbies are really something in the flesh - far more subtle tones than are evident in the book illustrations. Saw Les but he was busy talking to two Ilford suits and was gone when next I passed.
Lots of interesting images dotted about (much of it inkjet posters (and I mean "posters" - a lot of BIIIIIG printouts as printer makers show off how wide/long theirs is...) but hey: it's primarily an industry/pro show so that's to be expected) but some nice stuff on Ilford, Kentmere and some of the framing suppliers etc stands.
Thanks for the info Bob. This makes it about the same price as I remember it and gives it a big price edge on Kodak HIE. I was worried that at the price quoted(£7) then it had lost its major advantage especially when it seems that you need to invest in a SFX filter to get the "wood effect" whereas with Kodak a red filter will do the same job.
Originally Posted by Bob F.
That may have been a special Focus price - probably best to save the hurrahs until it hits the shops... Still, at 4.50 per roll (the single roll price at Focus) it's unlikely to rise as far as £7.
Originally Posted by pentaxuser
Read this thread with interest, it was really nice to meet up with a few Apuggers, we really did have a great show, and were very busy, I know analog people do obviously come and see us... but MORE than last year and over 400 students, less than 5% doing Dxxxxxl only...I did all 4 days and did'nt get to see too many other stands I am afraid.
It was really nice to have Philip Pankov, Dave Butcher and Tim Rudman on the stand with their work and of course Les McLean presenting, I thought the images were the best ever on an ILFORD photo stand.
Simon ILFORD Photo / HARMAN technology Limited
I've just had a look at RK Photographic's site and they've listed 35mm at £5.95 each and 120 at £4.95! If it stays like that I'll have to make do with the out of date stash still in the fridge, which is a shame 'cos could do with getting some of the space back. Perhaps some of the other online dealers will get some in and sell it at a lower price. The last lot I bought was about £3.50 a roll which makes it more viable for use. Shame I didn't get round to Focus, was suffering somewhat from going Quad Biking the day before!
Originally Posted by Bob F.
(I've been away from here for a month or so with little internet connection)
Originally Posted by Simon R Galley
We met a lot of people visiting us on Ilford's stand and it was great to see so much enthusiasm - both for products and the prints on show.
Only one person actually identified themself to me as 'apug' and of course the name tags generally don't tally with the identities seen online here, so there may have been more of you (??).
However, it seemed to be a good show from Ilford's perspective and they were kept mighty busy most of the time.
I went up on Wednesday, it was a long ride from Plymouth but worth it. I was impressed to see the Siderotype.com stand, that was really interesting, had a chat with the guy on the stand. It was really good to see the prints up on the wall, as someone said, they have more 'life' than the reproductions in magazines etc.
Looking at the shiny new things was nice, but i was interested to stumble upon David Noble's stall. The huge photogravures really do look the business, and he had some loose ones out on a table too. They are really a sight to behold and handle. Wow.
I had a wander around the Ilford stand, i enjoyed seeing Tim Rudman's lith prints, really impressive. As a souvinir i picked up some Black and white enthusiast mags (early Silvershotz) and a 120 roll of SFX 200 which i may even use some time!
I went to Focus on the Wednesday, and contrary to what others may think, I came away encouraged.
1. Fuji did have part of its stand dedicated to, and marketing strongly, their film products. They have started a new brand "Choose Film" and there were people in red shirts with "Choose Film" on them and a logo of a 35mm canister and film tail. The Choose film brand is in conjunction with their new website www.choose-film.com They were also giving away stickers and by Wednesday they had run out - especially the ones "I love trannies"
2. There was the new Paterson range of chemicals - that so many people said would not happen. They tell me that they are bing mixed in Germany and to typically strict German quality control.
3. There was a mobile Darkroom performing demonstrations.
Plus lot of other encouraging things, including of course the Ilford stand - yes it had their new FB inkjet range which they were taking the opportunity to launch, but, nevertheless, it was very nuch an alanogue stand.
Also, I can concur with the above about Simon's incredible memory - he even remembed what type of car I drove!
I feel that the hysteria of digital and the decline of analogue is now begining to settle down and, whilst, as we all know, digital has the lion's share of the market, I had the feeling that people are seeing analogue as viable again, and some of the big players are seeing an important market, now stabilised, whome they can target.
Where? I went there, looks like a black website to me, and the domain seems to belong to some bloke in Edinburgh!
Originally Posted by Roger Hicks
Don't forget the hyphen...
Originally Posted by ajuk