The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham
I just spent nearly two whole days at The Photography Show in Birmingham, UK. On the one hand, I went there for business reasons. On the other, I went there to play with lots of new equipment and see what bright ideas the industry is now offering. I thought I’d write a post discussing some of the equipment I played with and any other thoughts that pop into my head! Firstly, I strongly encourage any Brits to visit the show. Based at the NEC, it is easy to get to and it’s massive. Not only is there every bit of equipment you could think of, there are lots of demos, talks, seminars and other events that have broad appeal. There were at least three exhibitions too, with lots of tremendous traditional B&W silver prints from big names, including Sebastiao Salgado, Paolo Pellegrin, Elliott Erwitt and many more.
From an equipment point of view, I think this show should be firmly in the calendar for anyone looking to spend serious money on equipment. You can try extensively before you buy. Everything you could think of trying is there and the discounts available range from modest to massive. If you were looking to set up a Nilkon D850/D810 or Sony A7R III/A9 outfit, for example, you could save the cost of a hotel and train fares on a single lens purchase. Across a body and four lens outfit, you could save £500-£1500. Easily. Now onto specific equipment I played with and some very brief comments. [Continue reading]