The annual Photography Show takes place at Birmingham's NEC complex on 21-24th March. It is something l always look forward to. In past years, l have dragged my poor wife along. She has found some of it interesting but, in the main, for anyone not enthusiastic about photography it can get a little tedious. So.........l'm going on my own this year. Being an enthusiastic reader of photography websites and magazines, there will not be much there that surprises me. However, reading about cameras and lenses is one thing. Seeing, touching and using the latest gear is quite another. There is nothing like it. Many times l have decided against a proposed purchase after seeing the item for real. Also, l am assured that there will be the chance to buy stuff at "show prices". Usually, this means getting a good deal but l would advice anyone to make note of the best prices available on-line beforehand. Not everything labelled a bargain is actually a bargain.
The camera l would like to get a close look at is the Sony A7 mkll, This is the latest in the A7 series of full frame cameras. This update of the original A7 has image stabilization built in. This promises to be very useful when using vintage, manual lenses on the camera. In addition, Sony have produced a few more high quality lenses of their own to match the A7 series. I can't wait to see them.
My other favourite camera manufacturers, Fujifilm, are yet to announce a new version of the wonderful X-Pro 1. Sadly, there is nothing to suggest it is coming soon. That's a shame. It would have been amazing for them to show off such an anticipated camera at the show. Despite that, l will be able to get a good look at their new lenses for the X system. The on-line reviews have been very encouraging and l know from my own experience that Fujifilm produce top class glass. (!)
So, l'll be at the show on Monday, March 23rd. I will just be there as "trade" - not a very flattering term. I will have a label on so, if you notice me, say hello. I'll be glad to see you.