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Two week’s ago I went to Slide, the ski, skate and snowboarding trade fair at Manchester Central. It was a well-organised show, but not too busy.
On Monday I went to Focus on Imaging at Birmingham’s NEC. It was packed. You couldn’t move. There were some dazzling stands, much merchandise being premiered and some unusual gadgets.
I particularly liked the fitted waterproof camera covers by Kat (bogenimaging.co.uk at £50) and the Eizo ColourEdge CG211 monitor (£800 but not in production yet).
As a writer and occasional contributor to several photography magazines, I was particularly interested in the publishers stands – but they were little more than unglorified newsagents.
While retailers like Jacobs could take cash off punters fast enough, the most impressive stands were the printer manufacturers – especially Epson’s centre-piece stand. The quality of prints these days is as staggering as the size of some of the machines.
Of course, the difficulty in choosing the right printer is as mind-boggling complicated as ever. I liked the Epson Stylus 1400 for its A3+ prints, then I liked the Epson Stylus Photo R2400 for it’s A3+ and B&W capabilities, then I liked the Epson Stylus Photo Pro 3800 with it’s A2 ability, then I liked the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 for its new colour processing technology, then I realised I don’t really know what I’m on about.
I came home empty-handed.