No more Focus

16 posts
31 May 2013
Posted 31 May 2013
Edited by WebModerator 31 May 2013
Spike
Photographer
Spike
The end of an era, though when I first started work in the industry it was Photography at Work at Wembley Conference Centre.

Be interesting to see if anything replaces it, since big exhibitions used to be the only place you could research a large number of products easily in one place, now the internet & relatively easy international shipping you can source stuff fromm anywhere on the planet from your home.

Posted 31 May 2013
bailey_p
Photographer
bailey_p
Sorry to see it go.

It just leaves Photovision road show = http://www.forwardevents.co.uk/

Maybe a trip to Photokina in 2014 for a couple of days followed by a trip to Oktoberfest

http://www.photokina.com/en/photokina/home/index.php September 16 to 21, 2014 in Cologne.
then pop over to Beer festival.

http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/   Oktoberfest 2014 : 20 September - 5 October.

Posted 31 May 2013
Edited by bailey_p 31 May 2013
magpie1
Photographer
magpie1
Entirely understandable, extremely expensive for exhibitors, with added on costs, hotels etc. and the return?? A number of 'expected' people pulled out, really a case of first to bite the bullet. End of an era but the signs were there for a while.

Posted 31 May 2013
pompeytog
Photographer
pompeytog
I stopped going a couple of years ago, never missed a year from 1998 but just recently seemed to be same old stuff. I won't miss it.

Posted 31 May 2013
modjo30
Photographer
modjo30
It was starting to get filled up with people trying to flog photo frames and wedding books, i wan't to go there to look at camera gear and software, nothing more

Posted 31 May 2013
CSD_Images
Photographer
CSD_Images
One of the magazines I work for was quoted around 30k for a small stall. Little wonder it's gone as few business can actually afford that.

Posted 31 May 2013
eosfan
Photographer
eosfan
It's a real shame as even though it had its faults it was still a good place to go, look at everything, buy at (usually) good prices and generally meet other like minded people.

I have been to Photokina for the last 3 exhibitions, and will continue to do so, but there are no retailers there so you cannot buy anything.

I believe Canon will be having their show at Islington Business Centre later this year so there's something for us Canon owners.


Posted 31 May 2013
njb
Photographer
njb
It's a shame but understandable in the current financial climate I suppose. I enjoyed going most years.

Posted 31 May 2013
OldMaster
Photographer
OldMaster
Can't say I am too upset....my past memories were typical of most industry exhibition experiences..hot, stuffy, over crowded and outrageously expensive, particularly any drinks one might choose to imbibe!! Gave them up years ago!

Loads of equipment geeks all crammed into a relatively small space with carrier bags stuffed full of brochures that will probably be thrown away pretty soon after they get home...hmmm, great!!

How much more relaxing is it to identify what you may be interested in and spend some time in more relaxed surroundings, one to one ..like a good dealer?

And if it's seminars you want, there are loads of companies putting these on, although better value is probably a good college course.

Each to their own of course!!!


Posted 31 May 2013
HandsworthPhotography
Photographer
HandsworthPh..
modjo30

It was starting to get filled up with people trying to flog photo frames and wedding books, i wan't to go there to look at camera gear and software, nothing more


I think you'll find they were always there - it's just that the last couple of years, they're the only ones that turn up
Posted 31 May 2013
Bayrunner
Photographer
Bayrunner
I don't like to be critical of the organisers, because they have a damned near impossible task every year, but the hard fact is that in 24 years of exhibiting there not once have we been contacted outside the usual post show 'Thank you, let us know if you want to book again' letter  with a view to selling us space, so like all business that haven't pulled their finger out on the marketing and sales front, it has dwindled away: Those who have been every year over the last ten years will have seen the spaces at the bottom of the halls gently increasing year on year, and its a fair bet that one or more of the major players decided they weren't going to rebook for 2014 which tipped the balance, but I don't think you will find it will be long before there are at least two events aimed at replacing Focus announced....

First off... See http://swpp.co.uk/news/2013/A-sad-farewell-to-Focus-on-Imaging.htm

It was well known in the trade that SWPP were looking at becoming involved with, or even taking over, Focus late last year - I am not in the know enough to find out what fell down, but their announcement was online within minutes of the Focus press release.

Later the same day another event/marketing company based in Eastbourne circulated the trade calling a meeting in London later this month to examine the possibility of setting something similar up.

It's early days: A couple of my colleagues on Bigger Picture Roadshows have suggested we develop our small one day events into something larger, targetting only the serious professionals rather than all and sundry.
Posted 3 June 2013
Edited by Bayrunner 3 June 2013
onthecouch
Photographer
onthecouch
Posted 9 Sep 2013
Edited by onthecouch 9 Sep 2013
Bayrunner
Photographer
Bayrunner
onthecouch

But a new show is taking over next year

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2013/06/26/the-photography-show-our-new-consumer-event-to-replace-focus-on-imaging/


Yes indeed.... and the NEC have kindly changed the halls so the ghost of Focus is well and truly laid to rest. Many of the usual suspects are already on the floorplan, together with various demo areas, live stage and wild flower garden. The latest version I have seen included a Pro and Exhibitors lounge.  Very few album companies as yet though, and Canon havent appeared, but there are a number of substantial stands remaining.

However... I understand - and the organisers have confirmed in conversation with them - that Ticketmaster have been lined up to handle the tickets, so it's going to cost booking fees at least it seems. That part of the master plan has yet to be announced, and the organisers are keeping very quiet about their plans, despite the rates for exhibiting space being comparable with the old show.

The event announced for 3 weeks later in London seems to have been quietly swept under the carpet - haven't heard anything about that one for weeks now.

Posted 10 Sep 2013
Strober
Photographer
Strober
I'll be attending got someone I have to meet there, http://www.photographyshow.com/
Truedefinition
http://www.focus-on-imaging.net/news/
Posted 10 Jan 2014
Edited by Strober 10 Jan 2014
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