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So who went to SWPP, what gear did you buy, and what talks did you go too......

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19 January 2014 16:51
jonathantennant
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chertsey

Love the convention


redbaron is off-lineSilver Member
19 January 2014 17:39
redbaron
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Never made it in the end. I was going to head up Friday but had car problems and Saturday was booked solid with baby portraits. Gather it was not as big as previous years though and lacking variety.
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20 January 2014 17:56
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Quite the opposite.
Phil Jones the organiser changed venues last year as it out grew itself. I now looks like it's outgrown the new venue.
They had all manner of talks from weddings, to editorial, to strobist, to running studios, to using various software.


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21 January 2014 10:05
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Quote from jonathantennant
Quite the opposite. Phil Jones the organiser changed venues last year as it out grew itself. I now looks like it's outgrown the new venue. They had all manner of talks from weddings, to editorial, to strobist, to running studios, to using various software.



I was referring more to the trade exhibits and obviously only have feedback from my staff that went, who felt it was top heavy on album suppliers and lacked the variety of the previous year. No Lux Decor nor a few others that are normally worth a look. No Nikon either, though as a Canon user that would not have effected me. I do keep meaning to have a week up there one year simply to get a better feel for which trainers may be worth following up. Some can be quite good at entertaining you for an hour but then when you sit down later and go through the notes you made there is nothing really new.

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21 January 2014 14:00
Kiboko
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GUILDFORD

Neither Park Cameras nor CameraWorld took along much gear I was interested in. To my knowledge, they were the only 'kit' dealers there. Waiting until the Photo Show at the NEC now so I can try Nikons + various Nikkor lenses at the Nikon stand, Pentax gear at the Pentax stand, and the new Tamron 150-600mm lens at the Tamron stand. Hoping all three will be there. Would be great if Canon could do a complete about turn and be open and honest as to their intentions rather than a cloak of secrecy for the last two years: ARE they going to bring out a new 7D MkII, a replacement for the 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L, a replacement for the incredibly old non-IS 400mm f5.6, and an update for the 300mm f4 IS? Just an announcement would be enough. Did I buy anything?, yes, a battery pack for my Nikon at a reduced show price from CameraWorld. I didn't go to any of the talks.


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21 January 2014 14:44
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Last year I bought loads of rigging stuff from Ianiro, clamps, arms etc. but this year nothing.

I do wonder how many album suppliers the industry can support. But there was some interesting software, both stand alone and plug ins. Always interested in something that makes my snaps a bit more Salgado and a bit less Sunday Sport.

I also think the old venue was bigger. There seemed to be less congestion and more variety.


Will is off-line
21 January 2014 15:39
Photoimager
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Stoke-on-Trent

Tradeshow - smaller but then it needed to be since last year it was a complete squeeze.
I'm not aware of Nikon having attended any, at least in recent years.
Some suppliers waited until they knew what was happening with 'Focus'.
Pleasing seeing some of my photos on display.
Purchased at the tradeshow - one book at £5

Master classes - I made a couple of wrong choices although the presenters credentials were not in doubt.
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Paul White is off-line
21 January 2014 16:43
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If you go for the talks and have a large dependency on albums I can see the advantage, but having skipped last year I think the trade show part was lacking compared to previous years.

Park Cameras and Camera World were there with limited anything, TFC had big stand but demo's only not even some flyers for current general offers on website etc.

Bowens and Canon where there, always useful to speak to manufacturers direct - Bowens were helpful with some questions I had.

I think with tough times a lot of people held off to see what happened with Focus (now "the Photography show" I understand) as it brings a lot more footfall. It must cost what to run a stand there for 3 days - £7K+?

I go more to learn from vendors what they have recently released and what's planed than to buy. I came away with some pocket wizards from Park, but only because the skyports I have the receivers are failing, and I was in need - the show just let me get best price for what I needed. I didn't really see any bargains.

I always enjoy Frank Doorhof presenting, so was a bit annoyed that the flash centre published one demo schedule and ran another so when I wandered over around mid day Saturday someone else was presenting

Is the birmingham show going to be worth the trip is the bigger question.


Ron Williams is off-lineSilver Member
21 January 2014 16:59
RonA
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Kent
Bexley

I also came away with the impression that there was an abundance of album and print exhibiionists and not much "gear"

Nikon have been absent for the last two occasions and I suspect the Convention has been "dropped"  in favour of the forthcoming former "Focus" now "Photo Show" .


I wasn't able to spend enough time there to sit-in on a Masterclass which in my view are generally well worth attending - one in your specific area of interest.


I wasn't too keen on the multi-floor layout but of course that's the design of the hotel and the space afforded to the Convention.


Jon E is off-line
23 January 2014 16:47
Bayrunner
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Devon
Seaton, E Devon.

The main reason that we (LuxS) don't exhibit there is access to the venue... Parking is minimal and unloading slots short, and then you have to park off site or pay a Kings ransom, especially with a van. Being 1st and 2nd floor, unless you have an army on hand, it's not a quick operation. Everybody wants to get out at the same time at the end, and it's impossible to get a vehicle near to load up and get away. Anyone who saw the carnage outside the old venue with vehicles everywhere in that period will know what I mean - you just can't do that on the junction of the A40 and the A5 at the back of Paddington Green Police station!

However, in terms of the true purpose of the event as a gathering to learn it does a pretty good job: The Trade show just exists as a cash cow for the organisers, and it is amazing how many delegates spend the whole weekend on site and never bother even to walk round the trade show.

Agree with comments on the plethora of album companies - It quells interest in the gear side: Interesting that few of the specialist album companies are currently on the exhibitor list for The Photography Show. Lots of labs that do albums as sidelines and photobook companies, but no GF Smith, Jorgensen etc.




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