UK Photography Show 2016: Part One

So I went to the UK Photography Show in the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham yesterday, as I did last year as well. The main reason I go is to grab as many freebies as possible and to play with equipment I have no hope of ever having enough money to afford, check a big win on both of those counts. Firstly getting to use the new Fuji X-Pro 2 for the whole day was pretty cool, all I had to do was turn up early enough fill in a form and hand over my I.D. and it was mine for the day. Secondly getting to play around with some expensive equipment, Leica, Hassleblad and Sony A7’s for example. And thirdly, and best of all, getting a ton of free stuff from Olympus after seemingly making an impression on them with my OM-1 and having a private session with the new Pen F, in exchange for letting them film me talk about why I use Olympus for street photography and how their sensor and lens cleaning service they had going on there was so good. I’ve said it before and I will say it yet again, I am an Olympus fan boy through and through, this has cemented it even more.

Anyway’s I took a few shot’s at the show as well, enough to split in to two separate post’s so below is the first set and there’ll be another set to follow soon. All These were taken on my Olympus OM-D EM-5 (well it would be rude not to after how nice they were) with Panasonic Leica Summilux 25mm lens. Enjoy

P1010004.jpg ISO 800, F2, 1/320th Sec. This guy was on the Olympus stand and hand crafting personalised leather camera straps, was pretty cool seeing him work. Very skilful.

P1010007.jpg ISO 800, F2, 1/125th Sec. I assume a purchase being made for either a tripod or bag from the Vanguard stand. I spent a lot of time browsing the different tripod brands as I really could do with replacing my current one, the amount of landscape photo’s I take of the sea has started to badly rust and corrode the joints.

P1010010.jpg ISO 800, F2, 1/250th Sec. I like how intently this man is inspecting the tripod, and how the blurred foreground of tripod’s surrounding him frames him in this image.

P1010013.jpgISO 800, F2, 1/80th Sec. Is that a look of surprise at the steep price of a Phase One digital medium format camera or a look of disgust? You tell me?

P1010015.jpg ISO 800, F4, 1/10th Sec. The new Pentax K-1, they’re first full frame DSLR. I’m not a Pentax shooter myself, in fact I don’t think I’ve even held one before but I had to have a quick go with this since it’s been in the news so much recently, it didn’t disappoint. Impressive is how I would describe it, very impressive.

P1010020.jpg ISO 800, F4, 1/25th Sec. Again an impressive piece of kit, but then the body and lens of this new Leica SL does cost upwards of £8k so you’d kind of expect it. I have to say this is the heaviest camera and lens combo I have ever held, it weighed an absolute ton, but the EVF, the image quality, the AF speed, just everything about it was stunning. Now do I sell my car and one of my kidney’s to try and buy one? hmmmm.

P1010024.jpg ISO 800, F1.4, 1/80th Sec. A very nice girl on the Leica stand got this out of it’s glass case so I could get a better shot of it, she didn’t know exactly what it was though and said she thought it was a Leica IIIa, I can imagine it was as it looks incredibly similar to my IIIc. I specifically took the image at this angle to get the reflection in the glass.

P1010039.jpg ISO 800, F2.8, 1/125th Sec. Pansonic did a similar thing last year to this, Olympic athletes in a small area with their camera’s set up around so you had a moving subject to shoot. last year I remember it being Judo, this year there was some gymnastics.

P1010046.jpg ISO 800, F2.8, 1/60th Sec. Someone having a very in depth discussion with one of the Sony employees.

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