Focus on Imaging

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Willy Eckerslyke, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. I'm thinking of going to Focus this year as I haven't been for a while.
    Do any of you regulars know if Nikon or anyone else runs a sensor
    cleaning service there? I.e., is it worth lugging a camera along with me?
    Willy Eckerslyke, Feb 9, 2009
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  2. Willy Eckerslyke

    Chris H Guest

    From what I have see all the "Real-Pros tm" (as opposed to Real Men tm)
    carry almost every bit of camera kit they own... (my lens is longer than
    your lens :) in big bags with their NIKON/CANON T-shirts and hats etc

    Not obligatory but optional is your assistant (wife) trailing around for
    some of the more socially adept Rea-Pros tm.

    The serious reply is look at the web site and I am sure that if the
    service is available it will be listed. However at other shows where
    they used to do FREE sensor cleaning they now charge. It is the economic
    Chris H, Feb 9, 2009
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  3. Oh dear, I'd forgotten that aspect. It's almost putting me off going!
    I am trying to persuade our student to come along, but he hasn't jumped
    at the idea.
    The Focus website doesn't say much at all beyond a list of exhibitors
    and seminars. Nikon's website makes no mention of the show, but I
    haven't checked all the others' sites.
    I don't mind paying - just wanted to know if there's likely to be anyone
    providing such a service. Otherwise our nearest place is 20 miles away,
    so half a day wasted.

    Ta, anyway.
    Willy Eckerslyke, Feb 10, 2009

  4. I think you may be confusing very different groups of people. The real
    pros tend to be fairly low profile and not saddled down with bags of
    gear and not wearing all of the branded merchandise.

    Then you get the amateur or enthusiast group which sub divides. One
    group are those who you have observed loaded like corporate pack horses
    desperate that everyone should see how seriously they take their
    photography by the amount of cash they have spent on the latest this
    that or other piece of kit and are possibly also trying to convince
    people that THEY ARE professionals. The other amateur sub group are all
    the normal everyday people.

    In days of old when there was still a big market for secondhand
    photographic equipment and many dealers would have large stands packed
    to the gunnels with their secondhand stock, Sunday was the day when they
    took the serious money - Sunday being the most popular day for the
    amateur photographer.

    Focus also used to allocate different coloured badges to different types
    of clientele so that it was easier to spot the pro from the amateur.

    Dudley Simons, Feb 10, 2009
  5. Willy Eckerslyke

    Chris H Guest

    Not at all I was tailing about "Real-Pros tm" (as opposed to Real Men
    tm) not Professional Photographers
    You know that and I know that....
    Remember the Ammeters do know more , and are more serious than those who
    are merely paid to take photographs..... :)
    I know happens at lots of shows... I was pleased to get a VIP ticket to
    one show years ago until it was pointed out that ALL the normal
    attendees were "VIP" the real VIPs had a different badge not marked
    "VIP" :)

    wonderful marketing ploy. I think 95% of the "VIP"s turned up as they
    though they were on to something important.
    I think most people on the stands can do that in about 30 seconds no
    matter what the badge. We can for trade shows in our industry. Though we
    get about 5% students and 2% ammeters it is sorting out the trade
    customers that is fun.
    Chris H, Feb 10, 2009
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    Bruce Guest

    .... a few hollow laughs at that particular bit of nonsense ... ;-)
    Bruce, Feb 10, 2009
  7. Willy Eckerslyke

    Chris H Guest

    Generally they remember more numbers and specifications of kit. You only
    have to see the arguments in the newsgroups to see the pedantry.
    I have seen them argue to the 10th decimal place when humans can't
    resolve past the 4th or 5th decimal place :)

    However getting the job done is a different kettle of fish.
    Chris H, Feb 10, 2009
  8. IAWTP!
    Willy Eckerslyke, Feb 10, 2009
  9. Willy Eckerslyke

    Bruce Guest

    Well, so do I, but there are plenty of professional shooters who have a
    lot of technical knowledge. The reason for my "hollow laughs" remark is
    that (1) technical knowledge, and (2) the ability to get the job done,
    are not mutually exclusive. Professional shooters need both.

    But I do accept that amateur "experts" do often have an excess of (1)
    over the other!
    Bruce, Feb 10, 2009
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