Focus on Imaging 2008

Focus on Imaging is Europe’s biggest annual imaging show, and is a great opportunity to try out and buy the latest digital camera equipement. It’s at the Birmingham NEC, in the UK, every year, and is currently running from the 24th of February to the 27th of February. We were there, and have the following coverage to share with you:

Previews / First Look:
Sigma DP1 Foveon Digital Camera – Preview
Samsung GX20 Digital SLR with Live View – Preview
Olympus EVOLT E-3 Digital SLR with Swivel Screen and Live view
Canon EOS 450D Digital SLR Hands On
Nikon D60 Digital SLR with Nikkor VR kit lens
Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd – World’s Smallest 12x Optical Zoom.
Fujifilm FinePix F100fd – Top of the range pocket Fuji.
Fujifilm FinePix IS Pro – New UV / IR 12mp DSLR.
Kodak Easyshare V1073 – Hands on with the 3″ touch screen.

More at Focus on Imaging:
Epson Stylus Pro 11880 Epson’s largest Professional Printer
Nikon D300 Digital SLR – 12 megapixel DSLR.
Kodak Easyshare Z1275 – Cheap Pocket Zoom.
Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR – 10 megapixel DSLR.
Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd – New 18x ultra zoom!

For more stories, including what can happen when you mistreat an expensive Digital SLR, what happens when you freeze a memory card in a block of ice, and how to get creative with photo backups, click here to read the full Focus on Imaging 2008 Show Report!

Ever wondered what happened to Kodak’s Digital SLR business? I think you’ll find the answer in this picture:
Kodak DCS Pro 14n DSLR Smashed

This is what happens when you have an unfortunate accident with an expensive camera! Ouch! This was one of Towergate Camerasure‘s demonstration models showing the importance of camera insurance.

Lexar Pro Frozen

Lexar were demonstrating that their memory cards will withstand freezing conditions – with a giant ice sculpture of a Digital SLR.


Lightscribe were demonstrating their clever disc labelling system – with the right CD/DVD writer, and right CDs/DVDs, you can backup all your photos to disc, then flip the disc over, and the drive will print the label for you. Some of the designs are getting quite good…

Although I’m not sure about the english! More on Lightscribe here, here and here.


Lensbabies were being demonstrating – and were attracting a lot of interest.

Canon EOS 5D

The Canon EOS 5D full frame 12.8 megapisel Digital SLR with the Canon EF 28-300 mm F3.5-F5.6 L IS USM UltraSonic lens. Click the picture above to view a bigger version of the picture.

Updated: Other Focus on Imaging Show Reports: ThinkCamera, DPNow. View previous years Focus on Imaging Show Reports: 2007, 2006, 2005.

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