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Focus on Imaging 2010

We will be at Focus on Imaging 2010 – covering the event both on DigiCamReview.com and with a “live” twitter feed, that you can follow here. The show is open to both trade and the public and this year sees increased interest with stands from Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Sony, Fujifilm plus printer companies such as Epson, Hewlett Packard, and several retailers give you the chance to buy the latest gear at bargain prices, with Jacobs and others there. The event is at the NEC, Birmingham, and tickets are £10.

Focus on ImagingFocus On Imaging starts tomorrow the 22nd of February and runs till the 25th of February at the Birmingham NEC and is a great photography show, giving you the chance to not only look at the latest digital cameras and equipement, but also purchase some great deals, we’ll be there to bring you coverage:

“FOCUS ON IMAGING is Europe’s biggest annual imaging show, covering all your needs from image capture through to output and beyond. Whether you are a professional image maker or processor, a buyer of image making equipment or materials, a manufacturer or distributor of products or a keen hobbyist, a visit to FOCUS ON IMAGING is a must. Over 200 exhibitors and product launches galore – including all the very latest digital cameras and processing equipment – will feature at FOCUS 2009.”

Previous years: DigiCamReview at Focus on Imaging 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

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.

Lensbabies

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…
Lensbabies

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

Lensbabies

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.

Focus on ImagingFocus on Imaging 2008 starts today Sunday 24th February to Wednesday 27th February, at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. We will be there to give you a look at the latest digital cameras and accessories. You can now register on their website – it’s a great opportunity to look at the latest cameras, as well as learn new things by attending free training courses, and maybe even pick up a bargain. A long list of companies will be there, including Apple, Canon, Fujifilm, Hasselblad, Hewlett Packard, Kodak, Leaf, Lexar, Lightscribe, Mamiya, Nikon, Olympus, Phase One, Ricoh, Sigma, and many more.

“FOCUS ON IMAGING is Europe’s biggest annual imaging show, covering all your needs from image capture through to output and beyond. Whether you are a professional image maker or processor, a buyer of image making equipment or materials, a manufacturer or distributor of products or a keen hobbyist, a visit to FOCUS ON IMAGING is a must. Over 200 exhibitors and product launches galore – including all the very latest digital cameras and processing equipment – will feature at FOCUS 2008.”

View our Focus on Imaging 2007 Show Report

Focus on ImagingFocus on Imaging 2008 will take place this year from Sunday 24th February to Wednesday 27th February, at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. We will be there to give you a look at the latest digital cameras and accessories. You can now register on their website – it’s a great opportunity to look at the latest cameras, as well as learn new things by attending free training courses, and maybe even pick up a bargain. A long list of companies will be there, including Apple, Canon, Fujifilm, Hasselblad, Hewlett Packard, Kodak, Leaf, Lexar, Lightscribe, Mamiya, Nikon, Olympus, Phase One, Ricoh, Sigma, and many more.

“FOCUS ON IMAGING is Europe’s biggest annual imaging show, covering all your needs from image capture through to output and beyond. Whether you are a professional image maker or processor, a buyer of image making equipment or materials, a manufacturer or distributor of products or a keen hobbyist, a visit to FOCUS ON IMAGING is a must. Over 200 exhibitors and product launches galore – including all the very latest digital cameras and processing equipment – will feature at FOCUS 2008.”

View our Focus on Imaging 2007 Show Report

Focus on Imaging 2007

I was at Focus on Imaging 2007 – Europe’s biggest annual imaging show today – it’s held at the Birmingham NEC from the 25th to the 28th of Febuary and it’s an opportunity to see the latest digital cameras, the latest printers, and latest accessories. Unlike a lot of other shows, Focus on Imaging has shops offering special show offers where you can potentially grab a bargain on the latest digital camera (for example – the Olympus E-500 with lens is / was available for £299!). This page will be updated with more news and coverage over the next few hours.

Latest: Apple Aperture Demonstrations
Latest: Nikon D40 DSLR Hands On
Latest: Nikon D2X, D2Xs, D200, D80 Sensors on Display
Latest: Nikon Coolpix P5000 Hands On
Latest: Nikon Coolpix S50c, S500, S200
Latest: Sigma SD14 DSLR + 300-800mm Zoom Lens
Latest: Olympus SP-550 Ultra Zoom Hands-On
Latest: Olympus Mju Stylus 770SW Hands-On
Latest: Fujifilm FinePix S5700 Hands-On
Latest: Fujifilm FinePix F40 Hands-On
Latest: Fujifilm FinePix Z5 In Pink Hands-on

View the full Focus on Imaging 2007 Show Report

More Focus on Imaging 2007 Photos:
Focus on Imaging 2007

This year seemed to have a bond theme, as can be seen above!

Phase One Display Joby Gorrillapod

Left: Jaguar XKR at the Phase One stand. Right: Joby Gorrillapod – it’s now available in three different sizes on their website. Click pictures to enlarge.

Lightscribe Lightscribe Discs

Left: HP Lightscribe Direct Labeling system stand. Medea Infiniti were also on the stand demonstrating the technology. Right: Multi-coloured discs, and Lightscribe CD/DVD writers – all new drives that feature the Lightscribe capability now have the Lightscribe logo on them. For more information see our Lightscribe Disc Labeling page – we had a look at the system at last year’s Focus on Imaging. Click pictures to enlarge.

Broncolor Stand HP Photosmart R827

Left: Broncolor Flash Lighting Systems Stand. Right: HP Photosmart R827 – HP were there demonstrating all their printers from small photo printers to large professional printers, however, their digital camera range on show consisted of four models, and they didn’t seem to be putting much focus on the cameras. Click pictures to enlarge.

Monster Pod Eizo S2411W-U

Left: The Monster Pod (monsterpod.co.uk) a new go-anywhere tripod that sticks to almost anything. Available for £29 – people who bought one at the show recieved a free case. Right: Eizo were demonstrating their monitors, including the Eizo S2411W-U – a 24″ Wide-screen display with 3000:1 contrast ratio, 178 degrees viewing angle, a 5 year warranty, 1920 x 1200 native resolution and a new feature that simulates colour vision deficiency. Click pictures to enlarge.

Pre-show: Nikon at Focus on Imaging 2007

Read more Focus on Imaging 2007 Reports:
Photography BLOG
DPNow.com
Think Camera

A word from friends: Digital cameras and batteries go together like peanut butter and jelly, though maybe the former is a relationship that’s a little more parasitic than the latter. Discover a wealth of information about batteries for electronic equipment, including Toshiba laptop batteries, PDA batteries and digital camera batteries on the Internet.

View the Focus on Imaging 2006 Show Report

Focus on imaging will take place this year from the 25th February – 28th February, at the NEC in Birmingham. We will be there to give you a look at the latest digital cameras.

“At the event this year Nikon will have an exciting new stand, which will enable more hands on contact with the products and allow visitors to get advice from the team of Nikon experts.

The new stand will boast two dedicated seminar areas which can each accommodate in excess of forty people. The lectures will focus on two key areas: inspiration and technology. The inspiration seminars will be led by a range of guest speakers and will encompass lectures on travel photography to techniques on time-lapse photography and animation as well as a selection of inspirational lectures from Apple. The technology seminars will be led by Nikon experts and partners including Epson, Microsoft and Mitsubishi and will span a whole host of subjects to enable you to maximise your photographic system.

The Nikon product range will be on display and the dedicated pods are designed for easy access to enable visitors a hands-on experience with ample opportunity to communicate with Nikon experts. A new lens area has been incorporated into the stand as well as a stand-alone creative lighting area for those visitors keen to experience professional techniques first-hand. A full seminar schedule will be announced shortly.”

Read our Focus on Imaging 2006 Show Report
Nikon Coolpix Cameras at Focus on Imaging 2006.

Focus On ImagingFocus On Imaging is Europes biggest Annual imaging show – running from the 26th of Feb to the 1st of March, it’s held in the NEC, in Birmingham, UK. I was there today to have a look at all the latest digital cameras, printers, and accessories. The show has several competitions to enter, giving you the chance to win a Bentley (courtesy of Olympus), with a Nikon D200, etc. Below you’ll find links to information and photos:

Updated: Lightscribe Disc Labelling System
Updated: Lexar Professional Memory Cards and Readers
Updated: Apple Aperture Demonstrations
Updated: HP Photosmart Digital Cameras
Fujifilm FinePix V10 Hands-On
Nokia Mobile Phones with 2mp digital camera
Minox Digital Leica M3, Minox DC-8111
Adobe, Rollei, and Pentax at the show
Nikon Coolpix Digital Cameras
Casio Exilim EX-Z850, Z60, and Z600
HP Photosmart Pro B9180 A3 Photo Printer Exclusive Photos
Exclusive News: Ricoh to enter US Market
Olympus EVOLT E-330 Demonstration
New Olympus Mju 700, 810, 720SW
New SanDisk Memory Cards Announced
Kodak Easyshare V570 and Photo Printing

The next big digital camera show, Photokina, will be in September, where rumours have it, that you can expect an announcement regarding the Olympus EVOLT E-1 replacement, and the Sony DSLR under development. The latest digital camera news will be online here in the meantime!

View last years Focus on Imaging Show Report.

HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Printer
HP announced their new professional A3 photo printer today, it features 8 new seperate pigment ink cartridges, with prints having a 200 year life span. The printer has been announced with new paper, watercolor, canvas etc and has replacable print heads – although I was told that these are designed to last the life time of the printer. The prints come out of the printer dry and waterproof. The RRP is £499 and is expected to be available in June.

Read the full press release, with exclusive photos.

HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Printer
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HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Printer
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HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Printer
Example print from the printer

Press Release: HP Helps Professional Photographers Stay Ahead Of The Competition – New Versatile Printing System Delivers Professional Quality Prints For Display Or Sale

Birmingham, UK, 26 February, 2006 – HP today announced the launch of its new HP Photosmart Pro B9180 A3+ Photo Printer, designed specifically for professional photographers.

With eight, high capacity individual pigment-based HP Vivera Inks and enhanced media compatibility, this leading printing system allows photographers to be up to 30 percent more productive1, helping them succeed in the increasingly competitive professional photography market.

Magnum photographer Carl Dekeyzer said, “There is no time wasted waiting around for proofs with the HP Photosmart Pro B9180. As well as demonstrating impressive print speeds, the new system delivers prints at an affordable cost per page. The outstanding image quality and the precise and consistent colours allow me to select those images that will be best suited to display or sale.”

Drawing on HP’s heritage in the graphics and commercial printing market, this efficient, powerful new printer produces high quality, instant dry, durable, waterproof prints that resist fading for up to 200 years, a new benchmark in photography.2

The newly designed printing system features HP’s proprietary scalable printing technology for increased productivity, versatility and affordable cost per page, along with eight individual pigment ink cartridges, four two-colour printheads and a range of professional photo and fine art papers. The high-capacity ink cartridges allow professional photographers to print up to 80 A3+ prints or 840 10 x15 cm photos3. In addition, HP Pro print plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, and a host of ICC profiles in the printer software, deliver precise, predictable colour quality, print after print.

Professional quality papers – For photographers without large format printing facilities, producing A3+ prints that meet professional requirements is a challenge. Industry leading HP Advanced Photo Paper solves this problem. Featuring a retail quality finish, in glossy and satin-matt, customers will appreciate the durability of the thick, heavy paper. The paper’s instant dry porous coating allows immediate handling without smudging, helping to create a more productive and efficient studio.

Additionally, new A3+ HP digital fine art papers, based on HP’s professional large format media range, provide photographers with the materials needed to display their work in a gallery. Four types of papers – Watercolour, Aquarella Art, Smooth Fine Art and Artist Matte Canvas – provide professionals with greater choice when printing work for display.

HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Printer

Henry Wilhelm, Wilhelm Imaging Research Inc., (WIR) said, “With WIR Display Permanence Ratings of more than 200 years, prints made with the HP Photosmart Pro B9180 A3+ Photo Printer, Vivera pigment inks, and select HP glossy photo papers and matte fine art papers4 set a new benchmark for overall colour print permanence. When displayed framed under glass, prints made with the new printer, inks, and papers are among the longest-lasting prints in the entire 130-year history of colour photography.

“To put this achievement in perspective, displayed prints made with the HP B9180 and Vivera pigment inks are five times more stable than the best of all current traditional dye-based silver halide colour prints, Fujicolor Crystal Archive prints (WIR rated at 40 years) — and more than ten times longer lasting than Kodak Edge Generations and Royal Generations prints (WIR rated at 19 years).”

Industry leading image quality with HP Vivera Inks – The eight high-capacity HP 38 Pigment Ink Cartridges, with new patented waterproof5 HP Vivera inks, deliver durable life-like colour for professional portraits, landscapes, proofing and fine art prints. The new ink cartridges have been engineered to deliver consistent results with the HP Photosmart Pro B9180 A3+ Photo Printer.

In addition, the four HP 70 dual-colour printheads feature 8,448 nozzles for precise, consistent drop placement, enhanced colour accuracy and prints that will more closely represent the image seen through the lens and on the PC.

HP’s third generation grey ink creates colour as well as black and white prints with smooth transitions from one shade to the next. Neutral tones are consistent, subtle and controlled. Photographers can select from the two types of black inks: photo black for high contrast black and white photos with deep, rich blacks, or matte black for printing onto HP’s range of fine art papers.

For enhanced productivity, photographers can individually replace the printheads and single ink cartridges, which are available in 27ml sizes as required. This will help small studios keep costs in line with usage.

Professional performance and versatility – The HP Photosmart Pro B9180 A3+ Photo Printer delivers ICC profiling options for perfect colour reproduction on a variety of standard and specialised media. Professional photos will look just as they did through the lens or on the calibrated monitor, with precision colour consistency for the highest quality prints. Colour control and accurate photo proofs are also available for a variety of HP and non-HP media as well as digital fine art paper.

Photographers can immediately print their photos and proofs with HP’s fast, professional printing technology without having to rely on a photo lab. Proofs can be printed in less than 2 minutes for A3+ prints and less than ten seconds for 10 x15cm prints, a new speed benchmark6. The printer is perfectly suited to master the most challenging photo printing tasks as well as the everyday printing of documents.

PC, Mac or mixed environments requiring multiple connectivity options can utilise the USB-high speed and Ethernet networking capabilities. Software tools include Adobe Photoshop plug-in and optional raster image processor (RIP) software for professional colour management.

“Designed for professional photographers, the new HP Photosmart Pro B9180 A3+ Photo Printer and specifically developed supplies enable photographers to produce prints of the very highest quality,” said John Duckworth, Consumer Printers Category Manager, HP UK&I. “Its new printing system is ideal for professional and studio usage, providing the tools for photographers to realise their artistic vision.”

The Photosmart Pro B9180 A3+ Photo Printer will be available in June priced at £499 inc VAT (price subject to change)

About HP – HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company’s offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended Jan. 31, 2006, HP revenue totaled $87.9 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com.

1 Based on December 2005 competitive landscape and similarly priced printers, HP internal testing

2 “When displayed framed under glass, prints made with the HP Photosmart Pro B9180 printer, Vivera pigment inks, and select HP papers have WIR Display Permanence and Album/Dark Storage Ratings of more than 200 years and are among the longest-lasting prints in the entire 130-year history of colour photography. Tested HP papers include HP Advanced Photo Paper, HP Hahnemühle® Smooth Fine Art Paper, HP Hahnemühle® Watercolor Paper, and HP Matte Photo Paper.” Henry Wilhelm, www.wilhelm-research.com
3 Preliminary yield estimate: Approximately 80 A3+ prints or 840 10x15cm photos. Actual yield depends on specific use. For tested results by printer, see www.hp.com/go/pageyield
4 Tested HP papers include HP Advanced Photo Paper, HP Hahnemühle® Smooth Fine Art Paper, HP Hahnemühle® Watercolor Paper, and HP Matte Photo Paper. Additional HP papers are also being tested with Vivera pigment inks. For test details visit, www.wilhelm-research.com
5 Waterproof with HP Advanced Photo paper; water resistant with other HP-recommended papers. Based on HP image permanence lab’s comprehensive water resistance testing. Please contact HP for further details.
6 Based upon HP internal testing