David Kilpatrick wrote:
Apparently the chimpanzee advert WAS the trigger which made them pull out. They had just had a European management reshuffle, the new managers were not happy with the £300,000 cost of attending Focus (to reach 30,000 visitors - £10 per person), and when this arrived they pulled the plug including their advertising in the catalogue etc.
Nikon benefited greatly, and Sony did well, so did Pentax. Olympus were not exhibiting, nor were Panasonic, nor Leica, nor Hasselblad.
I spent two days there, now very tired feet...
David you must have missed the Panasonic stand, they were there, you may have meant Samsung?
I have just got back myself, much better this year less crowded, perhaps without the Canon stand not so many of that lot about, I did enjoy the Sony stand also trying lenses and cameras also the broadcast video gear.
The 500mm f4 was the mock-up with no glass, the A-77? both the black and the clear one, I am pleased the body will be about the same size as to old A-700 far better for my type of hands.
There were some good deals to be had on Sony gear on the trade stands, far more of Sony kit being sold there, a couple of years ago no one stocked it at the show.
Gregg they had the A-580’s at a special show price of £589 with the kit lens.