Photographica 19th May

Ian Grant

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How are you planning to travel ? My first train of the day is 9:40 which gets into London too late !!!

Ian
 

Ian Grant

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I'd like to go but I think it's impractical, the first train from Birmingham is 8:25, plus I can't leave the hound home alone.

Ian
 

Paul Kay

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Well, Photographica was pretty busy but overall I was somewhat neutral about what was on offer. I picked up a couple of items, one was a very small stereoview which is of good local interest to me, but most gear was what I would describe as 'standard fayre', priced appropriately but not of vast interest. Some very expensive gear for collectors (Leicas and Reids up to £50k!) but little larger format and few older lenses of any real intrinsic interest, in all honesty. Fun day out though and good to meet up with people.
 

Ian Grant

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I think that's the way Wolverhampton Camera Fair has been going, fewer stalls, less LF gear and fewer wood and brass cameras and lenses. It's different from when I first went 10 or 11 years ago.

At Wolverhampton the collectors items seem to be traded between stall holders and then sold on elsewhere, sometime Photographica.

I'm finding I can actually do better on Ebay if I search and watch carefully, which is quite surprising.

Ian
 

David M

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I was there too. Very hot inside that hall. Bumped into a couple of people I know. Never seen so many Leicas in my life. As Paul says, not much LF. A few mahogany cameras and a few LF lenses, mostly scruffy brass ones. There was a very beautiful wet-plate copy camera, about 12" square, that I admired.
Didn't buy anything.
 

Paul Kay

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I would fully agree with your comments. The 'early' entry system favours dealers and simply drives up prices and shouldn't really be what the event is about IMO. Interesting but could do better if its really about buy, sell and swap.
 
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