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Focus On Imaging 2011 - Are Olympus REALLY Not There?

I stumbled across a link for the Focus On Imaging Show being held at the NEC 06-09 March.

I thought that this would be a good opportunity to have a look at and handle an E-5 which I would love to upgrade to but have some minor reservations about size, as well as sample some of the other plethora of photographic stands there. I was surprised and very disappointed to find that Olympus do not appear on the Exhibitors List despite most of the other major DSLR manufacturers being present.

( http://www.focus-on-imaging.co.uk/exhibitors.htm)

The show's website quotes 'Leading manufacturers and suppliers will be showing off their current range plus new product releases; live demonstrations; knowledgeable staff to quiz and brochures to take away.' This surely has to be a missed marketing opportunity for Olympus if they are really not attending. I have emailed Olympus to see if there has been a mistake though it seems unlikely.
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Re: Focus On Imaging 2011 - Are Olympus REALLY Not There?

Almost certainly it is true

Olympus marketing seem completely dedicated to a policy of total secrecy regarding the fact that they have any products to sell

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Re: Focus On Imaging 2011 - Are Olympus REALLY Not There?

I seem to remember Ian saying it would be unlikely after last year - so I don't belive it's a snap decision.
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Re: Focus On Imaging 2011 - Are Olympus REALLY Not There?

They were there two years ago and the day I attended was when the E-620 was unveiled to the UKPSG members. Not there last year and not this year either.
Worth going for the bargains and of course you will be able to handle and buy an E-5 at one of the retailers there (maybe at a good price too). I got a 7-14 at an excellent price last year.
I will be there hoping to get something at a very good price (35-150 or 150 SHG??????)
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Re: Focus On Imaging 2011 - Are Olympus REALLY Not There?

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I will be there hoping to get something at a very good price (35-150 or 150 SHG??????)
So they are releasing a new DZ then, Dave?
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So they are releasing a new DZ then, Dave?
Ha ha, my mistake - 35-100
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Ha ha, my mistake - 35-100
Never mind, if you manage to get one of those cheap you'll have the last laugh!

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Worth going for the bargains and of course you will be able to handle and buy an E-5 at one of the retailers there (maybe at a good price too). :
Dave, thanks for this. I was so amazed that Olypus were not represented that I hadn't considered other retailers being there with an E-5. May be worth the 900 mile round trip after all!
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Re: Focus On Imaging 2011 - Are Olympus REALLY Not There?

Just to make Dave sick, I picked up a 35-100 from Warehouseexpress just before Xmas for 1,250. Was their ex-demo model but the sales guy said he'd never seen it come out of the display cabinet and was in perfect condition.

Of course I only went into the shop for a 10 widget, but hey it was a bargin I couldn't resist!

On the Focus in Imaging front, I picked up a good deal on a E-PL1 from the Cameraworld stand, which was doing some good deals on other Olympus kit last year.

I'll probably go again this year, even just to have a wonder around for a few hours to see what's new from everyone else.

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Re: Focus On Imaging 2011 - Are Olympus REALLY Not There?

All I will say is that if Olympus found being at the show worthwhile and good value, they would be there. Olympus are not unique among camera manufacturers in not attending this show.

The show itself is good to visit if you are looking for accessories.

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Re: Focus On Imaging 2011 - Are Olympus REALLY Not There?

I've always fancied going. Is it best to go on the Sunday for the real bargains, or will it be dreadfully busy - and better going on Monday or Tuesday...????
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I've always fancied going. Is it best to go on the Sunday for the real bargains, or will it be dreadfully busy - and better going on Monday or Tuesday...????
I almost always go on the Sunday in order to get a show report done early. It can be busy on the Sunday, but it does get quieter in the afternoon.

Apparently, it is less hectic on the other days.

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Re: Focus On Imaging 2011 - Are Olympus REALLY Not There?

During the week it is definately quieter.

It will depend if your looking for anything specific whether you need to go on the first day to get want you want before it sells out.

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All I will say is that if Olympus found being at the show worthwhile and good value, they would be there. Olympus are not unique among camera manufacturers in not attending this show.

The show itself is good to visit if you are looking for accessories.

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So I take it Focus is now a show for amateurs? I haven't been since the mid 90's when you had to be a pro to get in.
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During the week it is definately quieter.

It will depend if your looking for anything specific whether you need to go on the first day to get want you want before it sells out.

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If you have been before, or represent a group or club you can get free entry.
I will probably be going on either the Monday or the Tuesday. If there are others on a particular day, then maybe a meet-up would be in order.
It is a great day out but I am usually k***kered come the end! I seem to spend most of the time trying to remember where I had seen something or just wandering around looking for it.
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