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In pictures: The best of The Photography Show 2017

In pictures: The best of The P...
We look at some of the best cameras and photography gear on display at The Photography Show 2017
We look at some of the best cameras and photography gear on display at The Photography Show 2017
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The Photography Show is the largest photography event in the UK
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The Photography Show is the largest photography event in the UK
Visitors enter The Photography Show  2017
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Visitors enter The Photography Show  2017
We compared the Canon 800D and 77D at The Photography Show 2017
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We compared the Canon 800D and 77D at The Photography Show 2017
We got the chance to check out the Canon 800D and 77D at The Photography Show 2017
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We got the chance to check out the Canon 800D and 77D at The Photography Show 2017
The controls and user interface differentiate the Canon 800D and 77D 
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The controls and user interface differentiate the Canon 800D and 77D 
We got to go hands-on with Fujifilm's medium-format monster, the GFX-50S
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We got to go hands-on with Fujifilm's medium-format monster, the GFX-50S
We were impressed by what the Fujifilm GFX 50S is capable of
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We were impressed by what the Fujifilm GFX 50S is capable of
The Fujifilm GFX 50S was one of our highlights of The Photography Show 2017
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The Fujifilm GFX 50S was one of our highlights of The Photography Show 2017
Despite featuring a relatively small image sensor, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II packs a big punch
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Despite featuring a relatively small image sensor, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II packs a big punch
Playing with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II at The Photography Show 2017 we were impressed by its speed 
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Playing with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II at The Photography Show 2017 we were impressed by its speed 
The handling and controls of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II make it a more viable DSLR replacement
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The handling and controls of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II make it a more viable DSLR replacement
We gave Canon's mid-range M6 camera a quick test at The Photography Show 2017 
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We gave Canon's mid-range M6 camera a quick test at The Photography Show 2017 
While it lacks a electronic viewfinder, the Canon M6 offers many of the features offered by the flagship M6
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While it lacks a electronic viewfinder, the Canon M6 offers many of the features offered by the flagship M6
Video-shooting visitors to The Photography Show were keen to check out the Panasonic GH5 in person
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Video-shooting visitors to The Photography Show were keen to check out the Panasonic GH5 in person
The Panasonic GH5 was a popular attraction at The Photography Show 2017
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The Panasonic GH5 was a popular attraction at The Photography Show 2017
Fujifilm's recently-launched X100F fixed-lens camera was on show at The Photography Show 2017
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Fujifilm's recently-launched X100F fixed-lens camera was on show at The Photography Show 2017
Fujifilm gave visitors to The Photography Show some interesting subjects to shoot when testing cameras like the X100F  
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Fujifilm gave visitors to The Photography Show some interesting subjects to shoot when testing cameras like the X100F  
We got the chance to go hands-on with the Pentax KP DSLR
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We got the chance to go hands-on with the Pentax KP DSLR
The Pentax KP is a surprisingly compact DSLR
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The Pentax KP is a surprisingly compact DSLR
Lomography used The Photography Show 2017 to show off the Lomo'instant Automat Glass Magellan
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Lomography used The Photography Show 2017 to show off the Lomo'instant Automat Glass Magellan
The Lomo'instant Automat Glass Magellan features a wide-angle glass lens
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The Lomo'instant Automat Glass Magellan features a wide-angle glass lens
Canon had a rare 1200-mm F5.6 lens at The Photography Show 2017, but it wasn't available to try
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Canon had a rare 1200-mm F5.6 lens at The Photography Show 2017, but it wasn't available to try
Yes, that's a full-frame DSLR being made to look tiny on the end of that 2000-mm F11 lens
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Yes, that's a full-frame DSLR being made to look tiny on the end of that 2000-mm F11 lens
This giant 2000-mm F11 Nikon lens let visitors to The Photography Show zoom in on subjects
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This giant 2000-mm F11 Nikon lens let visitors to The Photography Show zoom in on subjects
The newly-announced 11-mm Irix lens was available for visitors to The Photography Show to try out
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The newly-announced 11-mm Irix lens was available for visitors to The Photography Show to try out
The bulging glass front of the Irix 11-mm lens
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The bulging glass front of the Irix 11-mm lens
We used the Irix 11-mm lens to get a wide-angle view of The Photography Show 2017
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We used the Irix 11-mm lens to get a wide-angle view of The Photography Show 2017
Sigma was showing off its upcoming 135-mm F1.8 Art lens at The Photography Show
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Sigma was showing off its upcoming 135-mm F1.8 Art lens at The Photography Show
Sigma's new trio of Art lenses were kept in a glass case at The Photography Show 2017
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Sigma's new trio of Art lenses were kept in a glass case at The Photography Show 2017
The Sony stand at The Photography Show 2017
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The Sony stand at The Photography Show 2017
Shooting opportunities at the Sony stand at The Photography Show 2017
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Shooting opportunities at the Sony stand at The Photography Show 2017
Visitors to Canon stand at The Photography Show 2017 get some expert advice
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Visitors to Canon stand at The Photography Show 2017 get some expert advice
Shooting opportunities at the Canon stand at The Photography Show 2017
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Shooting opportunities at the Canon stand at The Photography Show 2017
Shooting opportunities at the Fujifilm stand at The Photography Show 2017
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Shooting opportunities at the Fujifilm stand at The Photography Show 2017
Visitors to the Fujifilm stand at The Photography Show 2017 had some interesting subjects shoot 
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Visitors to the Fujifilm stand at The Photography Show 2017 had some interesting subjects shoot 
Shooting opportunities at the Nikon stand at The Photography Show 2017
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Shooting opportunities at the Nikon stand at The Photography Show 2017
Shooting opportunities at the Nikon stand at The Photography Show 2017
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Shooting opportunities at the Nikon stand at The Photography Show 2017
There were a number of talks from professional photographers at the Nikon stand at The Photography Show 2017
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There were a number of talks from professional photographers at the Nikon stand at The Photography Show 2017
Olympus shooters were able to get their sensors cleaned on the Olympus stand at The Photography Show 2017
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Olympus shooters were able to get their sensors cleaned on the Olympus stand at The Photography Show 2017
The Panasonic stand at The Photography Show 2017
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The Panasonic stand at The Photography Show 2017
Visitors to The Photography Show 2017 got to test Pentax DSLRs by shooting a model railway
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Visitors to The Photography Show 2017 got to test Pentax DSLRs by shooting a model railway
A visitor to The Photography Show 2017 tries out a  Pentax KP DSLR
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A visitor to The Photography Show 2017 tries out a  Pentax KP DSLR
We were quite taken by a transparent Pentax KP DSLR at the show
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We were quite taken by a transparent Pentax KP DSLR at the show
Visitors to The Photography Show 2017 got to check out  a number of camera-toting drones
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Visitors to The Photography Show 2017 got to check out  a number of camera-toting drones
The PowerEgg drone proved popular with visitors to The Photography Show 2017
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The PowerEgg drone proved popular with visitors to The Photography Show 2017
There were a number of talks about the impact VR and 360-degree shooting will have on photography
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There were a number of talks about the impact VR and 360-degree shooting will have on photography
We got the chance to try the Adaptalux lighting system at The Photography Show 2017
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We got the chance to try the Adaptalux lighting system at The Photography Show 2017
The Adaptalux system lets users get creative with their lighting
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The Adaptalux system lets users get creative with their lighting
A LumeCube in a glass of water to prove its waterproof credentials
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A LumeCube in a glass of water to prove its waterproof credentials
The lighthouse add-on for LumeCube lights let users add diffusers and color filters
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The lighthouse add-on for LumeCube lights let users add diffusers and color filters
The LumeCube LED lights showed visitors to The Photography Show that powerful lighting doesn't need to be bulky
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The LumeCube LED lights showed visitors to The Photography Show that powerful lighting doesn't need to be bulky
The TurnsPro time-lapse camera mount can now double as a slider mechanism 
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The TurnsPro time-lapse camera mount can now double as a slider mechanism 
Palette allows users fast access to editing controls with its modular blocks
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Palette allows users fast access to editing controls with its modular blocks
It was good to see Palette available to customers at The Photography Show 2017
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It was good to see Palette available to customers at The Photography Show 2017
We got the chance to try Palette at The Photography Show 2017
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We got the chance to try Palette at The Photography Show 2017
The Foldio360 studio and turntable were available to try at The Photography Show 2017
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The Foldio360 studio and turntable were available to try at The Photography Show 2017
The Foldio360 system lets users easily create 360 images of small products 
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The Foldio360 system lets users easily create 360 images of small products 
The Unleashed smart camera control from Foolography is much smaller than rival devices
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The Unleashed smart camera control from Foolography is much smaller than rival devices
The Syrp Slingshot allows photographers and cinematographers to create smooth motion 
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The Syrp Slingshot allows photographers and cinematographers to create smooth motion 
The Syrp Slingshot slider on show at The Photography Show 2017
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The Syrp Slingshot slider on show at The Photography Show 2017
One of the weirder lenses on show at The Photography Show 2017
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One of the weirder lenses on show at The Photography Show 2017
A visitor to The Photography Show 2017 gets to grips with a weird wide-angle macro lens
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A visitor to The Photography Show 2017 gets to grips with a weird wide-angle macro lens
Gitzo were showing off some giant tripods at The Photography Show 2017
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Gitzo were showing off some giant tripods at The Photography Show 2017
Vallerret offers gloves for photographers which make controlling your camera easy
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Vallerret offers gloves for photographers which make controlling your camera easy
The fold-back thumb and fingers of the Vallerret photography gloves make it easier to press buttons and spin dials
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The fold-back thumb and fingers of the Vallerret photography gloves make it easier to press buttons and spin dials
BitPlay consists of iPhone cases which add a physical shutter button, and screw-in lenses 
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BitPlay consists of iPhone cases which add a physical shutter button, and screw-in lenses 
Users can select from wide-angle, fish-eye and telephoto lenses which attach to the BitPlay iPhone cases
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Users can select from wide-angle, fish-eye and telephoto lenses which attach to the BitPlay iPhone cases
The Kodak Ektra is a photography-focused Android smartphone 
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The Kodak Ektra is a photography-focused Android smartphone 
Kodak hopes its Ektra smartphone will appeal to photographers thanks to things like its manual controls and physical shutter button 
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Kodak hopes its Ektra smartphone will appeal to photographers thanks to things like its manual controls and physical shutter button 
ShoulderPod gives smartphone photographers a stylish mounting system
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ShoulderPod gives smartphone photographers a stylish mounting system
Visitors to The Photography Show get the chance to try the Manfrotto Digital Director and control a camera from an iPad
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Visitors to The Photography Show get the chance to try the Manfrotto Digital Director and control a camera from an iPad
There were plenty of opportunities for visitors to The Photography Show to use their cameras too
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There were plenty of opportunities for visitors to The Photography Show to use their cameras too
Professional photographers gave a number of demos at The Photography Show 2017
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Professional photographers gave a number of demos at The Photography Show 2017
We look at some of the best cameras and photography gear on display at The Photography Show 2017
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We look at some of the best cameras and photography gear on display at The Photography Show 2017
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The Photography Show is the largest photography event in the UK, with 30,000 photo-fans attending it annually to see what camera and accessory manufacturers have got to offer. We recently toured the halls of the Birmingham-based event to take a look, so read on to see what took our fancy.

This year there was a noticeable absence of a headline attraction at the show. Last year the event was one of the first chances photographers had had to go hands-on with the Nikon D5, D500 and Canon's 1D X Mark II, previous years have also seen flagship cameras on show before their public release.

We got the chance to check out the Canon 800D and 77D at The Photography Show 2017
We got the chance to check out the Canon 800D and 77D at The Photography Show 2017

That said, there were a couple of cameras on display at the event before they appear on the shelves of your local camera store. We got the chance to try out Canon's upcoming mid-range trio of the 800D and 77D DSLRS, and the mirrorless M6, which are all due out next month. We'll be writing up our hands-on impressions of those cameras shortly.

We were impressed by what the Fujifilm GFX 50S is capable of
We were impressed by what the Fujifilm GFX 50S is capable of

Recently-released cameras which were proving popular with visitors included Fujifilm's medium-format GFX 50s, as first seen at Photokina. This was wowing people with the clarity of its giant 50-megapixel sensor and top-notch lenses, even if they only had the opportunity to shoot Fujifilm's slightly odd medieval-inspired models posing in front of a wall of flowers.

Playing with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II at The Photography Show 2017 we were impressed by its speed 
Playing with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II at The Photography Show 2017 we were impressed by its speed 

Other cameras drawing people's attention included the Panasonic GH5 (an obvious hit with videographers), and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, which after spending some more time with is seriously tempting us to consider mirrorless alongside, if not replacing, our trusty DSLR.

Yes, that's a full-frame DSLR being made to look tiny on the end of that 2000-mm F11 lens
Yes, that's a full-frame DSLR being made to look tiny on the end of that 2000-mm F11 lens

New lenses were equally likely to have photographers drooling, with glass on show including the new IRIX 11-mm full-frame optic (which is so wide it could almost take in the whole show in one shot). Sigma's new trio of Art lenses were also present, albeit entombed in a glass case. Nikon and Canon were also showing some big (but old) guns in the form of a Nikon 2000-mm F11, and the super-rare Canon 1200-mm F5.6.

We got the chance to try the Adaptalux lighting system at The Photography Show 2017
We got the chance to try the Adaptalux lighting system at The Photography Show 2017

However, some of our highlights of The Photography Show 2017 included seeing projects we've followed from early-on come to fruition. In particular we were pleased to see Adaptalux available to buy after recently shipping to Kickstarter backers. Foldio360 and Palette are other Kickstarter projects which it's nice to see make it from crowdfunding and into the real world.

BitPlay consists of iPhone cases which add a physical shutter button, and screw-in lenses 
BitPlay consists of iPhone cases which add a physical shutter button, and screw-in lenses 

Interestingly, there was significantly less focus on smartphone photography than we have seen in previous years. In terms of devices, the Kodak Ektra – a photo-focused smartphone – was the sole offering on show. There were less photography smartphone accessories too, with the BitPlay iPhone cases, which add a physical shutter button and a screw mount for lenses, about the best we came across.

Visitors to The Photography Show 2017 got to check out  a number of camera-toting drones
Visitors to The Photography Show 2017 got to check out  a number of camera-toting drones

There was significant interest in drone and VR tech on display, too. But while DJI had its offerings like the Mavic flying around in a display cage, it was the quirky-looking PowerEgg which seemed to be getting all the attention. On the VR front there were several talks about the implications 360-degree shooting is going to have on the field of photography, though 360-degree cameras were thin-on-the-ground, with the Ricoh Theta cameras still the most noteworthy.

Professional photographers gave a number of demos at The Photography Show 2017
Professional photographers gave a number of demos at The Photography Show 2017

Proving that photography is not just about the gear, there were also a number of photo opportunities for visitors to exercise their shutter-fingers, along with talks and demonstrations from seasoned professionals.

You can check out the products mentioned, and some of our other favorites from the show, in our image gallery. The Photography Show was held at the NEC in Birmingham (UK) from March 18-21, and is expected to make a return next year.

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