TECH TALK: Snapshot of photo tech at The Photography Show


Focus was on latest photo technology at The Photography Show and we are dedicating this week's Tech Talk to bring you a snapshot of some of the highlights.

Andrew Foley and Marisa Cashill went to the NEC Birmingham, which played host to leading manufacturers, bespoke artisans, top speakers, workshops and demonstrations during the four-day event.

Plenty of new and innovative products were on display including these highlights.

Fuji X-Pro2

Long awaited, Fuji’s new X-Series flagship model has a view to the future, while nodding firmly to the past.

An updated version of the X-Pro1, it will appeal to those who value a compact handling experience, while appreciating fine construction.

The X-Pro1 aimed its appeal at lovers of classic rangefinder cameras. But Fuji didn’t quite get it right and a common grumble was the time lag that scuppered many a street photographer’s decisive moment.

Thankfully, Fuji have sped things up with the X-Pro2, so that particular niggle should be a thing of the past.

And it certainly feels like a camera, with metal body, dials on the top and a series of super-sharp prime lenses that include third-stop aperture increments.

The viewfinder switches between electronic and optical modes, with the latter perfect for peak-of-the-action images.

The X-Pro2 also borrows features from Fuji’s equally-impressive XT-1, including the weather-sealed body.

Advanced digital features are accessed via the rear screen, which surprisingly doesn’t tilt. Apparently, the 100 top image makers, who were canvassed at the development stage, didn’t think it should.

The X-Pro2 oozes quality, although at £1,249 for the body and £299 for the (standard) 35mm f2 lens, this ain’t a cheap way to take photographs.

It also won’t tell you where to stand and when to press the shutter. But then again, they never do. So just enjoy the experience and trust your picture-taking instincts.

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1901 fotografi camera straps

Nostalgia is big in photography at present, with many camera designs harking back to the 1960s and 1970s.

So what better way to set off such classic-era equipment than with a classic-era strap.

Mark Lewis produces handmade, soft-leather accessories in a range of subtle shades. The result is a decadent mix of functionality and tactile pleasure.

Named after the greats of Steichen, Rodchenko and Eggleston, prices range from £26 to £36.

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Delkin flash memory

There’s little point taking the picture if you’re unable to access it later.

So while cheap flash memory may seem attractive at the time, it’s of little use if you can’t read the images back at base.

Delkin SD cards may come at a price but quality counts as well as costs.

The company’s website refers to ‘mission-critical’ data and the technology was developed for military use. However, you don’t need to test it in a war zone to take comfort from the benefits.

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Fuji Instax Cameras

Fun and funky, these quirky image makers put a smile on your face before you even take a picture.

With most photographs now consigned to a computer screen, Fuji’s little wonders resurrect the immediacy of instant prints.

Press the shutter, pull out the sheet, wait five minutes and watch the picture appear.

The Mini 8 (£60) is a great way to get children interested in photography, while the Mini 90 (£120) offers more features for grown ups, such as double exposure and macro.

If you want instant images without the camera, the Instax Share SP1 (£129) will deliver prints straight from your phone.

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Sirui tripods

The three-legged market is a tough one to crack but Sirui are taking on the long-established big boys.

The ‘Made-in-China’ tag would once have put people off but it shouldn’t now, especially when you feel the build quality.

Carbon-fibre legs combine strength and stability with a lightweight touch. Resistance-control ball-and-socket heads keep the camera solid, while ensuring you won’t crush your fingers when changing angle.

Prices start from about £175 and the company also makes traditional aluminium tripods from about £140.

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