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Unique Photo at NJFCC’s Photorama @ Monmouth University

March 29, 2009
Unique Photo's Gene and Jason at Photo Rama

Unique Photo's Gene and Jason at Photo Rama

Partnered with Lowepro Unique Photo attended the recent “Photorama” presented by the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs at Monmouth University with featured speaker Bob Krist.

Bob’s lecture to over 200 attendees showed his extensive work  from his worldwide travels from everywhere from Albuquerque to Africa showing everything from portraiture to landscapes.  What better product to show during a travel photography lecture then the bags of Lowepro.

With a variety of bags on display from our new state of the art showroom Unique Photo representatives offered special prices and discounts for Photorama attendees where they were able to see, touch, and even load their existing photo equipment into bags that they were able to walk away with.  For many this was a chance of a lifetime as like Bob they were about to embark on travels and needed to find the best photo bags they could find.

We sold the highly popular Slingshot series bags to photographers who were traveling on motorcycles but needed quick access to their cameras while on their bikes, Dry Zone series bags to those going into the water, all the way down in size to the Rezo series to fit a couples G10 to take with them to visit their grandchildren next week.

As always it was our pleasure to attend photographic events where the passion for photography is first and foremost, our most sincere thanks to Lowepro and the NJFCC along with all who made it possible for us to attend this truly great event.

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PMA: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

March 6, 2009

Las Vegas is the city of choice for most conventions. And that is true for this year’s PMA (Photo Marketing Association) International Trade Show. It is suppose to drive extra traffic and excitement.This year, however, given the already steady decline of the show due to the shrinking numbers of photo retailers, and given the “depressing” economy, most exhibitors feared for the worst. So here’s the Good, Bad and Ugly:

The Good: Many vendors reported to me that despite the much smaller traffic numbers, many attendees were of the “High Quality” type. By my casual surveying most said they had a decent show, better than expected and were nicely surprised. In fact, Ilford indicated that they had the best trade show ever for them.

The Bad: Attendance was clearly down. By my observation, I’d say 40%. The number of exhibitors was down I’d say by 30%. When asked about sales most reported, “not much” or “wish there was more.” The Fuji and Canon booths were the only ones with any kind of sustained traffic. You could roll a bowling ball in the HP and GE booths and not hit anybody. And finally the shocker of the show was no Epson!

The Ugly: The annual PMDA awards show which annually honors significant achievement in the photography field, the 2009 award recipients were as follows:

Person of the Year: Shigetaka Komori, President & Chief Executive Officer  FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation

Herbert Keppler Technical Achievement Award: Michael Deng, President and CEO of Arcsoft, Inc.

Norman C. Lipton Lifetime Achievement Award: Dave Willard, Director, Olympus

Photographer Award: Bill Eppridge

Bill Eppridge runs alongside a car carrying Robert Kennedy. © Burton Berinksy.

Bill Eppridge runs alongside a car carrying Robert Kennedy. © Burton Berinksy.

The highlight of which was Bill Eppridge’s dazzling career photo essay, spanning 50 years, which highlighted the only existing photographs of Bobby Kennedy’s assassination and an amazing diversified career. So what is ugly you ask? Well the Caesar’s Palace dinner event cost $195 per person (for those who didn’t get in free like me) and was maybe the worst meal I have ever eaten. This is suppose to be a premiere hotel in Las Vegas.  This meal meal would get the cook tossed overboard on a submarine. The steak was an actual piece of shoe leather. The Salmon was so overcooked it jumped back in the water and the chocolate pudding/mousse (not sure which it was) tasted and looked like…. well you know. Shame on Caesar’s. At least I got an autographed copy of Eppridge’s book.

Toploader Pro AW Series from LowePro

As for new and exciting products, well there weren’t many. LowePro had a new line of bags, the Toploader Pro AW Series. Canon and Nikon introduced ONLY new point and shoots, no new DSLRs… how disappointing. Noritsu and a new and efficient line of high volume inkjet lab printers. The most interesting product I saw was a innovative wall frame (and it is hard to be innovative in this ancient category) by a company called EBBM, Inc. (www.ebbmsemi.com). It allows photos to be placed in clear frames and spaced on the wall in patterns. It should be a huge hit in the under 30 crowd. And it retails for under $30.

The show this year was from Tuesday Thursday, which is a departure from the historical weekend schedule. I’m guessing the crazy low room rates in Vegas, helped make up for the mid-week schedule. What we all have to fear is next year. The PMA folks, in their infinite wisdom, have scheduled the 2010 PMA show in….drum roll please… Anaheim, California.That should be a real attendance grabber for a declining show.

LowePro SlingShot 200 Product Review

September 20, 2007

I have always used either a camera backpack or beltpack for my outdoor photography. A camera backpack is great for carrying a lot of heavy equipment. The major drawback to this design is it’s slow to access equipment since you have to remove the bag from your body every time you need something. A belt or fanny pack works out much better when you are carrying less equipment. The beltpack does not have to be removed since it can be slid around to the front to retrieve a camera or lens. The beltpack is comfortable to wear as long as its not loaded too heavy.

The SlingShot 200 is an entirely new design. The bag rides on your upper back supported by a wide padded strap which can be worn over one shoulder or across the chest. The sling system allows quick and easy access to equipment by simply rotating the bag to the front. The top loading main compartment holds your camera and attached lens ready for use in a few seconds.

I decided to purchase the LowePro Slingshot 200 after hearing a lot of positive comments from other photographers. I thought the bag would be ideal for carrying a DSLR and two or three lenses on day hikes and bike rides. In my particular case, I can pack my D70s, 17-55 2.8 and 70-300 VR without any problem. In addition I can fit my 60mm macro when needed. The bag also has enough room to carry some accessory items like filters, a lens hood and snacks.

After many hours of field use, I can offer the following comments and observations: The Slingshot design works as advertised. Access to equipment is easy and fast. The bag is very comfortable to wear for long periods due to its size, shape and ample amounts of padding. In my opinion, this is an ideal camera bag to use when you want to travel light. It is well suited for the following applications: travel, walk-around photography, photojournalism, nature photography, day hiking and bike riding.

If you plan on carrying less or more equipment than I do, LowePro makes the Slingshot 100 and 300 models, which may better suit your needs.