Thanks to a note from Alexis, I learnt about the London Camera Exchange photography show which took place at the Novotel in Southampton today. I managed to pop along for a look after work, mainly motivated by the fact they they were offering free sensor cleaning by Canon and Nikon technicians. I have a couple of persistent dust spots despite the dust removal features of the 400D, so was keen on getting a clean. The guy did a great job, and took plenty of care over it. A check against a white piece of paper at f22 shows the spots had gone.
The show itself was fairly small scale, and consisted of stands from Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Sigma, Sony and a number of others displaying and selling gear from a number of other vendors. Prices were typically what you could get from the Internet, so there wasn’t too much compelling reason to buy apart from getting stuff there and then. I had a play with a 1Ds which was nice, and also gave a 430EX speedlight a go on my 400D. I didn’t buy anything however, I have a wedding to fund!
Congratulations must go to James though, who purchased a nice piece of L glass. It was a 70-200 and from the price he said, I presume the f4 USM. I look forward to seeing the results on his flickr stream.