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Photographica Fair in London, Sunday May 19

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David Lewis tries out a Contax Bullseye at the 2015 Photographica

If you are at a loose end this coming Sunday, why not spend an hour or two at the Photographica Fair, Britain’s largest annual gathering of collectors and photography buffs? It takes place, as usual, at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Hall at 80 Vincent Square, Victoria, London, SW1P 2PB.

David Lewis tries out a Contax Bullseye at the 2015 Photographica
David Lewis tries out a Contax Bullseye at the 2015 Photographica event

Emphasis is on film cameras, ancient and not-so-modern, but there are always some bargains in digital equipment to be had. The fair is a regular on my annual calendar and I look forward to it as an opportunity to meet friends, contributors such as William Fagan who has already booked his flight from Dublin, and, with luck, other readers of Macfilos.

Big brass lenses much in evidence, here in 2015
Big brass lenses much in evidence, here in 2015

The fair opens to the public at 10am and continues until 4 pm, although the morning is the best time to be there. Admission is £5, no charge for members of the PCCGB.

Miniature wonder at the 2016 event
Miniature wonder at the 2016 event

Early entry

If you just want to soak up the atmosphere, arriving at ten o’clock is a sensible decision. However, the traders get in at 8 am and a great deal of equipment changes hands even as the boxes are being unpacked. If you want to grab the bargains, it’s worth paying extra for early admission when the doors open to exhibitors. That costs £25 for non-members, £20 for members.

Dealers queuing to get in to the 2016 event at 8 am — on the right is Ivor Cooper of London Leica specialist, Red Dot Cameras
Dealers queuing to get in to the 2016 event at 8 am — on the right is Ivor Cooper of London Leica specialist, Red Dot Cameras

Parking in the surrounding streets is usually quite easy but, of course, only on Sundays. If you are travelling by public transport the nearest station is Victoria, with its excellent connections throughout the south east.

Check the PCCGB event page here

3 COMMENTS

  1. Will be there after mass at about 10am. I will leave the early rush to Ivor and Co. Should be plenty left for the rest of us.

    William

  2. I wish I could go to this but unfortunately I need more notice as I need to get matches so that I can fire up my Stanley Steamer to get there. I wish I was near events like this but not in my relatively remote area.

    • I’m travelling from Dublin with Ryanair and spending a night in a hotel in London. I certainly won’t be getting a ‘bargain’ if I buy anything there. I am a member of PCCGB and I am mainly going for the social side of things and for the exchanges with fellow collectors. I won’t be doing this every year, though.

      William

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