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Hundreds expected at Campkins Cameras Photography and Optics Show in Milton


By Paul Brackley


Owner Owen Howell, outside Campkins on Kings Parade. Picture: Keith Heppell
Owner Owen Howell, outside Campkins on Kings Parade. Picture: Keith Heppell

Explore the latest camera and optical equipment at first show of its kind in the area

More than 550 people have registered to attend Campkins Cameras’ Photography and Optics Show on Saturday (October 20)

Believed to be the first of its kind in the area, it will be held at Milton Community Centre in Coles Road, Milton, from 10am to 4pm. The fair is a chance to check out the latest technology, get expert advice and enjoy some special offers.

Owen Howell, the third generation of his family to own the Campkins shop, which is in King’s Parade, Cambridge, told the Cambridge Independent: “I’ve been thinking about this idea for a while. As good a camera shop as we are, we can’t keep everything that people might want to see.

“In a way, it’s about giving something back to the photographers of Cambridge.

“It’s aimed at anyone who wants to take a picture in any format.”

Many of the big names in photography are attending, including Sony, Olympus and Sigma.

Intro2020 will be there with Tamron, Crumpler, Cotton Carrier and Samyang products.

For those seeking new optics – whether that is binoculars, spotting scopes or even telescopes – brands represented will include Zeiss, Opticron, Hama-Meade and Viking Optical.

Optical Vision Ltd, the Bury St Edmunds optical business, will be there with Skywatcher, Helios and Barr and Stroud products.

A whole range of accessories will be on show.

Digital Distribution will bring Fuji, Rotolight and Removu products, while Mac Group will be there representing Tenba, Benro and Mefoto.

Swains will feature Epson, Cactus and Polaroid products. Composite Poles, which sells 10ft monopods, will also attend.

Other brands represented include Hahnel, Dorr, Kenro and Delkin Devices.

“We’ve got every type of digital equipment there and even bits for phones,” said Owen.

“We are also going to have an analogue table. Film has made a big comeback recently. We’ve got film equipment and instant cameras.”

He said there would be no pressure to buy at the show. Products that are purchased will be shipped to buyers, or can be collected.

“Experts at the show will offer advice on their products,” said Owen. “I will have four or five staff and previous employees there and on each table there will be an expert from the suppliers themselves.”

Owen urged those wanting to attend to register for a free place.

A £10 gold ticket is also available, which comes with a £20 voucher to spend on anything in the show, which could become a regular event if it proves successful.

There is parking at the community centre, which can be found at CB24 6UB.

Register for a place at the show’s Eventbrite page.



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