If there’s a fair – actually a flea market – of photography where to go in France, then it is this one. Located just south of Paris in Bievres, you’ll have during a weekend the gotha of all collectors & collectibles on one spot. This event has been going on & on for more than a decade and it’s success doesn’t seem to fade.
Everything is to be found here from Leica to Rollei, from Canon to Nikon and also some really old stuff like very well preserved chambers. Strolling along one of the crowded aisles, I found out that many of the dealers were germans, coming from there to this spot to sell their stuff. Being warned by the cleptomaniac trends of the french, everything is under strong watch and even covered by nets. Prices are basically 30-40% higher than on Ebay and it doesn’t really make sense to buy anything here. Indeed it’s fun to walk along the expo and have a look at the remnants of a long passed away glorious period where film was the only alternative.
Funnily, when on the way back, I met Thomas who leads Cinq26 (http://www.cinq26.com) a 100% photography oriented magazines delivered through video only (DVD’s). He was there holding his ground on his booth and I had a good time chatting with him and Nathalie, his better half. People are finding it unlogic now to pay for video he says, which is to his opinion one of the brakes that slows the take off of Cinq26’s magazine sales.
Have a look at it, it’s very professional made stuff and they’re now up to the 6th edition in preparation.
Last but not least : I went there with Christophe, another photo freak working only with a Leica and its 35mm lens and he was really looking at the stuff offered there. Happily I could dissuade him of pushing further his talks for a 20mm lens as it was 600€ on eBay…food for thought.