Peter Bargh

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May 8th, 2000

Nikon F5 launch – Stockholm

Nikon Europe arranged a product launch in  Stockholm, Sweden for the pro spec F5

We flew from London to Stockholm on BA 107 . I was in Seat 17D.

We stayed in the Grand Hotel which is a luxurious five star hotel right on the waterfront.

Part of the trip included a boat trip to one of the many Islands

We ended up in a nightclub in Stockholm…and that was the night of the legendary fiiish! We even got in Panorama trade magazine (see pic right)

Oh and the 36 frame test that Martyn and I did which gave Simon something to worry about as he considered what the Japanese might have been thinking about the UK press. We were simply proving a point. No matter how fast the camera was it couldn’t keep up with us pulling faces.

Simon Coleman, Jeremy Gilbert

Peter Bargh, Roger Payne, Martyn Moore, Eileen Martin, Steve Bavister

Nikon F5 launch



January 8th, 1997

Olympus Dublin

Olympus invited us over to Dublin in Ireland. We flew over on Aer Lingus EI449. I was in Seat 1B

We stop at the U2 owned The Clarence

Lion Dance
Bela Primo (band)

Sara Cubitt, Nikki Gordon

Press attending
Peter Bargh, Martyn Moore,

The hotel was great, had a top night dancing with Sara…she nicknamed me Tigger after that.

One guy on the dance floor was mr muscles and pulled his vest over his head dancing as though he was drugged up (probably was).
While we were dancing Martyn was chatting to a bloke he met in the bar. He had no idea who the guy was, apart from the fact all the girls were drooling over him. It turned out to be Ewan McGregor who’d recently started in Trainspotting.

I walked through the shopping streets of Dublin the following day and bought my leather coat that has since been referred to as the drug dealers coat.

October 5th, 1996

Toy Story private screening with Olympus


Olympus created a Toy Story compact camera kit in 1996 so as part of the package they got to see  a  Private Screening  of  the first Toy Story movie at the Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Kensington Village.

The Camera was an Olympus Trip 200

I took my boys Joseph and William for their first trip to London.

Sara Cubitt

Press attending
Peter Bargh, Martyn Moore

July 16th, 1996

Sigma Lens Factory Tour


Sigma UK invited us on a trip to Japan to visit the lens factory and spend several days with the heads of Sigma.

We flew by Virgin Atlantic VS900 from Heathrow to Narita Airport. I was in Seat 54A

Sigma Factory Tour

Ichimatsu Lakeside Restaurant

Tour of Ginza Akihabara and Asakusa photo retail areas with Mr Kubota

Bullet train to Kohriyama Station

Tsuruga Castle


Toshogu Shrine

Yodobashi Shinjuku District

Imperial Palace

JCIA museum

Tour of Sigma Lens factory at Aizu with Mr Michihiro Yamaki

Sigma representatives
Michihiro Yamaki, Mr Kubota, Graham Armitage

Press attending
Peter Bargh, Roger Payne, Keith Wilson, Liz Walker, Neil Whitford

On this trip I discovered trains have seats that swivel 180deg, men set light to their pubes, toilet seats can have auto rotating covers, toilets with jet wash can be messy, Geisha girls can make ants out of leg hair, Japanese food is generally pretty rubbish, there are fish that you eat where one bit has to be avoided to avoid death, blind men do pretty good massages,  there are insects that are big enough to touch the back of your throat and still stick out of your mouth, Bullet trains are really fast, McDonalds is not the same in Japan as it is in Europe, Keith Wilson is always late, I laugh more with Roger Payne than anyone else, and Sigma lenses are really well made.