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9 October 2006

Week 40: Photokina

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Last weekend I went to Cologne to visit the Photokina trade show. Photokina is probably the most important photo equipment show in the world. It happens every two years. I go there to drool over new equipment, to visit the beautiful city of Cologne, and to meet up with my photo friends from all over the world. Such as Liz, who now lives in Manchester, but whom I know from my time in Brussels in the 1990s:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 35mm L Canon, ISO 800)

Or Tuulikki, originally from Finland, but now married to a Swedish guy (and my favourite Leica guru, Tom Abrahamsson) and living in Vancouver:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 16-35mm L Canon, ISO 400)

Photokina also offers the opportunity to see new, er, faces:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 135mm L Canon, ISO 400)

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(Canon 1D Mark II, 135mm L Canon, ISO 400)

Then there is the equipment…this new 4/1700mm lens from Carl Zeiss weighs 256 kg. I suspect that it will be photographed more than sold. I have a hard time figuring out what the target market is:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 135mm L Canon, ISO 200)

Here is some guy studying a product brochure:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 135mm L Canon, ISO 400)

On Sunday we all met up at the Mulheim second-hand camera fair, always held in conjunction with Photokina. It is a nice change from the ultra-modernity of the trade show to a place where people look for equipment that is several decades old, and sometimes dress accordingly:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 16-35mm L Canon, ISO 400)

Finally, a couple of pictures of Cologne itself. The main attraction of the city is the magnificent cathedral:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 35mm L Canon, ISO 800)

Even when it rains, people still stop to admire it:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 35mm L Canon, ISO 800)

1 Comment »

  1. As always an interesting group of photos along with insightful comments. Well done.

    Comment by Mervin S. Stewart — 10 October 2006 @ 02:12

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