John Swainston: Photokina wrap-up

September 27, 2016

Walking the halls through the week, It’s hard for a single person to gain perspective. Hundreds of exhibitors, more than a dozen halls, countless products and categories. What does it all mean? What’s important? What’s not? What’s ready to create … Continue reading

Plaudits for CR Kennedy in Cologne

September 27, 2016

Clem Kennedy, director of leading Australian-owned distributor CR Kennedy & Co, had a more successful visit to Photokina than most, picking up an award from the industry and one of CRK’s leading suppliers. Clem accepted the Gold Award from Sigma on … Continue reading

Sigma unveils two Art, one Sport lens

September 20, 2016

Sigma has expanded its lens line up by unveiling a new (and long-awaited) 85mm f1.4 DG HSM Art, a 12-24mm f4 DG HSM Art and a 500mm f4 DG OS HSM Sport lens at Photokina this week. ‘We are thrilled to announce … Continue reading

DJI announces low-cost next-gen drone

September 28, 2016

Australasian DJI distributor CR Kennedy has announced a potentially GoPro Karma-killing new foldable, ‘personal’ drone in the form of the DJI Mavic Pro.  Mavic Pro’s Australian retail price will be $1699 including a 4K camera and controller, with a kit version including … Continue reading

Independent Photo at Photokina

September 22, 2016

Photokina correspondent John Swainston visits Rob Voysey and David Slade from IPS on the Epson stand: One of the first booths I visited on opening day was Epson. Immediately I encountered the bright faces of Rob Voysey and David Slade from … Continue reading

Polaroid upgrades hybrid instant/snapshooter

September 27, 2016

Polaroid’s new Snap Touch not only adds a touch screen to the original Snap, but boosts higher sensor resolution and accepts a microSD card up to 128GB for ‘non-instant’ digital picture-taking. The Snap Touch incorporates an integrated printer using Polaroid’s … Continue reading

Pushing exhibition boundaries

September 27, 2016

Photokina, the mother of all photo trade shows, concluded on Sunday with an increase in visitor attendance, but a drop in exhibitor participation compared with 2014. Over five days 191,000 visitors entered the Koelnmesse exhibition centre in Cologne, Germany – … Continue reading

Photokina: Down in the data

September 27, 2016

GfK Europe ran three presentations over three days at Photokina where it shared some trends for the worldwide market thus far in 2016. In value, sadly DSLR is down 20 percent. High Value CSC/Mirrorless is flat, as are travel zoom … Continue reading

Whole lotta GoPro

September 26, 2016

After a new release drought and some financial challenges, GoPro is back with two new action cameras – Hero 5 Black and Hero 5 Session, and its first drone, the Karma. The two new Hero 5 cameras can auto-upload photos … Continue reading

One Pen, three lenses, one flash from Olympus

September 20, 2016

The rumoured Olympus OMD E-M1 Mk11 (pictured below right) turned out to be not so much a product as a ‘development announcement’ at Photokina, but the new Pen E-PL8 and a trio of high-end lenses filled the new product bill on the Olympus … Continue reading


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