Ok its November  and I was at Photkina late September , what can I say , I have been super super busy , thats a good thing , so anyway here is my Photokina 2016 recap of my fav  stuff at this years show … Photokina is the world’s largest  trade show  held in Europe for the photographic and imaging industries. Its a who is who of everything  image related , with more then 1000  companies  introducing  and showcasing  state of the art imaging products in Cologne , Germany . 

 The 2016 photokina was the first taking place under the new slogan “Imaging unlimited” ,  It saw about 191.000 visitors.  There has never been so much to see, experience and photograph at a  Photokina.   You can  try the newest technology; learn from the experts how to improve specific aspects of your photography; and see some amazing image galleries, all at the world’s premier photography event.  For this occasion the whole city of Cologne turns into a studio/gallery with photo shoots, events and exhibitions everywhere.

When you walked through the trade show fair grounds , wether photographers , retailers or service providers you got the impression  Photokina was a must , Whoever  was not there  wondering the 9 halls , did not only miss a unique opportunity  for networking , but missed out on getting first hands on with some pioneering developments .
I tried FACEBOOK LIVE  for the first time at Photokina .




Hanging out with fellow Sandisk Extreme Team member Liz Kreutz
Photokina was all about drone and 360 cameras , the DJI Mavic  and the Go Pro Karma caught my attention  , im still undecided witch  one I want more .  The Nikon Mission  there new action 360  camera , captures  in all directions simultaneously , then you can  explore every point of view during playback on your smartphone or tablet .


Getting ready for one of  my daily presentations at the Sandisk booth  .
My friends know my passion for the Award winning  HBO  show Game of Thrown’s ,  So when I  saw this series from the shows set photographer I had to include it in the post , Helen Sloan has one of the coolest Jobs ever . I loved her work on the Nikon booth , I have also included a link to a  great article about her Here .
I have been looking into allot of camera options for shooting video and I think I just found my perfect set up at the Zeiss booth , its RED Dragon , and look whats next to it , G- Technology





One other of my favorite announcements  was from Fuji , they just created the  new mirrorless medium  camera system, GFX. The first camera in the series, the GFX 50S, will launch in early 2017 and feature a 51.4-megapixel sensor measuring 43.8 x 32.9 mm. Did I also mentions their full line up of six new lenses ???? . 


Another cool camera company was DXO ONE  , I have there tiny little amazing camera , i take it everywhere I go , and well know I can also take it under water , DXO  just launched  a series of new acceesories   like the  Outdoor Shell , waterproof to a depth of 45 meters .   
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DXO ONE booth was super impressive and big for such a little camera .


Sandisk booth where my self and three other Sandisk Extreme Team members had daily presentations


awesome group shot  of the entire Koylab family at Photokina .
KOYLAB is always one of my favorite companies  and visiting Photokina and not visiting there booth is just not going to happen ever , I worked very hard this year to make a new advertising portfolio and it was amazing to show it off at there booth .

Koylab just launched  a very cool product #Quintessence   designed by fellow  ambassador Pierre Delaunay. Quintessence is Aa very nice way to present your images  if your a portrait or fine art photographer . The Box is made of high quality PVC  and comes with 10 images and can go up to 30 Prints 15 x15 cm
Its  always amazing to see fellow Koylab ambassadors  DDIARTE   work , I am huge fan but the size and quality of this print was insane , well done  Chromoluxe  .
So if you got thirsty  or wanted to win some amazing G  Technology gear you could visit the Red Bull Photography booth.


Look at all the Gtech goodness .

It was amazing to see where  technology is taking us creatively .  When we talk about cameras in the future , we could be talking about 360- degrees action camera ,a multicopters  , a  pocket size 4k drone   , a robot eye or even just a image sensor on a lens ,   Some of the biggest surprises at this years Photokina were allot of new concept cameras,  Hasselblad revisits its V-system square-format roots  with the V1D 4116 Concept, a prototype design for a modular 75-megapixel camera (presumably 6×6 ).

This amazing Hasselblad below , made it back from the moon , and FYI there are still 12 Hasselblad still on the moon . read about that here .
This was cool , the guys at Fstop camera bags were making bags on site .  I also captured Sandisk Extreme Team Member and Fstop Guro and my new bestie Liz kreutz giving away Fstop bags with her images on them .

look at all the beautiful colors  from Savage Backdrops  If the rainbows of color doesn’t inspire you nothing will .


This is one of the most insane set ups in photography , I love my self a good bullet time , I haven’t created any images yet using this technique , find out more here .



I was first introduced to Pro Media Gear last year at Imaging USA and again at Visual Nation in Chicago where i was a speaker . There are Chicago based family owned company that are creating some pretty amazing gear , This was the first peace of Kit that spoke to me , its the BIC1 MODULAR BALL MOUNTING system for the ice light . small , versatile and super well made . I had to pick one up , if you have more the one ice light its a must .. I couldn’t not have left  photokina this year with out bringing back Promedia Gear DUO SLIDER , full post on that soon . 

If you’re a Pro photographer  and you shoot  advertising , fashion or portrait work I am sure you are tethering  , lucky for us Tether Tools helps make our jibs easier . They launched a series of great stuff at Photokina , I liked seeing this set up with there Tether Table Aero System  ,  3 Legged Thing tripod   i think thats 2 generation Eddie , there new Case Air Wireless  tethering system and G -Technology AV portable SSd  visit there site to find more cool stuff .

I also had to pick up a new  Tri pod Abert to be exact  from the great folks at 3 LEGGED THING 


RED STATION at the Zeiss booth was packed with   G Technology storage .


This set up is at the moment my dream set up for Video , Red camera and Zeis cinema lenses .





It was great to Hang out with my good buddy and awesome talent David Newton .