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Live panoramic coverage of Photokina 2006

The IVRPA, or International VR Photography Association, is an international association of professionals who create and produce interactive, immersive images. During Photokina 2006, members of the IVRPA will be covering the major events and important booths in 360 degree, fullscreen immersive panoramic VR. These interactive VRs will be posted on this site during the event.

Around the World in 360 Degrees

On our booth in hall 05.1, we are showing an exhibition of printed panoramas by our members, as well as several showcases of interactive panoramic VR.
Listed below are the latest panoramas posted to the site. They may not be in chronological order. Alternatively, you can browse the panoramas by equipment used, by location on the fairground, by day, by photographer and by tag. Click the thumbnail to the view interactive VR, or click the title for more information about the VR.

Nikon Big Gun

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Nikon has this big D80 rotating around.

For the bIRds

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In the piazza, there's a bird of prey demo. The idea behind the demo is there's a tent where you can try out scopes a bit further away. It's amazing how calmly these birds react to the vast crowds and huge number of menacing lenses.
This panorama shows the birds in infrared, just for the heck of it. It's a full second exposure, because the IR filter blocks out most light.

Olympus booth

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Olympus had this nice old car on their booth, it provided the scenery for some glam images.

Epson booth

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This is a pano made at the Epson booth at Photokina 06, lot's of space available.

IVRPA Booth

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The booth with the always everywhere talking president Michael Quan talking to Carlos at the desk and visitor about the panoramas

Nikonians place

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I just found the Nikonians booth, they don't like to see Canons around, I was almost trown out of there, the Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye saved me, after they checked that it really was a Nikkor lens the things cooled down, the Nikonians after all where nice and showed me their goods, they sell some good bal heads.

The Real Virtual Reality

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In Hall N.2 I found out this company saying they know about the Real Virtual Reality, well, at least regarding the sound of it they are very seriuos. They had all sorts of microphone to capture surround sound and to play it.

IVRPA members on the Photokina booth

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This is what comes down to; we spend too much time with our computers stitching and stitching away... Can someone bring a beer please?
The one with the ibook charger is Michael Quan, IVRPA president, to the right Jook Leung famous New York photographer, Carlos Chegado from Lisbon, Portugal, Aldo Hoeben with the blue shirt the great thinker from fieldOfView and the SPi-V viewer and also our beloved webmaster (thanks for the great work), Jacques Joffre father of Photomatix and Hans Nyberg from panoramas.dk.

Shoot, shot, shot @ Sony

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This pano is a classic example of a photographer taking a photo of a photographer taking a photo of a photographer not taking a photo.
There's a photographer taking portraits of willing bystanders at the Sony booth. You can get the photos printed with novelty borders, and the most popular theme seems to be the ubiquitous 'Wanted, dead or alive', hence the pose...

Kodak: architectural spaciousness

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Amidst all the busy people and crowded booths, the Kodak booth struck me as a very pleasantly spacious area. I like the light and openness. Almost more of an architectural piece than an exhibition area.
Ofcourse, Kodak also has its more conventional exhibits, like the fashion show

Kodak's latest models

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Kodak is showing its latest models in - what else - a fashion show.
The models were showing off the full range of Eastman Kodak products, including garments made from slide film, tops from print paper, and consumer digital and single use cameras.

Fuji S5 Pro preview

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I shoot all my panoramas with a Fuji S2 Pro, and I am really happy with that camera. It's starting to show it's age though, so I have been eagerly awaiting a new Fuji camera.
The S5 Pro was previewed on Photokina. It looks suspiciously like a D200, but has Fuji's SR pro sensor technology in it for additional Dynamic Range. The resolution sounds a bit low though, at 2x 6 Mp. Apart from D200-like features such as WiFi connectivity, Fuji's Face Detection technology seems an interesting addition for checking image sharpness.