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Photoshoot at Leaf

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The Leaf booth is just a couple of meters away from ours, and they're putting up quite a show; they have a hypnotist who's doing hourly shows (the link with Leaf products eludes me), but they also have an almost continuous photoshoot to show off their studio equipment.

Megajet: Bigger is better

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The friendly people at Megajet.de agreed to print two of my hyperbolic images, 1.5 x 1.5 meters each. You can just see the Windmills of Kinderdijk and my view of Rotterdam from the Euromast side by side on this monster.
The huge printer attracts quite a crowd each time it is printing, and fortunately my images did not disappoint. I was told the printer is brand new, and the first of its type in Europe.

Nice skintones!

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Over at the Sigma booth, the new SD14 with a new Foveon chip is praised for its reproduction of skintones. And what better way to show that off than with models showing some skin?
Fortunately, my Fuji S2 also does a good job at the skintones, but the crowd was so packed that I could not find a place to hide, so by a rare exception I am in the shot myself.

Big softbox

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All the way over at hall 6, which is a bit short of audience, there's a booth where you can get a beauty makeover and a good vanity shot taken. I guess this is where spouses that were dragged along to Photokina by their enthousiast other half end up...

Miniature funfare

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At the Samsung booth, I found this miniature funfair. I guess it only makes sense, with cameras getting smaller and smaller, to also expect our subjects to get smaller ;-)
Great attention to detail though.

Shooting between Leaf camerabacks

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It feels strange shooting a panorama with my 3 year old S2 on a very cheap tripod between these highend Leaf studio cameras.

Profoto / Phase One

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Our own booth is in one of the halls for the real pro studio cameras. Here's one of Phase One's studio setups, and a postprocessing station.

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.

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.