Photokina, world’s leading event for photo, video and imaging will take place every year from now on

If you are into photography you likely know Photokina, the world’s leading event for everything related to photography, video and imaging.

As for now, Photokina was an event occuring every two years. Starting from this year, Photokina will take place every year.

photokina will take place annually as of 2018. It will in future thus optimally reflect the fast-paced nature and the ever briefer innovation cycles of an increasingly digitalised industry. As of 2019 the trade fair will also have a new date in May. In addition to innovations from the core areas of the imaging workflow, the entire range of products, applications and services of relevance for imaging shall in future be presented in Cologne. With these changes, the transformation process begun in 2016 shall be consistently continued: under the umbrella of “Imaging Unlimited”, photokina last year inspired both exhibitors and visitors and accessed new target groups for the industry.

“The digital transformation of the imaging industry is advancing, and thus opening up new perspectives and value creation potential. The new date and the annual cycle should in future make photokina even more attractive to all providers of the imaging ecosystem. In this way, we show the specialised trade, the media and our users an even broader bandwidth of state-of-the-art products, applications and services in Cologne which especially suits the young imaging culture,” Rainer Führes, chairman of the board of the photography industry association (PIV) is pleased to state.

You can read the full press release here.

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 ART review (D. Abbott)

Sigma 135mm F/1.8 ART Review (D. Abbott)

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Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Two FLD Elements, Two SLD Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • TSC Material, Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

The Sigma 135mm f/1.8 ART must be an amazing lens, at least according to what reviewers say. It’s clearly another great lens by Sigma.

Canada based photographer and reviewer Dustin Abbott published an exhaustive review of the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 ART lens.

From the conclusion:

While the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 ART may not win any awards for being Sigma’s sharpest, brightest, or cheapest lens, I do think that in many ways it is Sigma’s most complete prime lens. Unlike some of the ART series, I didn’t find it clinical but instead appreciated the quality rendering from the lens. It does tend to skew white balances a little cool, and it doesn’t deliver the most deeply saturated colors out of the box, but the images process well. I have seen several excellent 135mm lenses for Canon/Nikon mounts in the past two years, including the Samyang/Rokinon 135mm f/2 and the outstanding Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2, but both of these options are manual focus only. The Sigma 135 ART is the first 135mm lens to bring the excellence of modern lens design coupled with useful autofocus.

You can watch the 18 minutes video below for the final review, or you can head over to Dustin Abbott’s site if you prefer reading the review, and checking the many sample pictures.

If you want to learn more about the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art lens have a look at the MTF figures and this review.

Global Market for Action Cameras expected to grow by 15%

Global Market For Action Cameras Expected To Grow By 15%

Research company Technavio published their Global Action Camera Market 2017-2021 research report, where they discuss the state of the industry and market. Technavio expects action camera sales to grow by 15% until 2021.

Market research analysts at Technavio predict that the global action camera market will grow steadily during the next four years and post a CAGR of almost 15% by 2021. This market research analysis identifies the high growth in adventure tourism as one of the primary growth factors for this market. The adventure tourism market is one of the fastest-growing segments of the tourism industry and was valued at more than USD 430 billion in 2016. With individuals across the globe increasingly focusing on sharing photos and videos through social networking sites, this growth of the adventure tourism industry will propel the demand for action cameras since they can withstand harsh conditions during adventure activities such as freestyle skiing, climbing, snowboarding, trekking, and bicycling.

Technavio’s report is fairly long and detailed, read it here.

Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer deal – $129 (after $250 MIR)

Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer Deal – $129 (after $250 MIR)

At a glance:

  • 4800 x 2400 dpi
  • Print 8 x 10″ in 51 Seconds
  • Wi-Fi, Ethernet, AirPrint, PictBridge
  • Print Sizes up to 13 x 19″
  • 8 Ink Cartridges Including 3 Monochrome
  • CD, DVD, Blu-ray Printing
  • Print Studio Pro for Photoshop, DPP

This is a pretty good deal. You can get the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer for just $129 after $250 mail-in rebate (instructions) at B&H Photo.

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