Photokina 2019 Has Been Cancelled, Comes Back in 2020

Photokina

Well, this comes as a surprise.

Photokina 2019 has been cancelled. The next Photokina will happen in May 2020. Is this a sign of the crisis the photo industry is experiencing?

Photokina press release:

The next photokina will take place in May 2020

Imaging industry and Koelnmesse decide on new starting point for the new annual cycle

Following a successful photokina 2018, the German Photo Industry Association (PIV), as conceptual sponsor of the trade fair, and the event’s organiser Koelnmesse have agreed not to organise the next leading global trade fair in May 2019, as initially planned, but in May 2020. From Wednesday 27 May 2020 to Saturday 30 May 2020, all the market leaders in the imaging industry are expected once again in Cologne. The decision to postpone the start of the announced annual cycle by one year is intended to give all participants the opportunity to further develop the new concept for photokina and to tap into new target groups among exhibitors and visitors in order to heighten the status of the trade fair as a global platform for the photography and imaging industry.

“photokina 2018 clearly exceeded our already optimistic expectations with groundbreaking innovations and 180,000 visitors from 127 countries,” explained PIV’s CEO Rainer Führes. “As a result, we set the bar very high for the next event. It is therefore unlikely that, in May 2019 after just over seven months, we will once again be able to create the same enthusiastic atmosphere that characterised photokina 2018. This is why we have decided to start the planned annual cycle in 2020. The Photoindustrie-Verband would like to thank Koelnmesse for its willingness to quickly comply with this request. This shows once again the great professionalism and excellent customer orientation that has characterised our trusting partnership for decades now.”

“We understand that even the most powerful technology companies cannot ensure that they will once again be able to bring such innovative strength to the exhibition halls as we experienced at photokina 2018 within an extremely short lead time of just seven months,” added Koelnmesse’s CEO Gerald Böse. “It is precisely these innovations, however, that shape the character of photokina as the world’s leading trade fair – as does the presence of all the leading suppliers in the industry as well as important users, retailers and service providers worldwide. In order to make sure we can continue to fulfil this requirement in the future and meet the expectations of exhibitors and visitors with every event, we have responded flexibly to PIV’s wishes. This will ensure the continued unique impact and public appeal of one of our flagship trade fairs in the future.”

This year, photokina had successfully presented itself with a new concept, which included the increased involvement of new exhibitors from innovative areas such as mobile, imaging analytics, digital workflow and moving images, as well as a stronger focus on experience for visitors. This combination of experience and product presentation, which was very well received by younger target groups in particular, ensured full halls, overcrowded workshops and spectacular presentations on the event areas, in front of which large crowds of people repeatedly formed, despite the trade fair being shortened by two days. As a result, the trade fair was mentioned not only in conventional media but also in digital and social channels such as Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to a greater extent than in previous years. The newly created Imaging Lab, in which start-ups, investors and scientists presented and discussed new imaging applications, also proved to be an important impetus for the entire industry. Together with numerous groundbreaking innovations from established imaging companies, this resulted in a showcase of the great dynamism with which the imaging industry is positioning itself for the digital future and which will also shape photokina 2020.

Is There Something You Would Like To Ask Canon at Photokina 2018?

Photokina 2018

The people at LensVid will be at Photokina 2018, and they are ready to hold interviews with Canon, Nikon, Sony, and the likes and peers in the industry.

If there is an original question you’d like to ask Canon, or if you have a suggestion for an interview, then feel free to sound off in the comment section. LensVid’s Iddo will have a look and eventually collect the best questions which might make it into the interview with Canon at Photokina. In any case we will share LensVid’s Photokina interview with Canon here on Canon Watch in a week or two.

Photokina 2018 starts September 26, 2018.

The Canon EOS R is on display at Photokina 2018, and you can touch and try it

Canon Eos R

Pre-orders for the Canon EOS R are live. Shipping is expected to start in October 2018.

Pre-order in the USA, Canon EOS R: B&H Photo | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon

Pre-order in the USA, Canon RF mount lenses: B&H Photo | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon

Canon press release:

The future of imaging on show at photokina – touch and try Canon’s pioneering Canon EOS R System

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 18 September 2018 – Following its recent global launch, the pioneering and revolutionary EOS R System, camera and RF lenses will be on public display at photokina, in Cologne, Germany, exclusively on the Canon stand (Hall 3, level 2) for visitors to touch, try and experience. From Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th September 2018, Canon will be showcasing its strongest line-up yet at the show, catering for every step of the photographic journey with a host of imaging, print and video products, designed for professionals and enthusiasts alike.

Experience the camera the world is talking about – the groundbreaking EOS R System, camera and RF lenses will be on display on the Canon stand exclusively at photokina 2018

canon eos r

Discover Canon’s optical excellence

Canon’s range of camera equipment has been created with over 80 years of technical expertise, blending innovation and design with pioneering technology and craftmanship, to create award-winning imaging and video products that continue to pursue perfection in every area. Over thirty years on from the original, era-defining EOS launch, the pioneering EOS R System delivers an entirely new level of innovation, enabling richer, more detailed results, with unparalleled levels of sharpness and detail. Taking photography and filmmaking into an exciting new era, the EOS R’s innovative new RF lens mount has been engineered with the perfect blend of optical, mechanical and electronic design, to capture unique moments in previously impossible ways. Visitors to the Canon stand can experience the EOS R’s remarkable features first-hand, including the world’s fastest autofocusii low-light shooting capabilities and impressive levels of customization.

“Canon exists to inspire and enable photographers and filmmakers, at every level, helping them to explore a world of exciting imaging possibilities – both now and in the future” said Alessandro Stanzani, EVP of Canon Imaging Technology & Communications Group – Europe, Middle East & Africa. “We are particularly proud and excited to showcase the revolutionary EOS R System with its innovative RF lens mount, which launched to incredible acclaim earlier this month. At photokina, visitors to our stand will be able to get hands-on with the new EOS R and experience the optical superiority of our RF lenses for the first time.”

Throughout Canon’s entire range, from the recently launched PowerShot SX740 HS and the award-winning EOS M50 to the standard-bearing EOS-1D X Mark II – Canon has a camera to meet all photography and videography needs, from professionals just starting out, to enthusiasts capturing special memories, or independent filmmakers shooting their latest film. Canon’s product experts will be on hand at the Expert Bar to help attendees pursue the perfect shot and expand photographic knowledge.

The art of storytelling with Canon’s Ambassadors

Pushing creative boundaries and championing visual storytelling, Canon’s globally renowned ambassadors will be on Canons’ Spotlight Stage, hosting a series of insightful and compelling talks and workshops throughout the four-day show. From adventures in the South Pacific with Ulla Lohmann, to Katya Mukhina’s experience shooting landscapes with the EOS R in Iceland, they will take visitors around the world with their unique stories. Join the Canon stand to hear ‘How to’ talks – whether it is finding out how to take the leap from stills to video or learn the best way to print vivid and attractive landscape images, the ambassadors have it covered.

Every step of the imaging journey

From capturing stunning images to printing and sharing them with friends and family, Canon supports users at every stage of their imaging journey. The full PIXMA and Pro Print range will also be in action to demonstrate how Canon’s world-class print technology and inks transform digital image libraries into high-quality prints. The imagePROGRAF series will show the impact and magic of printed images, in large scale, which can be viewed in the Print Gallery.

Investing in equipment

Canon Professional Services (CPS) will also be at photokina, ensuring professionals are equipment-ready to do their job, whatever the circumstances. The service includes a priority repair service, back-up kit loans (dependent on membership) and support – both on-the-ground and via a dedicated helpline.

Stay informed

Keep an eye on the @CanonEvents Twitter feed and Pro photography Facebook page for regular updates and exclusive live content from the Canon stand including Q&As with Canon’s ambassadors and product experts. The Canon stand at photokina can be found in Hall 3, level 2.

For more information, please visit: https://www.canon.co.uk/pro/


Canon EOS R world-wide pre-order links:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada, KEH Camera
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
Germany/Austria/Switzerland: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Canon Deutschland
United Kingdom/Ireland: Amazon UK, Park Cameras, Wex Photo Video, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Canon UK
USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

Canon RF mount lenses world-wide pre-order links:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada, KEH Camera
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
Germany/Austria/Switzerland: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Canon Deutschland
United Kingdom/Ireland: Amazon UK, Park Cameras, Wex Photo Video, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Canon UK
USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

More possible Canon PowerShot announcements ahead of Photokina 2018 [CW2]

canon rumors canon full frame mirrorless

We got some more bits about Canon’s agenda for Photokina 2018, along with the rumor about the Canon EOS M5 Mark II.

Canon might announce also two PowerShot cameras around September 2018.

  • A premium, travel oriented PowerShot SX740, featuring a 40x zoom, raw file format and GPS
  • The PowerShot G7X III, with a new 1″ sensor manufactured by Canon, Dual Pixel AF, 4K, and again GPS

We feel more confident about the Canon EOS M5 Mark II rumor than on this. Time will tell.

Stay tuned.

Canon is going to attend Photokina 2018

Photokina 2018

Last week a rumor suggesting Canon (and other brands) may not be present at Photokina 2018 surfaced on the web. The rumor started because Elinchrom announced they would skip Photokina 2018.

It turned out to be wrong. Today the Photokina exhibition published a press release where they list a bunch of brands with already secured stands, among them is Canon.

Press release:

photokina 2018: high exhibitor demand

Five months prior to the start of the 35th edition of photokina on 26 September 2018, the organisers are expecting every single exhibitor space in the halls in Cologne to be filled. Leading companies of the industry like Arri, Canon, Cewe, DJI, Epson, Fujifilm, Kodak Alaris, Leica, Manfrotto, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Profoto, Sigma, Sony, Tamron and Zeiss have already secured their stands at the coming event. The application phase is also moving full speed ahead for photokina 2019.

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Canon may pull out of Photokina 2018, or just wait for the next one

Photokina 2018

Over at DIYPhotography they got word that some big brands, including Canon, Elinchrom and Profit, may pull out of Photokina 2018.

So far only Elinchrom has released a statement:

ELINCHROM TAKE A BREATHER FROM PHOTOKINA.

It goes without saying that the photo industry is going through major changes; photographer’s habits and expectations are evolving so rapidly.

In order to respond to this new environment, the photokina international exhibition has repositioned itself as an annual event to be held over 4 days in September this year, and then annually each May from 2019.

“After close to 30 successive participations we feel this is a transitional year for photokina and this break will help Elinchrom to analyse and refocus on what is really important for our customers in the coming years.” said Simon Whittle, CEO of Elinchrom.

The launch of the ground-breaking ELB 1200 location stills and video light and the ELB 500 TTL is proof of Elinchrom’s commitment to their customers.

Full information on the complete Elinchrom range remains accessible on-line and locally from Elinchrom’s Distributor and Retail network, throughout the year.

Keep in mind that there will be another Photokina in May 2019, so it’s possible the mentioned companies are just adjusting to the new schedule. Canon hasn’t confirmed or denied anything so far, and it’s still a rumor and hence may never happen.