Köln Messe/Deutz became a photographer’s Mecca this past week. Photokina is supposedy the biggest expo of everything that has something to do with photography, from the latest digital cameras to specialty lomography picture clips. I’d like a special mention to Frank, without whose generous offer of a free ticket I couldn’t go to the biennial photography event.
I’m lucky enough to be doing my internship in Bonn, a 30-minute train ride to Köln. The huge compound of the expo site probably covers the size of the subivision where my family lives in Las Pinas, or probably even more expansive. With this ekistic generosity, getting lost within the halls is not surprising. I didn’t mind because it’s also a way to discover the booths and squares, albeit an inefficient one. It is impossible to cover all the halls, all 11 of them, within a day. I only visited about 5 halls. Now I know why the event sold multiple-use tickets.
I give my most-creative-stall award to Zeiss with one of their booths in the shape of a lens. Let’s talk about the camera, which takes center-stage in this event. The much-publicized Panasonic Lumix G is indeed something to talk about. It should be the smallest and feature-packed prosumer (or is it an SLR?) camera to date. I got to play with it and it is a bit heavy for its size. Even then, with its small body that comes in different colors, changeable lens, and a swivel LCD, and impressive picture quality, Santa, I want one for Christmas! Many also toyed with Lensbaby, uhm, lenses and the new Nikon D90.