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Date: 16/09/2016 | By: Mathieu

Ready for Photokina 2016? Make sure to follow our live blogging!


Ready for Photokina 2016? Make sure to follow our live blogging!

Two years ago, Heather and I experienced our first Photokina. The one word that immediately came to mind when we stepped through the doors of the Koelnmesse exhibition centre was: HUGE! I remember discovering at the end of the show that there were entire halls we didn’t even know existed.

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At the entrance on the first day!

It is actually impossible to see everything in one week because Photokina isn’t just about the major camera and lens manufacturers – there are also entire halls dedicated to accessory companies from all over the world, subdivided by continent. You can literally become lost if you don’t pay attention to where you’re going.

Me working hard on an article before an interview!
Me working hard on an article before an interview!

Because it is the most popular photography event in the world and pretty much everyone in the industry is present, it is also a nice opportunity to meet people – both new faces and those you’ve only ever had the chance to meet online. In fact, this is one of the main reasons we decided to go back this year.

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One “friend” Heather was particularly glad to make!

This year we’ll stay for a shorter period of time but rest assured: we will cover all the most important new announcements related to the mirrorless world. Starting Monday, we’ll be discovering all the new products at several press conferences and begin sharing our first impressions on the same evening. Ok, evening probably sounds too optimistic, let’s say during the night! :-)

Memories from last year: Heather at the Leica booth.

Since MirrorLessons now comprises multiple platforms, we will handle our reporting in the following manner: all product coverage will be produced in video format on our YouTube channel. On MirrorLessons, we will publish a quick summary of our thoughts with the aforementioned videos embedded, along with product shots and if allowed, sample images taken with the new cameras and lenses. We have scheduled a couple of interviews which will also be published on Mirrorlessons. Finally, on our Mirrorless Comparison website, we will publish several comparison previews with side-by-side product images.

Live Blogging will start on September the 19th. To follow everything, make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channelnewsletter, follow us on Facebook / Twitter or bookmark this article as it will be updated regularly with new links.

We look forward to seeing and sharing all the new products with you, meeting old and new friends, and drinking lots of coffee!

Our MirrorLessons t-shirts!
Our MirrorLessons t-shirts!
If you attend the show, look out for the MirrorLessons T-shirt and say hello!

Photokina 2016 Articles

All the latest mirrorless news on Mirrorless Curation: Olympus OM-D E-M1 II, Fujifilm GFX and GF lenses, Panasonic Lumix GH5, New M.Zuiko lenses, Olympus Pen E-PL8, Panasonic Lumix G85, YI M1 Micro Four Thirds camera, Lumix GX85 firmware update 1.1

All the latest comparison previews on Mirrorless Comparison:

  • Lumix G85 vs GX85
  • Lumix G7 vs G85
  • OM-D E-M1 vs OM-D E-M1 II
  • Canon EOS M3 vs M5
  • Canon EOS M5 vs a6300

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About the author: Mathieu Gasquet

Mathieu Gasquet is a professional photographer with French and Italian origins. Besides running his own video and photography studio 3Dit Lab, he is also the official photographer for the National Cinema Museum in Turin. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter or Facebook!

  • Klaus Thielking-Riechert

    Wow, this really sound like a lot of work for the Live blogging. I wish you and Heather a nice trip and an exciting event! And besides all the hard work a lot of fun in, too!! 😉

  • Kalai

    Thanks guys for your live blogging. I cant make to PhotoKina but at least I read from your site. Thanks again.

  • Alex Zafer

    Have fun! Wish I could be there. Very interested to learn more about the new Olympus EM1 Mk2 as well as the Panasonic GH5.

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