Every October, the PhotoPlus Expo is held in New York. The biggest photography trade-show in the US, PPE is the first chance a lot of photographers get to see for themselves the latest cameras, lenses and accessories. And this year will be no different with major new releases from all of the major manufacturers.
Covering four days, and multiple stages, there’s a lot to see at PPE, and as usual, DPReview will be at the show to report on the latest products and speak to photographers and attendees. In this article we’ve put together a quick guide to some of the standout gear – and speakers – you can expect to see at the show. So if you’re planning on visiting PPE this year (or just intending to lurk online, reading our show coverage) take a look at what you can expect to see.
|You can expect to see all of the major Photokina announcements ‘in the flesh’ at PhotoPlus Expo, including the forthcoming medium-format Fujifilm GFX 50S.|
2016 is a Photokina year, so many of the major late summer announcements were made last week in Germany. But because of the disruption caused by the Kyushu earthquake in Japan earlier this year, several of the hottest new cameras were announced as developments – not shipping products. Although we’ve handled prototypes of the Fujifilm GFX 50S, Olympus OM-D E-M1 II and Sony a99 II, we’re hoping that PPE will also provide an opportunity to take a better look at the forthcoming Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5. We suspect that Panasonic’s new 1-inch sensor zoom compacts will be a big hit with enthusiast photographers, too.
Other new gear which should make an appearance at PPE includes Canon’s latest mirrorless offering, the EOS M5, and the 30MP EOS 5D IV. Nikon will be showing off its range of KeyMission action cameras, and a new entry-level DSLR, the D3400. As well as cameras, PPE should provide a chance to get your hands on several new lenses, including high-end zooms and primes from Nikon, Sigma and Tamron.
Life isn’t just about gear (despite what you might think from reading comments on DPReview). One of the reasons we enjoy going to PPE every year is to meet, speak to and listen to some of the world’s most influential and inspiring photographers.
|Musician and photographers Graham Nash and Mark Seliger will be delivering a keynote on October 20th at PPE.|
On Thursday the 20th of October, two legends of rock and roll – musician Graham Nash and renowned photographer and musician Mark Seliger – will discuss their mutual love of photography and music. On Friday, three of VII Photo agency’s photojournalists – Jessica Dimmock, Ron Haviv and Ashley Gilbertson will deliver a keynote, ‘Why we Shoot’, in which they’ll speak about what it means to be a visual storyteller in today’s media landscape. Closing out the show on Saturday are National Geographic photographers Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier, who will speak about their global initiative to protect the world’s oceans. If any of these keynotes sounds interesting to you, be sure to sign up soon.
Presentations, prints and demos
|There are always lots of things to see at PPE, including some of the best in contemporary photography.|
In addition to the keynotes, PPE attendees will also get the chance to see demos and presentations from professional photographers across the entire show floor. Most large booths have a schedule of presentations, prints and video slideshows, and in traditional trade-show fashion, there are sure to be plenty of strange dioramas, gymnasts and preternaturally patient costumed models scattered around the show for attendees to take pictures of. We’re expecting 360 imaging and virtual reality to be a major theme of this year’s show too, so be sure to try out a VR headset if you’ve never experienced one before.
DPReview will be at PPE all week, so if you see one of us walking around the show floor, come up and say hello. Hopefully we’ll see a few of you there.