The Photokina show is dedicated to refined photo equipment for enthusiasts and professionals, and as such was the perfect place for Canon to debut the 7D Mark II. This SLR modernizes a 5-year-old model to improve the sensor, autofocus, durability, and video. It's shown here with another new product, the Canon EF-S 24mm f2.8 STM pancake lens.
The surprise hit for the show was the Panasonic CM1, an Android phone with a high-end lens and sensor. It's sleek for a camera. Excitement about it was tempered by its €900 price tag and the fact that it'll only be on sale in Germany and France. This converts to $1,160/£700/AU$1,300.
The Sigma 200-500mm f2.8 EX DG HSM is a massive supertele zoom. Physics dictates a large size to make a lens that combines long focal length and the fast f2.8 aperture, good for capturing fast-moving distant subjects like race cars.
Red Bull heavily promotes its association with unusual, dramatic sports -- the kind of thing people record with GoPro cameras. Most people at Photokina seemed more interested in watching the mechanical bull than riding it.
Those on the tech conference circuit can be forgiven if they thought they were at the IFA electronics show in Berlin, whose mascot is a red-wigged woman. Instead, this was one of several staffing the Canon booth.
At Photokina, Olympus announced new firmware for its higher-end OM-D E-M1 camera, an update that will mean photographers can use it for "tethered" shooting. That means hooking the camera up to a PC with a USB cable so photos are immediately pushed to the computer, something that facilitates studio photography.
Can't afford the $1,500 price tag on Olympus' new M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro lens? How about half off? This view shows the innards of the new high-end lens for the company's Micro Four Thirds compact cameras.
Mark Roberts Motion Control and Nikon announced a partnership under which the Japanese company will supply cameras for robot-controlled shooting for movies and events. MRMC software lets multiple cameras track the same subject from different perspectives -- an athlete, actor, or singer, for example.
Fujifilm introduced its 56mm f1.2 R APD lens, a variation of an earlier model that adds an apodization filter "to create silky bokeh effects" -- in other words, to rid blurred-out backgrounds of any distracting patterns.
The DJI S1000 is just over a meter across and can carry a hefty Canon 5D Mark III SLR camera in a gyro-stablized gimbal mount. It can fly for 15 minutes thanks to a 9.5kg, 15,000mAh battery that supplies 500 watts of power. The drone costs €3,390 alone, the gimal adds €2,600, and the controller a further €1,099. A combo package is €5,430.
Canon wasn't happy with the optical performance of the first-generation model, so it announced the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens at Photokina. Its diffractive optics (DO) design permits a shorter, lighter lens.
Google is best known for its search service and Android operating system, but the company arrived at Photokina to promote its Views service too, which lets photographers contribute shots used on Google Maps.