Photo Plus 2017 Show Report

November 3, 2017 ·

Kevin Raber

A Look At What I Found Interesting

The PhotoPlus Trade Show and Expo was a little over a week ago. The show ran from October 25 – 27th in New York City at the Javits Convention Center. I arrived in New York on Tuesday and spent two days with Sony and the launch of the new A7r III. I have posted two articles on this earlier Sony A7r III Introduction and A NEW 24-105 G Lens and Sony a7r III – First Impressions. The news from Sony was the big news at the show, and their booth was jammed with people all the time.

I was only going to be at the show for a day and a half as I needed to get home, switch some things out, do laundry and then head out for a three-week road trip to the southwest which has been on the calendar for a long time.

A busy show

Being by myself I thought I would try to cover the show a bit differently, especially since time wasn’t going to allow me to write an extensive article on everything I wanted to see. So, this year I did a video of the booths that I had a chance to visit and interviews with representatives.

This way you could hear from the reps what the news was. I used a Sony a6500 camera outfitted in a special small rig cage. The cage allowed me to mount a Rode Video Mike Pro and Small HD monitor on the camera. The Small HD monitor could be flipped around, and I could frame the shot with the people I was speaking with. The camera could be switched on with a wireless remote control. This whole system sat on top on a Sirui P-424SR monopod with special feet that allowed it to free stand without taking up the space of a tripod. I have a Manfrotto MHXPRO Video head on top.

The Sony a6500 rig I used for the show videos
Click on any of the titles in the right bar to go directly to that segment

With this rig, I visited different booths and did the videos that you see below.

This is my first time trying this. While we tested the audio setup before the show, we didn’t expect so much on the show floor noise to interfere. I apologize about the audio, but hopefully, you can work with it.

The videos below are broken up into three segments. Part One – cameras and lenses, Part Two – prints and displays, and Part Three – software and gear. Each video has a timeline with segment markers that can be activated by selecting the icon at the bottom right of the video with the three dots and lines. This will toggle on the titles, and all you need to do is click on the topic you want to view. Of course, you could watch the whole thing, but there is a lot of content.

I hope you enjoy this show report. I covered as much as I could during my day and a half at the show. I was happy to see this show well attended and it seems that PhotoPlus has got its vide back. For a few years, it was slowing down. This year the show floor seemed very busy, and all booths seemed to have good traffic. The big players were there of course. Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Olympus, Sony all had large booths as well as Epson.

Video 1 – Camera and Lenses

 

 

Links for the above segments:

Hasselblad

Zeiss

Fuji

Olympus

Video 2 – Prints and Displays and Other Fun Stuff

 

 

Links for the above segments:

GTI – Inspection Booths

Hahnemühle Paper

BenQ Monitors

Epson

BayPhoto

Canson Paper

Memento Frames

Nail Point

WhiteWall Labs

Video 3 – Prints and Displays and Other Fun Stuff

 

 

Links for the above segments:

DxO Optics – New home for NIK software

Sirui 

Tamrac

Spider

Bandit

ThinkTank Camera Bags

Peak Design

Wine Country Filters

 

I hope you found these videos useful.  Once again, I apologize for any quality issues.  I know if I had Chris with me these would have been a lot better.


Kevin Raber
November 2017

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Kevin Raber

Photography is my passion and has been for 45 plus years. My career in photography has allowed me to travel the world, meet some of the most interesting people on the planet and see things I could never have dreamed of. My goal is to share the passion of pictures taking through photographs and teaching with as many people as I can hoping it brings them as much joy and happiness as it has me. I do this through Rockhopper Workshops and other projects as well as teaching at my Gallery in Indianapolis.

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