Photokina 2004, the photography trade show held every second year in Cologne, Germany, opened its doors today.
This year's event features 1589 suppliers from 50 countries around the world, spread across 11 halls in the sprawling Koelnmesse convention facility along the banks of the Rhine in central Cologne.
In 2002, 160,000 visitors from 139 countries attended Photokina.
Web site co-editor Mike Sturk and I are on-site; be sure to say hi to Mike if you pass him in the crush of people attending the show. And feel free to drop by the Microsoft booth in Hall 10.1, as I'm doing twice-daily 20 minute presentations on digital workflow (that I'm using as an opportunity to show off my favourite image browser Photo Mechanic).
You'll find me on stage at 12:45 PM and 4:45 PM every day except Sunday, October 3.
Below is a small gallery of photos of opening day, all taken by Mike Sturk with a Canon EOS 20D.
Photokina 2004 Gallery
Canon's sprawling booth shortly after the doors opened on the first day of Photokina 2004
Photographer Jens Dresling (right) finds Photokina 2004 to be an eye-popping experience
A prototype Nikon D2X, complete with security tether to keep it from walking away from Nikon's booth
Transmitting photos wirelessly with Canon's WFT-E1 (clipped to the photographer's belt) from a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
The Canon EOS-1D Mark II is red hot
A good use for film
Checking out the Leica stand
The AF-S VR 300mm f/2.8G ED-IF attached to a Nikon digital SLR
The Hasselblad booth
This film display didn't draw much of a crowd in Kodak's booth
Advertising at Photokina caters to the mostly-male attendees
An unconventional portable light stand