October 17th, 2018

In the heart of Cologne, Germany, Photokina is host to nearly 200,000 visitors and is the largest trade fair in the photographic and imaging industry. A tradition which started in 1950, and since 1966 has been held bi-annually, this year’s Photokina festival marked a major milestone when it was announced that as of 2019 the fair was to be held annually. There were some major announcements from the biggest camera and lighting manufacturers, and this year our Studio Manager, Christian Espinoza, was there to see it first hand.

Urs Recher from Broncolor (left), with Kingsize Studio manager Christian (right)



This was the year of the Full Frame Mirrorless Revolution with Canon, Nikon and Panasonic making announcements. Canon introduced the new EOS R Mirrorless camera, showing it at Photokina.

The camera uses the new RF mount, with a new shorter flange distance, and they also announced their new RF lenses. There is also an additional adapter to fit your existing EF lenses. The EOS R 30MP sensor is very similar to the 5d MkIV, and offers an extremely quick and accurate AF system (over 5,600 focus points). Shoots 4k video at 30p, with C-log, and has an articulating LCD screen. The EVF (electronic viewfinder) is a 3.69m-dot OLED screen… which means the image you see is extremely clear and bright, identical to what you’re about to shoot.




The Z6 and Z7 are Nikon’s new mirrorless bodies, announced just days before Canon’s EOS R.

Both Nikon bodies are nearly identical in design, but the main difference between them is the megapixel count. The Z6 has 24.5MP, next to the Z7 at 45.7MP. The body itself feels heavy, with a solid grip. Shoots video at 4k 30p, with N-log, and has a single XQD memory card slot. Nikon are set to release a new range of Z lenses, but these won’t be available until 2019.




Although the camera prototypes were not available to us at Photokina, we do know that the newly announced S1/ S1R are full frame cameras and their difference in Megapixel count is similar to the new Nikon mirrorless bodies. The S1 will be 24MP and the S1R will be 47MP. This new system will use the new L mount, which will now be available for Panasonic, Leica and Sigma thanks to the “L-mount Alliance”: also announced at Photokina.




The GFX 50R is an evolution from its predecessor, the GFX 50S. The new Medium Format camera is now compatible with the industry standard Capture One software, for tethering. It has a quick AF for a MFD camera, and is light enough to shoot on location without much strain.

There was also another announcement, albeit in development stages only, the GFX100… a 100MP MFD camera. Sitting behind a glass cabinet, we couldn’t tell much, but we can see it has a much bigger grip than the 50R.




Similar to the X-T2 in design, we found the X-T3 to be a nimble body, with a very quick EVF response, and highly accurate face detection AF system. 26MP, and using the Fuji X-trans CMOS sensor tech, this camera is not full frame, though, it shoots 4k in 60p… very impressive. We noticed the majority of people walking the Photokina floor had a Fujifilm X camera strapped around their neck. Clearly a fan favourite.



Presented at a special off site press event, Zeiss announced their first digital camera, the new ZX1, a 37.4MP camera with a fixed Distagon 35mm f/2 lens and built in Adobe Lightroom. Which means you can edit your images in camera (via LCD screen), and wirelessly share your images via Wifi or Bluetooth on your phone. The ZX1 has a leaf shutter, commonly found in Medium Format lenses, shoots 4k 30p, ISO range 80-51,200, and built in 512GB of storage. The design of this camera is very innovative, and we look forward to some early reviews.



We met with Broncolor and they showed us the new F160, a bi-color LED lamp adjustable from 28,000K – 68,000K. Quick buttons on the back change it from daylight to tungsten, and you can dial in fine green/magenta adjustments. The lamp head has a dome, just like the existing Broncolor flash heads, making it an open face hard point source. Focuses in and out like a Pulso head, which would make this ideal for still life/ product photographers in studio. Compatible with all existing Broncolor modifiers. CRI 97+ (and specifically 98.6 at the 55,000K), the settings can be controlled through the Broncolor app.  Silent fan means you can shoot video and record sound safely. 12,000 lumens bright, it’s comparable to a 650w halogen lamp.



Broncolor joined forces with Swiss software developers, Truvis, and created the new and groundbreaking Scope D50. A dome that looks like a beauty dish, which you angle straight down over your subject (usually an artefact or sample item, and insert your camera and lens down through it, pointing at your object. In the interior dome are 48 LED points. The magic is in the software, and once you shoot, it takes 48 images – each of which is lit with each of the 48 LED points at a time. The software then takes each photo, blends them together to create 1 overall scan and from here the user can select lighting from any angle by scrolling their curser over the image, and even create a 3D map with simulated physical properties. Broncolor made a promo VIDEO for the Scope D50 which involves a team of archeologists taking it out on the field as a mobile field unit. It was incredible to see in person.



The new B10 is a 250Ws flash (half the power of a B1 and the B1X and 5 times the power of a speed light) with high speed sync and TTL, and is entirely wireless. It has a different battery system to B1X, and can shoot up to 400 shots on full power. You can control the light using the Profoto app. This light also offers a continuous LED light for video shooters, with an equivalent output of a 150W tungsten lamp, and adjustable from 3,000K to 6,500K. CRI is approx 90-96, and you may get up to 75 minutes of continuous light on full.


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