Photokina 2012 - Part II

04th October 2012
Sorry for taking so long to get round to giving a short resume of the remainder of Photokina.
Having spent most of Tuesday in the Leica area, I only had time to quickly visit a couple of stands of interest on the rest of that dya - Artisan & Artist and JJC.
I wanted to see a particular person at both so I had to return on Wednesday to speak with them about their products of interest.
The rest of Wednesday I spent looking at items that were of more personal interest - Voigtlander and Zeiss lenses, Olympus, Panasonic and Fuji cameras and lenses.
I also had look at the Hasselblad Lunar. Now there seems to be a great big collective "raspberry" being blown in that direction, exactly why I am not sure. Possibly because it is a radical departure for Hasselblad following their tie-up with Sony, and because it is based on the Nex concept, but at a very high - almost Leica-like price. Personally I thought it was a great looking camera. Needed some more work before release, though (not enough finger space 'twixt grip and lens in some cases), and some of the finishes seemed to me to be a bit, dare I say it, bling! But still an interesting idea.
I was impressed by the Fuji XE-1 though - very impressed. Also the top of the Pen range the Olympus E-PL5. It was a shame that the rumoured Panasonic GX2 was not there, and only very few GH3s - that area was mobbed.
It was as well I left promptly, returned to the Hotel and collected my bag. When I arrived at the airport the signs were saying that my flight to STN was very delayed by 1.5 hours to 9pm. So I went to the ticket desk to confirm this and was told I could go to LHR instead on the 6pm flight - result!! Got home early!

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