Smaller but higher quality show outpaces smartphone threat
Fuji and Tamron win prizes and supporters
Panasonic Lumix quietly outshines Nikon and Canon
Largest Photography Conference and Expo in North America
Photoplus 2017 is upon us and there is much to look forward to in the evolving technology of the high quality hand held camera in the face of increasing competition from the ever more sophisticated and ubiquitous smart phone lenses, resulting in a huge array of options in the hand held camera on almost every level, designed to outpace the minicomputer in every smartphone which now can transform the limitations of tiny phone lenses (ironically many of those made by Panasonic),into results which have already allowed even movie directors such as The Florida Project’s Sean Baker to shoot an entire film (his debut,
Tangerine in 2015) for theatrical release using an iPhone 5S.
Prizewinners on Thursday evening:
After the Press Preview of items vying for attention at the Show the highlight of the first evening is always the LUCIE Technical Awards. This year’s winners were:
BEST INSTANT CAMERA
*WINNER: Fujifilm instax SQUARE SQ10
BEST FIXED-LENS COMPACT CAMERA
*WINNER: Fujifilm X100F
*WINNER: Olympus TOUGH TG-5
BEST SMALL FORMAT SYSTEM CAMERA
*WINNER: Panasonic Lumix GH5
BEST FULL FRAME SYSTEM CAMERA
*WINNER: Sony A9
BEST WIDE ANGLE ZOOM LENS
*WINNER: Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art
BEST MEDIUM RANGE ZOOM LENS
*WINNER: Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2
BEST TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS
*WINNER: Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
BEST SPECIAL PURPOSE LENS
*WINNER: Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art
BEST MEDIUM FORMAT SYSTEM CAMERA
*WINNER: Fujifilm GFX 50S
BEST CAMERA DRONE
*WINNER: DJI Mavic Pro
BEST CAMERA BAG
*WINNER: Think Tank Photo Airport Advantage
*WINNER: 3 Legged Thing Equinox Leo Carbon Fibre Tripod System & AirHed Switch
BEST CONTINUOUS LIGHT SOURCE
*WINNER: ARRI SkyPanel S120-C
*WINNER: Metz Mecablitz M400
BEST PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
*WINNER: Capture One Pro 10.1
BEST SOFTWARE PLUGIN
*WINNER: Macphun Luminar
BEST BACKUP SOLUTION
*WINNER: LaCie 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3
BEST INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
*WINNER: Leica M10
The black painted Thambar-M 90 mm f/2.2 lens for its M Cameras from Leica, reclaimed from 1935, which is all about soft focus and bokeh (out of focus effects), since the lens is undercorrected toward the outer edges of the frame, controlled by a stepless aparture ring. (Thanbo is Greek for blurred, it seems). Available in Leica stores in mid November for $6,990 including the hard leather case in the original style.
Distinguished advanced point and shoot from Panasonic: Available since May for about $400, the Lumix ZS70 is a new option for those that like the lowlight+zoom capabilities of the ZS60 and the ZS100, with much the same features as the ZS100 except with a 3x longer 24-720 mm x30 zoom, and thus rather less low light sensitivity (chip is four times smaller); but many will look closely before buying to see if the mysteries of the complex menu have been tidied up to permit speed and reliability of quick shots when options such as 4K or wi-fi suddenly get switched on by a misplaced thumb. Meanwhile, a tactile ring has been added around the four command circle on the rear, a new Light Composition mode saves a series of images and combines them with an emphasis given to brighter pixels, and the 3-inch touch display can be tilted upward.
Advice from the show’s PR maestro, Scott Heath: Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries as well as enthusiasts, PhotoPlus Expo showcases the latest advances in photography, digital imaging and filmmaking. Held annually at the Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services – all from the industry’s leading manufacturers. The show also offers seminars and intimate Photo Walks and Master Classes taught by world-renowned experts that focus on cutting-edge innovations and techniques.
NEW YORK (July 6, 2017) — If you love taking photos or creating videos and want to learn how to improve your skills, the annual PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York from October 25-28 is a must-attend event. PhotoPlus is the largest photographic conference and Expo in North America where manufacturers showcase the latest technologies and renowned photographers and filmmakers share their secrets to success through dozens of educational seminars and photo walks. Early bird discounts on conference passes, seminars, and photo walks are available through July 11 by visiting photoplusexpo.com and free registration to the 3-day Expo is available through September 12.
“The PhotoPlus Conference and Expo provides extensive education and growth opportunities for professionals and enthusiasts alike ranging from lighting, portraiture, post-production, filmmaking, business classes, and so much more,” explains Mike Gangel, Show Director at PhotoPlus Expo. “Our vast schedule of photo walks, master classes, conference seminars, keynotes, and portfolio reviews, combined with our large Expo hall filled with hundreds of exhibitors demonstrating the latest imaging technologies, has created a wonderful playground for anyone who loves the visual arts.”
PhotoPlus Expo offers the widest selection of educational programming outside a formal university classroom. Presented by world class instructors, attendees will leave PhotoPlus with a new level of knowledge they can apply to their craft and their business.
Early Bird Discounts on World Class Education
Attendees of this year’s PhotoPlus Expo will have an opportunity to take advantage of special early bird pricing on several conference packages including discounts on Full Conference Passes, a 2-day Film package by Future Media Concepts (FMC), dozens of seminars and photo walks, three keynote presentations, and comprehensive programming for photography using Drones. Early registration ensures access to the widest selection of educational programming before sessions sell out, including more than 60 new classes.
This year, Master Classes will be included with any 4-day conference pass (Wednesday-Saturday), 3-day pass (Thursday-Saturday) or 1-day passes (choice of any day, Wednesday-Saturday).
Members of PHOTO+ (PhotoServe.com and WPPI) will save 30% on all conference seminar pass options including a Full Conference Pass, One Day Conference Pass, individual seminars as well as Master Class, Photo Walk, and Drone+ purchases. Attendees can choose to become PHOTO+ members ($150.00) before or during the registration process to access exclusive discounts on conference passes, year-round vendor and product discounts, free subscriptions to PDN and Rangefinder magazines, discounts on contest entries throughout the year, and much more.
The price of a Full Conference Pass is $549.00 and a One Day Conference Pass is $299.00 for non-members. PHOTO+ members will save over $300 off the onsite price of the 4-Day pass and over $200 off the onsite price of the 1-Day pass when they register by July 11.
If you are looking to completely immerse yourself in PhotoPlus Expo, register as a VIP attendee and receive exclusive access, discounts, and opportunities for the entire duration of the event. With a VIP Expo badge, attendees will receive:
· Three-day admission to PhotoPlus Expo with instant badge pick-up at the VIP Customer Service Desk
· Admission and priority seating for keynote presentations on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
· The Official PPE VIP Bag packed with special promotions from a variety of exhibitors. More than 100 bags will include a Golden Ticket that can be redeemed for a special prize valued up to $250, including photo gear, gift cards and more! Prize sponsors include B&H Photo and others. VIP status is extremely limited.
More than 200 exhibitors and brands of imaging hardware, software, and accessories will be on hand to demonstrate the latest technology in the world of photography and filmmaking, conduct free educational presentations at their booth, and offer special discounts on products and services throughout the Expo.
Additional learning opportunities can be found inside the Adobe Theater, which will be conveniently located on the show floor. Renowned photographers, filmmakers, and educators will conduct 30-minute seminars during the entire Expo to provide attendees with additional tips and tricks for improving their craft, and their business.