Photokina 2012: Follow @PetaPixel on Instagram for the Inside Scoop

I’m going to be in Cologne, Germany next week, covering the latest and greatest photo announcements at Photokina 2012. In addition to posts — and possibly live blogs — on this website, I’ll also be sharing photographs of the products, parties, and press events through our relatively new Instagram account: @petapixel. The photo steam may also be added to the sidebar of this blog. Follow along for the inside scoop!

Two questions for y’all: first, are any of you guys attending the trade fair this year? If so, would you be interested in doing a PetaPixel photo-enthusiast meetup sometime during the week?

Secondly, what would you like to see us cover? Hands-on photos and videos of new photo gear? A behind-the-scenes look at the different launch parties that will be held? Live-blogs of product launch press events? Interviews with camera company bigwigs? Leave a comment below letting us know your answers to these questions.

The Instagram photo above shows the press pass that you’re sent after you apply for press accreditation through the Photokina website. Here’s the short letter that’s attached:

If you buy a standard visitor’s ticket for Photokina, the ticket also serves as a pass for the public transport system in Cologne (that’s why they specifically state that the press pass doesn’t serve this purpose).

  • Samcornwell

    I will be there! I mostly enjoy the more curious / fringe photography stories, but understand if you have to spend your time to cover Canon/Nikon/Adobe/Sony/Fujifilm/etc products.

  • branden rio

    Drink some kolsch for me!

  • Severin Matusek

    I’ll be there! We’ll have a live-stream from Photo Hack Day in Berlin on Sunday afternoon, would be cool to meet.

  • mo

    can’t wait!!
    i’ll just need a 10 minute walk :)

  • Sam Agnew

    Cover the new Plustek OpticFilm 120 scanner. The first proper film scanner in many years. 5300dpi for 35mm and medium format. A lot of film shooters waiting to see if it lives up to the hype!

  • Baard Hansen

    Hi, I will be going to Photokina. We should do a meetup!

  • Ann Buster

    Gonna be there on Wednesday, would be awesome to meet up @concertPhotographer :)

  • William Praniski

    i guess interview with camera companies bigwigs.

  • Namepicker

    get onto the Cologne Cathedral and onto the observation deck of the

    KölnTriangle ;-)

  • Haje Jan Kamps

    Great stuff Michael, I’ll be there (Hall 5.2 stand E025c). If you have any time at all, it’d be awesome to meet you!

    ~ Haje (

  • Vaibhav Pandey

    Hi Baard, I would like to invite you to Stellar Photo Recovery Solution at Hall No 4.1, Booth F016.

  • Jen Baxter

    I’m at Photokina now and want to meet up. I’m interestd in hearing about new cameras outside of Nikon and Cannon, especially in the bloggers price range. I saw a presentation today on a Fuji camera that sounded really interesting. I have just been using Cannon and would love an opportunity to expand my horizons while here.

    What do you mean about the photokina ticket can be used on Public transport? Can you use it on the S- Bahn?

    Would really like to meet up.


  • Michael Zhang

    Hi Jen,

    It’s my understanding that you can, but I’d double check just to be sure.

    Sorry, heading back to the states soon :(