PhotoPlus Expo Starts Tomorrow-I’ll Be Covering Right Here
I just flew into New York in preparation for PDN PhotoPlus International Conference & Expo. I’ve been attending this show for nearly twenty years, sometimes as a guest of Nikon and others, sometimes just on my own. This trip qualifies as just on my own. It’s a great trade show, all the big players are here from Nikon, Canon, HP, Sandisk, Lowepro and lots of others. I haven’t been to New York for a couple of years so I decided it was time to pack my bags and head east. It’s always nice to reacquaint myself with some of the folks we work with on a regular basis but hardly ever actually see.
I’ll be snooping and pocking and asking lots of questions about this, that and lots of other things. I’m crossing my fingers that we may see the newest pro or semi-pro Nikon body. However, I’m not holding my breath. Lots of rumors out in cyberspace regarding the devastation Nikon has endured in Thailand due to colossal flooding. Imagine the turmoil they must be going through created by the flood in Thailand the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear radiation event in Japan and the downturn in the world economy. It can’t be easy but amazingly they are more savvy than I have ever seen in the nearly 30 years I’ve worked with them. Nikon has actually become amainzgly astute at marking. That was not always the case. Back in the 1980’s you would have never seen anyone remotely similar to Ashton Kutcher helping sell Nikon cameras. Ashton is a great asset for all of us wanting better and more sophisticated photographic tools. If Nikon can sell to the masses, the technology and research eventually makes it over to the more serious professional side. It’s good for everyone wanting to capture great memories.
My first stop will be the Nikon booth where I hope to see the new enthusiast cameras they recently announced, the Nikon J1 and V1. both these cameras are apparently doing very well. I’m hoping to get my hands on one or both to give them a good once over. Might even be able to talk my friends in to letting me give them a try. Stay tuned and stop by to see what I come up with. I’ll be blogging from the show each day.