Photographers converge on PhotoPlus Expo in New York
Thousands of photographers converged this week on the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City for the 25th Anniversary PDN PhotoPlus Expo, an annual gathering that draws major camera and equipment manufacturers and high-end professional photographers from around the world.
Seminar and keynote speakers include internationally renowned photographers, including celebrity portrait master Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, National Geographic fellow Chris Rainier, and legendary sports photographer Walter Iooss.
At least 185 companies hosted booths in the sprawling convention center with their latest gear on display, including some pre-production cameras, concept cameras and lenses.
“Since its founding 25 years ago, PDN PhotoPlus Expo has evolved a great deal. Our recent high rankings in Exhibit Survey Inc.’s Trade Show Trends report confirms that after a quarter century, we are now truly at the top of our game,” Show Director Jeff McQuilkin said. “We find it extremely gratifying that in our 25th anniversary year, we have more exhibitors confirmed than at any past expo.”
The newest major camera manufacturer to join the expo this year is Casio, which showcased its new high-speed EXILIM line of cameras and allowed standers-by to test the cameras’ capability to shoot 40 still frames per second or 1,000 frames per second in video mode by shooting cheerleaders and acrobats performing.
“With Casio making strides to create a new market with the introduction of its innovative new products and revolutionary features, we could not think of a better venue at which to showcase our exciting new product lineup,” said Bill Heuer, Vice President of Sales for Casio’s Digital Imaging Division. “It is a valued event within the industry.”
The expo, which continues through Oct. 26, also marked the first U.S. showing of the Sony Alpha 900, Sony’s first full-frame Digital SLR.
“We’re very proud of this model,” Mark Weir, Sony USA’s Senior Technology and Marketing Manager, told Ask The Photographer. “A lot of people are showing a lot of interest, and you can see them here in the hands of professional photographers or pick one up and try it yourself.”
Ask The Photographer will release this week interviews conducted at the expo with leaders at the forefront of the professional camera industry as well as numerous professional photographers. Check back for equipment announcements, photographer profiles and audio slideshows from the show.