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It seems like I'll have some additional spare time during the next few weeks, so I will start to add all the announcements that are still missing from the period since July.
August also was the month of EISA Award selections for 2016-2017:
Last news in June, wow! I didn't have a look into this project since a while. Summer activities appeared wildly, once again keeping me from delivering more regularly. Well, I guess my visitors are already used to such interruptions. We got September and it's the month of Photokina, which I do my best to attend, but things are going uneasily. I just went to France for some holidays and the plan actually included to visit the exhibition on my way back home. Said and done, but ... First, the weather in the south of France didn't allow me to go in time (just too good by means of wind and lately lots of sun again ;)), second, on my way back I ran over a wild pig, which I killed of course (I don't go with half of the job done), but which also demanded a visit to a garage afterwards - as a result of the crash the front of the car was quite rampaged and the car lost some important fluids. Now I'm waiting for the spare parts. Poor pig! Stupid pig! This is going to cost another day. Since I'm in the middle of nowhere and don't have anything better to do, I thought it'll be a good idea to start this year's report with some preliminaries. Good idea, but less practical. I don't have the news of the last months at hand and there's no internet available here. From memory and a few notes currently present, the most important news so far included the following:
Quite a lot of stuff. Many technical details are missing right now, but that's no issue here. They will be added asap. Although I don't expect most of the cine gear to be present, I might add, there was talk about a Canon EOS C700 from usually rather reallity-orientated sources. Still I didn't receive official announcements in that respect.
And the shit goes on. I'm still in France. The spare part for my van delivered to the garage here was broken (after I spent 2 days waiting for the delivery and the mechanic's installation) and now I got to travel back by train, leaving the car behind. Since the public bus, which was the first chain of my train connection to Cologne tonight, refused to stop and take me for whatever reason, I decided to hitchhike (it was the last connection for the day and heck, it's just 400 km left!), ended up on a remote highway picnic area obviously famous for anonymous gay meetings, ended up in the nightly darkness and fucking cold trying to stop someone for 2 hours without success, finally drawing to me the attention of a highway patrol, which collected me and - after some dumb threatening with handcuffs and the likes - got the situation straight and made them drop me at the next train station. What a great Photokina story, hah! However, I keep going on. Will - hopefully - arrive in Cologne tomorrow afternoon/evening to indeed attempt on Saturday/Sunday.
Man, these Frenchies! Pour ma propre sécurité the Nancy train station was closed at 11:30pm and I had to spend the night in the cold outside of it waiting for the train in the morning, which I was about to get charged something around 330€, if I was about to go to Hamburg. I'd assume, at that price I'd also buy the right to wait IN the station in some well tempered room with shower and full massage service. Nope, nothing. Hotel across the street (130€ per night) was booked out. But man, right now I'm en route in a fully equipped ICE - power plug, WiFi, chips for free - and will be dropped at the exhibition grounds at noon. Even found a few friendly employees from Deutsche Bahn not hesitating just a second to do everything possible and against all basic rules of common data security policies to get my press ticket from my HD down on their own system for printing.
Well, I guess it's time for more ontopic facts. Starting to add missing technical data (Tamron, Zeiss, Sigma, Canon).
I used the rest of the weekend to visit the exhibition and to party with my hosts in Cologne. This year's Photokina was quite manageable in terms of present companies and really new on-site-announcements and findings. Hall 6, usually crammed with asian aftermarket companies, was used for entertainment projects, and even hall 9 wasn't as crowded as during the past exhibitions. I was in the hurry and didn't manage to look them up in the exhibitors lists, but didn't even notice companies like Walimex or Bower to be present this year. The big players use to publish their announcements ahead of the show already, so there weren't really many surprises.
Before I get lost in trying to get this vehicle up to date, I've got a thing to complain about. One of the big announcements of the Photokina PR team for me was astro photography to become one of the highlights of this year's show, with Baader, Kowa and maybe a few other exhibitors representing the topic being present on the central piazza. When I read this, I was really excited, my first station to have a look at would be that! But hey ... what a disappointment! I'm quite familiar with the wide spectrum of equipment and technology which is available for astro photography. Baader indeed is a huge supplier in Germany. They offer their very own camera modifications, sell all kinds of adapters, filters, CCD cameras, lenses and telescopes, they have complete observatories on offer ... and they appear at the exhibition with 2 tripods, 2 telescopes - one for digiscoping and one with a DSLR dummy mounted, and a heap of paper brochures. Let me put it this way: Fucking boring! Next time you better pay the guys from JTW Astronomy to rock the show for you. And I'm quite sure they will!
Guess what! We just crossed boarders going from year 2015 to year 2016. Although these numbers are the epitome of total randomness. I actually say, we get closer by accepting to hit some year around 4.540.002.016. Don't be so ignorant about our mothership. Congratulations anyway, and a happy new one ;).