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A visitor to Photokina in Cologne, Germany, checks out a Polaroid Snap instant camera, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. After the success of Fujifilm's Instax cameras, instant cameras are again popular, with even German traditionalist Leica getting in on the action with its new Sofort camera.

A visitor to Photokina in Cologne, Germany, checks out a Polaroid Snap instant camera, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. After the success of Fujifilm's Instax cameras, instant cameras are again popular, with even German traditionalist Leica getting in on the action with its new Sofort camera. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

A visitor to Photokina in Cologne, Germany, checks out a Polaroid Snap instant camera, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. After the success of Fujifilm's Instax cameras, instant cameras are again popular, with even German traditionalist Leica getting in on the action with its new Sofort camera.

A visitor to Photokina in Cologne, Germany, checks out a Polaroid Snap instant camera, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. After the success of Fujifilm's Instax cameras, instant cameras are again popular, with even German traditionalist Leica getting in on the action with its new Sofort camera. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Visitors to Photokina check out a row of professional Canon lenses, including the 800 mm telephoto lens in the foreground, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016.

Visitors to Photokina check out a row of professional Canon lenses, including the 800 mm telephoto lens in the foreground, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Visitors to Photokina in Cologne, Germany, ham it up as they have their photos taken with an instant camera, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Along with action cams and drones, instant cameras are one of the trends at the imaging trade fair.

Visitors to Photokina in Cologne, Germany, ham it up as they have their photos taken with an instant camera, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Along with action cams and drones, instant cameras are one of the trends at the imaging trade fair. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

One of the stars at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, is the Fujifilm GFX 50S, a mirrorless medium-format camera with a 51.4 megapixel sensor.

One of the stars at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, is the Fujifilm GFX 50S, a mirrorless medium-format camera with a 51.4 megapixel sensor. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Except for the professional imaging media, most visitors' only glimpse of Olympus' new OM-D E-M1 II was via this hologram at the Japanese camera maker's stand at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016.

Except for the professional imaging media, most visitors' only glimpse of Olympus' new OM-D E-M1 II was via this hologram at the Japanese camera maker's stand at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Crowds check out cameras and lenses at the Sony stand at Photokina, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016.

Crowds check out cameras and lenses at the Sony stand at Photokina, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

A visitor to Photokina takes a look through a behemoth Sigma 200-500mm f2.8 lens. It will set you back a cool $25,999.

A visitor to Photokina takes a look through a behemoth Sigma 200-500mm f2.8 lens. It will set you back a cool $25,999. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Instant photography is a trend at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, this year. Here a visitor takes a photo of a friend with an Impossible I-1 instant camera, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Along with Impossible, Fuji, Polaroid and Leica had instant cameras on display.

Instant photography is a trend at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, this year. Here a visitor takes a photo of a friend with an Impossible I-1 instant camera, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Along with Impossible, Fuji, Polaroid and Leica had instant cameras on display. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

A surprise at Photokina was the Sofort instant camera from the traditional German camera maker Leica. At about $300, it is definitely the cheapest Leica you can buy. It is based on the Fujifilm Instax mini 90, with some reworking by Leica.

A surprise at Photokina was the Sofort instant camera from the traditional German camera maker Leica. At about $300, it is definitely the cheapest Leica you can buy. It is based on the Fujifilm Instax mini 90, with some reworking by Leica. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

A photographer takes a shot of a model at the Epson stand at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016.

A photographer takes a shot of a model at the Epson stand at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

A visitor to Photokina in Cologne, Germany, takes a  look through a Fujifilm camera, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Thousands of camera buffs will be descending on Cologne through Sunday to check out what is new in the imaging world.

A visitor to Photokina in Cologne, Germany, takes a look through a Fujifilm camera, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Thousands of camera buffs will be descending on Cologne through Sunday to check out what is new in the imaging world. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

A visitor to Photokina in Cologne, Germany, tries out an Olympus camera fitted with a macro lens. Photokina is billed as the largest imaging trade fair in the world.

A visitor to Photokina in Cologne, Germany, tries out an Olympus camera fitted with a macro lens. Photokina is billed as the largest imaging trade fair in the world. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

A visitor to Photokina in Cologne, Germany, tries his hand with a Hasselblad X1D, a compact, mirrorless medium-format camera, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. The Swedish company also had its digital medium-format DSLR cameras and lenses on display.

A visitor to Photokina in Cologne, Germany, tries his hand with a Hasselblad X1D, a compact, mirrorless medium-format camera, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. The Swedish company also had its digital medium-format DSLR cameras and lenses on display. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Oversize street portraits by Bruce Gilden are on display in the Leica Gallery in Hall 1 at Photokina, in Cologne, Germany. The gallery features works by Leica-camera-using professional photographers from around the world.

Oversize street portraits by Bruce Gilden are on display in the Leica Gallery in Hall 1 at Photokina, in Cologne, Germany. The gallery features works by Leica-camera-using professional photographers from around the world. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Besides camera equipment, Photokina features events, lectures and workshops. Here American photographer Amy Vitale talks about her photos at the Nikon stand, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Photokina runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Cologne, Germany.

Besides camera equipment, Photokina features events, lectures and workshops. Here American photographer Amy Vitale talks about her photos at the Nikon stand, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Photokina runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Cologne, Germany. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Photos from Afghanistan by German photographer Jens Umbach are on display in the Leica Gallery in Hall 1 at Photokina, in Cologne, Germany. The gallery features works by Leica-camera-using professional photographers from around the world. Billed as the largest imaging trade fair in the world, Photokina runs through Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Cologne fairgrounds.

Photos from Afghanistan by German photographer Jens Umbach are on display in the Leica Gallery in Hall 1 at Photokina, in Cologne, Germany. The gallery features works by Leica-camera-using professional photographers from around the world. Billed as the largest imaging trade fair in the world, Photokina runs through Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Cologne fairgrounds. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

The PowerEgg by PowerVision, with its unusual shape, was one of many camera-equipped drones on display at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. It features a 360-degree, 4 K camera and can transmit a video stream up to 3 miles away.

The PowerEgg by PowerVision, with its unusual shape, was one of many camera-equipped drones on display at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. It features a 360-degree, 4 K camera and can transmit a video stream up to 3 miles away. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

A visitor to Photokina rides across a bridge in virtual reality with a video captured with Kodak's new SP360 4K camera. Along with action cams and instant cameras, VR is one of the trends at this year's Photokina trade fair in Cologne, Germany.

A visitor to Photokina rides across a bridge in virtual reality with a video captured with Kodak's new SP360 4K camera. Along with action cams and instant cameras, VR is one of the trends at this year's Photokina trade fair in Cologne, Germany. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Maybe coming to you soon via a Kickstarter campaign is this Pictar iPhone grip that accessory manufacturer miggo says will turn your iPhone into a DSLR . All the phone's camera settings can be set using wheels on the grip. The Pictar is one of the many new things on display at Photokina in Cologne, Germany. Billed as the largest imaging trade fair in the world, it runs through Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Cologne fairgrounds.

Maybe coming to you soon via a Kickstarter campaign is this Pictar iPhone grip that accessory manufacturer miggo says will turn your iPhone into a DSLR . All the phone's camera settings can be set using wheels on the grip. The Pictar is one of the many new things on display at Photokina in Cologne, Germany. Billed as the largest imaging trade fair in the world, it runs through Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Cologne fairgrounds. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Zeiss exhibited its lenses at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, inside an oversize model of an Apo Planar lens.

Zeiss exhibited its lenses at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, inside an oversize model of an Apo Planar lens. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

COLOGNE, Germany — It may be Germany’s fourth-largest city, but from now until Sunday this city on the Rhine River will be the center of the photography universe.

Photokina is considered the largest imaging trade fair in the world.

By the time the biennial show ends more than 150,000 visitors will descend on the fairgrounds to check out the offerings of about 1,000 exhibitors from the world of imaging.

Cameras and lenses are on display, of course, but so are photo printers, camera bags, lighting equipment, tripods and much, much more. If it has something to do with making pictures, it can probably be found at Photokina.

Most of the cameras on display are digital, but good old analog film cameras are also still around.

Making a big comeback are instant picture cameras. Along with Fujifilm, which revived the genre with its Instax cameras, Polaroid and even Leica are displaying instant cameras. One company, Impossible, offers refurbished classic Polaroid cameras and even one of its own, the futuristic but at the same time old-fashioned-looking I-1.

Other trends at this year’s Photokina are the proliferation of action cameras and camera-equipped drones.

It seems everyone has gotten into the action cam race, the little cameras that can be attached to almost anything.

The drones, mostly in the helicopter style, are growing in popularity, despite air safety concerns. One company, PowerVision, showed its PowerEgg, shaped as the name would suggest, equipped with a 360-degree, 4K camera that can transmit a video stream to up to 3 miles away.

In addition to equipment, many photographs are displayed throughout the exhibition halls used for the fair.

Photokina is open through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is 53 euros ($60) through Friday and 18 euros on Saturday and Sunday. On those two days, a family ticket is available for 18 euros, which provides admission for two adults and up to two children ages 7-17. The website is photokina.com.

abrams.mike@stripes.com


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