Recap: KEH at Imaging USA 2019
We're still winding down from an exciting and productive three days at Imaging USA, so let's take a minute to recap our show highlights.
In case you didn't read our pre-show post last week, Imaging USA is a long-running conference put on by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) that brings out just about everyone in the industry. This year, it took place right here in Atlanta, at the Georgia World Congress Center, so of course, we were there in full force.
At our spacious booth, we bought and sold gear, handed out goodies, showed off rarities from our reserve collection and chatted with attendees and presenters alike—needless to say, we had a great time! Hundreds came by to say hello and we enjoyed hearing stories from our longtime customers as well as introducing new people to KEH.[mks_col] [mks_one_half] [/mks_one_half] [mks_one_half][/mks_one_half] [/mks_col]
Our big show-stopper was our glass case of treasures, in which we displayed items from our reserve collection. People stopped in their tracks and made a beeline over to us as soon as they caught a glimpse of items like our gorgeous gold-plated 50th anniversary edition Hasselblad 503CX or the stunning snake-skinned Leica R4. We also had other absolute gems from Alpa, Contax and Minolta on display, and they all sparked interesting conversations. People really enjoyed seeing and talking about these cameras—a few even mentioned it was the first time they'd ever laid eyes on them.
Besides showing off what KEH has to offer, one of our goals for Imaging USA was to raise awareness for a charity that is close to our hearts—Flashes of Hope. They're focused on funding cancer research and are always looking for volunteers to take portraits of young cancer patients, and since there were hundreds of working photographers in attendance, it was a perfect time to drum up some interest for this worthy cause.
We also made sure to take time to walk the show floor and see what's happening with some of the giants in our industry. We got our hands on the new Canon mirrorless camera, the EOS R, whose small size and weight made it a real joy to hold. Our booth neighbors and pals at Fujifilm were showing off several recently released items, including the rangefinder-style GFX 50R—an absolutely intriguing new entry in the digital medium format world.
At the Sony booth, we shot 20 frames per second on the mighty A9. We also checked out the new a6400 and can confirm its much-talked-about autofocus system was locking on to faces fast and accurately. Sigma, Zeiss, Tamron and Lensbaby were also on hand with their full lineups of lenses, and we had a blast trying out their most recent additions.
Other happenings included watching portrait master Peter Hurley do a demo headshot session on the Canon stage, getting handfuls of free Kodak film samples (including a roll of the newly released Ektachrome E100) and flipping through a myriad of samples of luxurious Hahnemühle fine art print paper.
Here's some more of the action, in case you weren't there to witness it:
Overall, it was a great show and we can't wait to attend Imaging USA 2020 in Nashville, TN!