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Photokina, the largest ded­i­cated bian­nual photo show in Europe, re­cently an­swered ru­mours — and ex­tin­guished ru­mours, too — with its mas­sive launch of new tech.

Fu­ji­film’s an­nounce­ment of the GFX 50S de­vel­op­ment was one of the stars of the show — a medium-for­mat mir­ror­less cam­era that’s set to ship next year. Built around the 51.4MP medium-for­mat sen­sor found in the Pen­tax 645Z and Has­sel­blad X1D50c, it lays claim to be­ing the world’s first medium-for­mat mir­ror­less cam­era with a fo­cal plane shut­ter.

Sony’s new cam­era re­lease also caused a buzz. Af­ter three years on the mar­ket, the Al­pha 99 met its re­place­ment at Photokina — the aptly named A99 Mark II.

Has­sel­blad boasted an all-black XiD kit to mark the 75th an­niver­sary of its bril­liance in imag­ing, while Canon got vis­i­tors talk­ing with its lat­est mir­ror­less cam­era, the EOS M5.

Olym­pus an­nounced the de­vel­op­ment of a new flag­ship cam­era — the OM-D E-M1 II — as well as three new lenses. Of these, the M.Zuiko f/1.2 Pro will fi­nally sat­isfy Mi­cro Four Thirds shoot­ers’ crav­ings for a stan­dard-an­gle wide-aper­ture lens.

Zeiss’ gi­ant walk-through Otus 85mm f/1.4 lens cre­ated a stir, as did be­ing able to see five new ad­di­tions to the reg­u­lar-sized Mil­vus and Loxia ranges.

The aerial and ac­tion pho­tog­ra­phy mar­ket saw GoPro’s first drone, Karma — a fly­ing plat­form for GoPro cam­eras. For its part, Nikon also leapt into the ac­tion-cam­era mar­ket with the KeyMis­sion 360 — a dual-lens model ded­i­cated to 360-de­gree video cap­ture.

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