Photokina is said to the THE largest imaging trade fair in the world, and it is right here in Cologne. Let's get together and see what we can find. Tickets are cheaper on the Saturday, so we will gather then. PLEASE NOTE: each participant must buy their own ticket (online and in advance is cheaper, 12euro). http://www.photokina.com/participation-and-planning/for-visitors/buy-tickets/buy-tickets-4.php
There are five 'themes' (= halls), three of which are likely of most interest (Cameras; lighting and accessories; printing and presentation.) We might separate into smaller groups or plan the itinerary in accordance with interest - please to answer the question about your top two choices when you rsvp 'yes'. It will help a lot with planning!
Not only is this about seeing new gear, but also about being able to try it out. Bring a spare SD card with you - you might be able to try out some of the cameras being exhibited. And consider bringing your own camera if it's not too heavy - there might be models and lighting set-ups available to try out.
Looking forward to it!