Wandering the floor at the PhotoPlus Int’l Conference and Expo

Coming as it did, just a few weeks after Photokina 2008, this year’s PhotoPlus felt a little anti-climactic. There was a lack of buzz about a super-hot product announced just two or three days ago. For instance, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Sony Alpha 900 feel like they’ve been here forever, when they are really just a few weeks old!

Coming as it did, just a few weeks after Photokina 2008, this year's PhotoPlus felt a little anti-climactic. There was a lack of buzz about a super-hot product announced just two or three days ago. For instance, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Sony Alpha 900 feel like they've been here forever, when they are really just a few weeks old!  But the lack of a supernova product announcement or two overshadowing everything else allowed me to spend a lot more time wandering the edges of the show, scouting for cool products and services from smaller shops, startups, and companies that aren't yet household names, but hope to be—at least in photographer's homes…

In no particular order, here’s a list of things that caught my eye at PhotoPlus this year: