Photokina is over, and nothing world-shattering happened. This year for the first time I had tickets for it – what would I have given for that opportunity as a gear headed boy – and I didn’t go. It simply seemed not interesting enough to sacrifice a working day plus the price for the train ticket for it. My indifference for new tools right now is almost distressing. Of course there are lenses available that would look interesting, but to what avail? At the moment I don’t have the feeling that my photography would improve or my joy in pursuing it would grow “if I only had this lens/camera/flash etc.”. The gear I use is simply good enough, and I see many fields of improvement – improving the photographer, not his equipment. Even talking or reading about cameras currently interests me in only a very detached, whereas images do fascinate me more. So: photokina R.I.P.