Thom Hogan: Impact of mFT on Nikon DX line

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TrapperJohn
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In reply to dgrogers, 11 months ago

C/N, like any successful company, promotes managers and strategists who rose to fame on the last successful formula. So did IBM. And Microsoft. And RIM/Blackberry. It affects their strategic thinking more than one might expect. In the case of C/N, the successful formula was the DSLR, which made them a ton of money in the 2000's.

Never was this blind thinking more evident in C/N's mirrorless ventures.

Nikon brought out the One, crippled so as not to compete with their own DSLR's. When Canon went after mirrorless, they designed a system to beat the One, because Nikon is the only competitor they have considered for a very long time. Trouble for Canon was - every other mirrorless system beat the One, too, and the EOS-M, in a variety of areas.

It may sound silly to say that high ranking, highly paid strategists would overlook something that obvious, but there you have it.

The Canon SL1 is not a mirrorless competitor. Canon owners claim it is, but it is not. It still has a DSLR registration distance and DSLR image circle, so it's fat, and it still has DSLR size lenses, which are not small, or if they're small, they are slow, low IQ kit grade glass - no match for the better µ43 glass.

I believe we have more than one ex-SL1 owner here, who found that building a truly compact system is a lot more than trimming down the sides and the top of the body.

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