Marty4650

Marty4650

Lives in United States NC, United States
Works as a Retired Industrial Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2005

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You folks just don't get it.

A photograph of this neck strap recently sold for $1.1 million.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 12:05 UTC as 73rd comment | 3 replies

The action cam fad has peaked, and the market is saturated with cheap knock off action cams.

So GoPro does the ONLY sensible thing. They move up market, to avoid competition from cheap knock offs, to leverage their brand name, and to seek higher margins.

And isn't this exactly what most camera makers are doing today?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2016 at 15:35 UTC as 17th comment | 5 replies
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (276 comments in total)
In reply to:

The Squire: I wonder why GM branded rather than Sony-Zeiss branded?

Do you honestly think Leica designs those Leica branded lenses on Panasonic cameras? Now remember, even the cheapest Lumix P&S camera says "Leica" on it.

I think it is much more likely that Panasonic designs and builds their own lenses, and then pays Leica a royalty for the rights to call them Leicas. Of course, if the lens doesn't meet Leica standards, they may not get approval to use the Leica branding.

Ask yourself.... why would Leica bother to design those $400 Panasonic lenses, when they could be designing $6,000 Leica lenses?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 02:19 UTC
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (276 comments in total)
In reply to:

The Squire: I wonder why GM branded rather than Sony-Zeiss branded?

Or.... more likely..... perhaps Sony has to pay a royalty for using Zeiss branding on their best lenses? If they can build really good lenses, they might not need to pass them off as Zeiss lenses.

We all know that Sony builds those "Zeiss branded lenses" and probably designs them as well. So why not call them Sony lenses to get some street cred of your own?

I noticed that Panasonic started branding some of their very best lenses as Lumix, rather than Leica a few years ago. This might also be to avoid a royalty payment, or maybe to come out from the shadows as a great lensmaker yourself, rather than using a "famous name" as a marketing crutch.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 00:25 UTC

The Sony A7RII just got more attractive.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 21:03 UTC as 66th comment

This looks like a really nice update of a seriously great camera.

Sony E users should be thrilled. Once the price comes down around a third, they will be flying off the shelves.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 21:00 UTC as 201st comment
On article Readers' Choice Awards 2015: The winners (61 comments in total)
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aramgrg: 2015 was a boring year in terms of camera bodies. Will be interesting to see the same challenge results next year!

If you are looking for revolutionary improvements, then you might have many boring years ahead for you.

Digital Imaging is now a very mature technology. Further improvements will be minor, and evolutionary. Five year old cameras can still win photo contests.

Most of us buy new cameras because we want them, and not because we need them.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 12:26 UTC
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Marty4650: The camera will be released on April 16, but five people have "already had it" six weeks before release date.

They probably returned it, because it was too heavy for their selfie stick.

And now it is up to 9 people who have "had it."

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 16:31 UTC
On article Key features explained: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II (95 comments in total)
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Battersea: Looking forward to a review. The specs are fine but the big improvements will be the focusing and ISO performance which we will only know when the reviews come in.

I could be wrong, but if history means anything.... they never reviewed the:

Canon 1DC
Canon 1Ds MkIII
Canon 1D MkIII
Canon 1D MkIIn
Leica M9
Leica M9P
Leica S2
Nikon D4s
Nikon D2Xs
Nikon D2Hs
Pentax 645D
Sigma SD1

all of which were high end, high priced cameras. They are most likely to review mid level or entry level models.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 16:29 UTC
On article Key features explained: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II (95 comments in total)
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Battersea: Looking forward to a review. The specs are fine but the big improvements will be the focusing and ISO performance which we will only know when the reviews come in.

Odds are, you will never see a full review of this camera on this website. They know their readers pretty well here, and they know their budget limits.

Lots of high end flagship cameras have never been reviewed here.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 09:10 UTC

The camera will be released on April 16, but five people have "already had it" six weeks before release date.

They probably returned it, because it was too heavy for their selfie stick.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 08:57 UTC as 50th comment | 8 replies
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (396 comments in total)

Damien.... thanks for another extremely well written and thought provocative article. This is getting to be a habit with you!

The new Pen F is better looking than the original Pen. Olympus didn't make a copy of the original, they just took styling cues from it.

Yes, it costs a lot, but it is giving you bleeding edge tech. They probably could have sold it for a few hundred dollars less... but why would they want to? They need more high margin models if they want to stay in the camera business.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 21:42 UTC as 53rd comment
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Marty4650: Always remember that Sony sells sensors to everyone else.

This decline isn't primarily due to Sony selling few cameras, but to the entire P&S camera market evaporating.

I did a little internet research and discovered that there are more companies making sensors for smartphones, than are making sensors for cameras. So the competition must be fierce.

Plus... another startling fact: "Samsung sells their smartphone sensors for an average of $1.93."

http://www.androidauthority.com/smartphone-camera-guide-sony-samsung-623791/

This means high volumes are necessary. And Sony's average sensor price is probably very similar to Samsung's.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 19:08 UTC

Always remember that Sony sells sensors to everyone else.

This decline isn't primarily due to Sony selling few cameras, but to the entire P&S camera market evaporating.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 14:57 UTC as 35th comment | 4 replies
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Eugene232: it is smart idea.
18% prices increase means Nikon will make 18% increase in profit.

I believe Sigma builds their lenses in Japan, so the same price pressure must be affecting them too.

These price increases are for the Japanese market only, and are probably due to the weaker Yen.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 04:51 UTC
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Marty4650: It really isn't clear if this will be included with the $9.95 CC subscription, or in addition to it.

If it is included, then it just makes CC a better deal. If it isn't, then it is pretty expensive unless you really need the program.

This is actually pretty brilliant marketing.

Adobe has made CC a "better deal" and people who like and use this feature will not be likely to quit if there is ever a modest price hike for the package.

It is easy to "quit" using an image editor. You just move on to some other program. But once you have built a website you have a lot of work invested. It just isn't that easy to migrate it somewhere else. And that somewhere else will charge you something too, for hosting your site.

Adding this feature to CC just makes customer retention much higher.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 14:14 UTC
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Mike FL: "E-M10 II will cost $899.99" is more expensive than Oly's flagship OMD-EM1.

Putting it another way.... when Leica introduces a "special edition" they double or triple the base price. Olympus keeps it the same. This is pretty much just like the EM5 Black Elite special edition a few years ago.

Not because they don't want a higher price, but because they can't get it.

In any case, the special edition does look beautiful.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 12:35 UTC

It really isn't clear if this will be included with the $9.95 CC subscription, or in addition to it.

If it is included, then it just makes CC a better deal. If it isn't, then it is pretty expensive unless you really need the program.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 21:51 UTC as 12th comment | 7 replies

A really obsessive person would buy one of these to protect their B&W filter....

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 09:52 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies

Richard, if they are "all good" then we really don't need a camera review site.

I think there are plenty of "not so good" cameras. You just don't ever review those here.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 17:37 UTC as 135th comment | 1 reply
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