Marty4650

Marty4650

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

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GoneMirrorless: It appears the Sony APSC owners are getting the short end of the stick here. They were attracted by inexpensive bodies and small lenses, but Sony for now is ignoring them. I believe a 60mm macro for $500-600 would sell a lot more units because very few NEX owners outside this forum want to pay over $1000 for a lens.
This is great news for anyone willing to pay for top quality, but bad news for the common guy who wants something inexpensive but better than a smartphone.

This could be a smart business strategy for Sony.

The give up the low end of the market to Samsung, while challenging Nikon, Canon, and Fuji (to a large extent) for the high end. Meanwhile, M4/3 tries to work both ends, and really can't compete with a full frame sensor, or rock bottom pricing.

So Sony moves "upmarket" at a time when sales for cheaper cameras are dropping like a rock.

It sounds like a business strategy developed by an accountant!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 14:31 UTC

It all comes down to this:

1. It can be small (like Pentax Q)
2. It can be sexy (like Fuji X)
3. It can be cheap (like Samsung NX)
4. It can have scores of lenses (like M4/3)

But you can't have everything in the same system.

Pick which two you want, then select your system accordingly. Stop wishing for everything in the same system, because it will never happen.

And now Sony offers a fifth option that no one else has...

5. It can have a full frame sensor with world class image quality.

If you want an apple, then don't buy an orange.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 11:49 UTC as 10th comment | 9 replies

Folks can all quibble about these lenses being too long, too expensive or too late. But the fact remains that Sony is doing exactly what it needs to do to turn the A7 into a system rather than just a collection of cameras.

Rather than comparing this to M4/3 you should be comparing it to FF lenses from Canon and Nikon, because that is exactly the league they belong in.

The Sony FE line just got a whole lot more attractive.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 22:29 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
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LeitzKameraAktion: I'm intrigued Mr Iida doesn't rule out Fuji making a Monochrome X camera.
I'd DEFINITELY buy one - click the 'Like' button if you would too!

And virtually no one would buy one.

Leica can pull this off because they can charge $8,000 per camera, to cover extremely low volumes. Can Fuji do that?

Not ruling something out doesn't mean you will ever see it available for sale. This is still a business and not an exercise to provide every possible camera that someone someplace might want.

It actually is possible to get a black and white image from a color file. A monochrome sensor would do it better, but how many people are actually willing to pay for a camera made in the "dozens" and not in the "thousands?"

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 15:12 UTC
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Ben O Connor: First releasing the "High Quality Expensive optics" (35mm F 1.4) then releasing mediocre optics but "faster autofocusing" one! (35mm F 2.0)

Interesting order. Seems like all camera company has its own tactics to juice off their customers!

Yes, they are usually the same people!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 00:09 UTC
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Ben O Connor: First releasing the "High Quality Expensive optics" (35mm F 1.4) then releasing mediocre optics but "faster autofocusing" one! (35mm F 2.0)

Interesting order. Seems like all camera company has its own tactics to juice off their customers!

It is usually the folks who have never used a particular lens who are the ones who label it "crappy."

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 13:32 UTC
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (316 comments in total)
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matthew saville: Since my previous comment was hijacked by a lunatic, I'll try again:

I think both Nikon and Canon find themselves in a similar spot with these duplicate low-end cameras. Many many photographers who THINK they can only afford a T6s, or a Nikon D5300, will quickly find that they should have just bought a Canon 70D or Nikon D7100 instead, because they offer so much more for a very modest price increase.

Similarly, many photographers who THINK they can barely afford the cheapest camera, like the T6i or a Nikon D3300, will quickly realize just how dumbed-down their camera is, and they'll want either the next camera up, or again they'll go all the way to the advanced amateur / serious hobbyist model.

Both Canon and Nikon need to start cutting their losses in the low-end DSLR department, and put $$$ into mirrorless. Consolidate this bottom-barrel lineup into ONE half-decent beginnerDSLR, ...and then just worry about making a mirrorless version of it, and mirrorless versions of others too.

"Both Canon and Nikon need to start cutting their losses in the low-end DSLR department"

Matthew..... what makes you think they are losing any money on these cameras? I think these are their most profitable sellers, since they sell in such huge volumes. All 4,000 Walmart stores sell the entry level Canon and Nikon DSLRS, plus every Target, Costco and Best Buy store.

I bet Nikon makes a lot more money selling D3300 cameras than they do selling Df cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 21:11 UTC
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Marty4650: Am I the only one who sees this mock up as a copy of the Leica T camera styling?

It sure looks a lot more like a Leica T than it does a Leica M camera.

Yes.... very Samsung like too!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 23:22 UTC

Am I the only one who sees this mock up as a copy of the Leica T camera styling?

It sure looks a lot more like a Leica T than it does a Leica M camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 22:45 UTC as 106th comment | 2 replies

There seems to be a real disconnect between making an "affordable camera" for lenses that cost between $4,000 and $10,000.

I mean... why bother?

Can't the Leica lens owner afford a Leica camera?
If someone can't afford those lenses, they why would they buy this camera?

Did I miss the part where Konost was planning to create a few affordable lenses for their affordable camera?

I'd say Konost is solving a problem that doesn't exist. Perhaps they might have been better off creating an affordable rangefinder camera that uses Nikon F lenses?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 21:17 UTC as 120th comment | 15 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1341 comments in total)
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ogl: Nikon with real 36 MP is far better than 40 MP mode from crop 2.

Yes it is. There is absolutely no doubt that a 36MP full frame sensor is "better than" a 16MO 4/3 sensor acting lime a 40MP sensor.

But the D810 is also $2500 more, and twice as heavy as the EM5 II.

So what Olympus has done is give you a way to approximate the high resolution camera result under some very specific conditions, without adding any additional size, weight or cost.

And that is a pretty remarkable thing for people who only occasionally need high resolution shots.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 14:15 UTC
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The Squire: I always imagined Richard was more of a pop-to-the-cafe-for-a-latte-on-my-singlespeed sorta guy.

I am pretty sure Richard could pull off the hipster look.

All it would take is for him to grow out that beard Victorian style, and add a scarf. And some sort of hat. Then, he's got it.

Do not underestimate Richard!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 14:06 UTC
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The Squire: I always imagined Richard was more of a pop-to-the-cafe-for-a-latte-on-my-singlespeed sorta guy.

Richard actually looks good in that helmet. Which is something most people can't do.

But I'm glad he didn't go for the elbow and knee pads too...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 11:07 UTC
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (316 comments in total)
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DPReview007: It is funny how Canon gives you better resolution, a touch screen, a better AF system (than the 6D), a pop-up flash on its cheap, entry level DSLRs but none on its full frame bodies. Why? Why?

Good point dz1000.

Or, it could also mean that the Canon full frame customer is more interested in having that big sensor with better image quality, and less interested in sharing selfies on facebook. Or perhaps the FF customer is more interested in using big white lenses than the Rebel customer is?

I assume Canon does market research and knows their own customers pretty well.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 10:58 UTC
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art99: Where's the 4K video feature ??

There is no doubt 4K will be huge... in around five more years. Right now, not many people actually have monitors that can use the extra resolution.

So why insist on a feature that is pretty much useless for most people today? Is it all about bragging about soecs?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 01:04 UTC
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (356 comments in total)

It seems pretty obvious by now that Adobe makes more money by having fewer customers, as long as those customers are willing to pay monthly subscription fees.

And this is all about money, and not about serving those dissuaded customers.

You really can't fault Adobe for wanting to be more profitable. It's how capitalism works! More power to them.

In the meantime, their former customers will scrape by somehow. By using other products, by using older versions, or even by buying Photoshop Elements. And that last option actually works pretty well for amateur photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 15:36 UTC as 59th comment | 7 replies
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (356 comments in total)
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Thomas Kachadurian: Been using and updated photoshop since version 2.0.1, but CS6 is the end of my road. Not going CC.

And I stopped at CS5.

Adobe had the same problem Microsoft did with Office. Too many people didn't find the need to upgrade, so they both solved that problem by creating subscription services.

And that's fine for them. The puzzling thing is why the subscribers think everyone should love paying for software every month for eternity.

Clearly, it is a good idea for people who need (or just want) the very latest thing, but a poor idea for everyone else.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 15:33 UTC
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (356 comments in total)
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Marty4650: People who enjoy paying $10 a month for the rest of their lives to get the latest tools are right. This is the "best deal for them" even if it is a very poor deal for others. But there are plenty of other people who don't want or need to upgrade every year. And their attitude seems to be... "that's their problem.... I got what I want."

I wonder if these those people lease their cars rather than buy them? I wonder if they upgrade to every release of Microsoft Office? Do they rent their homes? Or rent their furniture? Do they upgrade their wives every year?

I think the whole point of the complaints is that Adobe stopped giving you a choice of renting or buying. Everyone has to rent now, or use some other software. Take it or leave it.

This may be great for the people who were upgrading every year anyway, and for Adobe's bottom line, but it shouldn't be hard to understand why other people would rather own their homes, cars, furniture or software rather then renting.

There are PLENTY of advantages to renting things rather than buying them. My own brother prefers to lease his cars, so he will never be driving an older car with maintenance problems, and so he can always have the latest safety features. This also gives him the easy option of changing his mind every 3 years and getting a different type car. But he also understands this is the most expensive way to have a car.

The point is.... you have a choice whether to rent or own. For everything except Adobe Photoshop. For that, you must rent. Or go elsewhere.

What Adobe has done is lost me as a customer. I will use CS5 for the rest of my life, rather than pay rent to get more features in CC. Because CS5 is more than I need, and those extra features are nice but not really necessary.

So this marketing strategy really forces the most demanding users to rent, and everyone else to buy Photoshop Elements or continue to use older versions of CS, or other brands of software.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 12:21 UTC
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (356 comments in total)

People who enjoy paying $10 a month for the rest of their lives to get the latest tools are right. This is the "best deal for them" even if it is a very poor deal for others. But there are plenty of other people who don't want or need to upgrade every year. And their attitude seems to be... "that's their problem.... I got what I want."

I wonder if these those people lease their cars rather than buy them? I wonder if they upgrade to every release of Microsoft Office? Do they rent their homes? Or rent their furniture? Do they upgrade their wives every year?

I think the whole point of the complaints is that Adobe stopped giving you a choice of renting or buying. Everyone has to rent now, or use some other software. Take it or leave it.

This may be great for the people who were upgrading every year anyway, and for Adobe's bottom line, but it shouldn't be hard to understand why other people would rather own their homes, cars, furniture or software rather then renting.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 11:43 UTC as 75th comment | 8 replies
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (316 comments in total)
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mahonj: It is about giving as many options at as many price points as possible for the minimum amount of extra engineering.
The innovation is the 24 Mpix sensor, which is available in 2 different bodies at prices $100 apart.
You don't have to get angry about it, just buy the one which best suits your budget.

My wife has enough shoes for an entire village in India....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 16:52 UTC
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