Marty4650

Marty4650

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

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I just bought a Maserati to get the $500 cash back and double points!

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 12:07 UTC as 9th comment
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Correction man: "Swedish medium-format camera manufacturer Hasselblad "

shouldn't this read "Japanese" Manufacturer (Fuji)" as that is where these lenses are Manufactured and by whom ????
as are the camera Bodies also

That could be one way to do it.

But then we would have to call Nikon a "Vietnamese camera company" and call Olympus "A Chinese and Indonesian Manufacturer."

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 12:05 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)
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Jim: This budget line of the Rebels is one that really baffles me as to why Canon even bothers offering it. The price point is such that a regular full-featured Rebel (with the latest/more recent Digic processor) just isn't that much more yet offers a great deal more in features. This line gets creamed on resale value too. I realize that Canon's goal is to sell their higher margin lenses but T5/T6/etc. bodies just make zero sense to me.

Canon has such a huge market share that they can have MORE than one entry level DSLR. They have divided the entry level market into sub-niches, offering something for everyone.

The T5/6 is the rock bottom priced model. Designed as an impulse buy in big box stores. For people who want a "real camera that will impress their friends."

The T5i/6i is the "high end entry model" that costs a bit more, but gives you a lot more in return. These are actually pretty nice cameras, that are relatively cheap because they lack the enthusiast features (often intentionally crippled) and have a lower build quality than a mid level camera.

The SL1/2 is the entry level camera for anyone who wants "smallest possible DSLR." Though not pocket sized, it is actually smaller than some high end MILC cameras, and quite a few clunky superzoom models.

No one upgrades from one of these to the other. They go straight to a 70D or 7D mid level camera.

Most buyers will never upgrade, but a few will.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 12:51 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)
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loitokitok: It is indeed sad to see a small core of anoraks attempt to trash a class of camera that is not marketed at them and which they would never buy in any case, even if the specification were to their liking.

If they understood a little more about the camera business than they do they would realise that cameras like this tend to be the engine room that provides the profit for and enables models that perhaps they do like.

And one wonders what their attitude is to goods that they are not so expert in. You''ll probably find they drive a Toyota Corolla or similar (and don't get me wrong, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that) which is arguably the automotive equivalent of the 1300D.

Perhaps they are convinced that something like Bose, or B&O is the pinnacle of high end audio? Or that Rolex is the ultimate in luxury watches? All worthy products in their own way of course but perhaps some of these commentators really just need to extricate themselves from their own fundaments.

Well.... I'm not a Canon user, and I will not buy this product. It wasn't designed for people like me.

But I have to admire Canon for offering something for every type of customer at every price point.

People can turn their noses up at these modest and inexpensive DSLRs, but you can't argue with Canon's success, profitability or market share.

And those things are the only reasons why companies build cameras.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 15:23 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)
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Paul B Jones: The irony is that for actual photography purposes, this is more than enough camera for the typical DPR gearhead.

Paul.... it will be interesting to see how well it does in studio comparison tests. My guess is that it will compare pretty well against cameras costing twice as much.

zigi_S.... you are absolutely right. Not many people start at the top. By constantly expanding their base of entry level users, Canon and Nikon are building future sales for mid level and high end models.

When I was in college 50 years ago, I bought a brand new "entry level" Toyota Corolla for $2,500. I liked that car so much, that a several decades later I bought a $48,000 Lexus.

Canon is smart to build their brand from the ground up.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 15:15 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)

The intended customer for this camera has absolutely no idea how old the sensor is, how dated the technology is, how unsatisfactory the build quality might be, or that it lacks many features that Dpreview members think all cameras should have.

They will see it at Walmart, and buy it. And Canon will make a profit on every single 1300D sold.

And if you want more camera, Canon has those too. You just won't find those cameras at Walmart or Target. This camera isn't for everyone, and I won't be buying it. But lots of other people will.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 15:07 UTC as 47th comment | 15 replies
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: Same ol' will bring more cash than any mirrorless could dream about. Not even talking lenses and future upgrades to higher end models.
As long as Canon and Nikon are most recognizable names in photo industry, they will play this game forever.

@T3

This is one of nine different DSLRs currently sold by Canon that cover every price point and every DSLR market niche.

The 750D or 760D is a big upgrade from it.

If MILC cameras ever become the dominant type, it will be a very simple matter for Canon to jump in with both feet and get serious about them, and when they do they will very likely become the market leader in that niche too.

Being "first" or being "the innovator" is nice, but it doesn't always guarantee market leadership.

Kodak was the market leader that once held an 84% market share. Canon didn't make their first camera until 49 years after Kodak started selling cameras. Where are they today?

Ford Motor Company was an early innovator that started selling cars in 1903. 34 years later Toyota produced their first car. Today Toyota is the top selling car maker at around 10.3 million vehicles a year, and Ford is sixth at 6.2 million.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 10:30 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)
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biza43: I bought my first camera in 1991, it was a Canon EOS 1000 (Rebel) with the kit zoom. Imagine that... at the time it cost me around the equivalent of EUR 500. It still works today, so in a way it almost outlasted film!

These cameras are amazing value for money, so all those dissing Canon for "not being innovative", "being boring" etc and all, just go out and take pics and get a life:)

I think some folks here make the mistake of thinking "the high end users.... like us.... are the ONLY and MOST IMPORTANT users!"

Well, we aren't.

This very modest and much maligned plastic entry level DSLR will sell in greater numbers, and generate greater profits than other makers entire product lines would.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 21:25 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)
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Marty4650: It might be irrational to expect cutting edge, ground breaking technology in the cheapest entry level cameras.

Once again, Canon has tweaked and improved a very successful product, and kept it at exactly the same price point. And that's all that really matters here. This may not be the camera for you or me, but it is the ideal camera to have available at Costco, Target or Walmart.

Any customer who was considering buying a 2015 Digital Rebel, will think that the 2016 Digital Rebel is a much better deal at the same price. And it probably will be, for that customer.

There are good reasons that Canon offers NINE different DSLRS types (yes, that's right nine models) at NINE different price points. They actually know what they are doing, and their market share proves it.

"TOKYO, March 26, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company's interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras) have maintained the No.1 share worldwide in terms of volume within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for the 12-year period spanning 2003 to 2014"

12 years in a row. Enough said. I rest my case. You just can't argue with results. And 2016 won't be any different. It will be the 13th year in a row.

Canon is doing what they need to do in order to build a successful business. Even if they aren't making any products that I want to buy.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 17:17 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)
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Marty4650: It might be irrational to expect cutting edge, ground breaking technology in the cheapest entry level cameras.

Once again, Canon has tweaked and improved a very successful product, and kept it at exactly the same price point. And that's all that really matters here. This may not be the camera for you or me, but it is the ideal camera to have available at Costco, Target or Walmart.

Any customer who was considering buying a 2015 Digital Rebel, will think that the 2016 Digital Rebel is a much better deal at the same price. And it probably will be, for that customer.

There are good reasons that Canon offers NINE different DSLRS types (yes, that's right nine models) at NINE different price points. They actually know what they are doing, and their market share proves it.

@Everlast66

I am a huge MILC camera fan, and exclusively use them now. But the cold fact remains that DSLRs still outsell MILC cameras by a very wide margin. According to CIPA, by at least two to one.

So perhaps Canon is milking an old cow. One that will be replaced someday. But right now, that milk is making Canon much more profitable than all the MILC camera makers.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 15:59 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)

It might be irrational to expect cutting edge, ground breaking technology in the cheapest entry level cameras.

Once again, Canon has tweaked and improved a very successful product, and kept it at exactly the same price point. And that's all that really matters here. This may not be the camera for you or me, but it is the ideal camera to have available at Costco, Target or Walmart.

Any customer who was considering buying a 2015 Digital Rebel, will think that the 2016 Digital Rebel is a much better deal at the same price. And it probably will be, for that customer.

There are good reasons that Canon offers NINE different DSLRS types (yes, that's right nine models) at NINE different price points. They actually know what they are doing, and their market share proves it.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 14:34 UTC as 151st comment | 18 replies
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (530 comments in total)
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Gesture: Panasonic is creating the modern enthusiast camera: great balance of sensor, size, ergonomics, technology.

The SLT A37 was a damn good camera.
And bargain priced too.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 02:24 UTC
On article Samsung NX500 shown as discontinued (271 comments in total)
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kadardr: Big corporation CEOs tend to make impulsive and unsubstantiated decisions based on profit/loss statements alone. This is one of them. Altogether ca. 15 years of experience and striving went down the drain. Hopefully the 28 mp sensors will be built into some camera.

Revenant..... especially when you consider that digital cameras are a very tiny piece of a very, very huge company like Samsung.

If you can't make any money on them, then why bother with them? Use those resources for making smart phones, washers and dryers, refrigerators, or even for ship building!

And even if you do make a little money, it won't impact the bottom line very much. Samsung probably has certain home appliances that bring in more net profit than the entire camera line ever did.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 18:26 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (530 comments in total)
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creepy.sol: this just strikes me as stupid:

"On the bulky side for a Micro Four Thirds camera;"

no, it isn't bulky for a mft camera or, more precisely, camera body. the camera is as big or small as it needs to be. and it is, in fact, an mft camera body. this is a size that mft bodies come in. they come in smaller sizes, too. the whole range represents mft. and why is this a con? for lots of folks it's a nonissue. maybe you should also list as a con that it's unavailable in red.

Absolutely right.

M4/3 has something for everyone. If you want small, then they have a 204 gram GM1. If you want big with lots of nice features, then they have 560 gram GH4. And if you want something in the middle, there are plenty of good choices to be had.

The GX8 actually falls on the high side of the middle group, at 487 grams.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 18:16 UTC
On article Ona launches Clifton leather backpack (120 comments in total)
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J A C S: I wish ads would not be presented as news so often.

Pretty much.

Look, you don't have to agree with me. There is no need to be so passionate about defending the practice of calling press releases news. It happens constantly, and it happens everywhere.

It is a lazy way to generate content, and it makes advertisers very happy.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 12:37 UTC
On article Ona launches Clifton leather backpack (120 comments in total)
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J A C S: I wish ads would not be presented as news so often.

In my own view, all of the above except the Pentax K1 and the Sigma A7 adapter are ads. Because those two are significant new products of general interest.

All the others are just reworked product announcements from advertisers.

Of course, you may see it differently. And that is your right.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 12:24 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (530 comments in total)
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dht: I rented this camera a couple weeks ago as a test run. Its made of solid feeling materials, and has cool features (video is awesome), but at least for me the ergonomics were not good. The body feels relatively long, with a shallow grip. When you put even a lens of modest weight on it, I found myself gripping extra hard with my hand to keep it level, but this quickly became uncomfortable. I found the Olympus OMD EM5 II much more balanced and comfortable to hold. That said, its video output vastly lags the GX8. Definitely would tell anybody interested to try it out, but for me it just didn't have the right feel.

I really like this camera, but when I compared it to my EM5 using their comparison tool at the end of the review, I discovered that my four year old EM5 had "better jpegs, better raw performance, and better low light performance."

In every other category the GX8 was the better camera. But those three things mean a lot to me, so I won't be upgrading for a while.

It would be very different if I was into video, or really needed WIFI, or the much better tilting EVF that the GX8 has.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 12:19 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (530 comments in total)
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Chev Chelios: Seems a tad big if you ask me (as a GM1 owner), given the sensor size.

Is Panasonic reneging on its promise all those years ago that m43 would deliver "significantly lighter and more compact" camera systems?

Lets face it, the GM1/GM5 will always be the smallest cameras made "for the sensor size." But once you start packing in more features, weather sealing, more controls, more dials, etc, cameras start getting bigger. And in this case much bigger.

For every one of us GM1 owners who loves having a tiny camera, there is another person who wishes it was larger, and had more capabilities.

Panasonic offers something for everyone.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 12:13 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (530 comments in total)
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caver3d: Have you noticed how all these mirrorless cameras - which are exceptional by the way - are now receiving silver awards instead of gold, even though they are more than equivalent to - actually superior to - the earlier versions which received gold awards. What's up with that, DPR? Care to explain?

I'd agree with tesilab.

That "Golden Award" is a moving target. It takes a lot more to earn one in 2016 than it did in 2012.

If they didn't raise the bar, they would need to create a "Platinum Award" and a "Diamond Award" as technology keeps improving....

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 12:06 UTC
On article Samsung NX500 shown as discontinued (271 comments in total)
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kadardr: Big corporation CEOs tend to make impulsive and unsubstantiated decisions based on profit/loss statements alone. This is one of them. Altogether ca. 15 years of experience and striving went down the drain. Hopefully the 28 mp sensors will be built into some camera.

It really is hard for big corporation CEOs to ignore loses.

When a product line isn't profitable, then the more units they sell, the more money they lose. In business, there is nothing positive about "losing money."

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 11:49 UTC
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