Tyra Banks makes anything fashionable
Craig from Nevada: At this point in time, there are too many cameras chasing too few buyers. Very simply a situation of overproduction. The technological/social changes are moving people to nontraditional cameras--the I-phone. All of this has been discussed a length on multiple threads and forums on this site.
Look at the list of forums on this site--some of the names may disappear in the not too distant future, much like the some airlines--remember TWA or American West, Continental. Until supply and demand get into alignment, it is going to be a bonanza for consumers. Your money will go pretty far---hang around the price of the EP-5 will drop a few hundred by Christmas.
Olympus has a problem in terms of having moved from DSLR to mirrorless. The adoption of this approach has been slow in the US and Europe compared to Asia. The Oly forecasts just can't seem to catch up with this lag. Regardless, why pay $700 or $1,000 for a camera when you can get a DSLR kit for far less? Oly has a problem.
I agree Oly had no other viable path. They simply could not compete in the DSLR market. They moved forward with some very nice cameras. Yes, mirror will be just a niche in a few year. Oly has a window of opportunity to gather market share. The trouble is that they can't sell enough cameras in the US and Europe. The window will not remain open forever. Perhaps the new OMD will help.
At this point in time, there are too many cameras chasing too few buyers. Very simply a situation of overproduction. The technological/social changes are moving people to nontraditional cameras--the I-phone. All of this has been discussed a length on multiple threads and forums on this site.
The package with the 17mm, VF-4 and EP5 is nice, but on the pricey side. I don't know if people in the US can fully appreciate it. What does an entry level Nikon or Sony go for with a kit lens?
The wimp factor--should have featured it with a Hog instead of a Vespa. Put a Harley sticker on the camera and you can double the price of the camera.
This is a tough business to be in these days for just about everyone, including Nikon.
Are those drywall screws holding the grip in place?
sh10453: I certainly hope that opening this shop will not have a big negative impact on reviews, ratings, and judgment.DPR may say it won't, but I doubt that, especially on the long run.
As for you don't care what camera a person will buy, I say neither would Amazon care as long as the person buys a camera from them.
The same can be said about Adorama, B & H, or any other shop.All these sites do have reviews.What is going to make DPR different from these places? The more detailed review?In my humble opinion, I will have to consider all future reviews as tainted, and take them with a grain of salt.
Bad, bad, bad idea.Would have been better if DPR decided to sell college sports gear, for example, gold coins, swim-wear, or even canned vegetables. Anything unrelated to photography and the reviews.
Sad announcement, and a sad day.
When someone drops hard money on equipment it is up to them to do the research. This is true regardless of the price of the equipment which could be several thousands of dollars or less than twenty dollars. There is no way I would rely on any single resource for most purchases. I dig and dig. DPReview is one resource. There are others. I also look for the competitive prices and services.
I don't see this as any different that walking into a brick and mortar shop.
No one is forcing you to read the reviews or make your purchases at this site.
Some of the comments here are a bit surprising.
The Gearshop selsl equipment. I don't think DP/Amazon really cares what brand you buy so long as you buy from it. If DPReview were affiliated with a major brand, say Canon or Nikon, there would be a conflict. Gearshop is competing with other camera shops, B and H or Adorama, all of whom review equipment or allow customers to post reviews. I live in the US and another place to buy gear at very competitive prices is nice but not at the top of my list of priorities and this leads to my next point.
With regard to concerns about the shop only serving the US there is a point. The US consumer has a lot of choices of where to shop. This adds another (or sort of does). The complexities of selling photographic gear in various nations is beyond my understanding---lots of rules, taxes and such related to shipping to many nations. This might explain why customers have few choices right now.
ozgoldman: The fact that DPR are essentially ignoring 70% of their clientèle does not make good business sense to me.It clearly alienates and degrades the vast majority of those that visit this site.Q. How do get off side with your readers? Do things like this all the time.As global users of this site, we deserve better from DPR.
I agree with your desire to do something with the broader range of DPR users, but you have to start somewhere. First step and then expand.
"The truth is we don’t need much gear, only the minimum for what we do."
Everyone needs more gear.
Must be a slow news day
Craig from Nevada: They should have dropped their prices along with the "Carl".
You pay a premium for the name.
They should have dropped their prices along with the "Carl".
The world has changed.
This is a nice photo
They had to stop the bleeding. Other makers will follow their example. The definition of camera is very different and point and shoot is just redundant.
Craig from Nevada: The pricing of the E-M5 was really a pleasant surprise. A heck of deal.
The pricing of this camera had the opposite effect. I am disappointed
EM-5 was/is a good value.
The pricing of the E-M5 was really a pleasant surprise. A heck of deal.
Looks to be about the right size for me. No retro EM-5 stuff either. Refreshing.