pwilly

pwilly

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mark currier: Soccer moms will now be photographing the Super Bowl.

Imagine the lawsuits when Mom takes a hit!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 20:22 UTC
On 2014 Readers' Polls: The results are in! article (353 comments in total)
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pwilly: An interesting perspective that only DPreview could do, would be to link Camera ownership to what they voted for. Obviously, the A7ii is getting clicks from non-owners.

Based on clicks, the D750 has been the most popular camera on the front page for some time now. So why doesn't that convert to a runaway here?

Certainly a major factor is the fact that the A7ii can mount lenses from Canon and Nikon plus the native lenses. So if the future is a considerably smaller enthusiast camera sales pool, the advantage goes to the one that makes use of the 100's of millions of lenses that exist for those enthusiasts.

When Canon went to the EOS mount, they angered their entire customer base by creating a new mount that would do Nikon, but not Canon lenses, because at that time Nikon was the leader. Sony may be reading the same playbook, it sure did work for Canon.

@Everlast
Long ago an article was written by the editors that explained where those numbers came from, and it wasn't just clicking on a link. For a click to count on a review, if I remember correctly, it was counted on the last page of the review.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 19:26 UTC
On 2014 Readers' Polls: The results are in! article (353 comments in total)
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pwilly: An interesting perspective that only DPreview could do, would be to link Camera ownership to what they voted for. Obviously, the A7ii is getting clicks from non-owners.

Based on clicks, the D750 has been the most popular camera on the front page for some time now. So why doesn't that convert to a runaway here?

Certainly a major factor is the fact that the A7ii can mount lenses from Canon and Nikon plus the native lenses. So if the future is a considerably smaller enthusiast camera sales pool, the advantage goes to the one that makes use of the 100's of millions of lenses that exist for those enthusiasts.

When Canon went to the EOS mount, they angered their entire customer base by creating a new mount that would do Nikon, but not Canon lenses, because at that time Nikon was the leader. Sony may be reading the same playbook, it sure did work for Canon.

"Before you go too far, just tell us the USA Sales Numbers please. Will you?"

No

But I will tell you, you are annoying.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 19:14 UTC
On 2014 Readers' Polls: The results are in! article (353 comments in total)
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pwilly: An interesting perspective that only DPreview could do, would be to link Camera ownership to what they voted for. Obviously, the A7ii is getting clicks from non-owners.

Based on clicks, the D750 has been the most popular camera on the front page for some time now. So why doesn't that convert to a runaway here?

Certainly a major factor is the fact that the A7ii can mount lenses from Canon and Nikon plus the native lenses. So if the future is a considerably smaller enthusiast camera sales pool, the advantage goes to the one that makes use of the 100's of millions of lenses that exist for those enthusiasts.

When Canon went to the EOS mount, they angered their entire customer base by creating a new mount that would do Nikon, but not Canon lenses, because at that time Nikon was the leader. Sony may be reading the same playbook, it sure did work for Canon.

Can you?
So you are suggesting a camera getting 8% of the clicks has less buying interest than a camera getting 2.8% of the clicks?

Everyone is out of stock on the D750 (probably because they yanked them all off the shelf to adjust the AF sensor) and just checking B&H they have all the configurations of the A7ii in stock, so does Amazon. Does that mean the A7ii is selling like hotcakes?

That must not be a valid indication.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 18:49 UTC
On 2014 Readers' Polls: The results are in! article (353 comments in total)
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pwilly: An interesting perspective that only DPreview could do, would be to link Camera ownership to what they voted for. Obviously, the A7ii is getting clicks from non-owners.

Based on clicks, the D750 has been the most popular camera on the front page for some time now. So why doesn't that convert to a runaway here?

Certainly a major factor is the fact that the A7ii can mount lenses from Canon and Nikon plus the native lenses. So if the future is a considerably smaller enthusiast camera sales pool, the advantage goes to the one that makes use of the 100's of millions of lenses that exist for those enthusiasts.

When Canon went to the EOS mount, they angered their entire customer base by creating a new mount that would do Nikon, but not Canon lenses, because at that time Nikon was the leader. Sony may be reading the same playbook, it sure did work for Canon.

Well if more people are buying the A7ii than the D750, why aren't they looking at the information about it?

Currently it is 6 down the "Most Popular Cameras" from the D750, and has been all week.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 17:59 UTC
On 2014 Readers' Polls: The results are in! article (353 comments in total)

An interesting perspective that only DPreview could do, would be to link Camera ownership to what they voted for. Obviously, the A7ii is getting clicks from non-owners.

Based on clicks, the D750 has been the most popular camera on the front page for some time now. So why doesn't that convert to a runaway here?

Certainly a major factor is the fact that the A7ii can mount lenses from Canon and Nikon plus the native lenses. So if the future is a considerably smaller enthusiast camera sales pool, the advantage goes to the one that makes use of the 100's of millions of lenses that exist for those enthusiasts.

When Canon went to the EOS mount, they angered their entire customer base by creating a new mount that would do Nikon, but not Canon lenses, because at that time Nikon was the leader. Sony may be reading the same playbook, it sure did work for Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 12:45 UTC as 15th comment | 16 replies
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1839 comments in total)
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PH61: Just like the 600 got a successor (the 610) very soon (after the "oil" incident), Nikon probably will have a 760 very soon (to "solve" the flare incident) :-)

The D750 is a stunning piece of Kit.

The fact that it had/has a similar problem to most other DSLRs as shown by DPRs excellent staff got completely blown out of proportion by a few users, many that did not own the camera.

There will be no new model this time, the 600 issue was a supplier problem that tainted a model. The shutter solution should make the resale of D600s better than D610s, they effectively have a lifetime shutter replacement.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 20:10 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1839 comments in total)
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PH61: Just like the 600 got a successor (the 610) very soon (after the "oil" incident), Nikon probably will have a 760 very soon (to "solve" the flare incident) :-)

Just another bitter Alpha user trolling the Nikon reviews.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 17:37 UTC
On 2014 Readers' Polls: The results are in! article (353 comments in total)

There are more Canon users, but with no Canon cameras in the chase, Sony won because the A7ii is the best place to mount those wonderful Canon lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 13:23 UTC as 55th comment | 6 replies
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1839 comments in total)
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Revenant: 1. Whether one thinks that this particular flare issue is important or not, isn't it some cause for concern that there is such variation in placement of the AF modules? I would have thought that tolerances in assembly were much tighter than that, especially for a high-end camera.

2. "Or, perhaps this sort of flare is more prevalent than we might think, and we just dismiss it as lens flare."

I wonder how many lenses that have received worse reviews than they deserve because of this?

Isn't it wonderful that we can AF fine tune rather than pack lenses and bodies and ship to adjust them.

Thanks Rishi your efforts are greatly appreciated. I notice even Phil Askey took notice of your achievements.
Great work!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2015 at 01:11 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1839 comments in total)
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Revenant: 1. Whether one thinks that this particular flare issue is important or not, isn't it some cause for concern that there is such variation in placement of the AF modules? I would have thought that tolerances in assembly were much tighter than that, especially for a high-end camera.

2. "Or, perhaps this sort of flare is more prevalent than we might think, and we just dismiss it as lens flare."

I wonder how many lenses that have received worse reviews than they deserve because of this?

Having spent a decade and a half as a mechanic in a suit for IBM, I can say for sure that any system with multiple moving parts has some variation in the placement of those parts.
The point is to perform adjustments to make them work as a system.
When is Canon going to recall all the 1DXs to fix their obvious issue?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 14:47 UTC
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pwilly: This lens and a 1.4 TC in the bag makes both a 300 and a 420. If it is as sharp as the existing 300 its a win, win!

The old 300 f/4
http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/singlefocal/Telephoto/af-s_300mmf_4d_if/index.htm

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 13:54 UTC
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pwilly: This lens and a 1.4 TC in the bag makes both a 300 and a 420. If it is as sharp as the existing 300 its a win, win!

Much much better, thanks Jim
see the complete specs and MTF here
Specs for the new 300 f/4 http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/singlefocal/Telephoto/af-s_300mmf_4e_pf_ed_vr/spec.htm
Specs for the old 300 f/4 http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/singlefocal/Telephoto/af-s_300mmf_4e_pf_ed_vr/spec.htm

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 04:39 UTC

This lens and a 1.4 TC in the bag makes both a 300 and a 420. If it is as sharp as the existing 300 its a win, win!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 03:04 UTC as 40th comment | 6 replies
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1839 comments in total)
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steelhead3: The last time DPreview gave such a high award was to the Nikon 600 (whatever happened to that camera?)

It got a lifetime warranty on a supplier (Copal) defective shutter. It still spanks the 5DIII for a grand less if image quality maters.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 17:47 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1236 comments in total)
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Tilted Plane: A pretty careful avoidance of Nikon (or Sony) comparisons, overall. Too bad. Head-to-head comparisons are really (!) helpful. Does this hold up next to a D750? Or even the D610? Or the similarly priced A7II? If so, when, where, under what shooting conditions?

If you are looking for high FPS, there are several mirrorless cams that get there or faster, with AF. My N1s all do that.
An $1800 investment requires more than a one trick pony.
I am sure the 7Dii has many more tricks than 10fps.
That fact makes those comparisons valid.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 16:44 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1236 comments in total)
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Tilted Plane: A pretty careful avoidance of Nikon (or Sony) comparisons, overall. Too bad. Head-to-head comparisons are really (!) helpful. Does this hold up next to a D750? Or even the D610? Or the similarly priced A7II? If so, when, where, under what shooting conditions?

Probably because they priced it like one.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 23:21 UTC
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Stanley Hoffman: Few corporations have loser lines supported by winner lines, like other medium format companies Hasselblad would sell its product if it does not work, it clearly makes money. These camera were just a stab at the huge profit margins of the point and shoots market.
I try to look at Nikon's quarterly reports to make sense of from where the profit comes. They tell us it is in the point and shoots. Volume and profit margin is in these and they are hoping for the mirrorless lines to replace the point and shoot because the constantly improving cell phone camera is eating into the point and shoot sales.
I think Hasselblad just did super bad marketing research. The target sales group was not responsive to the product because the product did not ever appeal to the targeted sales customer. Lets face it a studio photographer probably never owns a point and shoot and his family does not either. They probably all think Leica for a small camera.

Wow, I don't know where you got your information, but it didn't come from Nikon's financials. In the first half of this year, 2.18m DSLR/N1, 3.09m lens units, and 3.57m Coolpix. If you think the margins on coolpix are even close to the margins on ILC, I have a bridge to sell you.
I do agree Hasselblad got a #Fail on market research.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 20:04 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1585 comments in total)
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beavertown: What a joke, Nikon can't even produce its sensors.

You really don't know how it works, do you. Sony Semi is NOT Sony Imaging. Nikon Precision has a relationship on one end selling Lithography components to SS and on the other end, Nikon is SS's biggest customer. How do you think they got the 36mp sensor exclusively for 2 years? Shopping for FAB is the right answer. Having competing sensor development units is also the right answer.
Canon has a portfolio of GREAT lenses, it keeps them at the top of the market. Sony has a few, and that will keep them from knocking Nikon out of 2nd place.
In ILC its the system!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 18:17 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1585 comments in total)
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beavertown: What a joke, Nikon can't even produce its sensors.

Yes, Nikon is making the same mistake as Apple, Qualcomm, ARM Holdings, Kyocera, Sharp, HTC, LG, Broadcom and many others.
FAB is expensive and quickly obsolete. Canon's biggest problem if you pay any attention to their forum is the sensor technology that results from old steppers.
http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1322324
http://beta.fool.com/ddelony/2012/09/14/5-fabulous-fabless-chip-makers/11957/

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 20:40 UTC
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