berbmit: An amateur's experience constrained by a price-point:
After my D5100 and all lens was stolen I had the chance for a clean start. The X-T1 became the replacement kit; body and three lens graciously payed for by insurance. It was a hard call to move away from the familiar Nikon range, but after a week I'm convinced that I have a whole lot more camera for the replacement price than I could have got with a Nikon!
In particular, I am amazed at the improved quality (subjectively speaking) compared to my old Nikon RAW (using Lightzone/DCRAW under Linux) ... the difference is immediate to my eye.
The handling is really nice; more compact without feeling too small, solid to hold, great build quality. The EVF in low light was a surprise ... as if I was using night vision goggles ... fantastic for composing a low light image.
I'm still getting used to the idea I bought non-Nikon, at this point I am having no buyer regrets and would not trade back to a Nikon price-parity equivalent.
Guess I was thinking of other lenses. IMO the 35 1.4 does not make a lot of sense if you have the 18-55 2.8 kit lens.
The XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS is in the same league as the Nikon 55-200 VR which sells for 150€ NEW. I am pretty sure that the equivalent Fujinon is not worth 700€. But there appears to be no alternativ from Fujifilm.
I was thinking of the Fujinon 55 1.2 for 999 €and the fujinon 10-24 4.0 for 999 € ... and then I think you also need to purchase a flash.
A new D5100 with the sigma 17-70 2.8, 35 1,8 or 50 1.4 and the 55-200 VR will set you back roughly 1000€. If you get the new D5300 add another 300€ which brings you in at 1300€ NEW with stellar image quality at 24MP.
Hard to top I would say.
I'd really love to believe your story, but when I do the math it dosen't even come close.
The new Fuji xt1 with 3 Lenses will set you back roughly 4000 €.
The D5100 with three standard lenses would not even come close. Unless you were using the most high-end Nikon lenses, which is not likely with a D5100.
But I could be wrong and there is some missing piece of information which will make it all add up.
Its certainly a nice little Camera. However for me the price point is too high. Overall I think the lenses need to come down in price by 30%, the reasoning I have for this is because the Sigma 18-35 1.8 is at 700€ and that is a reference Lens to me. The Camera itself will come down in price anyway over time, but I do not see myself spending that kind of money for Lenses that other Vendors have priced more reasonably.
Donnie G: Nikon's corporate bean counters are showing us how to turn cost cutting into a "death by a thousand cuts". If Nikon doesn't find a partner outside of the camera business to merge with soon, then they may not survive long term after all. Apple or Google might be interested in acquiring a camera company, and Nikon would be a good fit for either one of them. Well, that's my best guess anyhow.
I've been thinking exactly the same thing, that Nikon will not be able to survive as an independent Company. Sony would be another Contender, but there is probably already too much overlap and the lense mounts are not compatible.
However there is another issue smoldering under the surface, and it smells like something very unsound, not sure if corruption is the right word for it.
This Nikon interview is in stark contrast to the recent interview that was done with Fujifilm on Feb 15. The Fujifilm person comes over as far more open, authentic and above all customer oriented! And that is definately a style and attitude that the US Customers and the Europeans expect and highly regard.
The Portait shots of the Nikon execs will likely do for some good natured comedy. However from a company selling high-end cameras and lenses I would have expected much more professional looking portraits even if they were done on the fly.
This has always been a most powerfull Nikon argument.
"We’re very confident in the image quality of our cameras, which also includes the image processing and lenses. The optical technology of our lenses is superb. That’s why you should choose Nikon. Another very important asset is our legacy of NIKKOR lenses. "
... Still, I like the Canon jpeg colors better.
Stephan Def: Looks like a really neat piece of Hardware, which has yet to prove its merit and quality in the long run.
The Lens prices however are quite high for a hobbyist. I checked on Amazon and they start at €500 and hang around 600-900 €. Its probably good glass but I would not expect much of a used market.
So by comparison it looks to me like Canon and Nikon are the more proven solutions with reasonable priced quality lenses available, and a huge used market.
Actually I understand that it targets the APS-C Market. Quote from the Review: "... given its pricing and feature set, we suspect Fujifilm also has the Canon EOS 70D and Nikon D7100 in its sights."
Looks like a really neat piece of Hardware, which has yet to prove its merit and quality in the long run.
Its obvious to see that these images were done with some high-end Hardware and advanced software processing. So the storyline about a "family farm in rural russia" looks pretty contructed to me.
Shes from Moscow, somehow achieving high income or she has some generous benefactor, which is not so unusual for aspiring hipp fotographers. So she could just as well be someone from the New York art scene who took shots on the "Family Farm" in upper Newyork/Vermont.
The Fotos are nice, imo, the storyline sucks.
The price has to to come down to about $800-$600 as I am pretty sure it will in time. I would like to see a model with a full size smartphone screen, or basically just a smartphone format with an interchangable aps-c size lens mount. I think that is the future. All the rest is pure processing power and software.
Stephan Def: Whats he talking about? Not just only the Sensor size matters but also the availability of reasonably priced Lenses.
If I would go Fullframe I would be looking at the category of 2000-4500€ and upwards for the full package with Lenses. With APSC I am comfortably below 1400€. That is a huge difference for the enthusiast hobbyist.
What does he mean with semi-pros go to FF in the future? He thinks all the enthusiast amateurs are going to Fullframe and pay prices like 2200-4500€ and more for their hobby?
I think he is making have baked statements that are not thought thru to the end. I could be wrong though and canon will reveal the lense-less camera.
Yacht 100.000 €. Porsche 200.000€. I don't know, maybe Camera salesmen can afford it. If he can afford it, then he will not have any time left for his hobby :-)
The bet that prices will come down for high-grade optical equipment is way off, those prices have never come down.
Unfortunately Cameras are not reliable collectors items, they can just be obsoleted very easily and then you are sitting on a heap of electronic junk.
OK you got me, I don't have your friends.
No lenses have not gotten cheaper.
Whats he talking about? Not just only the Sensor size matters but also the availability of reasonably priced Lenses.
rallyfan: I bet he goes home each night and cries into a suitcase full of money.
Last time I checked "money" was paper with some odd designs printed on it, and some bogus text about trust added on ...
rrr_hhh: I read Woodford's interview and what he says sounds wrong. He has sour grapes and plays the victim's role, but he just sounds like an angry looser, trying to harm Olympus as much as he cans. He sounds like a manipulator and insinuating things for which he has no proof (like the involvement of the Japanese mafia).He making a meditation retreat with Buddhists ? And giving his money to charity ? Let me laugh, it is not because you stay three days with Buddhists that what you did before was right and how much did he give to charity ? Many people are giving to charity ! And even if he gave half of what he received he still got way more money from Olympus than what most people earn in 20 years ! I will believe it when I see the list of beneficiaries and how much each actually received and testimonies of what they could achieve with his gifts. Poor soul ! He may have uncovered real problems, but he used the wrong way to solve them : he just tried to use them to his own advantage.
Olympus is a company Woodford helped to create. Just google it: the complete real history is there.
Why should he have helped to cover-up the corrupt elements?
CameraLabTester: "In the interview he rejects suggestions that he is 'cashing in' on the crisis, explaining that most of the money will be donated to charities..." ---excerpt form DR article above
Lets make it clear: The money to charities comes from the "cashing in" aspect. (Le Book!)
His severance paycheck is intack.
I think he had a 5 year contract, its legally and morally sound that he should have sued on the fullfillment of the obligations out of that contract. Thats normal and anybody would do that.
Furthermore the amount he received is actually minimal compared to what he could have earned as CEO in those 5 years; Just look at how much Olympus lost on those "creative" accounting practices in the previous years to get a clue.
I also have no doubts that he will find another position as he is a very able and astute salesman, with quite a track record. With that kind of a track record you will always find a job.
The original Article on amateurphotographer.co.uk is a very interesting and insightful read; its very revealing of a cultural phenomenon and it seriously connects the dots.
Tape5: Boredom extraordinaire.
The only way I could see it boring is if I was extraordinarily cynical, living and breathing that.
I think there is quite a huge cultural gap between Japanese Corporations and U.S. customers. As this case once again illustrates. Its fairly ubelievable that Nikon leadership is just shutting-up and thinking that they can silently ride this one out like all the other quality incidents they rode out before this one.
If APPLE had such a problem at the launch with one of their new products then some top brasses head would role, as did happen in the past, for example, with the Iphone 4 antenna problem, for which Mark Papermaster publically got fired. I am sure we would never see someting comparable happen in japan, apparently the clocks still count time very differently there.
My expectation is: at least some qualified statement and a stop-gap solution, like a free but effective cleaning-kit from Nikon. Such a simple measure would go a long ways to patching things up a litlle bit.
I checked the pictures, and looked at the Video. The technology is not very well explained, normally you would try to show some serious real world application and explain the benefit of it, I did not see any of that, thus it just looks like a cool gimmick at this point.