Lytro is struggling because its a solution in search of a problem.
the audience for this is huge! huge i tell you!
Well, couldn't i just push the buttons on my own camera, toggle the switches on my own camera, and explore the menus on my own camera?
Why would I pay to do that on a "virtual" one when I could do that on the one I already own?
Retzius: Are these lenses made in Korea or in China?
We live in a surreal PC world when asking a simple question yields lectures, fears of offense and hurt feelings, and arguments about "why should anyone care if it doesn't impact quality".
I was simply curious because I find the economics of third party lenses interesting. Many are made in countries like Japan where the manufacturing cost is high but they still sell much cheaper than Canon and Nikon but they still make a profit. I was simply trying to figure out how Samyang handles the manufacturing process etc.
You can put away all your fears of "offending" anyone and be the PC police somewhere else.
It doesn't matter, I was just curious to be honest.
If you don't know its ok to say you don't know. We don't need a lecture on brand, price, and country.
Are these lenses made in Korea or in China?
Retzius: the most interesting thing in this whole announcement is the new 55-200 VR... paired with the new 18-55 VR II and it makes a very nice compact kit that realizes the promises of the DX format.
now, if they would make something like the Canon 10-18 we might be on to something...
Thats 3 times more expensive...
Retzius: Well, since Nikon doesn't make many APS-C lenses other than 18-xxx zooms they are trying to "force" and upgrade path.
This strategy has hurt Nikon, not helped them. If they had made a true APS-C lens line up for the prosumer they would have sold like hotcakes.
The 55-200 and 55-300 are fair at best. The AF is slow and they work poorly for sports and wildlife. Ive tried them. They don't have full time AF override.
The 10-24 is nice. The 12-24 is redundant. The fact that is sells in like new condition used for less than half the price it is new speaks volumes.
The 35 1.8 is ok for the price. The 17-55 2.8 is far too heavy, has no IS, and has only fair optical quality for the price. It is in dire need of an update to compete in the marketplace.
Well, since Nikon doesn't make many APS-C lenses other than 18-xxx zooms they are trying to "force" and upgrade path.
Retzius: The discontinued D7000 is still the best deal in Nikon land... $499 body only for a real prism viewfinder, magnesium alloy build, 6fps speed and a reasonable buffer, and full compatibility with Nikon's lenses and flash system
Get one before they're gone
I got mine brand new during the holiday specials for $484 on Amazon. Right now they are $548... still a bargain.
The discontinued D7000 is still the best deal in Nikon land... $499 body only for a real prism viewfinder, magnesium alloy build, 6fps speed and a reasonable buffer, and full compatibility with Nikon's lenses and flash system
Gethin Coles: can you change the bloomin aperture in live view, though?
the most interesting thing in this whole announcement is the new 55-200 VR... paired with the new 18-55 VR II and it makes a very nice compact kit that realizes the promises of the DX format.
"a system which the company has positioned as one of its more affordable offerings"
Nikon's answer will be a D7100 with wifi, GPS, and bigger buffer, and a few minor tweaks. I've given up on a "true" D400. Nikon's heart isn't in it, they think FF is the answer.
They could re-release these as the M9 Schotty-Sensor edition complete with a certificate hand signed by the technician who certified the sensor as defective and a Hermes hand bag with a few loose threads.
All joking aside... someone would buy them and talk about how the Schotty sensor lends a uniquely "organic" look to the images that captures not only the "decisive moment" but the uniquely "imperfect nature of humanity"
I bet the old guy that hand polishes each Leica T body for 12 hours can buff those marks right out of that sensor glass.
Maybe they can make a 45 minute video of that too.
This week Sony releases the A7II with 5 axis IBIS and Nikon answers with...
wait for it...
The gold edition Df
Pretty much sums up the state of things in Nikon land atm