the K3 is perfectly tiimed to hit C and N where they hurt

Started Nov 4, 2013 | Discussions thread
petreluk Contributing Member • Posts: 910
Re: the K3 is perfectly tiimed to hit C and N where they hurt

You may be correct about Canon and Nikon trying to force users into FF but it is a very risky strategy, perhaps even a very arrogant one born of lazy thinking while the good times rolled. Now times are not so good. Those who might typically have purchased a Nikon D700 or D300s, a Canon 5D mk II or a 7D - these are the backbone of the higher end and they are being poorly treated.

They aren't the highest end but they are still pros, semi-pros and enthusiasts who buy all their equipment themselves and who know the price of onions. They are also big spenders compared to those who just want a nice camera with a zoom lens, probably a kit one.

Nikon haven't given these customers any upgrade path at all. Canon have done slightly more, but still not a great deal.

Sony, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung and Pentax are all out there, now with increasingly fine cameras in a variety of formats including FF - and my guess is that more and more folks are turning away from Canon and Nikon because, in effect, they have stopped listening to their customers or, in the case of Nikon, even caring about them (the D600 QA issues, e.g.). In choosing to become the king of plastic fantastic, Nikon especially has lost a lot of respect and integrity. They can still make superb cameras but increasingly it seems to be without finding out what people actually want, find useful and are prepared to spend. The new Nikon Df seems an almost classic example of that.

So, anyway, I don't think Canon or Nikon are worried about Pentax. But I think they probably are worried about the smaller manufacturers when grouped together. These outfits are backed by simply enormous corporations - Ricoh, Fuji, Sony, Samsung, etc - and, at least for now, they seem to have the ear of the customer. Canon and Nikon don't.

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