lolopasstrail

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On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1063 comments in total)
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nerd2: $1199 m43 camera without weather sealing?

So who's the target audience for this camera? Retro fans will prefer Fuji, compact camera advocates will pick 1" compacts, and value-focused people have enough cheap options to choose.

Well, in almost two years it's only down to $1000 body only, and that only with the temporary seasonal rebate.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 11:43 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2495 comments in total)
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fmulta: I get that comparing the X Pro 2 with the Nikon D5500 is logical in the sense that they're APS-C sensors, but it also seems true that these two cameras are quite different user levels. I might be projecting here, but I think the D750 is a more logical comparison despite the sensor size difference. I know a wedding and event photographer that ditched their DSLR system for these. My experience with Fuji was, I had to sell off the X100T soon after buying it as the performance just wasn't there for me. But I'm looking forward to seeing if this one will let me save my neck and put down my Nikon for most shooting. I'm hopeful.

For those concerned ultimately with image output, or say with follow-on lens and accessories cost, the comparison is a valid one. Because price/performance is a valid consideration, and the D5500 is available at about 1/4 the cost, at arguably equal or superior all around performance. And for those valuing weight, the D5500 is lighter, and narrower, than the wonderful Fuji.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2017 at 11:57 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1096 comments in total)
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OER49: Which cameras under $1,000 have the best autofocus tracking?

Try a Nikon D7200

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 01:09 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1096 comments in total)
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NickyB66: Another blow for canon and Nikon.

What is this mission that some people who don't use Nikon or Canon seem to have to see the demise of the two vendors?
Isn't more choice better for consumers? Isn't more competiton better for vendors?

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 01:06 UTC

So my takeaway after reading all these comments is that this new Nikon model doesn't matter, because some imaginary competitor model that doesn't exist is far better.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 16:24 UTC as 76th comment | 4 replies
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lolopasstrail: Couple casual thoughts:

1) "The increased average selling price of fixed lens cameras can only be good news."
No, it can be other than good news. Can very well be.

2) What factors in the environment could account for a continuing expected increase in camera sales? The aging photo enthusiast lives longer? Product is suddenly cheaper? People suddenly have more money? A new fad for young adults to now purchase expensive photo equipment? A brand new technology is so superior that the existing installed base is suddenly obsolete? Competition for the hobbyist dollar/attention is suddenly too expensive, resulting in hobbyists devoting more time to photography than other pursuits? If we can't point to driver or two, how can we expect a temporary short term trend to continue independently?

3) If cameras are selling so well, why are there suddenly so many promotions and incentives from so many manufacturers? Why are there ANY? Corollary- if these price off incentives have contributed to a spike over the last couple months, is it sustainable without manufacturers losing money? If not, how can the sales/shipment trend continue?

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 16:09 UTC

Couple casual thoughts:

1) "The increased average selling price of fixed lens cameras can only be good news."
No, it can be other than good news. Can very well be.

2) What factors in the environment could account for a continuing expected increase in camera sales? The aging photo enthusiast lives longer? Product is suddenly cheaper? People suddenly have more money? A new fad for young adults to now purchase expensive photo equipment? A brand new technology is so superior that the existing installed base is suddenly obsolete? Competition for the hobbyist dollar/attention is suddenly too expensive, resulting in hobbyists devoting more time to photography than other pursuits? If we can't point to driver or two, how can we expect a temporary short term trend to continue independently?

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 16:09 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2756 comments in total)
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trilogy1000: I'm a traditionalist and would like to see a shutter speed dial and aperture ring but I can't see Sony doing it - it's just not their thing. Having said that, the additional dials on the a9 look good and will remove a lot of the need to hunt through the menu system. Hopefully those design changes will trickle down to the a7 series.

Then there's the (relatively!!) lightweight Nikon Df with any number of AIS lenses.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 16:55 UTC
On article Samsung NX500 shown as discontinued (273 comments in total)

The amount of gloating here is surprising.
As though the reduction of competition- which leads to competitive innovation and development, as well as keeping prices down- is a good thing.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 17:07 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On article Samsung NX500 shown as discontinued (273 comments in total)
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starwolfy: As this is the 2nd time Samsung gives up its customers/supporters in the camera business my guess is we won't see them around here for a long time.

Why? 4/3 (not micro 4/3) manufacturers gave up customers. Fuji gave up customers with its DSLRs and SLRs and medium format. Sony is giving up customers with its DSLRs.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 17:06 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2174 comments in total)

A review without mentioning price in its final summary- especially when it's an outlier price such as with this model- is an incomplete review at best.

Price/performance is a very important yardstick in the business and engineering world.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 17:24 UTC as 130th comment | 5 replies
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Peter Bendheim: Amazing how many people don't have the attention span to read the article.

It's not about the X series cameras - their sales are strong.

Guess it's a good opportunity for the keyboard warriors to come out the closet and do the sensor/x-trans/focus war dance. Guess that haters will always hate.

In that case, if Insta are strong, and X-Series is strong, and everything is strong, why is the division losing money?

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 17:19 UTC
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newe: What's next for Fuji? Maybe the "selfie leg"? That company lost its way when no S6 came out. They will eventually be bought by Sony and the assets sold off to Canon.

That's sort of a truism, given that when Fuji drops their line we can say they no longer wanted to be in the market.

Cash rich because of something 20 years ago, yet we don't know if that funding was from cash, or debt, or capital selling.

In any event, companies don't always get to decide what they want to do; shareholders do. Shareholders for some reason do not like to lose money, hence do not like unprofitable lines. Fuji has certainly dropped unprofitable lines before, from 35mm to medium format to DSLRs, to compacts, so there is certainly a precedent.

Citing a diversified company with lots of other product lines does not prove they will stay in business; if anything, it says the opposite, since they do not depend on any one small product line. Nikon, on the other hand, MUST continue it's photo product line, or die. Fuji would barely blink.

Would love them to continue, but unless they grow market share NOW, what promise is there of profitability in the future?

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 17:17 UTC
On article Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge (726 comments in total)
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Ben Stonewall: Headline should read:
Sony press release says Sony is great…blah, blah, blah…

People who use clichés gonna use clichés.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 17:21 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100T Review (697 comments in total)
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Dougbm_2: 81% and only Silver seems pretty mean. Should the score and award have some sync? eg Gold over 80% Silver over 70%

They are comparing this to its only competition, a 2-year old version of itself, with relatively minor feature upgrades. ur

When the X100 came out, it had the potential to be a game changer, and it's worse enemy turned out to be itself.

Today this camera is known quantity, and is easily matched by other more flexible models given the price point.

In 2015 this should be crushing the original X100, but it's just not. Consequently, as fine and glorious a machine as this is in March, 2015, it's not the unique standout it could have been 4 years ago.

Consequently, the rating is justified.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 18:52 UTC
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nnowak: WARNING-Conspiracy Theory...

Canon recently stated that they want to be #1 in mirrorless by 2017

For those that haven't noticed yet, the pre-order pricing of various M3 kits on Amazon Japan are VERY cheap. M3 kits that include the accessory EVF are selling for basically the same price as the Sony A6000 with comparable lenses. Japanese prices are also much lower than the suggested EUR prices.

What if Canon is trying to game the regional ranking systems? With no distribution in the USA and higher prices in the EU, a significant number of people will be importing the camera directly from Japan. Possibly enough extra people from outside Japan to artificially influence the rankings and push Canon up to #1. If true, Canon would impress their Japanese investors while humiliating the competition.

No expensive engineering exercises. No massive marketing campaigns. Just do less and get more.

Who cares about unaudited retailer 'rankings,' other than the interwebs desperately in need of hits?

What Canon needs to do is to make profits, or gain market share, or stave off the competition. The question is, does their pricing allow them to make market penetration for their greater good in the long run?

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 17:15 UTC

Who cares whether "Canon is finally taking mirrorless seriously?" What matters is Is Canon returning shareholder value?

Making money is what Canon needs to do, not pursue trivial religious wars for their own sake, as fostered by the interwebs desperately in search of hits.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 17:13 UTC as 49th comment | 3 replies
On article High-end pocketable compacts roundup (2013) (266 comments in total)
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Karroly: From your review :
"if you need one (an EVF...), then the LF1 is the camera for you but, if it's just a feature you'd quite like to have, the decision is less clear-cut "

I would have concluded exactly the opposite. If you NEED a viewfinder then you need a large, clear, sharp, easy to use one, so look for another camera. If you just use it occasionally (in bright sun, or to reduce camera shake when required), then this one is OK...

The only vendor and model brave enough to offer an EVF, and you guys tear it apart because it doesn't take after EVFs on hugely larger cameras.

Sheez.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 13:57 UTC
On article Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera roundup (2013) (466 comments in total)
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andy1331: Why did you mention the a77II body as bulky? Its almost identical and even lighter than a 70d or others in this clsss.
And dont forget the advantages of the SLT concept like EVF, very fast AF even in LV, great Videi options... Lobe this one but dont understand why Sony doesnt come up with some smaller pendant. In this area they focus on e mount which is the worse mount I think for good fast glass...

Um, because it's not an SLR?

If mentioning the advantages of SLT, you need to mention also the disadvantages- such as quite limited viewfinder resolution, delay and tearing, color shifts non-representational of real life, limited ability to depict the true dynamic range of the subject, putting a little TV rather than natural light between you and the subject, battery devourer...

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 13:55 UTC
On article Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014) (316 comments in total)
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plasnu: Which camera should I buy? Sony, but I didn't know that Sony is not the enthusiast mirrorless camera.

"Its the total quality, build, feel, handling, support and feature set that makes or brakes a camera."

This is the sort of mystical set of undefinable je ne sais quoi that Leica enthusiasts use to justify their high priced choices.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 12:16 UTC
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