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With winter coming the new Canon's make really good hand warmers, no need for gloves, don't let this device take that feature away

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2021 at 09:38 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
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phouphou: so if you bought into the Nikon Z system today, would you say buying from a "struggling" manufacturer poses a risk to the consumers experience (e.g. of not getting the camera serviced or not having as good lens support as others).

I think if you like the system (camera+lens choice) best as it is right now thats a bigger factor than a potential demise of Nikon in the future (probably more than 5yrs from now).

I understand that Sony has bigger fish to fry, but as long as the camera division is making money (or just breaking even) they would have no reason to shut it down. Having a in house camera division also gives internal sales to other divisions and helps push their sensor development and photographic software algorithms and machine learning. This means Sony do not have to make money from camera's and lenses for it to be a benefit, and to keep justified, that isn't the case for Nikon. They need to make a profit good enough for people to want to invest in, in a market where they are losing market share

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2021 at 11:31 UTC
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phouphou: so if you bought into the Nikon Z system today, would you say buying from a "struggling" manufacturer poses a risk to the consumers experience (e.g. of not getting the camera serviced or not having as good lens support as others).

I think if you like the system (camera+lens choice) best as it is right now thats a bigger factor than a potential demise of Nikon in the future (probably more than 5yrs from now).

I understand that Sony has bigger fish to fry, but as long as the camera division is making money (or just breaking even) they would have no reason to shut it down. Having a in house camera division also gives internal sales to other divisions and helps push their sensor development and photographic software algorithms and machine learning. This means Sony do not have to make money from camera's and lenses for it to be a benefit, and to keep justified, that isn't the case for Nikon. They need to make a profit good enough for people to want to invest in, in a market where they are losing market share

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2021 at 11:31 UTC
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phouphou: so if you bought into the Nikon Z system today, would you say buying from a "struggling" manufacturer poses a risk to the consumers experience (e.g. of not getting the camera serviced or not having as good lens support as others).

I think if you like the system (camera+lens choice) best as it is right now thats a bigger factor than a potential demise of Nikon in the future (probably more than 5yrs from now).

I'm with Dragonrider, names and customer base size doesn't mean much in regards to long term viability, as he said Kodak was the biggest name in photography in over a century.

Nikon represent a risk investment IMO, they can do little to differentiate themselves against Canon and Sony who produce the sensors and large parts of the other camera tech themselves. Kona Mike above saying there is "zero chance they will exit the market in 10 years" is just wishful thinking, reading Nikon's financial reports, and their camera share, there is NO WAY you can say that. I put Nikon as 50/50 chance they will still be releasing new camera's and lenses in 10 years time.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2021 at 10:54 UTC
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phouphou: so if you bought into the Nikon Z system today, would you say buying from a "struggling" manufacturer poses a risk to the consumers experience (e.g. of not getting the camera serviced or not having as good lens support as others).

I think if you like the system (camera+lens choice) best as it is right now thats a bigger factor than a potential demise of Nikon in the future (probably more than 5yrs from now).

I thought Nikon had been making financial loses the last 2 years? and a 4.9%loss in relative market share is bad no matter how you cook it.

By all standard business indicators, Nikon ARE a struggling manufacturer. Does that mean you shouldn't buy its products if you love Nikon? Of course not. However does it increase the risk of the system you invest in being bust in 5 years (and therefore no more lenses and cameras) compared to Sony and Canon? Yes it does.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2021 at 14:43 UTC
On article Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art field review (115 comments in total)

I feel sorry for all the Canon RF, Nikon Z and Fuji X Mount shooters out there... having Tamron and Sigma fully committed to your system like Sony has gives so many great lens options at comparatively amazing prices. It is reason enough alone to recommend E Mount above all others, the mount of value, choice and quality

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2021 at 15:46 UTC as 40th comment | 6 replies
On article Hands-on with new Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN 'Art' (170 comments in total)
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panther fan: Bigma and their chunky boys, just as I thought they got the spirit of small lenses

I think Fuji glass is perfectly competitive with Sony, Nikon, Canon, Tamron, Sigma and Zeiss. The issue with Fuji X Mount is that you pretty much can only choose Fuji X Mount glass. It would be a completely different system with the Sigma F1.4 primes (which would be half the price of the fast Fuji glass, but with newer AF motors), and the Tamron 17-70 F2.8 and 11-20 F2.8 zooms

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2021 at 15:03 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN 'Art' (170 comments in total)
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panther fan: Bigma and their chunky boys, just as I thought they got the spirit of small lenses

They released the 35mm F2 if you want a compact option (@ Woz, this will be very comparable to the 23 F1.4 on Fuji APSC), I think this is the perfect compliment to that depending on your needs

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2021 at 13:45 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN 'Art' (170 comments in total)
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iamraz: I switched to Sony last week (A7R IV) and in the process in selling off my Nikon gear. Sigma is a big reason I switched to Sony. Great glass at almost half the price and 95% of the quality of Sony G/GM lenses.

Welcome to the best lens range in the world. Completely agree that Tamron and Sigma really make E-Mount stand out on a price vs performance perspective. Easily the mount to recommend friends and family looking to get into photography

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2021 at 13:41 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art review (62 comments in total)
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dbateman: I see Sigma announced Chris's new favorite lens. Will be glued to his camera non stop no doubt.
This would have been the perfect lens for Sigma to announce with RF and Z-mount support. Too bad Sigma is still limited to only Sony and L-mount lenses.
Or Sigma should have really shocked us and announced the Foveon L-mount camera with this lens. That would have been exciting.

I think Sigma has been of the attitude to Canon, Fuji and Nikon of "open the mount to us to make it easier and we'll make lenses for that mount, unless the market gets big enough to warrant back engineering", and fair play to them I say. Canon, Nikon and Fuji are robbing their customer base of what a QUALITY 3rd party lens suppliers brings to a system

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2021 at 13:38 UTC
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pifilos: As a fuji user I am really jealous of that 11-20mm option. oh well...

@ Woz, if they have opened it up then fair play. I understood the Tokina lenses to be re-badged Viltrox designs...

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2021 at 16:04 UTC
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pifilos: As a fuji user I am really jealous of that 11-20mm option. oh well...

With how good Tamron and Sigma glass is these days, and how cheap they are compared to native glass, I wouldn't recommend a mirrorless system to someone new to photography that they don't support. You will literally save thousands of dollars/pounds, AND you get much greater choice at every focal length and aperture

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2021 at 16:00 UTC
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pifilos: As a fuji user I am really jealous of that 11-20mm option. oh well...

Interview with Sigma exec where they say:

"Are you planning to create lenses for Fujifilm's X-mount?

I have [had] many questions about it. I know that some [Fujifilm] customers are wishing for us to make lenses for them. It's always a matter of priority. We know there are many good customers of the Fuji system and they're perfectly matched with our ideal customer but [Fujifilm doesn't] really disclose the protocol between the lens and camera, so we need to do the reverse engineering by ourselves.

It's a really time-consuming process so we need to prioritize support for Sony E mount, our L-mount system, existing DSLR mounts and Micro Four Thirds."

https://www.dpreview.com/interviews/7487852065/cp-2019-sigma-interview-optical-design-is-always-a-battle-with-the-design-constraints

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2021 at 15:57 UTC
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pifilos: As a fuji user I am really jealous of that 11-20mm option. oh well...

@ Woz, I may be mistaken but I don't think they opened the full mount specifications to 3rd party lens suppliers, and apart from the Zeiss Touit lenses the lenses by Viltrox etc. are back engineered lenses, something Sigma and Tamron refuse to do due to the small market share of Fuji.

Interview where Fuji exe says "We’ve seen some manufacturers open up their lens mounts. What is the logic behind keeping X-mount a ‘closed’ mount, and do you think that might change? I don’t think we need to change our position. We’ve already created 31 lenses for all necessary focal lengths, so we don’t feel that we need to open up the mount to third parties."

https://www.dpreview.com/interviews/8410636142/cp-2019-fujifilm-interview-we-want-to-show-photographers-the-future

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2021 at 15:57 UTC
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Kharan: Soon, it’ll be known as the “Tamron E-mount”, at least for APS-C 🤣

Great offerings though. I can’t wait for Tamron to make good on their words and bring all of these lenses for Nikon Z.

And Sony will be OK with that as they own 12% of Tamron....!

Nikon need to open their mount to encourage 3rd party lens options to stop Z Mount just being a niche mount... all Nikon users should write to them

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2021 at 15:46 UTC
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pifilos: As a fuji user I am really jealous of that 11-20mm option. oh well...

complain to Fuji and get them to open their lens mount, its robbing their users of amazing value from Tamron and Sigma.

@Woz, the Tamron is F2.8 and the Fuji 10-24 is F4, massive difference for low light and Astro

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2021 at 13:18 UTC
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amitava bhowmik: Why??? why??...why nothing for the Nikon Z mount??? :(

Tamron have to reverse engineer the Canon and Nikon mount protocols which makes it less attractive for third party lens suppliers, particularly those with strong reputations such as Zeiss, Sigma and Tamron (Viltrox et al can get away with the bad publicity of the poorly autofocusing lens).

Sony fully opened up the E-Mount specification to all parties from Day 1, and that's why it has the best 3rd party glass options in the world. Canon, Nikon and Fuji will not open up their mount specifications, robbing their loyal customer base of the amazing value available in E-Mount lens choice

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2021 at 13:16 UTC
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Noah Yap: Oh darn... why aren't they for Nikon Z and Canon RF as well?! 150-500 looks pretty appealing.

Tamron have to reverse engineer the Canon and Nikon mount protocols which makes it less attractive for third party lens suppliers, particularly those with strong reputations such as Zeiss, Sigma and Tamron (Viltrox et al can get away with the bad publicity of the poorly autofocusing lens).

Sony fully opened up the E-Mount specification to all parties from Day 1, and that's why it has the best 3rd party glass options in the world. Canon, Nikon and Fuji will not open up their mount specifications, robbing their loyal customer base of the amazing value available in E-Mount lens choice

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2021 at 13:15 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM review (33 comments in total)

Great lens, some really strong Autofocus capable options for Astro in E Mount now

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2021 at 15:10 UTC as 19th comment
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR review (17 comments in total)

About time Fuji started releasing more fast glass with linear AF motors, now to refresh the other F1.2 and F1.4 primes with AF motors that can actually keep up with the bodies

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2021 at 09:13 UTC as 12th comment
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