Marty4650

Marty4650

Lives in United States NC, United States
Works as a Retired Industrial Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2005

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On article Taking your drone to a wedding? Read this first (88 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I cannot imagine anything more distracting than a flying robot buzzing about in the sky above an outdoor wedding.

For the rest of time your wedding will be remembered as "the one with the annoying drone." If this is what you want, then go for it. If not, then you might want to pass on this trendy gimmick.

I think you are using the word "ubiquitous" very liberally.

It literally means "found everywhere." If drone use at weddings was as common as you suggest, this wouldn't be a news story.

I have been to dozens of weddings and have never seen a drone in use. Can you honestly say they are that common in use today at weddings? Everywhere?

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 11:32 UTC
On article Taking your drone to a wedding? Read this first (88 comments in total)

Usually, the bride wants to be the star of the show. She probably doesn't want to be upstaged by a flying camera.

I can imagine all the guests whispering and pointing to the drone during the service. (".....Look Bob, it's coming back again.")

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 15:42 UTC as 36th comment | 5 replies
On article Taking your drone to a wedding? Read this first (88 comments in total)

I cannot imagine anything more distracting than a flying robot buzzing about in the sky above an outdoor wedding.

For the rest of time your wedding will be remembered as "the one with the annoying drone." If this is what you want, then go for it. If not, then you might want to pass on this trendy gimmick.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 12:39 UTC as 43rd comment | 11 replies
On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1226 comments in total)

If ergonomics matters.... then the D750 wins hands down. And if you already own a lot of Nikon FX lenses, then a system switch becomes cost prohibitive for most people.

For everything else, then both cameras are very capable.

If I wanted a full frame camera I'd go with the Sony. The FE system keeps getting better, the video is much better, and I prefer the smaller body. It also seems more future proof.

YMMV.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2018 at 13:49 UTC as 214th comment | 3 replies

I sometimes wonder what purpose is served by photos like these?

I can understand how photos of earthquakes, floods or famine could inspire people to send help, but what can we do about failed nation states other than to feel sorry for the people?

Should we impose a better political and economic system on Venezeula? Should we subsidize their failed system? Or should we simply mind our own business, since meddling in other nations affairs rarely works out well for us. Or for them.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 15:06 UTC as 27th comment | 12 replies
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rrccad: There's a large assumption here that mirrorless mounts mean short registration mounts and that both Canon and nikon will decide to orphan a quarter of a billion lenses in the F and EF mounts.

Both canon and nikon have full electronic mounts now, even the older F mount with the G lenses is fully electronic.

There's nothing stopping both Canon and Nikon from using their existing mounts.

In a way, they should look at what happened to Sony and the A mount and how sony has faired overall in moving their customer base and growing it over time. It really hasn't happened.

There's alot of internet hype, but Sony hasn't really moved the needle anymore with the FE mount and they literally killed off their A mount business.

that would be a huge risk to Canon and NIkon, killing off their massive mount marketshares for the sake of 20mm of registration distance savings that matter to just a few.

"There's a large assumption here that mirrorless mounts mean short registration mounts and that both Canon and nikon will decide to orphan a quarter of a billion lenses in the F and EF mounts."

Even if this was true, and it isn't, why is that a bad thing for camera makers? It sounds like precisely what they need to bring their revenue back up.

Didn't Canon "orphan" their FD lenses by adopting an EOS mount in 1987? While Nikon and Pentax clung to their existing mounts?

How did that work out for them?

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2018 at 10:58 UTC
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MrBrightSide: Based on what we’ve seen from smaller mirrorless formats, what exactly will be the benefit of full frame mirrorless? It won’t be smaller lenses, and they’ll need monster batteries to provide comparable shooting time and to handle the demands of a high-quality viewfinder.

The only real benefit of FF MILC is.... MILC with a larger sensor. You can get all the benefits of mirrorless, if you want them, plus the best sensors available today.

And you better believe that Canon and Nikon are taking the Sony A9 seriously. With DSLR sales slumping they will break Sony's monopoly on this market niche. The Leica SL didn't worry them due to the sky high price and the few lenses available for it. But Sony FE keep getting better and keeps drawing some of Canon and Nikon's DSLR customers.

If those customers want FF MILC, and it seems some do, then Canon and Nikon plan to give it to them.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 17:40 UTC
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marc petzold: I do like the idea, that maybe Pentax would be the last brand, which is producing DSLRs. Pentax is way traditional, and Rangefinders are out of style for decades...but as you know, Leica is doing great! So why not? :-)

I am a huge fan of classic camera controls, since the SLR days, so Fujifilm has won me over with their analogue dials. Look at the Pentax K-1(II), that DSLR is perfectly engineered. It just reminds me the great old Contax SLR days.

If i'd be a Billionaire, i'd buy the brand right Contax from Zeiss, and develop new Contax cameras, DSLR. finally....or perhaps even Mirrorless.

Can't Zeiss show a heart and bring the famous brand & quality back to Life ?!

Good Light!

Marc

marc.... I don't think anyone is saying that Canon and Nikon will stop producing DSLRS after they launch their FF MILC products. So the odds that Pentax will become the last DSLR brand are pretty slim.

These are just different variants of the same product..... interchangeable lens cameras, and both MILC and DSLRs will still be in production long after both of us are gone.

You and I are impressed with the brand name Contax, but very few young people even know it existed. If Zeiss ever plans to sell the Contax trademark, then they need to do it quickly. The brand name only impresses people over 60 years old, and they have a bad habit of dying off.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 16:43 UTC

Really well written analysis, and very much on point.

You may not have intended it, but you just upset 25 million DSLR fans....

I predict 400+ comments.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 13:20 UTC as 306th comment | 3 replies
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cgarrard: Dunno what is up with that ugly red stripe on the grip, but..... whaaaaat?

I believe both the black and the gunmetal grey version have a red stripe.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2018 at 13:41 UTC

Obviously, cine lenses must be pretty profitable.

Which is why everyone is jumping on the bandwagon now.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2018 at 19:38 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article Olympus PEN E-PL9 headed to the US and Canada (181 comments in total)
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Woodyz: Handsome camera--but I would spend more for a Pen F. This camera seems a generation behind competing products.

The EPL9 is a nice looking camera.

On the other hand, I wouldn't call a Pen-F "handsome." I'd call it "stunning."

It costs twice as much as an EPL9, and worth every penny of it.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 21:30 UTC
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Suave: I am sure Adobe will counter with an update of its own.

If Adobe ever acquired Intel, you would be paying a $10 a month subscription fee to use their chips.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 12:28 UTC
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confused circle: Why do these articles get this stuff wrong. DSLR revenue fell over 6%, mirrorless increased 14%, over the same period where the irrelevant unit sales was reported. That means that each DSLR is bringing in less money than before on average. Hell, just take an average per unit value for the reported units and yen in the chart, it's embarrassing. At no point does an analyst look at flat unit sales and declining revenue and think that's a product segment that's doing well. Analysis isn't even focused on units, it's down to cash flows and the associated efficiencies and controls. You measure turnover on equipment through dollars generated, not pieces.

If you look at some other parts of the CIPA report, you will see that lenses brought in significantly more money than Fixed Lens Cameras did in 2017.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 11:27 UTC
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Jefftan: 1 inch camera like RX100 series is dying?

Hard to believe as it off decent IQ with zoom and fit in a pocket

It should not be killed by phone (no zoom, lower IQ)

Jeff.... Nikon actually tried selling a 1" rugged camera, the AW1. Unfortunately, being an ILC it wasn't really waterproof, so it failed. The AW1 did appeal to hikers and other outdoor types, but was pretty much useless for scuba diving.

I really believe a fixed lens rugged compact with a 1 inch sensor would be a huge hit. Since it could be used in any harsh conditions. Above, or below the water.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 16:16 UTC

One swallow doesn't make a spring.

If you look at the longer view (2012-2017) then CIPA stats tell us that:

> DSLR volume is down 53% while MILC volume is up 3%
> DSLR revenue is down 43%, while MILC revenue is up 77%

These are the stats that matter. And this is precisely why both Canon and Nikon have discovered the sudden urge to go mirrorless full frame....

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 15:30 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies
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Osa25: Of course "compact cameras" are tanking. They have always been mediocre, and 95% of their functional value is already embedded in the networked microcomputer that's already in everyone's pocket. If you're going to duplicate, might as well have a decent camera not a "fake" one...

What I'd like to know is why anyone buys one of those things at all, in this day and age,,,,

...and those "really good" camera phones cost around $1,000.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 01:16 UTC
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Revenue figures tell a different tale

DSLR are falling by 7%
Mirroless revenues are up 14%

So this says Nikon and Canon cleared lots of stock that was stuck on shelves with cut throat pricing. While mirrorless are shipping ever more profitable cameras...

...but it does explain why Canon and Nikon are planning to move forward on full frame MILC.
(or.... full frame MILF. A curvy one.)

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 01:14 UTC
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Ruekon: Mirrorless ILC are simply too expensive for what they offer. You find a better DSLR from the two top brands in each price range.

How can a $1,000 camera be too expensive when a cup of coffee costs $5, and a new car costs around $35,000?

If you account for inflation, a Canon Digital Rebel is now around half the price it was back in 2003.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 01:11 UTC
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Jefftan: 1 inch camera like RX100 series is dying?

Hard to believe as it off decent IQ with zoom and fit in a pocket

It should not be killed by phone (no zoom, lower IQ)

Jeff.... that category of compact cameras with 1 inch sensors is probably the ONLY compact cameras selling well right now.

According to the DPreview camera database:

in 2011 there were 20 ILCs and 137 fixed lens cameras introduced
in 2017 there were 20 ILCs and 11 fixed lens cameras introduced

... and 4 of those 11 fixed lens cameras had large sensors.

The compact camera market has completely evaporated, with the only exceptions being a tiny number of rugged cameras and superzooms.

But it really isn't as bad as some are suggesting. Rather than selling a whole bunch of cheap 3X zoom compacts with small sensors, they are now selling a much smaller number of very expensive large sensor compacts. In other words, revenue is down, but not nearly as much as the volume decline would suggest because of much higher prices.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 01:03 UTC
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