Marty4650

Marty4650

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

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I am no legal expert, but if ASML claims "they attempted to negotiate an extension of a cross license agreement with Nikon" and failed to do so, then it means they imply that Nikon owns the technology. It sure sounds like they had an agreement, but then it expired, and the parties involved could not agree on royalty fees for an extension.

If a licensing agreement expires, and you fail to renew it for any reason, you just don't have the right to continue using that technology. Perhaps they felt Nikon wanted too much for an extension? It doesn't matter. They have no right to appropriate someone else's intellectual property.

This technology must be vital if it helped ASML get a 90% market share. They need to pay the price Nikon wants, or develop their own technology.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2017 at 00:02 UTC as 27th comment | 6 replies
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sirhawkeye64: Only time will tell what comes of this. As mentioned before, the only thing we can be sure of is the attorneys will be getting rich of this case, and I bet you that they'll let this thing drag on and on.... Apparently Nikon won a suit against ASML back in 2004 so this isn't a new thing for these companies as stated.

No matter who wins.... the lawyers always win.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 23:53 UTC
On article NAB 2017: Hot products and trends (47 comments in total)

I may be wrong about this, and I am sometimes wrong, but I think VR is the next high tech fad that will go nowhere. Like 3D TV.

Sure, some techno geeks and gamers will want it. But most people don't want or need or are willing to pay a lot for a total immersion experience unless they are into porn. This may never become a mass market item.

I remember seeing an exhibit at the NY World's Fair in 1964 that featured a 12 screen surround movie, that made you feel like "you were there." They predicted that theaters would soon be doing this. That was 53 years ago, and it hasn't happened yet.

They also predicted that pay phones would feature video as well as sound, and today there are no pay phones at all.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 13:14 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (507 comments in total)
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Marty4650: You really have to give Sony a lot of credit.

They found a viable niche (FF MILC) and they are milking it for all it is worth. Certainly much better than their only competitor in this space is (Leica SL). And this is much to the delight of the people who want this sort of camera.

They are rapidly creating a comprehensive system for full frame users who want a MILC camera. They keep announcing wonderful (but expensive) full frame lenses, and now they have a full frame MILC alternative for sports/action photographers.

This is precisely the same strategy Olympus is using for M4/3. Start small.... make something for everyone... then go for the high end. Even Canon is expanding downward into MILC territory, to offer their customers more options.

Meanwhile.... Nikon and Pentax could be left behind.

I agree. Canon wants to expand their business. I don't know if it will happen very soon, but I think it will happen.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 18:05 UTC
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (507 comments in total)
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Marty4650: You really have to give Sony a lot of credit.

They found a viable niche (FF MILC) and they are milking it for all it is worth. Certainly much better than their only competitor in this space is (Leica SL). And this is much to the delight of the people who want this sort of camera.

They are rapidly creating a comprehensive system for full frame users who want a MILC camera. They keep announcing wonderful (but expensive) full frame lenses, and now they have a full frame MILC alternative for sports/action photographers.

This is precisely the same strategy Olympus is using for M4/3. Start small.... make something for everyone... then go for the high end. Even Canon is expanding downward into MILC territory, to offer their customers more options.

Meanwhile.... Nikon and Pentax could be left behind.

mick232..... Sony's entire lineup consists of a bunch of product niches, with something for everyone. No other maker has so many product categories.

> Smart phones with cameras built in
> Compact cameras
> Rugged cameras
> High end compacts with large sensors
> Travel zoom cameras
> Superzoom cameras
> APSC DSLR/DSLT
> APSC MILC
> Full Frame DSLR/DSLT
> Full Frame MILC
> High end video camcorders

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 17:37 UTC
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (507 comments in total)
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Marty4650: You really have to give Sony a lot of credit.

They found a viable niche (FF MILC) and they are milking it for all it is worth. Certainly much better than their only competitor in this space is (Leica SL). And this is much to the delight of the people who want this sort of camera.

They are rapidly creating a comprehensive system for full frame users who want a MILC camera. They keep announcing wonderful (but expensive) full frame lenses, and now they have a full frame MILC alternative for sports/action photographers.

This is precisely the same strategy Olympus is using for M4/3. Start small.... make something for everyone... then go for the high end. Even Canon is expanding downward into MILC territory, to offer their customers more options.

Meanwhile.... Nikon and Pentax could be left behind.

entoman.... certainly not. But they are the ONLY other company making a full frame MILC camera. Even though the Leica is not suitable for sports/action, there is no one else remotely near this space.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 17:31 UTC
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (507 comments in total)

You really have to give Sony a lot of credit.

They found a viable niche (FF MILC) and they are milking it for all it is worth. Certainly much better than their only competitor in this space is (Leica SL). And this is much to the delight of the people who want this sort of camera.

They are rapidly creating a comprehensive system for full frame users who want a MILC camera. They keep announcing wonderful (but expensive) full frame lenses, and now they have a full frame MILC alternative for sports/action photographers.

This is precisely the same strategy Olympus is using for M4/3. Start small.... make something for everyone... then go for the high end. Even Canon is expanding downward into MILC territory, to offer their customers more options.

Meanwhile.... Nikon and Pentax could be left behind.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 15:43 UTC as 87th comment | 7 replies
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (507 comments in total)

When camera makers release so few new cameras, DPReview is forced to do 8 or 9 articles for each one to create content.

And this really isn't a bad thing. It sure is a lot better than more cell phone reviews and articles about kickstarter projects, or puff pieces about $350 camera bags.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 13:32 UTC as 118th comment | 6 replies
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tkbslc: Seems weird to announce a basic firmware fix like this as news. I get announcing firmware if it adds exciting new features, but basic bug fixes are common.

The big news here is that Nikon still knows Nikon 1 exists!

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 17:27 UTC
On article TriLens triple lens holder coming to Kickstarter (166 comments in total)

In order for this product to work properly you need a well defined waistline. Just like the male model in the photo, who has a slim waist and a substantial butt. But as men age, their midsection grows larger and their butt region tends to shrink, causing belts to stop working for them. Some older men even need suspenders to hold their pants up.

This makes this product useless for men over aged 50, who are precisely the people who buy most of those big heavy lenses. And clipping this device to their belts with three lenses attached would cause their pants to come sliding down.

Hence... a marketing dilemma.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 17:21 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On article TriLens triple lens holder coming to Kickstarter (166 comments in total)

This might catch on among hip hop rap singers who like to wear their pants low.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 10:39 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies
On article TriLens triple lens holder coming to Kickstarter (166 comments in total)

What a great way to wear $5,000 on your belt... as you ride the subway in NYC.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 00:53 UTC as 63rd comment | 1 reply
On article 2017 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (481 comments in total)
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rob579: Always these cameras are great as "backup" cameras. What if I don't have a backup camera? Are these good enough for my only camera, or must I buy a more expensive camera just to be to be safe?

Any of these cameras could be a primary camera for someone.

We have been spoiled by technology and we overemphasize the need for shooting at high ISO and getting razor thin DOF. The truth is... most award winning photos were taken cameras significantly less capable than a Nikon D500.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 00:10 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (481 comments in total)

Amazon has some interesting pricing.

They will sell you a Sony RX100V for $998, or you can buy one for $1,098 and get a "free $100 gift card."

Does Amazon imagine their customers cannot do math?

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 13:39 UTC as 32nd comment | 4 replies
On article 2017 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (481 comments in total)

Congratulations to Panasonic for their clean sweep. I suppose this should lay to rest all speculation that Dprevieww is biased towards Sony or Canon.

All of these cameras seem pretty nice. I could be happy with any of them as a travel camera.

The really interesting thing here is that DPReview has grouped together cameras released over a five year period (2012-2017) while previously these roundups were mostly for a two year batch of cameras.

This really says a lot about product maturity, and could help explain why camera sales are down so much. Every new model is essentially competing with the ones made during the last few years on the used market whenever the new improvements are slight and the new price keeps climbing higher.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 11:10 UTC as 38th comment | 6 replies

A nice toy for anyone who feels $1.70 per print for 3 inch square prints is a good idea.

And you better hope for a 100% keeper rate, or it could get a lot more expensive.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 14:37 UTC as 10th comment | 5 replies
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 (157 comments in total)
In reply to:

Franz Weber: The war between Lumix and Panaleica will continue. I wonder which brand will survive in the end?

This is a severe slap in the face of all the Lumix GX lens fanboys.

Franz.... every maker has their "up market" lenses. Canon calls them "L Series," Olympus calls them "PRO lenses," and Panasonic labels theirs as "Panasonic-Leica."

There is no "war" going on. This is simply marketing.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 13:51 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (350 comments in total)
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Marty4650: "We had many discussions, and we chose to be bold and aim for a hit a higher consumer value point."

translation:

"We talked it over, and we decided to charge a lot more for it. As long as the camera performed as expected, we knew that our customers would pay a much higher price for it. And we needed a much higher price due to our sales volumes shrinking. It turned out to be the right decision."

Not meaning to belabor the point, but cartels and price fixing indicate that you don't have a free market. They fit the definition of a monopoly or "rigged market." They represent the exact opposite.

A really free market would have neither one.

Camera makers probably WISH they could fully control their prices, but they cannot. No one really needs to buy a camera, so the price needs to reflect some value for the customer.

Remember how Sigma tried to get $9,000 for their SD1 flagship DSLR? It didn't take long before the price was forced down to $1,200.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 13:57 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (350 comments in total)
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Marty4650: "We had many discussions, and we chose to be bold and aim for a hit a higher consumer value point."

translation:

"We talked it over, and we decided to charge a lot more for it. As long as the camera performed as expected, we knew that our customers would pay a much higher price for it. And we needed a much higher price due to our sales volumes shrinking. It turned out to be the right decision."

Sure Roman. Which is why Olympus also sells a $600 EM10 II in addition to their $2,000 EM1 II. Every maker tries to offer something to every customer, and not just cater to the high end. Even Leica has a "budget model" TL that costs $5,000 less than their flagship SL MILC camera.

If you leave a free market alone, it always finds the real price something should cost. If no one buys an EM1 II for $2,000, then it soon starts selling for $1,799. If that price is still too high, then $1,599 is next.

But it is very hard to call ANYTHING over priced when they are backordered.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 13:03 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Nikon D500: Which is better for you? (387 comments in total)

Obviously, the D500 is "better" and it should be because it costs quite a bit more.

But if you don't need the faster speed and better AF, then the D7500 looks like a much better deal. And the truth is, most of us don't need really them, even if some people do.

Nikon is simply giving their customers more options by offering four different APSC DSLRs, at four different price points, with four different feature sets. And all four are pretty good choices within their respective classes.

(D3xxx, D5xxx, D7xxx, and D5xx).

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 15:03 UTC as 86th comment | 3 replies
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