Marty4650

Marty4650

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

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Hello123: Leica is sure turning into the laughing stock of the photography community. The marketing team needs to be fired (every single one of them).

Hello123.... And Leica is laughing all the way to the bank.

Their marketing team just got a big raise.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 21:33 UTC
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cosinaphile: this notch nonsense is like an apple cancer spread to android wanna be phones

ive read speculation that this will have micro sd support and could have a headphone jack but i doubt it very much

i would avoid any device millions use to listen to music but refuses to include an industry standard headphone jack as simply a bit of manipulative cellular junk

the idiotic notch that moto and now these clowns emulate makes me nauseated

The iPhone notch is bigger... so it must be better.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 21:26 UTC
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Marty4650: Canon has one huge card up their sleeve.

They have the largest installed base of users. At least twice as many as anyone else has. This means more brand recognition, more legacy lenses, more of everything.

They don't need to follow the market, they could lead it if they wanted to. But obviously they would rather let others lead, then wait to see what happens, then jump in when they feel the time is right for them to do so.

Or they can do both.... by providing an adapter that gives users the option to use their Canon EF-S lenses or replace them with newly designed smaller and lighter lenses.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 20:29 UTC
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CaptainCrunchy: Canon sells more mirrorless cameras than Sony in Japan. Its been like that for a couple years now depsite the flood of new Sony cameras, despite Canon's half-hearted effort, despite Canon making any FF mirrorless, and despite the narrative that Canon cameras are not as good.

We can complain about Canon constantly, but buyers prefer their cameras. And when Canon releases a FF mirrorless camera, buyers will flock to it while we shake our heads. The only question left will be how long until Canon is leader in FF mirrorless sales, just as their in APSC mirrorless and DSLR sales.

Japan isn't the world, for sure.

Japan is only 1.7% of the world's population, and perhaps only 6.6% of the world's GDP..... but the Japanese home market accounts for fully 20% of the MILC cameras shipped, and 9% of all DSLRs shipped.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 19:07 UTC

Canon has one huge card up their sleeve.

They have the largest installed base of users. At least twice as many as anyone else has. This means more brand recognition, more legacy lenses, more of everything.

They don't need to follow the market, they could lead it if they wanted to. But obviously they would rather let others lead, then wait to see what happens, then jump in when they feel the time is right for them to do so.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 19:01 UTC as 83rd comment | 7 replies
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PhozoKozmos: problem for mirrorless-only dcams (icl or not)
they have mirrorless-only appeal (LV only: with or without EVF)

meanwhile, LV dSLRs, have OVF+LV appeal

Ideally, if LV dSLRs include modular EVFs, then one can up appeal of OVF+LV (with or without vari-angle/tilt EVFs)

it would leave mirrorless-only appeal even lower than 2nd tier it is now, down to 3rd tier only

1st Tier: OVF+LV dSLRs (+opt modular EVF) ... still missing! next step! (i wish!)
2nd Tier: OVF+LV dSLRs (no EVF) ... has been around a long time since ~2005
3rd Tier: LV Only (with or without EVF) ... aka: mirrorless-only dcams (icl or not) FF/APSC/Med.Fmt/m43/1"/drones/etc

*no, smartphones make for lousy non-ergonomic "remote LV"

Do you honestly think a whole generation that grew up with smartphones will prefer OVFs someday? We old timers are pretty evenly split as to EVF or OVF preference, but younger customers might prefer the EVF and see no value in having an OVF.

The future is pretty clear on this one. OVFs will always exist as some customers will demand it, but it is by no means certain that future customers will prefer them.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 18:57 UTC

There just is no way that Canon can ignore the MILC market, since it now accounts for a full third of all ILC sales. They are in that niche right now with their EOS M products. And those products do pretty well in some regions.

Eventually they will move to the high end to compete with Sony FE, because they cannot remain "the market leader" while staying out of any significant market sector.

As for "cannibalizing sales" this isn't news either. Aren't they already doing this with four distinct Digital Rebel lines? They have the 800D (standard), 2000D (budget), 200D (mini) and 4000D (ultra budget) models all of which are part of their Digital Rebel family. Plus..... those 800Ds might be cannibalizing sales for their 80D and 77D cameras too.

All this cannibalization talk sounds good, but really isn't a problem in the real world. Every well run company competes with themselves. If you don't do it, then someone else surely will.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 18:52 UTC as 85th comment
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WastingTime: Never heard from these guys, and I use a lot of stock images at work.

If they primarily "marketed to national magazines" then that explains why they are shutting down.

National print magazines are rapidly disappearing.

Going from "hundreds" to "dozens."

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2018 at 11:56 UTC
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Docno: I wonder how these numbers compare to the pre-digital era (I’m thinking 80s and 90s). Very few people I knew back then used film cameras because of the cost of developing prints. Also, you did not upgrade film cameras so frequently back then. So while we may have passed the golden age of digital cameras, in suspect they still sell better than film cameras back then. Of course, I’m willing to be proven wrong ...

.... and if something is worth $3,000, then someone will make a good living by repairing them.

This is why we have 800,000 professional auto mechanics in the USA, and there are are very few people who earn a living by repairing cheap appliances like toasters and blenders.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 23:13 UTC
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Docno: I wonder how these numbers compare to the pre-digital era (I’m thinking 80s and 90s). Very few people I knew back then used film cameras because of the cost of developing prints. Also, you did not upgrade film cameras so frequently back then. So while we may have passed the golden age of digital cameras, in suspect they still sell better than film cameras back then. Of course, I’m willing to be proven wrong ...

I realize you said that tongue in cheek, but consider this.

No one has outlawed film photography. So you don't have to bring it back. It is still an option, that is available to everyone.

When you give people a choice, around 99% of them opt for digital. The only way to "bring back film" would be to ban the manufacture and sales of digital imaging devices.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 21:05 UTC
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Docno: I wonder how these numbers compare to the pre-digital era (I’m thinking 80s and 90s). Very few people I knew back then used film cameras because of the cost of developing prints. Also, you did not upgrade film cameras so frequently back then. So while we may have passed the golden age of digital cameras, in suspect they still sell better than film cameras back then. Of course, I’m willing to be proven wrong ...

The first January CIPA shows statistics for was in 2002. And this was fairly early in the digital era.

In January 2002, 2,384,044 film cameras plus 112,576 digital cameras, for a total of 2,496,620 total cameras shipped.

In January 2018, sixteen years later CIPA shipped 1,340,492 digital cameras. In other words, a little more than half as many as they had shipped sixteen years earlier.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 18:38 UTC
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Arastoo Vaziri: BREAKING NEWS!! A posse of infuriated Eneloop fans have broken into IKEA's stores at Wembley and Stratford and caused massive destruction. All battery packages were ravaged. They managed to paralyse security guards by blinding them with flashguns. The police are still trying to identify the perpetrators. Still no word from Eleloop representatives, though a Varta PR person stated they deplore such acts of "vandalism".

...after successfully defending their shrine, the Swedish tourist group gathered for a delightful lunch of meatballs, mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam.

https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/stltoday.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/3b/f3b648bb-972a-5fd5-8333-da9bca9b9b42/56b251bb2ae60.image.jpg?resize=1200%2C762

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2018 at 13:32 UTC
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entoman: It's great to see Olympus adding significant (for many) features but without expecting the owners to send the camera back to have the mainboard replaced a la Pentax K1 Mkii.... this is one of the nicest things about Olympus (and Fujifilm).

I'd love to have a nice light Olympus outfit but I find the menus absolutely hideous, and the EVF quite tiring and unpleasant to look through for extended periods (wildlife and sports photographers often spend hours looking through the finder every day, waiting for the "decisive moment").

I'm looking forward to the next generation of Olympus, hoping for major improvements in the menu, a better EVF, and hopefully a 24-28MP sensor that can truly match the sharpness and dynamic range of a good APS camera.

Postscript...

Since we have so many menu experts here, I'd love to see one of them suggest a way to create a menu that allows around 400 customization options, while keeping it clean, simple and easy to use for people who don't want to read the manual.

You can have lots of options or a very simple menu.
You just can't have both at the same time.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 19:18 UTC
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entoman: It's great to see Olympus adding significant (for many) features but without expecting the owners to send the camera back to have the mainboard replaced a la Pentax K1 Mkii.... this is one of the nicest things about Olympus (and Fujifilm).

I'd love to have a nice light Olympus outfit but I find the menus absolutely hideous, and the EVF quite tiring and unpleasant to look through for extended periods (wildlife and sports photographers often spend hours looking through the finder every day, waiting for the "decisive moment").

I'm looking forward to the next generation of Olympus, hoping for major improvements in the menu, a better EVF, and hopefully a 24-28MP sensor that can truly match the sharpness and dynamic range of a good APS camera.

Olympus just cannot win.

If their menu system seems over cluttered because they have so many customization settings, then people will complain.

If they hide some of those least used functions by putting them on sub menus to clean it up a bit, then other people will complain.

If they eliminate a bunch of those settings completely, then another group will surely complain.

So... no matter what they do.... SOMEONE will complain!

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 19:15 UTC
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entoman: It's great to see Olympus adding significant (for many) features but without expecting the owners to send the camera back to have the mainboard replaced a la Pentax K1 Mkii.... this is one of the nicest things about Olympus (and Fujifilm).

I'd love to have a nice light Olympus outfit but I find the menus absolutely hideous, and the EVF quite tiring and unpleasant to look through for extended periods (wildlife and sports photographers often spend hours looking through the finder every day, waiting for the "decisive moment").

I'm looking forward to the next generation of Olympus, hoping for major improvements in the menu, a better EVF, and hopefully a 24-28MP sensor that can truly match the sharpness and dynamic range of a good APS camera.

entoman.... I agree. An OVF is always "more natural" than looking through an EVF. But this because you are essentially looking through a clear glass window. And some people will always prefer this. Because it is "more natural."

But, as you probably know, an EVF can be more useful because you are looking at what your sensor sees. Complete with any settings applied. So while it is "unnatural" it is a better indicator of what your final result will look like.

Different strokes for different folks. Use whatever you prefer. I've used both kinds for over 50 years now, and I much prefer using a good EVF.

And I also agree that four thirds sensors will ALWAYS lag behind full frame sensors. Due to the laws of physics. There is no way around this. But as all sensors get better the "good enough point" should be moving down, and not up. Since there has been no simultaneous improvement in human vision.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 17:25 UTC
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entoman: It's great to see Olympus adding significant (for many) features but without expecting the owners to send the camera back to have the mainboard replaced a la Pentax K1 Mkii.... this is one of the nicest things about Olympus (and Fujifilm).

I'd love to have a nice light Olympus outfit but I find the menus absolutely hideous, and the EVF quite tiring and unpleasant to look through for extended periods (wildlife and sports photographers often spend hours looking through the finder every day, waiting for the "decisive moment").

I'm looking forward to the next generation of Olympus, hoping for major improvements in the menu, a better EVF, and hopefully a 24-28MP sensor that can truly match the sharpness and dynamic range of a good APS camera.

That is a smart plan.

Continue using your DSLRs, since you have already learned their menu systems. There are lots of good reasons to use a DSLR, but I never thought "easier menu system" was high on the list. But apparently it is for some folks.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 15:18 UTC
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FuhTeng: Not a bad entry point (but my, that's a lot of money for entry level), but the exciting part is what it means for big brother M5 version 2.

Still, Canon knows what they're doing otherwise they wouldn't be #1 by miles of market share. I still don't know why I'd get this over an SL2, but hey, that's just me.

It is always easier to cut the price, than it is to raise it for an existing model.

Canon is aiming for higher margins, just like everyone else is, and if this camera is priced too high, you will see amazing discounts in the coming months. It didn't take very long for Canon to slash the price of their 6D II when it didn't stack up well against the Nikon D500 at the same price point.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 15:00 UTC
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entoman: It's great to see Olympus adding significant (for many) features but without expecting the owners to send the camera back to have the mainboard replaced a la Pentax K1 Mkii.... this is one of the nicest things about Olympus (and Fujifilm).

I'd love to have a nice light Olympus outfit but I find the menus absolutely hideous, and the EVF quite tiring and unpleasant to look through for extended periods (wildlife and sports photographers often spend hours looking through the finder every day, waiting for the "decisive moment").

I'm looking forward to the next generation of Olympus, hoping for major improvements in the menu, a better EVF, and hopefully a 24-28MP sensor that can truly match the sharpness and dynamic range of a good APS camera.

The Olympus menu system is much more complicated than most others because Olympus offers so many ways of customizing your camera.

This makes it a huge pain in the butt for new users, system jumpers, camera reviewers, and internet forum experts who are accustomed to very simple menu systems.... but absolutely no problem for users who have learned how to navigate it.

I agree it needs to be simplified to help attract new users, but this is a low priority for most of us who are smart enough to have learned how to use it. There are four or five other improvements I would give much higher priority.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 13:52 UTC
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Marty4650: This is a simple case of supply and demand. The Sony FE camera line has been hugely successful. These cameras are jam packed with the latest cutting edge technology, and have taken a serious piece of the full frame camera market.

If Sony won't make enough reasonably priced lenses for Sony FE, then someone else surely will.

If you already own those SLR lenses, then you still need to buy an adapter. If you don't already own the SLR lens you want, then your option is to buy a very expensive FE lens from Sony, or buy a more moderately priced Sigma "with the adapter built in."

Sony actually created this opportunity for Sigma by failing to create enough moderately priced lenses for their own FE system.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 17:17 UTC
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Marty4650: With each new generation of phone, they all become more generic and more boring.

Every "new feature" is something really useless or completely unnecessary. Or something you already have, or will never need. Adding one more feature to a camera phone doesn't convert it into a Nikon D850. It just makes it a very slightly better camera phone.

It isn't like most smartphone users even care about these features. They would probably want better battery life and faster recharging rather than getting some minor enhancement to improve their facebook selfies.

Yes, they will be on par as long as all you need are selfies taken with a 30mm lens in good light. They are "on par" in the same sense that a Toyota Corolla is on par with a Ferrari. Both can take you to the shopping center and back.

Show me some great cell phone shots of birds in flight, or great photos of a full moon. Show me the great sports and action photos taken at NFL sidelines with iPhones. Let me know when professional wedding photographers start showing up with Samsung Galaxy S9s and nothing more.

When these things happen, then you will have achieved parity. Until then, all you have is a nice replacement for a Kodak Instamatic camera. And that isn't a bad thing. It just isn't "on par."

As for now, they are pretty good and pretty convenient if all you need are snapshots. Saying that doesn't make one a Luddite. It just makes one a realist.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 16:06 UTC
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