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newe: Interesting comments here about phones vs cameras. We just got back from Mexico with our aged D300. Saw Coba, Cozumel and a ton of other stuff. I was the tiny, tiny, tiny minority of those with "real" cameras. People would come over and see just how much better the pictures were. They'd actually ask how they could be so good on a 10 year old camera. I said camera phones don't have good lenses. They cannot zoom or work nearly as well. Pretty much everyone who had a camera phone said they could zoom, and immediately showed me a digital zoom. When I explained what is going on, they shrugged their shoulders. Hey I love my Nexus 6p, it has a cool camera and I use it. Camera phones certainly have helped to get more pictures taken. But they have also dumbed down the general population. Most people don't have a clue how to take pictures anymore. Convenience has taken over and people don't care if their pics are blown out, noisy, blurry or digital zoomed...they just don't.

Image quality isn't first priority. There has been a lot of activity in photography, more for vlogging, action cameras (GoPro Hero, etc.), photos in hostile enviroments and drones. This is what people are in to and some neat stuff is being done. More markets missed by the traditional OEMs.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:22 UTC
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nicoboston: I went to a brick and mortar Best Buy store and the digital camera section is virtually gone... I could see only a few old (and broken) DSLRs and about 5 cheap compacts. The "high end compacts" section is completely gone.
Well, now I have to admit that digital cameras are about to become a niche market. I remember the same BB store (not such a long time ago) with at least 50 cameras displayed.
My recent Panasonic camera is probably the lat member of its family! It's unbelievable though. Even my oldest functional compact camera makes much better images that my iPhone 7! And I'm not even talking about my DSLR.
QUALITY : 0 - QUANTITY : 1
On the positive side, let's hope that there will be room in the niche only for really good cameras.

Wow. I remember quite a large camera section at Best Buy. What does sell at electronics stores these days?

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:20 UTC
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beckmarc: Apple, google, Facebook etc are mega profitable and they dominate mainstream photography. They have cleverly crept up on camera manufacturers and have taken all their customers from the low end up. Now the iPhone 7 is a very capable point and shoot. Sony could have done this but they were stuck in the 20th century mind set for too long. The American IT companies destroyed the music companies, the camera companies and next is the car industry.

That Apple commercial of black and white photography on the iPhone 7 is very impressive. From someone who always a traditional compact camera (Panasonic LX5, Canon 300HS, Olympus XZ-10, etc.)

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:18 UTC

http://news.panasonic.com/global/

http://www.panasonic.com/global/corporate/history/chronicle.html

Gives some of the range. Connected homes, connected cars, connected cities are high on the dream list of electronics companies like Panasonic.

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Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 19:30 UTC as 62nd comment
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Silat Shooter: As others have mentioned, more sadness after reading this latest news of another brand hurting in the photo business. It feels like the mass public just doesn't care about cameras anymore. They use their phones for all their imaging. I think the real issue is making the images super easy to upload to social media. That seems to be how images are shared today.

I like Panasonic cameras, they focus superbly well and their touch screen implementation is also terrific.

What needs to happen to stop this bleeding in the industry?

Yes. Watch any televised event and dozens/hundreds in the audience are filming with their smart phones. The most amazing thing-we seem to be getting video, often live-streamed, from most anywhere. I can't believe people are allowed to film what is going on in a plane, but it is done everyday. If we tried with one of our conventional cameras, I expect we would be challenged. This represents the triumph of the smart phone.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 19:23 UTC

Makes sense, they have so many model lines and multiple cameras within each. Panasonic has brought a lot to the game, as have Sony and Samsung. Many Panasonic cameras are popular as affordable YouTube vlogging cameras.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 19:20 UTC as 63rd comment

Good they let you take so many photos. Trying to catch up with Sigma! Interesting the combination of old and advanced tech in lens making.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 19:47 UTC as 52nd comment

Along with gentlemen from Imaging Resource, another wonderful site, something journalists would note,

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 19:45 UTC as 54th comment

What's the difference between using this protocol versus the conventional JPEG engine in our photo apps at, say, 60-70 quality level?

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 23:45 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (666 comments in total)

Would love a 40mm equivalent as a universal camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 16:14 UTC as 144th comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (666 comments in total)
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justmeMN: No red dot, no sale!

In addition, this camera isn't priced high enough to be a luxury status symbol!

Fail! :-)

But a "value fail," if so,

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 16:13 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (888 comments in total)
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Gesture: I was a veteran-"Why would I want to do photography through a television monitor"-but times have changed. Overall, I still like true optical-mechanical RF the best.

In the classic days, RF photography was about letting the world flow to us; SLR photography about focusing/targeting. Some of the best LCDs emulate in some ways old view camera work.

What with smartphones and tablets as progenitors, what I don't understand is why the rear LCD screens on DLSRs haven't gotten MUCH larger to allow more view camera-like composing, as well as post-exposure editing. I think all these new cameras have a long ways to go, but the OEMs aren't thinking like me!

I see little innovation in viewing systems, post-exposure systems or interface. This is from someone who favored cameras like TLR, Mamyia Press, Fuji Texas Leicas, Mamiya 6/7, etc. over medium format SLRs.

I agree with you. Good points.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 21:30 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (888 comments in total)

I was a veteran-"Why would I want to do photography through a television monitor"-but times have changed. Overall, I still like true optical-mechanical RF the best.

In the classic days, RF photography was about letting the world flow to us; SLR photography about focusing/targeting. Some of the best LCDs emulate in some ways old view camera work.

What with smartphones and tablets as progenitors, what I don't understand is why the rear LCD screens on DLSRs haven't gotten MUCH larger to allow more view camera-like composing, as well as post-exposure editing. I think all these new cameras have a long ways to go, but the OEMs aren't thinking like me!

I see little innovation in viewing systems, post-exposure systems or interface. This is from someone who favored cameras like TLR, Mamyia Press, Fuji Texas Leicas, Mamiya 6/7, etc. over medium format SLRs.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 19:51 UTC as 252nd comment | 2 replies
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (888 comments in total)
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Magnar W: When I had some Sony A900 cameras, with one of the best full frame camera OVF's on the marked, I got an Sony A55 just to test out an EVF/SLT camera for some intensive weeks of commersial shooting at the west coast and northern parts of Norway. After a week or so, I missed the EVF information and the reference to the final results so much when I used the A900's that I rarely picked up those cameras any more. Also, I spent a full afternoon to learn how to shoot action with this jaggy and pretty poor EVF. After adjusting my technique a bit, the EVF worked amazingly well for this kind of shooting. For low light work, like polar light photography and astro, the EVF was a clear winner, with it's superb focusing tools. Some months later I left the OVF and sold my A900 cameras, and since that moment I have never looked back.

Sure, the viewfinder is about personal taste, so I understand those going for OVF cameras. I could not use both, but others happily combine OVF and EVF cameras! ;-)

Good thought. Wish they took the same logic with the menu interfaces and dozens of buttons/levers/dials.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 16:44 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (888 comments in total)
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Magnar W: When I had some Sony A900 cameras, with one of the best full frame camera OVF's on the marked, I got an Sony A55 just to test out an EVF/SLT camera for some intensive weeks of commersial shooting at the west coast and northern parts of Norway. After a week or so, I missed the EVF information and the reference to the final results so much when I used the A900's that I rarely picked up those cameras any more. Also, I spent a full afternoon to learn how to shoot action with this jaggy and pretty poor EVF. After adjusting my technique a bit, the EVF worked amazingly well for this kind of shooting. For low light work, like polar light photography and astro, the EVF was a clear winner, with it's superb focusing tools. Some months later I left the OVF and sold my A900 cameras, and since that moment I have never looked back.

Sure, the viewfinder is about personal taste, so I understand those going for OVF cameras. I could not use both, but others happily combine OVF and EVF cameras! ;-)

You hit on a key point. Why can't Canon, Nikon and Pentax (the main traditional DSLR companies) have innovated to an OVF plus EVF material. The OEMs, maybe, don't try hard enough.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 15:57 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (888 comments in total)

Didn't realize so many Amazon staff.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 15:54 UTC as 304th comment

Would love to see this camera compared to the Sigma Merrills, which I think Sigma should still offer alongside the Quattros. I can still remember my first 8x10 enlargement from a 120 negative taken by a humble Yashicamat 124G. Not simply the astounding detail and sharpness and tonality, but the total amount of information. This is when photography represents but also transcends reality.

I remember Michael Reichmann saying something similar with the first Merrill images he looked at. Just to be vowed by what is being revealed. Don't see it here yet on monitor. The most impressive to me in that regard in recent years has been the Pentax K full frame.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 19:38 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies

Contrarian view. Working with Sigma's newer models, Hasselblad MF, something like this, those of us who used to work with a Mamiya Press or TLR aren't worried about autofocus speed or frames per millisecond. Slow down, see, think and enjoy. Prefocusing and then taking the picture when "it's right" still is valid.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 19:30 UTC as 31st comment
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Mark9473: When I was buying my first DSLR the Oly E520 was the most compelling affordable camera on the market, with IBIS, the best anti-dust, live view, the best JPEGs, and able to use my old Nikkor lenses.

Oly's excellent 15-54 and 50-200 zooms were the cherry on the cake. They were so good that they (and the clunky live view) made my Nikkors obsolete. No regrets, those zooms seemed to have no weaknesses at all.

We all know the history of Olympus. I used to wonder why they never brought the rumoured 100mm macro lens to market, nor any fast wide prime - until it became clear that financial mismanagement had drained the company's resources. This also prevented the needed progress in sensor technology, which is what ultimately killed the system (I would give a finger to have the Canon G1XII sensor in my Olympus E30 body - I would still be using it).

And so some of the best lenses ever produced, were let down by a system unable to evolve not for technical reasons but because of mismanagement.

You see a lot of the two lens kits on eBay, so I think that model sold well. Have always admired Olympus.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 01:22 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 review: making connectivity a snap? (342 comments in total)

Interesting camera-@ $150 less, for starters.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 22:20 UTC as 10th comment
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