Daft Punk

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Sony are not going to leave the camera market anytime.

Their primary imaging business is in sensors - for phones, or indeed anything that needs imaging in the future and the Internet of Things.

Making high end cameras in relatively small volumes and with high prices, is how they get to showcase technology developments.

Sony don't need their camera division to be hugely profitable. It basically functions as part of their R&D costs and tests out technology that will cascade down into other functions.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 08:52 UTC as 3rd comment
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TwoMetreBill: Unfortunately sensors for traditional cameras vs smartphones, cars and IOT are both a trivial percentage of their business and unprofitable. Less than 1/10th of 1%. The sensor division has hinted that they plan to discontinue the camera segment of their product line unless it becomes profitable. As cameras are part of that division and also unprofitable... The A9 is a desperate attempt to increase margins and introduce profits, unfortunately there is too much wrong with that camera for it to be worth the asking price; just a modest improvement over the A7.

BS. Trolling opinion trying to pass as informed comment.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 06:52 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1844 comments in total)
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tailings: Nice camera, pity the badge. I've been burned by Sony too many times in the past, (audio and computers), to ever consider their cameras, no matter how amazingly spec'd. Admire the camera, buy if you can't resist but beware the Sony burn.

I have never been burned. Here in the UK I have never had a problem.
I returned a TV I recall cos it had a cosmetic blemish but that wasn't a problem.

I simply do not recognise your experience.

I guess our mileage does indeed vary.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 18:14 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1844 comments in total)
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tailings: Nice camera, pity the badge. I've been burned by Sony too many times in the past, (audio and computers), to ever consider their cameras, no matter how amazingly spec'd. Admire the camera, buy if you can't resist but beware the Sony burn.

I have the opposite experience. I have several Sony TV's and audio - they have been my preferred brand. All continue to provide excellent service - some of them around the house are more than 10 years old - ancient in terms of consumer electronics and they work perfectly.

My only gripe is that some of the TV's have a pretty clunky user interface, but I can't fault their picture quality or reliability.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:44 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Nikon D500: Which is better for you? (387 comments in total)
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mailman88: Actually Canon is better, with more affordable lens selection.

Mailman- Nikon 300mm F4 is cheaper, better IQ, offers more flexibility and you can use a 1.4 TC if you have to.

You see, we could go on like this for ever !!??

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 09:39 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Nikon D500: Which is better for you? (387 comments in total)
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mailman88: Actually Canon is better, with more affordable lens selection.

I'm a canon user but you are wrong. There are plenty of Nikon lenses out there too.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 17:36 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (533 comments in total)
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avicenanw: Other than the 4K (albeit crop) video, is there any better reason not to get the Canon 80D? More bang for the buck with the Canon, in my opinion.

AF Auto Fine tune is a very big plus for the Nikon - if you have a large lens selection or intend to, it could make a massive difference.

Dual Pixel AF is the Canon's key feature and terrific live view.

I think the Nikon IQ is likely to be better however.

Its too close to call. Frankly either of these are all the camera most people would ever need, most of the time.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 14:18 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (533 comments in total)

AF fine tune using live view is a killer feature. Worth buying over Canon for this reason alone.

AF fine tune is a PITA. Nikon's solution is elegant and worth every cent.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 08:14 UTC as 106th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (533 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: Nikon the sick man of the photo industry. Just too many steps back for the few steps forward. An underwhelming product release when Nikon needs to do better.

I do not agree. This is a very nice DSLR and excellent value. Producing this camera would not have involved a lot of investment in R&D as it uses technology and suppliers already in place for the D500. So it makes sense.

What we all hope, however, is that behind the scenes Nikon is working hard on new cameras to take the company forward. While they are doing this ( we really hope ) cameras like this are just fine and will sell well.

I have gone mirrorless but nonetheless, I feel like picking one of these up with a 200-500 for aviation and wildlife.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 08:10 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (533 comments in total)
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sunilkumar: "body-only price of $1250 and a kitted with the Nikkor 12-140mm F3.5-5.6 ED VR for $1750."
you mean 18-140?

Beat me to it. :)

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 08:08 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (533 comments in total)

Typo on the last page:

"Nikkor 12-140mm F3.5-5.6 ED VR for $1750." Shouldn't this be 18-140...?

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 08:07 UTC as 109th comment | 1 reply
On article Sigma sd Quattro H real world samples gallery (108 comments in total)

To my eyes some of the sample photos have a lovely quality to them.

I am impressed.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2017 at 21:31 UTC as 15th comment
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (898 comments in total)

I am confused .

I read the text which describes the IQ comparisons, which says that the differences are really small. Then I look at the image comparison tool and, to me, the differences seem quite easy to spot, with the Fuji being noticeably better in terms of resolution and fine detail - which is, I guess the whole point of the system.

So I dont really understand how DPR can describe the differences as small when, to my eyes at least, the difference is quite apparent.

Oh well..

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 21:57 UTC as 94th comment | 3 replies
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Daft Punk: I do not doubt that deep inside Nikon there are exciting new cameras coming. Probably F Mount mirrorless loveliness.

Which makes these 100 year celebration products all the more disappointing.

It tells us perhaps that the new products which are set to define Nikon's future, just are not close to being ready yet. If they had something new up their sleeve, they would surely have used this anniversary to show it.

Its a bit disappointing.

Hope you are right.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 13:59 UTC

I do not doubt that deep inside Nikon there are exciting new cameras coming. Probably F Mount mirrorless loveliness.

Which makes these 100 year celebration products all the more disappointing.

It tells us perhaps that the new products which are set to define Nikon's future, just are not close to being ready yet. If they had something new up their sleeve, they would surely have used this anniversary to show it.

Its a bit disappointing.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 12:54 UTC as 41st comment | 3 replies
On article Ming Thein joins Hasselblad as Chief of Strategy (346 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: A few people here seem uncomfortable with the pivot of the world toward Asia.

Hasselblad is essentially a Swedish managed company, with Swedish design and management, but Chinese owners.

This is not the first time this has happened and it follows in the path of another very successful Swedish company that is now all Chinese owned - VOLVO.

Volvo is Chinese. Owned by Geeley. Yet the latest VOLVO cars are the most stylish, well designed and market-competitive in the company's history.

Same will apply to Hasselblad.

Tommi - I dont live in the US. I live in the UK. My work takes me to Asia a lot - Singapore, Thailand, China, Japan, Indonesia. I also get to go all over Europe.

The US absolutely is not the best place to live. But Asia still has a lot of work to do - there is too much inequality, too much corruption, too much poverty still in Asia.

I can't afford a Hasselblad sadly.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2017 at 11:12 UTC
On article Ming Thein joins Hasselblad as Chief of Strategy (346 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: A few people here seem uncomfortable with the pivot of the world toward Asia.

Hasselblad is essentially a Swedish managed company, with Swedish design and management, but Chinese owners.

This is not the first time this has happened and it follows in the path of another very successful Swedish company that is now all Chinese owned - VOLVO.

Volvo is Chinese. Owned by Geeley. Yet the latest VOLVO cars are the most stylish, well designed and market-competitive in the company's history.

Same will apply to Hasselblad.

For sure Eastern countries have thriving manufacturing and technology. They are still immature in many other ways however, just as the West used to be. There is a still a long way to go before I would say they are "superior". In my country for example, I get to choose who my leader is and if I am sick I get the best health care for free. Ok you can say this for Japan, but other countries less so.

But enough of politics. :) Who'd like a new Hasselblad?

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 16:50 UTC
On article Ming Thein joins Hasselblad as Chief of Strategy (346 comments in total)

A few people here seem uncomfortable with the pivot of the world toward Asia.

Hasselblad is essentially a Swedish managed company, with Swedish design and management, but Chinese owners.

This is not the first time this has happened and it follows in the path of another very successful Swedish company that is now all Chinese owned - VOLVO.

Volvo is Chinese. Owned by Geeley. Yet the latest VOLVO cars are the most stylish, well designed and market-competitive in the company's history.

Same will apply to Hasselblad.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 08:16 UTC as 8th comment | 12 replies
On article Ming Thein joins Hasselblad as Chief of Strategy (346 comments in total)
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princecody: Curious why Ming Thein decided to go with Hasselblad over Fuji & Pentax who especially make better & transparent medium format cameras in my analysis & survey research after talking to famous camera reviewers like Steve Huff who have used literally every piece of expensive new gear that comes out.

Steve Huff?? Really? I mean.. Really?!! And your comments about Hasselblad dont make much sense. Plenty of pros are committed to the Hassy system.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 08:09 UTC
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Scottelly: We don't want to miss out on some of the profit we would make by making competitive cameras, so we'll just quit.

More opportuinity for Sony . . . and Fuji.

Meanwhile Sigma is expanding their camera business.

Profit? What profits?

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 15:52 UTC
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