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Well this sucks. Costco was convenient for getting larger prints quickly.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2021 at 19:47 UTC as 46th comment
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RecklessCoding: I am actually surprised that Nikon kept offering an international guarantee until now. If not mistaken, it is the last Japanese manufacturer that offered a worldwide warranty. Olympus stopped theirs a few years ago, Canon didn't have one at least for the past two decades (with even more ironclad measures), and Sony and Fujifilm never had one. I am not sure about Pentax.
I suspect that Nikon had quite a bit of pressure, both internal and external to the company, to take measures against grey market.

@entoman
You are failing to factor in that the same camera is not sold at the same price to distributors in different countries. Thus Nikon is likely to make less money by allowing this.

The gray market sellers are typically getting genuine Nikon cameras, but that doesn't mean they are getting them directly from Nikon! Most of the time it's from legit distributors that are selling under the table in violation of their distribution agreement. All an international warranty does is encourage that behavior, as the consumer doesn't have to worry about warranty.

Allowing gray market also negatively affects local distributors in regions with higher camera prices, making the brand less attractive for local distributors to carry. This factor didn't matter much when the camera market was healthy and Nikon was doing well. However, Nikon sales have dropped like a rock and they are losing market share.

Local divisions also hate when this happen and will complain to HQ.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2021 at 05:25 UTC
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Livsimage: So if I get on a plane from Sydney to any city in North America or Europe and purchase a Nikon camera then return home with it, the warranty will not be valid locally in Sydney? ... Is that the gist of this announcement?

@thx1138 "Yes. Imagine you live in Australia and you have to move to USA to work and have already own a lot of Nikon gear, essentially you have lost your warranty. IMO this is absolute BS. Nikon made the gear, not a third party, they should honor the warranty wherever you buy it."
The problem is international warranties make gray market goods more attractive and also hurt the local division/distributors (even if the camera was bought through travel and not online).

The situation of people actually moving or even buying products during travel is much more rare than typically gray market sellers online.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2021 at 05:12 UTC
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Shadowfox3141: Lots of people here are expecting JIP-OMD releasing this or that, but I don't see any of those. Maybe except minor refresh of current lines. Look how Vaio (Sony's laptop department) did after being sold to JIP: NOTHING, expect some minor refresh right after the sell-off. Vaio only restarted making things after its name licensed to a small laptop maker.
JIP takes unwanted, unprofitable assert from big companies, strip it down and sell it off to make money. It has neither expertise nor desire in R/D and making products. The sell also says how gloomy the industry are considered in the business world. It was sold to JIP only because there is no "real" company (DJI, Blackmagic, Laowa etc.) think the camera industry is profitable, and want to jump into it.
Yes, Olympus cameras will keep working, as well as my EM5II. But we are talking about the business here. Just like that I used some 15-year-old Kodak film last year didn't revived the film industry (at least not to its peak).

@Shadowfox3141

If you want a more recent article on their factory, it is mentioned here:
https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Technology/Vaio-doubles-PC-production-with-supply-chains-reconnected

Vaio is much smaller under JIP, but the important part is they are now profitable instead of a huge money loser under Sony. Annual refreshes aren't necessary for a small laptop maker. They also are going strong even under Covid (partly because more people are working at home and need laptops).

Just wanted to make the point the whole narrative about zero R&D and licensing to Vaio another laptop maker is not true (even though it's frequently repeated). In fact, actually quite the opposite, as Vaio is now making things in-house in Japan instead of contracting it out to Chinese laptop maker like Sony did previous.

As others mentioned, JIP/OM Digital acquired all employees from Olympus. They only need to do management, they don't need to do the R&D themselves.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 23:03 UTC
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Shadowfox3141: Lots of people here are expecting JIP-OMD releasing this or that, but I don't see any of those. Maybe except minor refresh of current lines. Look how Vaio (Sony's laptop department) did after being sold to JIP: NOTHING, expect some minor refresh right after the sell-off. Vaio only restarted making things after its name licensed to a small laptop maker.
JIP takes unwanted, unprofitable assert from big companies, strip it down and sell it off to make money. It has neither expertise nor desire in R/D and making products. The sell also says how gloomy the industry are considered in the business world. It was sold to JIP only because there is no "real" company (DJI, Blackmagic, Laowa etc.) think the camera industry is profitable, and want to jump into it.
Yes, Olympus cameras will keep working, as well as my EM5II. But we are talking about the business here. Just like that I used some 15-year-old Kodak film last year didn't revived the film industry (at least not to its peak).

"Lots of people here are expecting JIP-OMD releasing this or that, but I don't see any of those. Maybe except minor refresh of current lines. Look how Vaio (Sony's laptop department) did after being sold to JIP: NOTHING, expect some minor refresh right after the sell-off. Vaio only restarted making things after its name licensed to a small laptop maker."

Here we go again with the incorrect information on Vaio. Before JIP took over, Sony actually used contract manufacturers (Quanta) to make their laptops,

After they took over, they actually moved things in house to a factory in Japan.
https://gigazine.net/gsc_news/en/20150305-vaio-azumino-factory/

They have made a quite a few new models that were not refreshes of the old. SX12, SX14 being their current models, previously the Z and Z Canvas.

I'm surprised people keep repeating this wrong information.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 03:00 UTC
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ILikeBigBodiesAndICannotLie: 5 steps of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance

seems many responses here are still in the denial, anger phase.

give it a few weeks and months of no response from jip. no new cameras or lenses and we might inch forward to bargaining.

ahh what am i saying. we all know that m43 is the best system and there is a conspiracy from youtubers/reviewers/consumers to make you buy only full frame.

doesnt matter that m43 has lower bit depth, resolution, iq, old sensor, expensive cameras... no. its everyone elses fault and m43ers are the savvy ones who see the world for what it is.

put your tin foil hat and sharpen the pitchforks folks. look! its another full frame camera. attaaaack!

Well the same can be said of the M43 naysayers. They were around since the beginning for more than a decade, hoping / wishing / predicting M43 would die off, but so far it's still going.

M43 cameras are available in all price points, from dirt cheap (the E-PL9 at $450, the least expensive mirrorless camera you can get on B&H right now) up to $2000 (E-M1X, GH5S). Lenses also have a huge selection. Basically there's something there for all price points if the IQ is "good enough" for you.

Sure, it'll never be anything more than a niche format (nor did any of the makers really pushed to change that), but that's fine.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2021 at 19:22 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: It's people like this that will eventually make it so drones are banned. I mean the various regulations are getting worse each year (more restrictive, although some are being relaxed, like the original 6-7 mile rule for airports in some areas), but still, the regulations and rules keep stacking up to a point where owning a drone is no longer a desire by many people. Too many rules because of too many idiots.

@mxx
Probably to avoid situations like previously where people go on TV and complain that they didn't know they violated the law and then get the sympathy of the public.

There's no excuse if it's clear that the pilot got multiple warnings and there is no way to claim "I didn't know".

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2020 at 22:54 UTC
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sportyaccordy: Can you please kill "3D pop and microcontrast" dead in your next article?

Excellent stuff as always.

@fPrime
From your linked thread, you say you are using a different definition of micro contrast than Dr. Nasse/Zeiss, which again demonstrates the problem: people can't agree on what they mean when they say "micro contrast".

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2020 at 22:20 UTC
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sportyaccordy: Can you please kill "3D pop and microcontrast" dead in your next article?

Excellent stuff as always.

@Vinhinpress
That's not it either, at least if you use Dr. Nasse's definition. A simple indicator of micro contrast is largely the MTF at higher frequencies (examining not only the typical 10 lp/mm, but also 20 lp/mm and 40 lp/mm). As opposed to "macro contrast" which are factors that affect the overall image (like veiling glare). Does not require looking at color at all (can be demonstrated in pure grayscale images).

The thread here has a decent demonstration of "micro contrast" vs "macro contrast" from the same Zeiss document.
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4488952

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2020 at 22:06 UTC
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sportyaccordy: Can you please kill "3D pop and microcontrast" dead in your next article?

Excellent stuff as always.

@RCicala
Yeah, the main issue is people have all sorts of definitions for it, plus even when they reference Dr. Nasse's Ziess document, it seems people still use a different definition (not using the more quantifiable definition he used that can be measured with MTF).

Then there's also the related claim that somehow lenses with less elements have more microcontrast and that highly corrected lenses with many elements don't, which sounds like complete bunk to me (and certainly doesn't match Dr. Nasse's definition).

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2020 at 03:07 UTC

Great explanation. A lot of lenses that people complain have soft corners really just have field curvature an plenty of people don't know the difference. Great article that explained the difference really well.

Also like the tips on testing lenses. Having been in the forums for a while, I've see way to many examples of people just taking a few random AF shots and then complaining a lens is not sharp, when that makes it so a litany of variables can contribute to that result (focus, hand shake, shutter shock, IBIS issues, etc).

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2020 at 20:56 UTC as 69th comment | 1 reply
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Grimstod: Yes another reason I think camera companies are not as innovative as the cell phone industry. And they wonder why their market share shrinks every day.

@Eric Hensel
Right, a lot of people love the JPEG engines of certain cameras and it's certainly not because it's the closest to reality, but rather it gives the colors they subjectively prefer. Photographers also like to process their own images and the goal is very rarely trying to capture "reality". Rather it is typically processed to "taste".

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2020 at 04:24 UTC
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Funny Valentine: Does this confirm the whole "cripple hammer" philosophy at canon is real ? All they had to do was to connect the processor and the back panel with a piece of copper for infinite 8K. And yet they didn't. Hmmmmmm.

It's either that or Canon doesn't believe in 8K. Remember 3D TVs ? hopefully in a few years we can look back and say "thank god 8K cameras were just a fad".

@entoman
The per clip limit is not the issue though, it's the very short total runtime limit with insanely long recovery times. That what a lot of people pointed out that made the camera impractical to use. And it affected 4K also, not just 8K.

As we find out later, this limitation was largely from the firmware, as even when the thermals were physically improved, this situation was not improved (with exception of some extremes like putting it in a fridge or freezer with battery removed that may have reset things). I also remember the battery pull trick.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2020 at 15:56 UTC

There was a lot of debate on timer based limitations during the initial release and the firmware change making such a huge difference pretty much answered that question. While there was likely some thermal component to it also, it seems like there was a hard timer cap set in the initial firmware that overrides everything.

So it seems once again the backlash and complaining helped push for changes to the better.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2020 at 15:52 UTC as 97th comment
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snapa: There goes ~50% of the sales Olympus and Panasonic would have made on their entry level cameras, if this modular system is any good. Especially if they can make any decent/fast pancake primes lenses to go with it.

@snapa
All the reports says it's using the older 16MP Panasonic sensor.
https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/news/yongnuo-yn450-android-camera-micro-four-thirds-sensor-canon-ef-mount

The Linus review was the most comprehensive I've seen. You can see very clearly the lens has pretty bad purple fringing and overall the IQ isn't great. It's only $92 bucks with AF and f/1.7, so still perhaps not a bad deal, but I wish they tested the camera with a different better lens (of which there are many, even some dirt cheap kit lenses would have done better, although slower).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_rrD_agCUo

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2020 at 20:13 UTC
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snapa: There goes ~50% of the sales Olympus and Panasonic would have made on their entry level cameras, if this modular system is any good. Especially if they can make any decent/fast pancake primes lenses to go with it.

Not really. Have you seen reviews of Yongnuo's existing M43 device the YN450M under $500 USD (which is similar in form factor to this proposed one)? It's way too clunky and awkward to use. The lens they pair with it is also quite horrible with very bad purple fringing.

It's a similar issue with the Yi M1 (which was actually more refined than the Yongnuo and with a better 20MP sensor). Was available dirt cheap (I believe under $300), but the usability issues still made it not competitive with the other entry level MFT cameras, even ones using an older sensor.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2020 at 19:32 UTC
On article Photokina is cancelled indefinitely (368 comments in total)
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tassosDA: Before I buy anything I want to hold it in my hand first and try it out and then, if possible, to compare it with similar products. The best place to do so is in an event like photokina, if we are talking about cameras, so I don’t understand this decision. No matter what products the big companies launch through the internet, I will never buy anything based only on a review in a site or on YouTube.

@Andyyy
It also has to do with volume. The large online retailers sell a much higher volume of cameras than the smaller shops and gets better prices as a result from the manufacturer. Even if the overhead costs per unit were the same (which they likely aren't), the online retailers would have more room for discounts. Add sales tax (which only has been somewhat solved by recent legislation) and it's hard for a small shop to compete with the online retailers for pricing.

That's why many manufacturers have minimum price programs, but the large retailers usually find ways to work around that (by discounting by a few cents or dollars and throwing in free accessories, such that effectively they still have the lowest price).

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2020 at 23:00 UTC
On article Photokina is cancelled indefinitely (368 comments in total)
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tassosDA: Before I buy anything I want to hold it in my hand first and try it out and then, if possible, to compare it with similar products. The best place to do so is in an event like photokina, if we are talking about cameras, so I don’t understand this decision. No matter what products the big companies launch through the internet, I will never buy anything based only on a review in a site or on YouTube.

A lot of consumers just use the generous return policies of online retailers to try out cameras (and other products) nowadays. Although I still suggest people try out before buying when they ask for advice in the forums (here in the USA, Best Buy is pretty much the only place widely available that has cameras to try), many people don't do that anymore.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2020 at 21:04 UTC
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PC-dot-Com: Imagine how much DSLRs would outsell mirrorless now if there were just as many DSLR models as Mirrorless models available. The fact that they are still outselling with much fewer models is speaking volumes.

Are manufacturers trying to sell more cameras or less? Simple math here. Forcing markets to adapt to cheaper to produce products isn't helping overall sales volume.

@PC-dot-Com
As Revenant pointed out, DSLR sales fell off a cliff from their peak, while mirrorless held largely steady. DSLRs have always sold more units (again largely because of the dirt cheap entry models) than mirrorless, but the percentage have steady declined (to now the trend seeming to have reversed).

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2020 at 18:03 UTC
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PC-dot-Com: Imagine how much DSLRs would outsell mirrorless now if there were just as many DSLR models as Mirrorless models available. The fact that they are still outselling with much fewer models is speaking volumes.

Are manufacturers trying to sell more cameras or less? Simple math here. Forcing markets to adapt to cheaper to produce products isn't helping overall sales volume.

@Revenant
Right, adding even more DSLR models would not reverse the trend of DSLR sales falling off a cliff. The reason volume was even able to keep up was largely due to the dirt cheap entry models at prices mirrorless can't match (the closest would probably be the M50 which is one of the bestselling mirrorless).

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2020 at 17:10 UTC
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