AbrasiveReducer

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chipmaster: Sony at least has something going for it. Can't do photography without sensors... more than you can say about Nikon or Canon, LOL. Hard to be a photography company without owning the very core of it, the sensor. It is interesting times in the photography business.

Thing is, if you make digital cameras but don't make the sensors that go in them, there's always the possiblity that the supply of those all-important sensors will get cut off. Not that this would ever happen, but imagine how vulnerable a company would be if it did.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 05:24 UTC
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TwoMetreBill: Panasonic not only makes sensors but they have the most advanced sensor technology as well. While they previously cut back on camera sensor manufacturing, they are expanding again. While trustworthy info is a little thin right now, it looks like they will return to supplying Fuji and probably Olympus.

Furthermore Sony loses money on camera sensors not just cameras. With the continuing decline of the camera industry, there is little point in them continuing to pour money down the drain. There is no point where profits can be projected at any time in the foreseeable future.

Olympus is fast running out of money and needs to be acquired or shut down. Fuji is a hobby business that can run with less than one percent market share forever. Same for Ricoh/Pentax. Nikon is in rapid decline and has clearly lost interest in cameras, they have other fish to fry. It is hard to figure out where Panasonic is going. Even though they have a terrific system, who knows where they are making money. With 4K full sensor readout, full frame sensors; is the video industry going to continue so heavily with four-thirds?

That leaves Canon with 50% of the business and growing. Their obsolete mirrorless M series is the only camera line with strong growth. They are projected to go from #3 to #1 this year while Sony drops to #3. The M6 is expected any day, a camera which should best Olympus and Fuji. If it meets expectations and can be delivered in volume, as they say, there will be no #2.

Nevertheless I'm buying a Sony RX10 III as it meets my need better than anything currently on the market and will upgrade when something else comes out that improves the experience. It won't be more megapixels.

Example of how this "fan" reasoning works: "Their obsolete mirrorless M series is the only camera line with strong growth."

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 05:18 UTC
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Donnie G: Canon is on track to become the #1seller of mirrorless ILCs worldwide before the end of this year as predicted. Their soon to be released M6 will help to seal the deal for them, but the M5 was clearly the right product at the right time. So while the couch potato CEOs here bashed Canon for being 'too late to the mirrorless party" or for not trying to match its competition spec for spec, Canon steadfastly stuck to their plan and grew a substantial base of real customers for their mirrorless products. Canon's ILC marketshare continues to grow. So who's marketshare is shrinking? :))

It's no suprise that Sony, Olympus, Fuji, Pentax, etc, etc are not big players in this declining market. Sony has a higher profile, with endless new models, and everybody owns something made by Sony so expectations are a bit higher. But I was surprised to read Thom's stats about how well Canon is doing with mirrorless cameras. Slow and steady, I guess.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 05:15 UTC
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Magnar W: Wow, many Canon people commenting here, just to convince others that their camera brand the best! Why? Are they worried about something, or do they just feel sorry for us who doesn't know better? :-)

It's not hype. Sony releases new models about once a week which is a huge help to websites that need content. Imagine trying to come up with interesting new products 6 days a week, all year long. Without Sony, DPR would have throwback Monday-Friday. This isn't a Photokina year so we're counting on you, Sony.

(I'm not saying these products are great or even necessary, just that there are lots of 'em.)

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 05:06 UTC

Well, obviously. Whatever camera you buy, chances are pretty good it will have a Sony sensor. But will it be a Sony camera? Probably not.

And here's the kicker...it costs Sony almost nothing to promote use of their sensors and companies like Nikon have nowhere else to go.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 05:00 UTC as 22nd comment | 4 replies
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EssexAsh: No prices revealed. So clearly aimed at the "tragic hipsters with more money than sense" market

Aside from the fact that hipster is meant to be insulting, there is no reasoning at work here. How can a person have more money than sense when the cost of something is unknown? And as for inkjet not just surpassing but greatly surpassing platinum prints, I don't think so. I wouldn't even bet on the permanence being superior although we won't be around to check.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 23:18 UTC
On article Grab a free copy of DxO OpticsPro 9 while you can (187 comments in total)

This is an odd thing, even for DxO. Like free food, just a little past the expiration date.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 20:14 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply
On article Grab a free copy of DxO OpticsPro 9 while you can (187 comments in total)
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DanielFjall: Does it work with Leica M3?

It even works with a Leica M2R.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 20:11 UTC

In the US, the question for photo hobbyists is: $12.95 or $14.95 and when. When it hits, if you buy Adobe stock, the gains should easily cover the price increase unless Donald tanks the market.

Even Affinity Photo has raised the price of their excellent photo app. Now it costs a whopping $49. Fifty bucks and you own it for life.

I wonder how much Adobe cares about hobbyists. On the one hand, nobody likes being vilified, but on the other, professionals just pay, tell everybody what a bargain subscriptions are, and take it off their taxes.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 18:00 UTC as 39th comment | 8 replies

Looks superb. And it's expensive enough that you can boast you are a professional if you buy one.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 21:33 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
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Slouch Hooligan: Regarding opinions on the Oly menu:
Olympus and all camera manufacturers could learn much from internet usability studies. Rational item association combined with a shallow menu structure could improve the menus of all cameras.
Resisting the marketing allure of creeping featurism could also make menu diving more snappy.

Unneccessary complexity rocks. It must, because people keep buying the stuff. It wasn't that long ago (ok, it was a long time ago) that manufacturers boasted about program mode because it gave you something to fall back on.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 06:42 UTC
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mandm: Wow, No comments that it will not sell because it’s priced to high; where are all the hundreds of people who gave their reasons it would not sell when you could get a D500 or D750 for the same price or less.
FYI: It’s on Backorder at B&H, Adorama and others.
There was 1 comment of ‘For too many, price is high at half the price’.

Its a new product an you have no idea how many were made or sold. Even if it sells a lot, this is normal early adopter behavior and still doesn't prove anything. But unless you own stock in Olympus, who cares?

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 23:36 UTC
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villagranvicent: For the money they are charging for their cameras I would expect a much nicer meeting room.

After what they went through 18 months ago, they're lucky to have a room.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 17:17 UTC

What happened to cameras that were so easy to use, you could concentrate on taking pictures? (Answer: technology.) To be fair, I have no idea how the focus works on my 5D3 but when it beeps, things seem to be in focus.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 00:52 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies
On article Canon EOS 5DS R sample gallery updated (160 comments in total)
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Zeisschen: DXO Mark results are out:

http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Canon-5DS-5DS-R-Review-New-top-ranking-Canon-EOS-sensor

another sensor disaster

It's only a disaster on the DxO website, not in the camera or when taking photos.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 18:20 UTC

There's something great about accomplishing a camera's functions mechanically, instead of with a chip. Like the difference between a LeCoultre watch and an Apple watch. I'm not a watch collector but if you want to see some beautiful hand-built engineering, check out a Reverso.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 18:10 UTC as 25th comment
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samfan: It's cute but I just don't understand why they won't make this kind of camera with different focal lengths. A 28mm or even 24mm would be great. I dislike the 35mm.

No, the Pro with interchangeable lenses doesn't solve that as that's not a compact.

DPPMetro - Everybody knows about the adapters. They're adapters. I'd buy one of these cameras with a 28mm or 24mm lens but before I'd mess with adapters (which always seem like an afterthought) I'd get an interchangable lens camera.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 19:10 UTC
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Pat Cullinan Jr: Would anyone care to address the question, Is it worth its price?

The fact that previous versions of a camera were popular does not mean that people will be willing to buy into a stream of "upgrades" and thus the point of this article.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 19:04 UTC
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Dragonrider: This is just a lesson in the dangers of too much centralization. The economy of scale always looks attractive until something like this happens and many problems much more subtle than a major earthquake can disable a single facility for an extended period of time. Canon has been wise to hang on to their own fab, even if it hasn't been quite at the cutting edge for the last few years. Likewise, Panasonic.

While Japan is extremely prone to earthquakes there are two man-made mistakes at work here. One is Sony having a single facility for this work and two is Sony having an effective monopoly on something critical to an industry. I guess technology has exposed another vulnerability that we didn't have before.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2017 at 18:53 UTC
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endofoto: Japan must move its critical production to safer countries to China or Europe. They can move their workers too.

If the idea is to avoid earthquakes, China would be a less than ideal choice.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2017 at 18:40 UTC
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