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NexLupus: And yet DPReview recommended it as a best buy in their $1200-$2000 roundup.
A complete disservice to its readers and potential customers looking for camera advise on future camera purchase...

It's common sense to not buy something expensive and complex, no matter how nice it is, if the manufacturer seems to be withdrawing from the market. And right at the beginning of the selling season.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2015 at 19:09 UTC
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cgarrard: Tough to see this but I knew it was inevitable. I wouldn't doubt that in the very near future we start to see other companies fold up tents in certain areas. Just the normal rise and fall of things- this time, it is digital photography. It will bottom out at some point.


The best hope is that they will consolidate. And not a slash and burn takeover like Sony and Minolta (ask a Minolta owner or employee how smoothly that went.) The sad thing is that each of the companies has a piece of the puzzle, even the ones that aren't selling much, so it would be a shame to lose their ideas.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2015 at 19:07 UTC
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tonyreidsma: How can a camera that's listed to the right on this site as the third most popular, be doing so poorly?

Something isn't right.

I can see calling Samsung phones popular because I see them everywhere. But for a Samsung camera to be most popular, I'd expect to see someone using one.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2015 at 19:01 UTC
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shademaster: seems like the "advanced amateur" market is disappearing. soccer moms use their iPhones instead of their D5100 or T3i. I think all the ILC vendors were hoping to pick up these consumers from canikon, but those consumers simply stopped buying this class of product.

Soon, there will be either pro-level or camera-phone with nothing in between. I'm an NX user and I'm sad. If I were a Fuji or μ4/3 user, I would be worried.

Fuji was, and is a camera company. A photography company. Film, even. They don't have a lot to fall back on if cameras fail.

Samsung, Sony and Panasonic are electronic gadget makers and even if they do not succeed with cameras, they will still make the guts (the profitable part) on an OEM basis.

Its a learning experience. You can envision some guy at Sony, trying to figure out why 6 button presses are acceptable on a car stereo but a guy who's not even driving wants a simplified interface on a camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2015 at 18:58 UTC
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Daft Punk: A big shame.

NX1 is in another league compared to competitors. It's a significant step forward. It looks like all its intelligent engineering is going to be wasted.

If the NX1 was a Canon product it would be hailed as a breakthrough and sell in vast numbers.

If the NX1 was a Canon product, consumers would know the manufacturer was staying in the camera business. Not everybody buys a new camera system each year.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2015 at 18:46 UTC
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pacnwhobbyist: You have to wonder, in retrospect, if that "ditch the dslr" offer they were running was a way to offload excess inventory before closing down.

Still, poor timing to let the cat out of the bag just before Thanksgiving.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2015 at 18:43 UTC

They all take great photos, they all cost a lot and they all have drawbacks. By this I mean things that really should be better and almost certainly will be in newer models which are never far off with digital cameras. A breakthrough year for Sony, in everything except sales.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2015 at 20:36 UTC as 112th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II USM real-world sample gallery (129 comments in total)
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Paul JM: What disturbs me is the fact that this lens, and its predecessor which I own and love, are not on the list of recommended lenses for the 5dsr
but the non-L f2 35mm is ! What is going on Canon ? Do they really feel that the non L has better optical characteristics then the 1.4 ? Do they really NOT recommend this new L series lens on their new high quality 50MP sensor ? Do I sell my 35mmL and 'upgrade' to the f2 lens ?

I think photomedium is correct about lists. although I find Photozone.de, while uncompromising in their reviews are pretty much on target in helping users weed out the stinkers. LensRentals can be painfully honest too.

As for the 16-35/2.8 lenses and the 17-40, they have their fans but it has long been known they are nothing to write home about. And there's no reason to think a lens that's mediocre on a 20mp camera will improve on a 50mp one.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2015 at 18:18 UTC
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straylightrun: Terrible gimmick.

I remember when people thought the photo quality of phones wasn't adequate for most people.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2015 at 17:09 UTC
On article Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II USM real-world sample gallery (129 comments in total)
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aramgrg: First, I don't bekieve in unmeasurable things.
Second, there is non-measurable thing about the Canon L primes.
Although I tried the Sigma Art 35 and 50mms, they were sharper than 50mm 1.2, but there is something in the 50mm 1.2 that pops the pics apart even with the same aperture. That maybe transition of out of focus background or "microcontrast"(hate that word), but it is there. This 35mm is a perfect example of the L-magic.

After DxO, I don't believe in measurable things.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 21:59 UTC

Interesting that a collaboration with Trey would result in software capable of producing realistic looking images. Like collaborating with Ken Rockwell to produce more accurate equipment reviews.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 17:53 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

Sounds like they are off to a good start, responding directly to potential users.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 17:48 UTC as 11th comment
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justmeMN: It's about time that DPR had an article about a Sony camera. You have been completely ignoring that brand. :-)

Its not DPRs fault that the companies that make the cameras most people use are not cranking out new models as fast as Sony.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 01:59 UTC
On article Sigma US goes public with Black Friday lens deals (34 comments in total)
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Arkienkeli: This is not really relevant photography news, but anything which generates those SHOP NOW lists visible above means some added revenue for the site.

But might also turn away people looking for something worthwhile.

Why do you think Amazon bought DPR? To discuss the aesthetics of photography? I'll go out on a limb and say some photo equipment and the technology behind it, is more interesting than the photos people take with it.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2015 at 19:23 UTC
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Zeisschen: I really don't know what people hang out on this forum, but for sure the majority has obviously no sense for quality products and their price.

Nobody ever touched or used a Leica, but the rant about price goes on and on on every Leica thread...

Price fairness isn't the issue. People in Germany make more and work fewer hours than people in China. OTOH, while M cameras were always relatively expensive, the film cameras introduced inn the 1950s were still capable of producing identical results to the most recent M cameras. Not so with digital.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2015 at 18:38 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Tom Goodman (91 comments in total)

Guys who insist on depth of field so thin that most things are out of focus should be simpatico. These look kinda like photo instructor shots but at least they're not photos of Yosemite or northern lights shot with a D810 and a 14-24.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2015 at 17:15 UTC as 16th comment
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Donnie G: Canon produced 80 million "old school", solidly built, fast handling, dependable, mostly mirror flipping EOS ILC workhorses that sell, while Samsung produced a couple of thousand "new school" mirrorless NX ILC toys that they couldn't even give away. Now folks want to act as if they're surprised that Samsung is abandoning their camera business to return to what they're good at, which is making TVs, smartphones and anything else except interchangeable lens cameras. C'mon now, you mean you really didn't see that one coming? :))

They weren't toys, but it is telling that a company with the size and resources of Samsung can't get market share. Was it Samsung who had the "trade in any camera" promotion? If so, that should have been a red flag (since they obviously had no use for the junk they would receive.) Its the marketing guys saying "Well, there is one other thing we can try that nobody else is doing..."

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 17:42 UTC
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PhotoKhan: ...and some still wonder why photographers are so reluctant to abandon the established brands they've been working with for decades.

Even if Olympus, Pentax, etc were selling like hotcakes, once you have a bag full of Nikon or Canon lenses, who wants to take a beating, changing brands with each new "innovation?" At least with Sony you can mess with adapters.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 21:42 UTC
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Snikt228: This is really going to kill sales in other countries as well, nobody wants to buy into a truly dying camera system. This would be worse than buying into A-mount at this point.

Honestly, people are buying into dying camera systems all the time. Samsung is a monster and I doubt they'll bail but you never know. But what about much smaller companies that sell a handful of (wonderfully innovative) cameras? I like to think it's the Japanese' commitment to lifetime employment because it sure isn't sales.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 20:30 UTC
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Timbukto: So many people here are living in a complete enthusiast gearhead protected bubble and just don't see the plain truth in numbers in front of their face. Enthusiast photography gear is on a significant decline after a huge DSLR bubble and mirrorless is simply not the next big hit (no numbers to date have shown it to be, the truth in numbers sits right in front of you). Sony mirrorless is only doing 'ok' because it happens to just be a popular 'let me try this out' camera, but the true 'attachment' rate IMO is nothing to write home about. And unfortunately Panasonic is trying to shake things up promoting 4k but thats going to be rather tepid for *consumer* industry as well IMO (i.e. not do much to replace smartphone videography).

Anyone who thinks that Samsung just isn't 'trying' hard enough is insane. They made *incredible* mirrorless cameras in terms of sensor technology, AF, FPS, etc...when are people going to just wake up and realize we are in an inevitable down market.

This is the reality. The idea that more competition is good for costumers holds up until the company that made your camera decides it's not practical to continue in a shrinking market where people expect road maps and new models every 6-9 months.

I'm not even sure most younger people see a stand alone camera as worthwhile. Too much bulk and bother for a device that can't even find a restaurant or send a text.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 20:18 UTC
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