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On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (766 comments in total)

Years ago, when everybody had a Nikon F, Canon made the decision to spend the money to get the majority of the pro market (and the hobbyist market.) In those days, there was a lot of money to be made, even though camera bodies did not become obsolete after a few months.

I wouldn't want to guess what Canon spends on their support infrastructure but it ain't cheap. If Nikon's customer service was as good as Canon's, Sony wouldn't have a chance but with Nikon cutting back while Sony looks for more ways to spend money, who knows?

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 16:55 UTC as 89th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a9 shooting experience (1284 comments in total)
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JunzInc: A9 sits currently on top of B&H's rolling window digital camera best sellers list. I know it is initial days, but a $4500 Sony camera climbing to # 1 best sellers list tells that there is definitely a lot of interest in this camera. Let's see how long it lasts.


I understand the desire to know if a company with a tiny market share might exit the business. But once you get past that, why would anyone care which camera is the best seller? When you want to listen to music, do you check the statistics to see what the most popular song is?

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 01:14 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience (1284 comments in total)

I don't expect Sony to pass Nikon in sales (nor do I care) but with all the money Sony is throwing at cameras, it wouldn't be difficult to surpass the quality of Nikon's repairs and support.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 17:38 UTC as 166th comment | 4 replies
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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.

Cameras will probably remain a loser but sensors by definition cannot lose money because other manufacturers are captive and have to pay whatever Sony charges. No doubt one reason Canon chooses not to have this vulnerability.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 07:18 UTC

Shows what happens when you focus on your strengths. Say...is there any other news about Sony? It's been awhile.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 07:11 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon will add C-Log to the EOS 5D Mark IV for $99 (463 comments in total)
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ttran88: Canon needs to go and learn a thing or two from Fujifilm... kaizen kaizen!!

Two words: White Orbs! (For those who don't remember, they're the reason Fuji went out of business a few years ago, and you read it here on DPR.) Apparently, the kaizen department was on sabbatical.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 17:36 UTC
On article Canon will add C-Log to the EOS 5D Mark IV for $99 (463 comments in total)
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kbdkbd: I suspect that most people that are complaining about Canon charging $99 for this C-Log upgrade are people that are more concerned about having to pay for a feature they probably have no need for but are "feature collectors" that now feel slighted because they now need to pay $99 to keep their camera up to date so it retains market value. Or they are like me and don't even own a 5D Mark IV.

However, everything is becoming pay to play, or as it is officially known "... AS A SERVICE" model. Adobe, Microsoft & Cisco (Meraki) have largely switched to this model.

Personally I would welcome "Cameras as a Service". I have never needed video in my cameras and don't expect to, so why pay for it? Make it an option to add on, and vice versa if you don't need stills capability just get the video options. Paying a monthly or yearly subscription to use the devices would just go to far though. Pay once for features, get maintenance upgrades for free.


Normally, when someone sells a digital camera, they say "It has the very latest firmware" as if that had cash value, when the latest firmware was a free download. Since this isn't free, it might add a tiny amount of resale value, maybe.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 17:30 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 (160 comments in total)
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Alexis D: The sample images look good but not special to me. I suppose it's similar the 12-60mm f/2.8-4. Nothing "Leica" in the IQ.

And almost certainly Hoya glass. But the real issue is that labor is expensive in Germany and cheap in China, so implying German origin, while writing "China" in the smallest letters possible is dishonest but we all fall for it.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 18:02 UTC

So you are suggesting that other Japanese companies don't have the same commitment to quality?

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 22:24 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (350 comments in total)
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Henry Falkner: Olympus has not launched a single camera yet this year. Do they actually still have a camera business?

Gosh, a camera company in difficult financial straits didn't launch a new model for a whole year! Maybe last year's model is still usable.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 00:03 UTC

You folks are certainly qualified to write about this but maybe it's time to speak to the owners and explain that a site that tests cameras would benefit from a location with decent weather.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 04:31 UTC as 38th comment

That's a great looking chart with plenty of detail.

And it's possible that for this small segment (FF) of a declining business (cameras), in one country (admittedly the largest), and over a short period of time (not the holidays), Sony has outsold Nikon.

But the psychology is important because, except for Pentax users (and somebody should study this) nobody wants to buy an expensive product from a company whose camera business is precarious.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 18:13 UTC as 36th comment
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Alex Sarbu: You know what's needed right now?
DPReview's CP+2017 interview with Ricoh Imaging. I hope we'll see it soon.

It's fine to ask questions about product features and get vague answers. (And as we see here, vagueness leads to speculation.) But what company would give a interview and say "Glad you asked! We've been pouring money into this stuff and hardly anybody buys it!"

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 16:18 UTC

What's amazing is how we, as a civilization have survived all these increasingly deadly threats. When I was growing up, nobody allergic to peanut butter.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 16:32 UTC as 86th comment
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cbphoto123: I think there should be much more outrage at the awful dynamic range.. and look at that nonexistent bokeh !!!

Be careful with jokes. They are not understood.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 16:23 UTC

This isn't even news. I'm sure it's difficult for Ricoh to reconcile their fan base with their market share, but investors need to see that Ricoh is aware of the situation, and doing their best to address it. Just being prudent.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 04:09 UTC as 35th comment | 3 replies
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (350 comments in total)
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Tonkotsu Ramen: I enjoyed reading about the thought process that was behind each of their decisions. It gives off a much warmer, friendlier vibe than the cold, uninspiring, and robotic sony interview.

In don't know about warm and friendly but it's a refreshing departure from interviews where DPR asks questions they know will not be answered...the manufacturer says they can't discuss it...and DPR concludes, "we gained a tremendous amount of insight."

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 22:39 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (350 comments in total)

Maybe it takes a small market share to compel someone to speak candidly about the state of the camera business but Mr. Handa does so.

The idea that a smaller sensor can perform well goes against everything we know, even with film, but I've been surprised. My m43 outfit is over 4 pounds lighter than my Canon outfit. I tried to do this with Fuji, but did not save nearly as much size and weight.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 17:05 UTC as 38th comment | 3 replies

If you're old enough to have owned any of the production cameras that came from these prototypes it's hard not to feel melancholy. And I second the comment on the SPX.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 16:47 UTC as 9th comment
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (347 comments in total)
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princecody: Who makes Hasselblad glass Mr. Butler?

It ain't Zeiss in Germany, that's for sure. I'd like to know more about Nittoh. An industry friend recently told me Cosina is no longer making Zeiss lenses and it would be really interesting to know who's making what.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 15:45 UTC
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