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FrankS009: From the article, some significant restructuring is going on, but there is no indication that Panasonic is leaving the camera business. There is a lot of negative doom and gloom reaction to this report that doesn't do Panasonic any good or any justice. To be more positive, my layman's guess is that Panasonic may make less models but ones that are leaders in the market to reassert their presence.


Panasonic can take care of itself (they're kinda big) but it would be fun to copy some of these comments and revisit them in a year.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:07 UTC
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fPrime: Another nail in the mFT coffin.

What is so bad about having 8 different lens choices (other than it makes no sense)? I hear some consumers get upset when their favorite brand doesn't offer enough lens choices.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:04 UTC
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noflashplease: At this point, with the MicroFourThirds platform moribund outside of the video niche, there's very little hope for a turnaround of Panasonic's camera division. If Panasonic retreats from the camera market, it might be a positive development for more relevant startups like Z Cam and Yi, as well as renewing the credibility of the Leica brand and bolstering the prospects of Olympus for survival. Panasonic's exit from the camera business could be a positive development for the industry as a whole.

Except that they're not exiting the camera business and everybody knows the difference (and price) between "real" Leica and Pansonic Leica.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 20:58 UTC
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kwa_photo: I take this as they "scale back" will really be a re-focus on the cameras that MAKE money. They have to scale down the models and focus, much like Fuji has done (almost an exclusive focus on the X series). This is what I would do as Panasonic, and yes, I know some of the moves may not be popular:

1) Cut down to 2 main camera groups (m4/3 and high end 1" compacts). All else, incl. sub-1" compacts/point and shoots, super-zooms, etc. are eliminated.
2) m4/3: Keep GH, GX and G.
3) 1": FZ2500 and 1 to compete with Sony RX100 line.
4) Fixed lens m4/3 compact: LX200, but CONSIDER moving this to a 1" sensor.

That's it. m4/3, 1" and maybe an LX100 successor (I love my Top 109). It's also time to re-eval the Leica relationship. I'm not sure how the financing of it works and if it brings IN cash to Panasonic. I think Panny can drop the Leica partnership and stand on their own to legs with their excellent lenses.

Obviously Panasonic can drop the Leica partnership, if it becomes unprofitable.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 20:50 UTC

Normally, nobody pays attention to what's been going on (for example, people continue to buy Pentax cameras, obviously not worried that a company with miniscule market share will be around for a while.) But when you mention that Panasonic will "scale back" (no hyphen), everyone assumes they will exit the market within 30 days.

I take this to mean they will stop making telephones, CD burners and lower end compact cameras, and that's long overdue.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 20:45 UTC as 97th comment
On article The Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 is old-fashioned fun (189 comments in total)

The infinity lock was supposed to reduce stress on the focusing threads which are obivously pretty fine on this lens. Wear to the the focusing helical and the resulting wobble was a problem I saw with a lot of the 21/3.4 Super Angulon M lenses.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 02:41 UTC as 27th comment

I'd look very closely at The Strobist. He seems to really like the place (just kidding!)

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 21:58 UTC as 4th comment
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FLruckas: What's next?

Flying a drone from your dentists chair to shoot a lion in Africa?

Little dark humor here....


Good one!

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 21:44 UTC
On article Re-make/Re-model: Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 Samples (202 comments in total)
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BobYIL: Terribly disappointed... would rather wait for the reissue of Hector 28/6.3 which is 55 grams lighter..

I assume the comment about the 28mm Hektor was a joke, but obviously lost on this audience.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 16:44 UTC

This was a beautifully made, well thought out camera. For me, the problem was that such an obviously high quality camera with it's metal body and Leica lens led me to expect APS-quality results. Like the Fuji X10, I don't undertstand why they lavished such quality on such a small sensor. But I do understand why people like this camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 17:22 UTC as 60th comment

The 17 TS, both for it's optics and it's ingenuity and ergonomics. Well, that's three things. The first time I saw that fisheye front element, I new it was a very different design from other shift lenses. Honestly, I thought the price was low for a super wide lens with those capabilities (and apparently Nikon agrees.)

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 17:05 UTC as 81st comment
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Leandros S: "It takes decades of experience to design a lens like the Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM."

Today, it mostly takes state-of-the-art software.

If all it took was software, all expensive lenses would be really good.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 16:53 UTC
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mandm: The Veydra Mini Prime lenses range from $799. to $1249. at B&H, so not that expensive.
The guys that took them likely heard that there were expensive lenses in the building and believed they would be an easy sell to photographers; not knowing that the lenses were very specialized.
Back in the film days Nikon had a truck from the docks to their NY warehouse disappear. 1990's
Canon Chicago had guys break in to their warehouse and use Canon’s forklift to load pallets of Canon stuff into a semitrailer parked at the warehouse for a long weekend. The Canon stuff ended up in Eastern Europe. 1980±.

mandm knows his stuff. I don't think they found much from the EPOI robbery and it was an entire truckload.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 03:18 UTC
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shirazigs: Is it a new way to advertise a business? I haven't heard about this brand!! By the way, the rubbers are so sloppy. I hope you guys find them and make them clean there first. And I want to say that the photographer of this photo is unprofessional. I hope you find them very soon.

If there's one thing I hate, it's sloppy rubbers.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 03:10 UTC

These will make the cover of the KEH catalog a lot more colorful.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 23:24 UTC as 19th comment
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Alan M 8: Where was the cutting things in half (by hand, obviously) meister?

He was out having a Meister Brau.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 18:10 UTC

This is some pretty straight talk from DPR, I must say. Still, everything I know about medium format tells me this camera will be capable of slightly better images than any current FF camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 17:03 UTC as 331st comment | 1 reply
On article Pentax KP sample gallery (95 comments in total)

When the caption says "adjustments limited to exposure, whites, highlights, shadows and blacks" is there really that much else that can be adjusted? I guess this means no further noise or lens-related adjustments.

The photos look good and even when the sun comes out, the dynamic range looks good. I'm not sure its holding the white picket fence, but if it is, that's impressive.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 16:42 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies
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Shlomo Goldwasser: I don't fully buy the 'has to be done by hand' story. It sounds more like they are trying hard to show that there is still some human involvement to protect the status of the brand and to justify the high prices of these products.

No arugment that machines can do all kinds of precise tasks better than people. And it's a pity.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 23:38 UTC
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thx1138: Nice to see a positive Canon story at dpreview. Very interesting read. It's a shame you didn't get to ask them about the procedures involved for DO lenses. I've been told only one person is responsible for the polishing of the DO elements it is so specialised. Not sure if that has changed recently. Can they or do they at least hope to be able to automate DO lenses manufacture and.or polishing.

And when that one person gets the flu...don't ask.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 23:30 UTC
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