AbrasiveReducer

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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
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)
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Wu Jiaqiu: love DPR....camera gets slammed before anyone has even seen it, great entertainment :)

And pity poor Nikon for giving so much information, yet people still speculate.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 21:55 UTC
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)
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hayely: Nikon is reminding me a desperate runner who is about to lose a race and in a desperate act is stretching an arm towards the finish line tape.

There is nothing in this (well, literally nothing) to suggest Nikon is desperate and unless you're a shareholder, why would it matter if they were? If the next Nikon meets your needs, great. If not, you can look elsewhere. There are several smaller manufacturers who have every reason to be desperate yet they keep cranking out cameras.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 21:54 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II added to studio test scene (209 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: How close was the test scene to the camera? I guess I am having a hard time picturing how close it was to the test image. If it really was that close to the test image and this doesn't represent real world use of the camera at all, why bother posting the test images?

Couldn't you have just posted that because of the nature of this camera's fixed wide angle lens the test scenario was not indicative of its real world performance? Sometimes there is such a thing as too much information. Especially when that information is of no real world use.

Maybe a new test is in order. Just say a high megapixel camera with a wide lens (although this isn't very wide) that's right on top of the sensor is going to have soft corners at close distances, period.

I disagree that taking pictures of something flat from a short distance is not something that happens in the real world but it's certainly wouldn't be the most common use for this camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 19:47 UTC
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)

Man, these comments. How the mighty have fallen. Of course it is difficult to keep up with Sony introducing new models every 90 days.

Nikon is doing one thing right for 2016. I Am: Getting A New Advertising Agency.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 17:20 UTC as 77th comment
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)
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Jay A: Man! I hope it's a film camera :)

Ken already has a Nikon D7 (in black; it's for professionals, only) but his attorneys have signed a non-disclosure agreement and besides it's a pre-production model, which means it hasn't been produced.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 17:17 UTC
On article High-end pocketable compacts roundup (2014) (47 comments in total)

These guides are great for someone who has to have a camera right now. But if there ever was a year when next year's models seemed worth waiting for, this has to be it. Unless you want a Coolpix A.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2015 at 17:39 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2179 comments in total)
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billzilla: Very comprehensive review and free of the bias (pro and con) that's becoming so hard to avoid with camera articles, these days. Kudos.

PS -- ITT: Sony haters on the rampage.

There are no long time Sony users. How could there be?

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2015 at 17:18 UTC
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jtan163: "'Tamrac has been around for nearly 40 years, has greater brand equity" - and look how things worked out for them.

Wondering what the market perception of Tamrac was such that it went bankrupt? (Unless it was cocaine snorting directors fiddling the books that drove it bust).

Here's my perception of the current company. They're a company that sells products to photographers with a product described as "The G Elite G32 features a unique patent pending butterfly multi-access system that is a smarter way of carrying and accessing camera gear.".

But the product page has two photos both essentially identical except colour of a closed bag the smaller of which sells for $379 (neither for sale yet).

Not sure they understand their target market.

Would it really have taken that long to take a photo to show the key feature?

A lot of Tamrac bags were made in the USA. This may not have made bankruptcy inevitable but it sure didn't help.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2015 at 21:29 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Tudor ApMadoc (41 comments in total)

Nice. I wonder, how are these different from a professional's shots? They're a little wider than the usual 14-24, but other than that, beautiful shots of beautiful spots. Nice going. The slot canyon is standout.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2015 at 09:03 UTC as 10th comment

Certainly a record for how many times you can use the word Bison in a paragraph. All my straps are made from Corinthian leather taken from the seats of my Chrysler Cordoba.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2015 at 19:59 UTC as 12th comment
On article Olympus shows gains in first half financials (139 comments in total)
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Battersea: I made more money than Olympus!

Olympus' strength has always been in making things small.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 15:50 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (744 comments in total)

I think the manufacturers are more concerned with adding unnecessary features and complexity than picking the best of what already exists. Feature creep is a constant threat, although nice to have if you write camera reviews.

I think most of what MT wants will come to pass, especially faster everything, although not in any one camera. I presume somebody holds the patents for in-body stabilization, for example.

I was in Asia last few weeks and even in very affluent areas, I saw mostly phones plus a few Nikon and Canon SLRs, usually APS. Lots of tablets being used to take pictures too, but mostly phones.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 22:01 UTC as 12th comment
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (744 comments in total)
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WellyNZ: I see that my digital photography colleagues are still continuing to place importance on gear over photographs, despite more or less any camera costing upwards of a couple of hundred dollars/pounds/euros being capable of generating images that far outweigh the quality (technically speaking) of images from almost any 35mm camera ever made.

I'd wager if you're unable to create a high quality image from almost any of these mirrorless cameras, the problem is probably not with the technology.

All high end digital cameras are capable of better image quality than 35mm. But the limited number of shots on film forced the user to get things right. These days, if somebody can't capture the essence of something in, say, 170 shots, the problem won't be solved with more technology.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 02:11 UTC

Well, if lenses can be bright (try using a lens instead of a flashlight--works great) why can't a polarizer be sharp?

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 02:04 UTC as 12th comment
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (754 comments in total)
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Wild Light: all that Leica have proved is they can create a camera, at double the price, that isn't as good as the competition.

Death blow.

What similarly priced camera does this compete with?

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 00:54 UTC

And Sony is trying so hard to get a slightly bigger share of this lousy market.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2015 at 19:55 UTC as 58th comment | 1 reply
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