basleigh

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Stigg: I have no problem with the outcome of all electronic camera companies (or their business units that make cameras) crashing and burning. Hopefully the cameras and lenses will sell at fire sale prices and then I will be motivated to upgrade from the (now) cheapest Sony mirrorless cameras I use and enjoy for mostly nature photography.

Being a 4+ decade professional photographer still using manual film slr cameras, I have more clients than I can handle now so I have begun to hand pick suitable candidates to mentor as film photographers. It seems that with a little help from the internet and digital camera nausea, a growing segment of the public understands the value of what I continue to offer. We live in interesting times.

Please check the word "aggravation" used in your sentence above. Aggravation applies in any given situation making it worse; adding misery. Film photography may be enjoying a revival and may continue to do so for the faithful few. How much longer Fujifilm (or others) sell 35mm film is another matter and at what cost. Boxes of slides litter my loft mostly Kodachrome ASA / DIN 25. Kodak RIP.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2020 at 08:38 UTC

Owned Canon EF Minolta X-700 Contax RTSII Contax 137 / 139 Nikon F Nikkormat Pentax K2 Leica M6 Minox Rollei and Ricoh.
My favourite camera.....Contax RTSII

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2020 at 11:22 UTC as 36th comment
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Stigg: I have no problem with the outcome of all electronic camera companies (or their business units that make cameras) crashing and burning. Hopefully the cameras and lenses will sell at fire sale prices and then I will be motivated to upgrade from the (now) cheapest Sony mirrorless cameras I use and enjoy for mostly nature photography.

Being a 4+ decade professional photographer still using manual film slr cameras, I have more clients than I can handle now so I have begun to hand pick suitable candidates to mentor as film photographers. It seems that with a little help from the internet and digital camera nausea, a growing segment of the public understands the value of what I continue to offer. We live in interesting times.

You wish to upgrade your mirrorless cameras but not a care in the world if the digital camera market in decline. That you regard yourself as so superior by using film cameras demonstrates your myopia. Most people prefer digital cameras even if Sony decides to bail out giving way to the remaining camera producers.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2020 at 04:25 UTC
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basleigh: US hedge fund manager shareholder demanding Sony split the company up taking the sensor manufacturing out of the group as a separate company. With this happening the camera division would be exposed and probably be unprofitable with its eventual demise. Sony makes more money with its games division. Sony bows to the profit masters of the universe.

Never mentioned Third Point hedge fund as current Sony stockholder. Other hedge funds and short term speculators circling like sharks bidding their time. Sony answerable to shareholders who consider the camera market ready for a trip to the knackers yard. Sony Betamax replay....fast forward?

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2020 at 17:33 UTC

Let us assume there is method to his majesty the hedge fund manager with Sony setting up the sensor division as a separate entity. This would give other camera producers immediate access to the latest sensors that Sony cameras get first shot at currently. Excuse the pun Nikon and Canon suddenly smell blood......

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2020 at 17:05 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply

Minolta XM film camera.....year? Heavyweight camera beautifully designed. Nikon EM the worst camera ever made by Nikon. Cheap and nasty plastic.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2020 at 16:23 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply

US hedge fund manager shareholder demanding Sony split the company up taking the sensor manufacturing out of the group as a separate company. With this happening the camera division would be exposed and probably be unprofitable with its eventual demise. Sony makes more money with its games division. Sony bows to the profit masters of the universe.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2020 at 15:53 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
On article Film Fridays: Pentax MX – a nuts and bolts review (162 comments in total)
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svein wilhelm kristiansen: I think the biggest viewfinder ever made is on the Pentax MX. Next to it is the Olympus OM-1, also fully mechanical. I have both, not so much in use, but lots of PK/OM-lenses who are frequently used on Sony FF and MFT. I think I get some black & white films and take a look back! Don’t need batteries, light-meeter on the IPhone.

As the owner of Pentax K-2 the camera still works but it is way too heavy. It is a relic that will never be used again. Film cameras became redundant and deservedly so. Kodak went bust after contaminating the water supply of Rochester New York State. Digital cameras save time and money; plus silver.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2020 at 17:20 UTC

Fortunately dpreview helps us by informing on the state of photography in every way. That we are in the midst of health crisis with huge disruption in our lives should not be an excuse to be overwhelmed by events. Photography like music is devoid of politics so it is more important than ever. Camera technology gives us amazing creative power to use our imagination. This website should be appreciated for all its content and views plus some gratitude to the moderators that keep us on track in terms of high standards.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2020 at 06:25 UTC as 104th comment
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cdembrey: When any item becomes popular, the speculators will start buying them for later resale. Think "tulip-mania" https://www.investopedia.com/terms/d/dutch_tulip_bulb_market_bubble.asp

I wouldn't be surprised if this isn't happening with film camera prices. Flip-ing cameras, instead of flip-ing houses ;-) If the economy make a big drop, there is a good chance camera prices will drop as well.

Another factor is that unfortunately a lot of older photo enthusiasts (including me) may die. If that happens their survivors will be selling Grand Pa's worthless old cameras for bargain prices—or they may just go into the dumpster (that's what my kids would do).

In fact it may be the reverse if the coming crash is a wall banger then new and pre-owned camera prices may rise due to market contraction. New prices will be a lot higher with inflation. Less camera manufacturers a racing certainty. Quality lenses hold their value. Tariffs hurt.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2020 at 12:03 UTC
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pentaust: While you should not worrying about new cameras, this shouldn't prevent you from taking a look at "Fujifilm X-T3 vs X-Pro3: Which one's right for me?" and Why not consider the X-T4? I mean, come on, we all know that newer models are better, why keep using your old camera when you could use the newer one?

All things considered the XH line in a dufferent category than XT line. XH for heavy duty lenses requiring stabilisation. To me the XH copy of Leica SL with top screen. Fujifilm lenses are heavy by design like 80 and 90. For that reason to consider Olympus with telephoto zoom. Fujifilm lens range lag the opposition. Not that I can carry 100-400 with my vertebrae missing a few parts. Cameras are going to get a lot more expensive with things the way they are in Dodge City USA

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2020 at 11:48 UTC
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pentaust: While you should not worrying about new cameras, this shouldn't prevent you from taking a look at "Fujifilm X-T3 vs X-Pro3: Which one's right for me?" and Why not consider the X-T4? I mean, come on, we all know that newer models are better, why keep using your old camera when you could use the newer one?

New is better relative and only if one is prepared to take the losses. X-T4 with IBIS / X-T3 price difference: 300 euros? X-T4 / X-T2 weight difference about 100g. No thanks. How about Fujifilm 150mm or 300mm f4 prime lens coming soon in 2025?

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2020 at 11:03 UTC
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Mister Anders0n: Give it time, it'll be cancelled. Also, it sounds like Photokina has become irrelevant, anyway.

Agree.....France banning all such events.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2020 at 16:43 UTC

What this shows is the extent of globalisation and just in time supply chains from China Japan and Korea all interconnected for all electronic devices. Cars and aircraft as well now depend on China. US tourism will suffer with less visitors from Asia. If the virus is controlled life should slowly return to normal. Europe is cancelling all trade fairs....this is not a joking matter.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2020 at 16:37 UTC as 44th comment
On article Is the Nikon D780 right for you? (212 comments in total)
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madeinlisboa: "or those who want to use older AF-D lenses for video and get good autofocus, the D780 is your best bet.". I use some AF-D lens for photography and all of them don't have stabilization. Not having IBIS was a major screw up if Nikon wants to keep customers with "old" lens

Stabilisation comes into play for video / heavy lenses / low light with shutter speeds below 1 / 60 of second. We lived without such technology before using tripods if necessary. Sports photographers shoot at 1 / 250 of second so such technology somewhat redundant. IBIS improving all the time with less weight as with X-T4 compared to X-H1. No doubt X-H2 will have even more advanced IBIS like Olympus M1X the best IBIS yet. Nikon F-780 deserves to be a resounding success...sans IBIS!

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2020 at 11:30 UTC

Yet Leica cameras continue to prosper in this shrinking market proving something. Prices out of sight may actually make Leica cameras more desirable than ever? Despite frequently changing ownership Leica cameras now American owned must justify its existence and its showrooms that raise its profile as a leader for traditional camera buyers. The Leica brand is here to stay although made in Germany is not quite what it used to be if the parts come from Asia.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2020 at 10:14 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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jl_smith: I like how all the haters and communists always say “(insert company) is only interested in money!” False. They’re not “only” interested in money, but yes, money is a huge reason they exist.

As a matter of fact, literally everything you’re using to make your inane comment is a result of people being interested in money. Your computer/phone manufacturer , ISP, electricity provider, and even the people providing this story etc. all share these interests. There, you’re welcome.

As for Sony not being a “good” camera company - certainly debatable and there are pros and cons of *everyone’s* approach of how to do photography

Much as I would like to give my take on the theory of Marxism in this photo arcade one should be aware Marx simply analysed the basic forces at work in the market place as an actual science. He applauded some aspects of capitalism but warned of some of the dangers; as we witnessed in 2008 when the wheels came off our banks. Enough said......

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2020 at 09:40 UTC
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jl_smith: I like how all the haters and communists always say “(insert company) is only interested in money!” False. They’re not “only” interested in money, but yes, money is a huge reason they exist.

As a matter of fact, literally everything you’re using to make your inane comment is a result of people being interested in money. Your computer/phone manufacturer , ISP, electricity provider, and even the people providing this story etc. all share these interests. There, you’re welcome.

As for Sony not being a “good” camera company - certainly debatable and there are pros and cons of *everyone’s* approach of how to do photography

Reference to "communists" as an accusation seems somewhat bizarre. If only life was so simple seeing everything in terms of good and evil to make a point. Comments are just comments nothing to do with communist ideology. We exist to enjoy life not just for the profit motive?

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2020 at 15:09 UTC
On article CP+ 2020 cancelled amid Coronavirus concerns (167 comments in total)

If the Tokyo Olympics cancelled this summer then people will stop making jokes. As with camera manufacturing in Asia closing for the summer. By July we will be back to normal with trade wars and complaining about climate change. Maybe a volcano erupting in Europe....what next?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2020 at 12:27 UTC as 11th comment | 6 replies
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thomas2279f: Interesting but thought a large company like Sony wouldn't put all its egg in the same basket "China" and would use several companies for this.

May have big impact on Sony's cameras down (currently and planned future releases) along with its customers like Nikon and its recent releases of Z's, D780 and planned D6.

Canon could be laughing to the bank - although some of its parts may be sourced from China and possibly difficult to find alternative vendors outside China.

Apple....made in China. Shop closures next if the virus death rates spirals out of control. Russia has estimated a remedy or antidote will take 8 months to be manufactured. World economy on the ropes?

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2020 at 06:13 UTC
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