Eamon Hickey

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  • My favorite sentence in that machine translation, from the section where they are talking about image processing speed: So much so that the X100F succeeds in chaining the stereos, JPEG and RAW, ...
  • They are now a small player in semiconductor (IC) steppers; but they have a good business in flat-panel display steppers (somewhere around 80% market share in recent years, I believe.) After once ...
  • Replied in and scaled back
    You're right that it does not say that Panasonic will exit the camera business, but it does say that cameras will be scaled back. It's clear from the contextual comments that cameras are a ...
  • Are the unit numbers for 2016 published? At a quick glance, I see that Canon's can probably be derived using their Jan 31, 2017 report. (I don't see any place where they state the figure outright, ...
  • If I'm reading Sportaccordy's post correctly, the analysis is based on somebody's extrapolation of Nikon unit volume based on some unspecified method of collecting serial numbers. That method of ...
  • You're right, Les, they would have crowed about it. But we don't even need to make that deduction. Fujifilm representatives explicitly told me -- and dozens of other journalists -- that the lens is ...
  • If you really did talk to someone who said that, they don't have the slightest idea what they are talking about. All it takes is a short glance at Nikon's balance sheet --- which can be found on ...
  • Yes, Samsung's Jay Kelbley told me that the NX1 sensor was built on a 65nm line with copper interconnects. He did imply -- though he didn't directly say so -- that no other large imaging sensor ...
  • Replied in not sure on that
    I don't know how much can be read into this. I don't know for sure that the alleged relationship between Sony and Nikon Lithography was ever that significant by itself. Nikon and Sony go way back ...
  • I'm sure you have this right -- sometimes translated interviews require some interpretation. I'm pretty positive that Mr. Tanaka was speaking from his point of view, in Sony's camera division, ...
  • Nikon Precision is really in two businesses: one is semiconductor lithography equipment and the other is flat-panel display lithography equipment. The flat-panel display lithography group is indeed ...
  • Marty, this is commonly claimed, but I've never seen it claimed by anyone in a position to know for sure. And remember, I worked as a sales rep for Nikon for almost a decade. I had hundreds of ...
  • It's not really necessary to extrapolate Nikon's overall ILC camera unit volume -- they state it in many of their annual reports, and in cases where they don't, they often state it in their ...
  • Just to add to what Bob said -- the f-number is derived by dividing the lens focal length by the entrance pupil diameter. It's not derived using the diameter of the physical hole formed by the ...
  • It's not in production anymore, so not germane to your point. But just for fun trivia, the most expensive Nikon zoom lens ever made for general photography was a variable f-number, not a constant ...
  • Replied in fair enough
    Yes, as I said, it wouldn't surprise me if the story is true, or half true (the focal reducer part, for example). But speaking for myself, I haven't seen enough evidence to confidently say that it ...
  • I've heard this idea, but I've never seen a thorough argument for it. Not saying it doesn't exist, just that I haven't seen it. If you know of one, please provide a link or reference. I'd be ...
  • Olympus did not have anything close to a 14-24mm f/2.0. The 7-14mm was an f/4 lens, and that's before we even begin to think about equivalence (not that I want to start that debate). Olympus did ...
  • Yep, no doubt about it -- and in an edit that I made to my post, which you didn't see, I said I would henceforth use f-number , rather than aperture , in this situation. I'll just note in passing ...
  • Replied in small note
    Small thing, Bob: In my thirty years in the industry (in the U.S.), it's always been the custom to distinguish between the words 'fixed' vs. 'constant' when talking apertures. So to me and everyone ...
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