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OlegKon: Something wrong in that announcement: how can Sony continue raising prices for its camera by 20% for each new model on the same market?
I guess, Nikon is on the way out of business, unless they do something smart like building next manufacturing plant out of seismic zone, say in US (but not in CA) and get tax break from Trump. :-)

Sony is marketing each new model as a step-up model rather than as a direct replacement. They keep earlier generation models still in production, and sell them at different price points, so they have an option for every kind of budget.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 16:19 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1491 comments in total)
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Wilight: Canon 5D mark IV: a modest upgrade from 5D III, 30mp (smaller files) at 7fps / 4k ridiculously cropped (with no option of speedbooster), 720p at 120fps - U$ 3.500,00
Users feedback: An excelent and consistent camera, but not all that I was expecting after 4 years. It's ok and I am happy with it.
Dpreview score - 87% Gold Award

Sony A99 II: an insane upgrade from A99, 42mp (huge files) at 12fps, both FF and S35 4k, 1080p at 120fps.. countless features - U$ 3.200,00
Users feedback: Wow, wow, wow! I can't believe I have it all for the price I paid. Best camera ever!
Dpreview score - 85% Silver Award.

"As always, the final score does not reflect the whole spectrum of features, but just some very specific ones. In this case, I think it's AF."

No, the final score is simply a weighted average of all the sub-scores, each of which is in turn a weighted average of many metrics. So all features and performance metrics that are scored are reflected.
See here:

https://www.dpreview.com/articles/4416254604/camera-scores-ratings-explained

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 15:58 UTC
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sdgreen: This is not good for Nikon at all (stating the obvious). Makes them look like Pentax with their original full frame saga. Would have made sense if they'd announced them on April 1st last year.

"Yeah Ricoh delivered a K-1 and Mitsubishi cancelled the DL line"

Not exactly. Ricoh did, but Mitsubishi didn't.

Pentax is not a company anymore; it was merged with Ricoh's own imaging division, so it's not even a separate subsidiary. Nikon, on the other hand, is a fairly independent company within a loose-knit conglomerate.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 12:50 UTC
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Fotogeneticist: The main problem with the DL series is that it was an attempt to make multiple cameras for different lenses rather than a single camera that could accept multiple lenses. Just by the nature of that logic, it would have to cost more to develop. The interchangeable lens concept is already tried and tested. The only way a DL system would be successful as a camera in and of itself is if the DL were significantly smaller and lighter than an interchangeable lens camera with the respective lens attached. Also, the price of buying all 3 DLs would have to be cheaper than buying the equivalent interchangeable lens camera body with all 3 lenses, minus some weighted percentage given the smaller size of the sensor as compared to a full frame or APS-C sized sensor. It's simple math.

Thom Hogan has stated that the Nikon 1 mount does support larger sensors, not APS-C but likely 4/3".

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 12:09 UTC
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wootpile: Nail in the coffin. Now please stop fiddling with the Nikon 1 next. Perhaps then they will have the energy to make a decent mirrorless. Retrofit the 5600 body and start making some money.

Nikon directors have to be the most stubborn old men ever. ..

We haven't seen any new Nikon 1 cameras or lenses for a couple of years, have we? Seems like they already stopped fiddling some time ago.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 00:50 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1491 comments in total)
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KubeKube: Considering the quality and class of this camera 85% score is a complete failure on the part of those who tested and evaluated it. A99 II is definitely 90+ camera if applying fairly DPR criteria.

But you don't really know exactly how DPR calculates the final score (and they do calculate it, it's not just an arbitrarily chosen number), so how can you say what a "fair" application of their criteria would result in?

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 23:21 UTC
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Donnie G: Now that Nikon's DL line of fixed lens compacts is officially dead, I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see Canon produce a trio of FF fixed lens cameras to pacify the FF mirrorless crowd. I would wager that two of them would sell at the same price point as Canon's upcoming 6Dm2 and the third would be priced at the 5Dm4 level. And no, they wouldn't be called PowerShots or EOS Ms. They would have their own entirely new branding.

Why FF fixed lens cameras instead of FF mirrorless? Lesser costs to develop and manufacture and no worries about EF lens incompatibility issues, plus they would be more compact than their FF DSLR cousins. Win-win for everybody. 😎

Canon EOS M may be unable to compete in spec sheet-comparing, pixel-peeping forums like this, but it seems to do alright in the marketplace. Last year, Canon sold more mirrorless ILCs in Japan than Sony, Fuji and Panasonic, making them #2 after Olympus. Globally, Sony is most likely #1 in mirrorless, but I wouldn't be surprised if Canon is #2.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 23:07 UTC
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Hugo808: Sluggish and shrinking? With all the hot stuff out there now? But of course, Nikon have been selling the same camera over and over again for years while mirrorless companies has developed some amazing gear. You can't sit on your laurels these days...

@Androole

Yes, certainly, but even without that anomaly, the mirrorless sales curve would likely be sloping anyway. Nothing in the numbers from 2012 to 2015 suggests otherwise.

Edit: Mirrorless sales did increase slighlty from 2014 to 2015, so replace sloping above with gently rising.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:28 UTC
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Hugo808: Sluggish and shrinking? With all the hot stuff out there now? But of course, Nikon have been selling the same camera over and over again for years while mirrorless companies has developed some amazing gear. You can't sit on your laurels these days...

@Hugo808

And so did many others, but the numbers suggest that you aren't in the majority.
DSLR shipments have steadily gone down from 16.20m units in 2012 to 8.45m in 2016. During the same period, mirrorless shipments have gone down from 3.96m to 3.16m. This doesn't look to me like DSLRs being cannibalized by mirrorless ILCs, but rather like dedicated cameras being cannibalized by something else.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:24 UTC
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Benny Hill: Nikon reports “extraordinary loss”, “fundamental company-wide restructuring”
From Nikon Rumours:
http://nikonrumors.com/2017/02/13/nikon-reports-extraordinary-loss-fundamental-company-wide-restructuring.aspx/

It should be mentioned that "extraordinary loss" is an accounting term. It doesn't mean "extraordinarily high loss" (even if it could be exactly that), but rather a loss that results from an unforeseen event or highly unusual circumstances that isn't part of normal operating activities.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:11 UTC
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Hugo808: Sluggish and shrinking? With all the hot stuff out there now? But of course, Nikon have been selling the same camera over and over again for years while mirrorless companies has developed some amazing gear. You can't sit on your laurels these days...

Yeah, but sales-wise the mirrorless market isn't exactly a great success story, either. It has been more or less a flat line in recent years, and the only reason it might be bigger than the DSLR market in a few years, is because that market is shrinking. The majority of customers abandoning DSLRs are obviously not choosing mirrorless ILCs instead, but abandoning dedicated cameras altoghether.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 16:45 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (232 comments in total)
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FLruckas: "damn time"
Is that the time zone for Lens Rentals?
Just kidding.....
Someone can sell it to you for less even if its 1 cent less.
But it's not really what you're thinking of less unless it'd hundreds or thousands of dollars less.
There is variation from lens to lens.
You can get a bad copy.
Do lens manufacturers need to sell "certified" lenses?
How many of us have access to tools like Rodger?
Do we loose sight of anything when we know a good zoom can have some red areas where it's not as sharp?
In previous posts it was pointed out that F stop is a factor as well.
I'm assuming this post is done at the sharpest F stop for each lens.
So it becomes a multidimensional mine field of uh ohs.
F stop. Good copy. Zoom or not. Focus distance.
Since Rodger has access to so many lenses from so many manufacturers I wonder if he's ever published a sheet like
80% of Sigma ART lenses need to be calibrated etc.

Yes, I got that, but your statement "like lens manufacturers are copying lenses....." kind of suggested that you have a simplistic view of lens manufacturing. Sorry if I misunderstood you.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2017 at 10:24 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (232 comments in total)
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OlyPent: Lens 6 of the 8, 70-200mm lenses tested: Has one manufacturer FINALLY realized that the long end of a telephoto zoom is the most important?! Or is it just an aberration?

Sigma also claims that they check every lens coming off the production line.

http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2013/09/19/a-geeks-tour-of-sigmas-aizu-lens-factory-precision-production-from-the-insi

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2017 at 10:15 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (232 comments in total)
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tangbunna: photography is an art. you got perfect gear but situation won't happen to be perfect. everyone tend to make their available gear perfect as possible. sharpness at the whole frame? not really much important. you know what to shoot that you are focusing on.

"sharpness at the whole frame? not really much important. you know what to shoot that you are focusing on."

A landscape or real estate photographer might not agree with that statement.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2017 at 10:03 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (232 comments in total)
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FLruckas: "damn time"
Is that the time zone for Lens Rentals?
Just kidding.....
Someone can sell it to you for less even if its 1 cent less.
But it's not really what you're thinking of less unless it'd hundreds or thousands of dollars less.
There is variation from lens to lens.
You can get a bad copy.
Do lens manufacturers need to sell "certified" lenses?
How many of us have access to tools like Rodger?
Do we loose sight of anything when we know a good zoom can have some red areas where it's not as sharp?
In previous posts it was pointed out that F stop is a factor as well.
I'm assuming this post is done at the sharpest F stop for each lens.
So it becomes a multidimensional mine field of uh ohs.
F stop. Good copy. Zoom or not. Focus distance.
Since Rodger has access to so many lenses from so many manufacturers I wonder if he's ever published a sheet like
80% of Sigma ART lenses need to be calibrated etc.

Lens manufacturers aren't really copying lenses. They have designed an ideal lens, and then they are trying to manufacture actual lenses that come as close to that ideal as possible. And that's apparently not an easy task.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 22:28 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (232 comments in total)
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shademaster: stupid question: why is the subject distance not an important parameter? e.g. nobody ever talks about a given prime being soft for close objects but sharp for far ones. why not? (sorry if this is basic optics)

Lens performance does vary with subject distance, but it's yet another complication often left out of the discussion to keep things simple.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 18:05 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (232 comments in total)
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OlyPent: Lens 6 of the 8, 70-200mm lenses tested: Has one manufacturer FINALLY realized that the long end of a telephoto zoom is the most important?! Or is it just an aberration?

If I understand the article correctly, we're looking at sample variation among eight copies of the same lens from one manufacturer.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 17:10 UTC
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Fujica: Its rather sad to see all the credits go to Panasonic as this is not a sole Panasonic invention. It is a whole conglomerate that actually work on this sensor development.

The actual announcement says "Panasonic Corporation today announced that it has developed a new technology, electrical control of the near infrared (NIR) light sensitivity of the same pixel in an organic CMOS image sensor."

In other words, it's the electrical control of the light sensitivity that is the new development being announced here, not the organic sensor as such. The original development announcement of the organic sensor did mention Fujifilm, though.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 14:32 UTC
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FantasticMrFox: So, what do they mean by 'organic'? Does it contain molecules mostly composed of carbon?

Yes, organic as in organic chemistry. Hydrocarbons.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 18:07 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: I guess part of me asks why more pre-orders would delay shipments, unless they are trying to buy components in the biggest bulk they can to get the best deal (which makes sense from a profitability and business stance, but it can also hurt them as well as this extra "delay" will cause some to jump ship and go to alternatives too--even based on some of the comments I see here). This may end up backfiring on them in the end and causing brand loyalty issues. It's a tough line to walk (when your pre-orders are mounting up and the ship date keeps getting pushed back). They need to ship the earliest orders first, and then work through their pre-order backlog. I think most people (especially those who placed their orders later) would understand. I think one of the worst things they can do is keep pushing the release date back further and further. Unless it's a one-of-a-kind item that can't be found elsewhere (which there are alternatives to this model) out there.

"They need to ship the earliest orders first, and then work through their pre-order backlog."

I believe they will. They didn't state that all shipments would be delayed, just that there will be delays due to more pre-orders than expected. In other words, they won't be able to produce enough cameras before the announced release date to fulfill all pre-orders.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 13:09 UTC
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