beckmarc

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The Nikon SPX, that would have been amazing. TTL metering on a rangefinder at that time would have potentially taken the fight up to Leica. I suppose they did any way with the Nikon F and the rise of the SLR leapfrogging the rangefinder cameras anyway.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 12:33 UTC as 12th comment
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (534 comments in total)

4K is one area where canon is weak because they reserve it for their high end gear. If Nikon can exploit this they may be able to compete better with canon at this level.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 06:36 UTC as 125th comment
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (534 comments in total)

This looks like a very good and keenly priced camera. However is it enough to encourage people to grade? May be not from the 7200 but previous model owns might find enough here to warrant buying it. The point is that we are reaching a saturation point where older DSLRs are very good. Or at least good enough. In Nikon bright out more high end DX lenses this might both encourage new customers to the brand and leverage their current customer base by selling more glass to them.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 06:33 UTC as 126th comment | 3 replies

Interesting comments from the dpreview audience. I suspect there a lot of well qualified commentators from business, engineering etc who are keen photographers.
I would only add this reminds me a little of zeiss ikon in the early 1970s when they dropped camera manufacturing all together and focused on their core strength of optics. Their camera division was crushed by Nikon et al. and their camera division only made a profit in one of the years post war. Lenses are everywhere. Smart phones, glasses, robotics and cars just to name a few. Hopefully this will drive growth and profit enabling them to still produce wonderful cameras profitably for a smaller audience.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 01:02 UTC as 30th comment
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Josh Leavitt: Df mk2 please...

+1

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 13:19 UTC

No special new camera as yet. I hope later in the year there is a "just one more thing" and it is a refined upgrade to the DF, already a great camera btw just with some quirks to iron out

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 04:15 UTC as 98th comment | 1 reply
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radissimo: Panasonic, please don't forget to bring LX100 sucessor, thanks

Ralphthemagician, I think you have hit the nail on the head with your comment. There are very good 5 - 10 year old Interchangable lens cameras out there which take good images and their owners don't see the need to upgrade. They usually don't visit this site

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 02:52 UTC

Photography is very popular and profitable but all of this money is going to Apple, Facebook, Google etc and not companies like Panasonic nor is it going to professional photographers. This is going to be a difficult time for the likes of Panasonic but let's hope they work out a solution to remain viable

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 02:47 UTC as 66th comment
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beckmarc: Apple, google, Facebook etc are mega profitable and they dominate mainstream photography. They have cleverly crept up on camera manufacturers and have taken all their customers from the low end up. Now the iPhone 7 is a very capable point and shoot. Sony could have done this but they were stuck in the 20th century mind set for too long. The American IT companies destroyed the music companies, the camera companies and next is the car industry.

I am not suggesting Sony will disappear but they are a small company compared to Apple etc who are financially in a whole different league. Sony could have been a successful as Apple but they missed that opportunity. In the 2000s Sony shrunk to just 10% of its former market value compared to at the end of the 20th C . They were in serious financial trouble. Apple and google etc went from minor players to totally out play Sony, Panasonic etc.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:07 UTC

Apple, google, Facebook etc are mega profitable and they dominate mainstream photography. They have cleverly crept up on camera manufacturers and have taken all their customers from the low end up. Now the iPhone 7 is a very capable point and shoot. Sony could have done this but they were stuck in the 20th century mind set for too long. The American IT companies destroyed the music companies, the camera companies and next is the car industry.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 20:49 UTC as 96th comment | 13 replies
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Mike FL: Ok Panasonic is trying to make money, but Leica will be suffer.

SONY is a killer. In the high-end P&S sectors, SONY has very clean product lines: RX1, RX10, RX100 which killed FUJI, Olympus, and Cankon, and I do not see Panasonic can compete against SONY.

The strongest will be the last one stand.

Leica is focused on the very high end and they appear to be holding their own with their low volume high margin strategy. The companies that are killing it with billions in profit are Apple, Google etc. Apple could buy all of Sony with spare change. It is true some interchangeable lens camera manufacturers are doing better than others but the whole industry is shrinking.

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

Sad but at least they are facing the problem. What this may mean is less models, less marketing and as Thom Hogan writes the whole ecosystem around digital cameras is being scaled back. Sponsorship of podcasts, professional photographers etc will scale back and even cease. I suspect some players will leave the industry entirely. Panasonic will hopefully keep making high end cameras but just on a smaller scale with less frequent upgrades.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 20:05 UTC as 107th comment
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barrym1966: Interesting I just scored a destination wedding in Italy. I am in the UK does this mean I won't be able to take my camera gear? I sure as h3ll will not be checking it in as backache and have it kicked broken and lost by the incompetent baggage staff that every airport seems to employ

Catch a train :)

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 21:33 UTC
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Bob Janes: Seems ridiculous that US carriers are not affected: does the intel suggest that terrorists would not fly a US carrier?

It seems to have come from a laptop shaped bomb on a Somali airplane which blew a hole in the cabin. Perhaps the US government have more control over security procedures on US airlines or us airlines don't go to these airports.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 21:31 UTC

How about all manual film cameras? I am going to the US in a few weeks. Fortunately direct Melbourne to LA. If they extend the restrictions I do own a Zeiss Ikon contax IIIa with working selenium light meter. What about a Holga? I coukd take it with no film and open the camera up for inspection. Now I have to work out how to get to Freestyle in LA to buy film!

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 21:27 UTC as 57th comment | 2 replies
On article Belgian wins €15,000 Zeiss Award for Faroes project (50 comments in total)

I don't envy the judges inthis competition. So many talented photographers. It would be hard to pick a winner!

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 19:29 UTC as 31st comment
On article PDN announces its 30 emerging photographers of 2017 (27 comments in total)

some really great work here.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 11:24 UTC as 15th comment
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villagranvicent: A digital F3HP please.

Leica seem to be able to make the digital manual focus camera profitable

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 11:15 UTC
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Cameracist: Nikon F7 please.

Yes!!
With the d5 autofocus and able to take the new E lenses

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 11:14 UTC

The reality is the market is very difficult for camera manufacturers right now. Sales keep shrinking as smart phone get better and better. There is little money in being a professional photographer so I suspect professionals are not inclined to buy new cameras as often as manufactures would like. It is hard to know what is the best thing for a company to do in a market like this. Some manufactures who did fine before will cease making cameras if they cannot adapt. Nikon wants to create other income streams like fuji did when film sales collapsed. However, that is easier said then done as Kodak found out. if a market is shrinking should we expect anything more then this to celebrate 100 years of Nikon. They simply may not be able to afford a loss making projects like the hand made s3 2000 or sp 2005 from the last decade. One can still hope though!

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 06:54 UTC as 25th comment | 4 replies
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