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On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1513 comments in total)

The number of people who use traditional PCs and stand-alone programs is in steep decline, so this news is no surprise. It's all moving to mobile and the cloud, like it or not. Behind this, however, lies a serious challenge for the camera companies which are mostly shy of involvement in software. Longer-term, they need to find a solution to better output, and to organizing it, which is not dependent on a substantial "PC tax" when one buys a new camera. Adobe and their little games of lock-in aren't much of a solution either, but for most folks they will have to do for now.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 12:00 UTC as 257th comment | 6 replies

He sounds like a feisty old guy shooting the breeze, perhaps after a long lunch with electric soup very much on the menu. Right or wrong, I admire his style.

Nikon can make a new mount which accepts both DX and FX lenses and sensors. Which one they start with is up to them. In any case, it's a dance. You want an excellent adapter so folks can use their existing Nikon lenses but you also want enough new pluses in the mix to encourage customers to buy new, made-for-mirrorless lenses too. And more and more of those as time goes by. Without that there's no real income stream and so no future. It's what Sony have done already and Canon are clearly going to do at some stage. There's no real surprise here.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 16:39 UTC as 57th comment
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (583 comments in total)
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petreluk: What is the point of this camera?

It needs better integration with mobile OS to make it a true stepping stone from a smartphone, but Olympus don't provide it. The whole beginner thing comes across as marketing shtick. As it stands, a smartphone is a great deal easier and more convenient while a full-on camera model is a great deal more capable and, unlike this new model, is something a user can grow into.

It's about offering a better experience than that available on a 3" screen, about sorting images, landing them on social media, applying VSCO stuff and etc. Offering wifi is a basic start, no more. OI Share is a basic start, no more, and I use it a lot. It a very limited app. And wifi is not the only wireless way either. Imho, camera-makers need to embrace mobile OS and stop offering token solutions.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 20:38 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (583 comments in total)

What is the point of this camera?

It needs better integration with mobile OS to make it a true stepping stone from a smartphone, but Olympus don't provide it. The whole beginner thing comes across as marketing shtick. As it stands, a smartphone is a great deal easier and more convenient while a full-on camera model is a great deal more capable and, unlike this new model, is something a user can grow into.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 10:46 UTC as 30th comment | 6 replies
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petreluk: From Canon's own comments and from some remarks here, it sounds as if Canon are anticipating mirrorless ILCs becoming much more important and perhaps dominant in the market over the next few years. It's hard to see how DSLRs fit with automated design and assembly. So long Mr Pentaprism, it was nice to know you.

DSLRs aren't ideal for automated assembly. I'd be very surprised if any new automated plant wasn't mostly producing mirrorless ILCs before long. This is Canon planning for the future.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 10:58 UTC

From Canon's own comments and from some remarks here, it sounds as if Canon are anticipating mirrorless ILCs becoming much more important and perhaps dominant in the market over the next few years. It's hard to see how DSLRs fit with automated design and assembly. So long Mr Pentaprism, it was nice to know you.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 20:51 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies
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petreluk: "Consumers looking to step up from their smartphone camera", as the press release has it, are likely in for a rude surprise when they discover that Olympus offer no mobile OS editing and image sorting app, and that RAW dev is predicated on a creaking old Silkypix-type program for which you need a PC or MAC. Increasingly, folks don't run a desktop OS and don't intend to spend $$$ on PC gear just to run a camera. Unfair to single out Olympus, but at this rate the cameras cos will be phoning it in all the way to closure. Looks a nice if fairly minor iteration.

It's about choice. For as long as the choice is not on offer, dedicated cameras are not as appealing as they might be. Talking about smartphones as the press release does but offering no serious mobile support is leaving an awful lot of your users out in the cold, imho. A pity. It's an area where Oly or M43 could really shine, imho. The big PC/Mac + Adobe crowd are increasingly a minority. The need is to cover both desktop and mobile OS.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 19:05 UTC

"Consumers looking to step up from their smartphone camera", as the press release has it, are likely in for a rude surprise when they discover that Olympus offer no mobile OS editing and image sorting app, and that RAW dev is predicated on a creaking old Silkypix-type program for which you need a PC or MAC. Increasingly, folks don't run a desktop OS and don't intend to spend $$$ on PC gear just to run a camera. Unfair to single out Olympus, but at this rate the cameras cos will be phoning it in all the way to closure. Looks a nice if fairly minor iteration.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 13:18 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies

Well done - and very enjoyable images too. The M43 system is ideal for this kind of thing and is generally of excellent quality. I use that same Oly 12-40mm f2.8 for a fair proportion of my own photography. Of course folks might have want to carry larger cameras but for many people M43 is already plenty and will yield good prints of at least 16 x 10 or so.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 at 19:46 UTC as 83rd comment | 3 replies
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TORN: I have the sneaking suspicion that Canon thinks this DSLR segment is dead and will go under - replaced by mirrorless. But since the product was already developed and the Canon FF mirrorless is not yet ready they brought it to the market. Hey, all people buying a 6D MK II now might have the great opportunity to immensly upgrade the DR by buying the mirrorless version next year.

In my opinion if this is what Canon envisions as an entry level ff DSLR in 2017 they could as well have waited another 6 months and instead come up with a mirrorless version of it with the new sensor technology and 4k and possibly 2 new lenses matching it (plus it being EF-compatible).

Mark my words for 2018.

Lol, that is just what I was thinking. Thank you for saying it for me. In a way, Canon may be subtly undermining their own DSLR range the better to shift the flock to mirrorless and a new generation of better-performing sensors - and all for a premium price in a year or two. In the meantime, Canon won't lose out because the 6D Mark II will still sell very well, particularly in Asia judging from the number of tourists from China where I live who sport big Canon cams. If you're as dominant in the market as Canon, win-wins are easier to come by.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 09:01 UTC
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DPPMetro: 99% of the maybe 1% of the fake photographers on this forum were only interested in the equipment he uses, not learning about composition or anything else.

Bear in mind that when he says composition and technique are not as important as content, it is being said by a master photographer with a lifetime of experience. The rest of us still have to learn these things so thoroughly that we can assimilate them and so move beyond them. That's a lifetime's work right there. There are no short cuts.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2017 at 21:51 UTC
On article Report: Ricoh announcing cost cuts in face of crisis (326 comments in total)
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petreluk: Feuding, accidents, malfunctions, crazy conspiracy theories, old dinosaurs, mad fantasies, mayhem, breakages and trousers falling down. Yes, welcome to another wacky episode of Flintstone and Rubble I mean Ricoh and Pentax as filtered through the wunnerful lens of DPReview. Is there really a #BrandInCrisis here? Maybe, maybe not, but I can't help feeling that DPR would like to think there is and in the meantime the opera goes on ...

I've no idea, and the fact is neither have you. It's none of my business anyway. Sit back and enjoy the show. It's just a website and just a camera anyway too. Nothing to get excited about. It would be very sad if Pentax went south but there are far more important things in life than a brand of camera and one out of millions of websites.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 10:51 UTC
On article Report: Ricoh announcing cost cuts in face of crisis (326 comments in total)

Feuding, accidents, malfunctions, crazy conspiracy theories, old dinosaurs, mad fantasies, mayhem, breakages and trousers falling down. Yes, welcome to another wacky episode of Flintstone and Rubble I mean Ricoh and Pentax as filtered through the wunnerful lens of DPReview. Is there really a #BrandInCrisis here? Maybe, maybe not, but I can't help feeling that DPR would like to think there is and in the meantime the opera goes on ...

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 10:42 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies

Thanks for your article. Very interesting.

Many questions feed into the future of cameras. One important one is choosing a design which is economically efficient to produce on modern automated production lines. The possible demise of the old mechanical shutter over the next few years means the camera of no or very few moving parts is closer - circuit board production, then. There are questions of designing for heat, power draw, communications, etc. Above all, designing to take advantage of modern computing power and modern software such as intelligent face and scene detection. All this before one has even got to video, The old DSLR mounts don't sound like an ideal vehicle for much of this.

The signs do all point one way, I think. But how that way will really turn out to work isn't yet known in the case of Canon and Nikon. It's a very tricky problem for them with no guarantee of success whichever way they go.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 12:36 UTC as 165th comment | 1 reply

Less than 30 commments on the images here and at the Awards site from some of the most astoundingly talented photographers at work today. Well worth a morning of wonder. More than 400 comments whenever Canon change a widget. DPR isn't really a site for photographers, is it.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 10:04 UTC as 5th comment | 4 replies
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Triplet Perar: It is not an issue with Pentax / Ricoh Imaging.
Problem is the mother ship, and one must read through the accounting language. Ricoh covers up lots of own incompetence here, and I'll explain why.
Ricoh Imaging, though, a totally separate and independent business unit, has been thoroughly reorganised by itself, and they design, develop and market products without *any* external help from Ricoh whatsoever.
Ricoh, however, did not repurpose some of their assets, and THAT they now wish to claim as "loss" in "camera business". Repurposing must be written off as cost for a new production. For Nikkei, all that "stuff" are "cameras". Despite that Ricoh Imaging does not create loss. In short, due to complicated internal accounting, people think who-knows-what. Ricoh is incompetent, and should have taken better care of assets, not under-utilize them.
Ricoh Imaging, though, does not make compact cameras for ages now, those fabs should have been taken care of, but Ricoh didn't do it.

Many thanks for making my point for me, @Aristegui. No mention of the good fortune to be able to enjoy a camera at all or gratitude to those who give us Pentax. Sad.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 22:22 UTC
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Triplet Perar: It is not an issue with Pentax / Ricoh Imaging.
Problem is the mother ship, and one must read through the accounting language. Ricoh covers up lots of own incompetence here, and I'll explain why.
Ricoh Imaging, though, a totally separate and independent business unit, has been thoroughly reorganised by itself, and they design, develop and market products without *any* external help from Ricoh whatsoever.
Ricoh, however, did not repurpose some of their assets, and THAT they now wish to claim as "loss" in "camera business". Repurposing must be written off as cost for a new production. For Nikkei, all that "stuff" are "cameras". Despite that Ricoh Imaging does not create loss. In short, due to complicated internal accounting, people think who-knows-what. Ricoh is incompetent, and should have taken better care of assets, not under-utilize them.
Ricoh Imaging, though, does not make compact cameras for ages now, those fabs should have been taken care of, but Ricoh didn't do it.

Lol, 90 per cent of the remarks on here are special pleading by people who in the greater scheme are wealthy and who could buy a different camera tomorrow. But here they are, waving their cameras at thousands of families soon to be without an income after layoffs and saying they and their precious label on a box matter so much more. Not one word of support in 250 or so posts for the staff at Pentax who are facing a horribly uncertain time after these press reports and who've tried so hard for years. It's sickening. But please, don't let me stop you and your compadres from continuing the raving.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 08:28 UTC
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Triplet Perar: It is not an issue with Pentax / Ricoh Imaging.
Problem is the mother ship, and one must read through the accounting language. Ricoh covers up lots of own incompetence here, and I'll explain why.
Ricoh Imaging, though, a totally separate and independent business unit, has been thoroughly reorganised by itself, and they design, develop and market products without *any* external help from Ricoh whatsoever.
Ricoh, however, did not repurpose some of their assets, and THAT they now wish to claim as "loss" in "camera business". Repurposing must be written off as cost for a new production. For Nikkei, all that "stuff" are "cameras". Despite that Ricoh Imaging does not create loss. In short, due to complicated internal accounting, people think who-knows-what. Ricoh is incompetent, and should have taken better care of assets, not under-utilize them.
Ricoh Imaging, though, does not make compact cameras for ages now, those fabs should have been taken care of, but Ricoh didn't do it.

Ricoh have their back to the wall and do not want to go down as another failed Japanese corporation. They intend to lay off scores of people all over the world. Yes, that means many many families suddenly losing their livelihood. It's a horrible experience as anyone who's been through it will know. The idea that a grand exception should be made for a tiny camera operation mainly of appeal to relatively wealthy folk, mostly elderly these days, is in very poor taste, imho. Of course no one wants Pentax to vanish, least of all its staff who should come first in our thoughts. But the operation simply has to pay its way in the modern world and we should accept that sufficient changes need to be made to ensure that it does. Ricoh are pretty good stewards in my view, but we cannot expect special treatment for camera buffs when the bigger picture is a very serious one for the company.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 08:24 UTC
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HSway: What Ricoh is saying matters, not the stuff Asian Review is typing. Nikon is sold to Sony for a couple of years if I took all the rubbish floating around seriously. In the case of Ricoh - Pentax it can be damaging. OTOH, if I was using Pentax I’d be looking at things the company is producing/planning. But that’s just common sense. If there is too much of talk and speculating it’s actually a good approach the company should consider – to publish a roadmap for their products.

It is not what any of these huge corporations say which matters. They are past masters at saying almost anything. What matters is what they do. Watch what they do very carefully and then you'll see. In any case we are all spoiled for choice. Any of a dozen cameras from half a dozen different brands will perform excellently for every pocket and deliver more capabilities than most of us will ever need. It will be sad if Pentax go down, but that's all. Next day there are still dozens of excellent cameras around and millions of shots to take.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 11:07 UTC

The Ricoh Board is trying to turn around a huge biz in trouble and Pentax cameras are only a very small part of it. Ricoh is conducting a thorough reworking of the whole corporation. Maybe Pentax will do well out of this change, maybe it won't. The keyword is "change". Neither we nor, I suspect, Ricoh yet know what that will bring. It isn't terrible news but it isn't good news either. Sadly, a lot of similar messages are coming out of the camera industry at the moment and it's unrealistic to think everything can just carry on as before. We'll see.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 21:22 UTC as 56th comment
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