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On article Photokina 2014: Hands-on with Leica X and X-E (134 comments in total)
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jamesfrmphilly: how does leica stay in business producing such crap?

in a market based on merit how do they get away with charging two or three times the price for inferior technology and ergonomics? their new offerings don't even look good.

i don't get it.

Clearly, you don't understand the luxury goods market. I have female friends who spend $5,000 on a handbag that I don't see being any better than a $150 handbag. But people are paying for brand, style, and prestige. And Leica are selling to people for whom money is no object.

Someone who buys these cameras isn't going to be an anal pixel-peeping technogeek who is pouring over specs sheets and looking for the best bargain. They just want a beautiful, elegant, luxury-brand camera that compliments their $18,000 wrist watch as they fly first-class to Paris. The rich and wealthy have plenty of money to spend. Just walk through a high end mall in Dubai or United Arab Emirates or Hong Kong and you'll see who's buying these products. A lot of wealth in these places.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 14:37 UTC
On article Photokina 2014: Canon stand report (69 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: As long as people keep buying Canon cameras they will keep making them. They aren't going to quit doing what they have been doing just because someone else makes a camera with different specs.

The real question is how long will what their doing last? Is the DSLR market really in decline? If it is then they could be in trouble because they have all but abandoned the mirror-less interchangeable lens camera market.

@JapanCanon - they may be "committed", but the real question is whether they'll ever take the EOS M camera beyond being barely more than a point-and-shoot body that happens to have a large sensor and removable lenses. Compared to other mirrorless bodies, the EOS M's design is very primitive and bare-bones. And it seems like they are intentionally trying to keep it that way, so that EOS M only attracts the most casual users. They could just be "committed" to keeping the EOS M a low level camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 14:11 UTC
On article Olympus shows camera module concept (65 comments in total)
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Pixel Pooper: This is basically a camera with no grip and no display. Why so thick? It doesn't look like it even has a size advantage compared to a small M43 camera.

It's probably thick because the battery sits behind the sensor, rather than off to the side like in most cameras. In fact, all the components that would otherwise be located to the side of the sensor in a normal camera are probably now sitting behind the sensor. Plus, it's "still very much in prototype stage." The finished product will probably be slimmer.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 06:52 UTC
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photo perzon: Smatphones need a host of backup utilities and intimate connections to a provider. This product will go nowhere.

Right...because no one on planet earth would ever take a photo with their smartphone! Yeah, that'll never catch on! Uh, did you just crawl out of a cave?

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:56 UTC
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Curtox: I was all in on this phone. Then I saw that price. If that's for real, this thing is destined to barely make a dent in terms of sales. That's an incredibly steep asking price. Just wow.

I don't think this is aimed at having mass market appeal. It's a niche product for a narrow segment of the market. Most people are just fine with their iPhones.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 17:49 UTC

I think it'd be a great phone for a journalist. A lot of reporters are being handed iPhones to shoot whatever they are reporting on (especially with many news agencies cutting back on pro photographers). This would be a much better option.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 17:31 UTC as 124th comment
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (305 comments in total)

Wow, what a cool camera! So many options within the m4/3 system!

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:04 UTC as 77th comment | 1 reply
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audijam: do you really need VC in a UW lens?

Only if you want the steadiest handheld shots possible, no matter what circumstances you're shooting in.

You do have to keep in mind that landscape photographers who shoot wide angle have long used tripods to get sharp images...and yes, even when using UW lenses. So using an UW lens doesn't necessarily mean that stability is no longer a factor to take into consideration.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 05:36 UTC
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photo_rb: First in its class? I guess that means f/2.8 because the Canon 16-35mm f/4 has IS.

The f/2.8 UWA class.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 05:32 UTC
On article Fujifilm offers silver X-T1 and firmware update (137 comments in total)

As retro-look cameras go, the silver XT1 sure looks a lot better than the Nikon Df, which seems to have flopped. So much for all the fancy "Pure Photography" marketing Nikon put into that body.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 03:07 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm (340 comments in total)
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Ruy Penalva: 85mm lens, even so fast, without stabilization, is a invite to hand photo blur.

I'm pretty sure that anyone who is willing to spend this much for a lens in order to get its high level of sharpness is going to want to shoot this lens on a tripod as much as possible.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 03:23 UTC
On article Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm (340 comments in total)
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Pixel Pooper: People whining about no AF, this lens is not for you. A good MF shooter should be more accurate than any AF system.

The problem is that today's AF cameras viewfinders aren't optimized for MF. Certainly not like they were back in the days of manual focus cameras. It's a different story with mirrorless cameras which have EVFs that are capable of focus magnification and focus peaking that makes manual focus much easier and more accurate. But these lenses are for cameras with OVFs, which don't have those features.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 03:20 UTC
On article Week in review: Photokina is in the air... (63 comments in total)
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joyclick: Hope there is a DSLR with excellent finders of yester years,Build quality of Nikon FM2/Canon F1

Minimal automation,no preset programs for every damn subject and let People create photos.

Let every camera be FF and come with 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 or 1.2 kit

People *are* creating photos. They just aren't doing it exactly the way *you* want them to, with the exact equipment *you* want them to use.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2014 at 07:33 UTC
On article Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses (140 comments in total)
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Grandpaof17: I'm still a Canon fan, but a year ago I sold all of my Canon gear - except the 200-400 and 600 and a 5D3 body and have gone mirrorless with Fuji X system. I have been extremely happy with the switch. If and when Fuji starts shipping super's (one is slated for 2015) I will move completely over. I do plan to get the 7D2 when it ships and will sell the 5D3 at that point.

I'm basically doing the same thing now. Unfortunately, I haven't yet unloaded my Canon lenses, and this price reduction pops up. D'oh! Oh, well. You win some, you lose some.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 19:21 UTC
On article Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses (140 comments in total)
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aandeg: Number one shows what real power is. And the mirrorless monkeys howl.

Discounting your products generally isn't a sign of "real power". It's more like a real acknowledgement that people just aren't buying your products in the quantities that they used to, and so you need to discount your products to entice people. In other words, their sales aren't quite as powerful as they used to be.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 10:14 UTC
On article Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses (140 comments in total)
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cpharm86: Maybe they are going to announce some stellar lenses then for sure they won't be able to sell the older ones even at the reduced prices.

Or maybe they're simply acknowledging that DSLR camera and lens sales are in a permanent state of decline due to rising competition from other devices like smartphones and mirrorless systems. That doesn't mean DSLRs are going away. Canon is simply acknowledging that fewer people are buying them.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 04:56 UTC
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