Philnw2

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Sony's A9 showed that ML cameras need have no tracking lag, that its DSLRs that have a lagging problem due to the mirror apparatus being in the way of the tracking sensor for some of the time. Sony's A7III showed an aggressive attempt to gain FF market share while there is no direct mirrorless FF competitor from either Canon or Nikon. Its like a 2 punch attack - first showing advantages of a mirrorless system, and the second, showing advanced features in a lower cost model, the A7III. Whatever one's feelings towards Sony, have to admire the strategic plan. And now Sigma and Tamron have both come out with some native FE lenses to support the Sony system.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 18:22 UTC as 2nd comment

Nikon also committed to a mirrorless model in 2016 but nothing happened. I'll believe it when i see it.

A company which does not believe in mirrorless, should not be committing to make one, another losing effort like that action cam they made.

Leave the mirrorless market to those companies that believe in them, like Sony :-)

Link | Posted on May 5, 2018 at 18:23 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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Graham Austin: Anyone else get the feeling that in a few years the market will just be full of nice cheap Canon glass? :)

That's a good thing :-). In 2015, there weren't a lot of Sony FF lenses out, unlike today. So i ended up buying the Canon EF 85 f1.8 and later the EF 100 f2, and both have performed excellently on my A7rII. There are now third party Sigma and Tamron lenses out with Sony native mounts. Competition is good for the consumer.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2018 at 18:17 UTC
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Steve in GA: I have to agree with many of the comments here that this, "rumor" released by Canon does remind me of vaporware.

The software industry has used the vaporware concept to prevent users of its products from jumping to other brands for many years. Whenever a competing software company would announce a new product, makers of similar but older products would announce that, "Greatly Improved Versions Are Just Around the Corner!"

Now it looks like Canon has borrowed a page from the vaporware book.

I agree about the similarity to the vaporware concept to keep the party faithful. As far back as 2013, there were rumors of Nikon and Canon mirrorless. Eventually the Nikon 1 got built and then the Canon M. But from what i read, the Canon M still lacks specs compared to the Sony APS Alpha series. There were rumors of FF Mirrorless cameras from Nikon and Canon in 2015 when i bought my A7rII. According to Lens Rental report, somewhere on this site, the most frequent rentals now are for Canon equipment, followed by Sony equipment, from which Lens Rentals concludes that Sony is in second place for sales. :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2018 at 18:08 UTC

Thanks for this article. I was feeling out of normal for preferring 85 the majority of the time on my Sony FF. (its an EF-85 f1.8 since i bought before the FE 85 came out) Indeed, i found myself routinely cropping the 85 images so i recently bought the Canon EF 100mm f2 lens :-) Its now my favorite lens to have on my A7rII. I think i understand why Sony manufactures their GM series of lenses, but there must be several like myself that prefer the lighter weight/size and rendering of these older lenses. Hats off to Sony for their recent achievements, but hats off also to Canon for keeping these older but competent lenses still in production.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 14:21 UTC as 15th comment
On article Sony announces lightweight FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens (295 comments in total)

One of the most frequently asked for type of lens - thank you Sony!!! Makes for a very useful travel lens and event lens. Took so long to get here that i've sort of learned to do without it via the FE 16-35 and a EF 85 f1.8. But I can see Sony picking up more lens revenue via their rapidly growing lens collection. Love the pictures i've getting from my Sony - keep up the good work.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 15:42 UTC as 22nd comment
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1086 comments in total)
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erichK: The simple reality is that the dslr,especially the flippy mirror DSLR has already been left gathering dust in a closet by most of those who take pictures.because of its weight, bulk and (especially) complexity,

Nah, mirrorless is now 40% of the ILS market while DSLRs are trending down - still. My Sony, FF weighs about 1 lb, the 850 2 1/4 lbs - who wants to carry heavy cameras like that on even short hikes. I see some DSLR owners with large lenses/camera bodies shooting at parades and they mostly look miserable, sweaty and tired. Not for me - some lightweight primes, lightweight body and its fun to use.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 18:31 UTC
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1086 comments in total)

Sony was criticized for this same kind of introduction when it introduced the A9 and had Olympic Sports like shooting venues set up. Now Nikon does it. Yawn...

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 15:36 UTC as 67th comment | 5 replies
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Review (558 comments in total)

Canon says they are going to build some mirrorless cameras, but here we go again, the same old tired flapping mirror design that is so noisy and requires the post chimping to see how the image was exposed. Mirrorless shows you how the image is going to be exposed BEFORE you take the picture. Great for beginners, instead of these inscrutable flappers.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 22:57 UTC as 49th comment | 11 replies
On article Ten things we're hoping for from the Nikon D850 (482 comments in total)

I hope its the mirrorless rumored for 2017.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 18:15 UTC as 39th comment
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caver3d: Well, well, well, Sony (and the A7RII and A9) put the heat on Nikon. They are really feeling the flames now. Nikon has seen the future (finally), and it is mirrorless. And I will happily go on shooting with my A7II and A7RII. Oh, and I still have my ground-breaking Pany G1 (which takes great pics).

For those of us that have bought Sony lenses, there very likely will be little incentive to change to a Nikon mirrorless at this point. I suspect that will be true of other mirrorless brands as well.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 00:52 UTC
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Prairie Pal: If it is to be an ILC, then my guess is APS-C format, given Nikon's sudden revitalized interest in DX lenses.

Nikon's statement that "for a smartphone generation" is disparaging to those of us who have had DSLRs and now prefer a mirrorless. Its like Nikon still doesn't get the attractiveness of this new camera design. So if they don't understand its value, are they really going to put their heart and soul into designing one of their own? I hope they put some effort into the design, because that will be what's necessary for a successful campaign, IMO.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 00:33 UTC

Thank you for the excellent information on the differences between native mirrorless lenses and legacy lenses. I;ve also found the article on lensrental's teardown of Sony AF voice-coil lens actuators to be remarkable technology - now i know why they went to that extreme.

I do find it ironic that for all the criticism of Sony, their model of designing a new mirrorless e-mount, and then enabling a-mount lenses via a smart adapter is very likely the one that Canon and Nikon will likely use.

I wonder whether Nikon will skip the move to mirrorless entirely. Considering the investment they would need to make, they may decide to wait until further photographic technology is developed that eliminates interchangeable lenses entirely - don't know what they would be at the moment :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 18:30 UTC as 6th comment
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AlexisH: CIPA figures for April illustrate ... nothing at all.

Drawing conclusions from data representing one month means nothing at all.

If you check the Note 4 column of the cipa report, it includes the first 4 months of the year compared to the same period in 2016. I'm surprised at how quickly mirrorless products are invading DSLR market space. I don't doubt that Canon will quickly get a FF mirrorless into the marketplace.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 05:14 UTC
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PVCdroid: One thing is for sure. Places like Costco need to pull their head out and get some mirrorless offerings on display. It's a pathetic shrine to cheap Canikon DSLR crap as it is.

For justme, that may be true of units, but in value terms, the math is:
12,861,000/36,572,000 = .35 or 35% in revenue terms. So units may matter for some kinds of predictions, but 35% of the revenue is nothing to be sneezed at, IMO.

Since Costco is only selling Canikon, their records would show 100% of sales going to DSLRs. That shows the mistake of making predictions based on a marketplace that predetermines the kind of product that will be sold. That's why i don't buy cameras from Costco anymore - no choice.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 19:57 UTC
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PVCdroid: One thing is for sure. Places like Costco need to pull their head out and get some mirrorless offerings on display. It's a pathetic shrine to cheap Canikon DSLR crap as it is.

I don't even stop at the camera counter anymore because of that altho i do shop a lot at Costco. No Fuji's, no Sony, no Canon mirrorless - boring.....

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2017 at 21:42 UTC
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justmeMN: CIPA figures also show that 64% of ILCs shipped this year were DSLRs, and 36% were mirrorless.

In the first 4 months of 2017, i've seen some drastic increases in shipments to the Americas. Which to me indicates that the Americas are finally becoming more aware of what mirrorless has to offer. Although overall numbers compared to DSLRs are behind other regions. Trends are important.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2017 at 19:18 UTC

Mirrorless has had 4 months of very nice increases in sales (in the 40% plus arena) in 2017. After each month, the "deniers" state that its an anomaly and meaningless. Well the dslr owners may consider such information to be too short term for any conclusions, but i'm pretty certain that the number of articles criticizing Nikon shows that the mfr are not ignoring the mirrorless trend.

One criticism i've seen of mirrorless is these "compare pictures" posts which typically show a f1.4 85mm lens on a Sony FF camera compared to a DSLR - and the conclusion by that writer says: "See there is no value to a mirrorless camera". Well the thing is small mirrorless camera designs such as the Sony FF cameras, will allow one to put large or small lenses on. Its your option. An FE 85 F1.4 is going to weigh more than an A-mount 85 f2.8 or even an FE 85 f1.8.

It will be interesting when Canon and Nikon go FF with a mirrorless, whether they try to go with a small body or large body or both.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 20:31 UTC as 26th comment | 13 replies
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Philnw2: Not to worry, Sony is doing OK. The only expanding segment of the ILC market is the mirrorless cameras which are now 36% of ILC. Mirrorless were up 44% year on year in 2017 and its growth seems relentless. DSLRs were down year on year, but only about 9%, was it?
In the mirrorless ILC segment, these are the BCN 2017 rankings:
Olympus 26.8%
Canon 18.5%
Sony 17.9%

I think these are in terms of units, but the graph i was reading was not labelled.

Of note - Sony is the only maker of FF mirrorless which gives it a diversity that Canon doesn't have, at the moment. Sony is also the maker of MF sensors for the Pentax, Hasselbad and Fuji cameras of that size.

So yeah, i think Sony is doing well in an expanding marketplace of mirrorless, esp since the recent introduction of the A9.

I agree. Altho both CIPA unit and value numbers are up over 2016, the value numbers are up more. I think that increase in value numbers is due to FF sales by Sony, but don't know for sure. I do know that the A7rII costs significantly more than the D810. Folks grumble about the Sony prices, but it tells me that Sony can charge more for comparable FF bodies because they can get more. Mirrorless are desirable at the moment for whatever reason.
I don't begrudge Sony the higher prices because the development costs for these new features and lenses must cost a fortune. One criticism i've read is that noone needs 20fps on the A9, well then one can choose 10 or 5fps I understand. But i don't doubt that having higher fps rates for some sports activities will be highly desirable for those shooters wanting to sell the best pics to demanding customers.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 14:56 UTC

Not to worry, Sony is doing OK. The only expanding segment of the ILC market is the mirrorless cameras which are now 36% of ILC. Mirrorless were up 44% year on year in 2017 and its growth seems relentless. DSLRs were down year on year, but only about 9%, was it?
In the mirrorless ILC segment, these are the BCN 2017 rankings:
Olympus 26.8%
Canon 18.5%
Sony 17.9%

I think these are in terms of units, but the graph i was reading was not labelled.

Of note - Sony is the only maker of FF mirrorless which gives it a diversity that Canon doesn't have, at the moment. Sony is also the maker of MF sensors for the Pentax, Hasselbad and Fuji cameras of that size.

So yeah, i think Sony is doing well in an expanding marketplace of mirrorless, esp since the recent introduction of the A9.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 02:11 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
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