This has to be the most delusional statement made by a marketing executive in recent times.
It makes no sense. If you decide to switch from DSLRs to mirrorless, you did that for a reason after weighing the pros and cons. Plus, mirrorless technology is getting better by the month. Once you go mirrorless it is unlikely that you will think about going back.
Given that Pentax does not have a contemporary, competitive mirrorless, this sounds very much like sour grapes.
No wonder Pentax now has less than 10% market share, worldwide, when it comes to camera sales.
More Bad News From Nikon Might Signal A Much-Needed Re-Trenching/Consolidation Of The Digital Camera Market.
Another BAD NEWS Press Release
from Nikon on February 13, 2017.
Mobile phones with high-quality camera capability have been steadily eating into digital camera sales for the last few years.
It is finally beginning to take a heavy toll. Nikon could be the first to stumble.
Nikon currently, per DPReview, has 250 cameras on its books. That is crazy.
Canon has 278, Sony 277, Olympus 243, Fujifilm 239, Panasonic 193 and Pentax 135.
That is a total of 1,615 digital cameras from 7 camera manufacturers — at an average of 230 per vendor.
I have consistently maintained that this is too many. Each camera that you keep on your books costs money.
Nikon announced 14 new cameras in 2016 — 3 of them being the 1″ DL compacts that were cancelled yesterday.
Nikon and the others MUST cut back on new releases. We do NOT need so many variants at so many different price points.
Just a couple of good ones, at the low, medium and high bands.
The camera industry has ALREADY seen a sea change in vendors. Kodak, Polaroid and Agfa are no longer the market leaders they one were.
We have seen such dramatic shifts in leadership in the computer industry. Once famous names, now no more; e.g., NCR, Burroughs, CDC, Univac, DEC, DG, Wang, Stratus, Sun etc. etc.
The same WILL happen to these digital camera vendors. Mark my word.
Latest November 20, 2016 earthquake (and Tsunami).
Impact of the April 2016 earthquake.
There has been no reports of any crippling damages as yet.
So all could be fine. But even a couple of days worth of delays at the Japanese end could affect Christmas availability.
I will keep an eye and let you know. This is just a heads up.
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The three intriguing, claimed to be “Premium” 1″ Sensor Nikon “DL” cameras were announced on February 23, 2016.
They were expected to be available in June 2016 and I even talked about the Nikon DL24-85 in a February 2016 post — saying ‘June’ was a lifetime away!
Then it was going to be mid-October. Now they are saying MAYBE Christmas 2016. Not good.
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Taken with my Fuji X-E2s.
The Nikon D500, with a Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 lens, that I rented from ‘LensRental‘, for a week, starting Friday, August 12, 2016, is indeed, as it should be given its caliber (not to mention its reputation) is an interesting camera.
It sure feels good to hold it in your hand. The grip appears to be a perfect ‘British Standard Handful‘ (BSH). As such it just nestles in your grip, with near perfect balance. The ‘thunk’ the mirror and shutter makes when you take a shot, in viewfinder mode, is incredibly satisfying and makes you feel that you achieved something.
Though I had reservations all the controls (and their placements) work out well. I was concerned that there was no dedicated ‘Exposure Control’ dial and that setting ‘exposure control’ and ISO was a 2-step operation in that you had to press the appropriate button and then dial in the value using the rear command wheel. On Fujis there is a dedicated ‘exposure control’ dial that you just turn without having to press any button. (And on the X-T1 and X-T2 the same is true for ISO). But I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to use the 2-step scheme. Yes, you can get used, pretty quickly, to anything. The layout really does makes sense and as such easy to use. I like that.
Impressive camera. It can see in the dark! Scary. That is nice. Yes, makes taking pictures in low-light — and even no light — a breeze.
Lots and lots of features of course — as you would expect from a FLAGSHIP camera, for Nikon no less.
And, suffice to say, it takes some AMAZING shots. Pictures, with definition and detail, I have never been able to get with another camera and that with a far from ‘optimum’, slightly-soft Tamron zoom. Some of the pictures take my breath away.
The much vaunted autofocus is impressive. But it is NOT infallible! I had a fair number of out-of-focus shots (albeit mainly macro). I used manual focus more often than I expected.
All that said, right now, on day 3 of my trial, I am NOT convinced that this is the camera for ME.
Very simple reason, I am one of those RARE individuals that do NOT like to touch up my pictures via post-processing. To me the joy and challenge is to shoot JPEGs — straight out of the camera. All of the ‘6 Images a Day‘ are UNTOUCHED. Straight-Out-Of-The-Camera.
The D500 appears to be OPTIMIZED for those that do post-processing. So we have a BIG disconnect.
Auto White-Balance, for a start, is ‘non-existent’. People just fix WB during post-processing. I even, on Sunday, took a crash course in Kelvin Scale WB … It was good to know. Ditto exposure compensation.
Yes, I took some GREAT shots on Sunday BUT I even ended up shooting MANUAL! Yikes. That is NOT what I want to do.
So right now, based on my experiences so far, the Nikon D500 is NOT for I.
I am sure glad I rented. (Yes, I could have returned it after a week BUT I hate doing that.)
Now in a kind of ‘bind’ — but not a bad one.
I am just going to wait. I will get a Nikon P900, from the money I got from my Fuji lens trade-ins, just for the 83x zoom. It will not be my main camera. It will be for special occasions.
Maybe Pentax. So back to the drawing board.