A Green Heron and some Thoughts on the Camera Market

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A few months back I was talking to some photographers and the subject came up about what cameras people were buying: mirror less, DSLR, full frame, point and shoot, cellphones etc. The data is easily found on the web. Not surprisingly, the more expensive cameras do not sell as well as the less expensive ones and cell phones with cameras. Their interest was peaked by a downward shift in mirror less cameras. Conjecture ensued. I did notice one interesting thing when looking at this data over time and that is that anything new sells well early on. New lenses boost camera sales. Advertisers, I expect, would say any excuse to get their product in the spotlight, even a firmware upgrade can help. I worry about the older companies going out of business like Minolta did. Being a Nikon user, and invested in Nikon products, I hope that Nikon continues to sell products I want with the least amount of problems (Nikon has had a few).

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  1. I heard that Nikon hasn’t made replacement products and they discontinued some. That worries me. All my gear is Nikon too.

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    November 27, 2015 at 4:50 am

    • They continually upgrade cameras and lenses. A new, bigger, heavier, 24-70 just came out. It’s the post release recalls that worry. The d 600, 750, and the new 300mm all fixed. But still an issue.

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      November 27, 2015 at 5:44 am

  2. I have a Panasonic G7 for a small carry around and put the Olympus 75-300 on it, and was surprised with how well it does. I still want the Canon 7dmark II with the 100-400 mm lens for wildlife and birds.

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    November 27, 2015 at 6:41 am

  3. I am a Canon User but I am concerned about both Nikon and Canon. They are both behind the technology curve. I am seeing others introducing new features such a focus bracketing as well as focus peaking in camera.
    The other think that has been shaking things up again is the new Camera company https://light.co go check that thing out.

    Thanks for the great photos and insights

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    November 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

    • I have an Olympus OMD 5. Focus peaking is great along withe other things you mention. But I am still of the view that mirror less have a ways to go yet to match the speed and ease of use of a DSLR. Nikon and Canon compete for that market. I am not sure that the kind of innovation we have seen in mirror less cameras will translate to DSLRs before mirror less improve and get just as good as DSLRs. The latter, for example, need more megapixels with 24 being my sweet spot.

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      November 27, 2015 at 8:10 am

      • I like what Olympus and Sony have been doing but they both have issues and with Sony it is mainly the price point. Which is way out of reach for most. The other thing is as you said ease of use and getting to setting without having to drill down thru multiple menus.

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        November 27, 2015 at 8:21 am

        • I have the Sony a6000 and both kit lenses shoot circles around both Nikon and Cannon. Total cost $950. Some images at bobgrytten.com

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          November 29, 2015 at 11:23 am

  4. This is a general statement about ALL technology.
    In my humble opinion, I never buy the ‘newest thang’ until it’s been on the market a while. (And read a bunch of reviews! 😉) I feel many companies toss products out b4 they are fully baked and use the consumers as lab rats to iron out the kinks. Sometimes the consumer is lucky and the product can be upgraded with a software update, however what do you do with something like a lens? You may be stuck with an inferior product. 😢

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    November 27, 2015 at 8:27 am

    • Nikon has managed to fix issues with lenses but there is a credibility issue as you note. Adobe had a real backlash on their recent now fixed simplified Lightroom. Companies pay for mistakes. I

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      November 27, 2015 at 8:44 am

  5. I adore the Green Heron! I’ve had some Nikon issues with my D750. Fortunately Nikon has been responsive in fixing them. I think quality control EVERYWHERE has gotten so lousy. It’s disappointing.

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    November 27, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    • True. Much of it is about quality control and rolling things out too fast for shows and deadlines.

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      November 27, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      • Agreed. It’s more about a competition between companies than providing something for consumers.

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        November 27, 2015 at 7:29 pm

  6. I am another Nikon user and I have no complaints and their range is still expanding and appealing too myself and others

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    November 27, 2015 at 4:42 pm

  7. I used to upgrade a lot but I don’t think anything has come out in 2 years that has persuaded me its a real improvement unless it’s on high ISO performance. That is Sony’s forte but I’m not changing system from my Canon / Fuji mix.

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    November 28, 2015 at 11:05 am

    • Higher ISO, more megapixels (with better stabilization), focus peaking could still come to DSLRs. But things have always moved slowly in the SLR area. Will those happen before mirror less jump the gap and work as well as DSLRs for sports, nature, journalism? Food for thought.

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      November 28, 2015 at 11:10 am

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