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Lenses / Speculation: Year of the Lens
« on: February 28, 2014, 09:08:18 PM »
Lots of lenses on sale at B&H.  Perhaps the rumors of new lenses are true, and we're in for a surprise or two this year as Canon and Nikon respond to the surge of quality third party designs.

So what strategy does everyone thing Canon would employ, and which would you prefer: a) mark ii versions of L lenses that are reasonably competitive with the new Sigmas and Zeiss glass, with a bit higher price point than current releases, or b) a whole new SL line ("Super Luxury") that beats the pants off of the competition, but at prices closer to the Otus?

Or perhaps you think Canon could do both?

EOS Bodies / Moving sensor: an attractive option?
« on: February 15, 2014, 04:35:11 PM »
Suppose Canon executes a technology exchange with Hasselblad for this technology:

Would you be interesting in having this as an option on your camera body, despite the long exposure times?  What cost limit would you put for adding in this feature?

Third Party Manufacturers / The Sigma SLR Strategy?
« on: February 15, 2014, 04:28:10 PM »
Many company moves make sense to me, but I still haven't figured out why Sigma is still producing their Foveon-based SLR bodies, or for that matter any SLR bodies of their own.

Do they believe they will eventually win substantial market share in SLR bodies with so many stronger players?  Do they mainly want to hang on to potentially valuable patents in case of industry contraction?  Is there a solid future for the Foveon sensor, and is this the best way to use it?

I'm not knocking Sigma here.  I think they are arguably the most successful of the independent lens makers and as such can probably continue making a decent living.  But what precisely is the value derived from making their own SLR lineup?

Someone please help me understand this one.

Third Party Manufacturers / An Era of Mergers?
« on: February 15, 2014, 03:57:42 PM »
Thought it would be fun to start a thread about the possibility that we are entering an era of mergers and corporate closings in 35mm/compact photography companies.  Business analysts frequently say there are too many players in these markets and a shakeout is inevitable, but it has not really happened yet. 

Some general questions:

So are the analysts right?  Who might buy whom, and for what reasons?  Who will go down swinging because they have no technology or patents worth selling?  What companies are best positioned to weather the tough times over the next several years?  What data can help us forecast their futures?

Some more specific questions:

Are Canon, Nikon, and Sony swamping the market with too many SLR body choices, forcing competitors out?  (Perhaps relevant here: "Too Many Choices," Consumer Reports, March 2014.)

Is there any photo company Canon should buy?  If so, why?

What might become of offerings from Olympus, Pentax/Ricoh, Sigma, Panasonic, Leica, Zeiss, Samsung, etc...?

Please share data, analysis, and your reflections on this!

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