« on: September 08, 2014, 01:08:14 PM »
So, here's a few ideas based on multiple responses in this thread:
Regarding the market share argument --- I'd say this is both a dead horse and a valid argument --- but thats exactly how I feel about the constant calls for Canon to answer the nikon (fill in the blank ), or the constant, talk of how so many are gonna switch (LOL, reality on that is that miost who do switch or add on a system won't be talking or bragging or complaining, they would be silently doing that. Either way, it all comes right back to market share and sales - the way i see it it's the good old put your money where your mouth is - canon's sales figures do tell us that not enough people are putting their money where their mouths are (either by skipping model releases or buying other systems). Conversely, nikon's sales figures don't speak towards large numbers of new users jumping into their system (i'd love to see some used market data - this may tell us more than the actual sales figures for new product - or not even used sales but used availability - is there a glut of canon glass and bodies on the market? I don't see that, and, if there was a huge increase in supply of used caon gear then the cost of used gear would probably drop a bit too...not seeing that.
Another poster, forget who it was and I'm not gonna search for it was saying something to the effect of - sales figures aren't as important as being competitive in the market. Seriously??? A company can't be IN the market without positive sales figures. Being competitive is great, but you gotta be smart with it and not jump the shark. I still think nikon made a deal with the devil by partnering with sony for sensors. Yes that gives them a kick ass sensor now, but it shifts the focus from nikon to sony. With sony now putting that sensor in many other companies bodies, this effect gets multiplied. If Nikon was better woth things like quality control, customer service, repairs then things may be a little different. Note, I am also looking at the reality of nikons pricing - Nikon is most likely saving a ton of R&D money on sensors by partnering with sony - given that their product is extremely similar to canons - they should be charging the same price - but no, they are undercutting canon. Which at first makes buyers happy, yeah, saved some $$$$...but then consider where the $$$ is going, if it's going to things like CPS and lens R&D and customer swervice/quality control, then yeah, I am wok paying a little more. Nikon could have matched canon dollar for dollar on the d800 (with the 5d3) - their decision not to says to me this is a company that is getting a little desperate.