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"I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« on: April 05, 2013, 01:32:36 PM »
For once, I'm really happy to be a Canon shooter - no matter what the dynamic range is :-)

Animal rights activists have targeted (doh) Nikon for a campaign because the evil empire is not only selling cameras for shooting (doh) baby pets but also rifle scopes so you're able to take not only the picture back home, but also the real thing... plus they sponsor trophy hunting in Africa for watermarked shots.

If this is over the top or a legit criticism of business practice is up to you to decide and I certainly don't want a political discussion or even a flame war, but I'm posting this as information because no Canonista should be ignorant about public relation events that for once hurt the main competitor:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/04/03/nikon-under-fire-for-making-rifle-scopes

http://www.viva.org.uk/huntingban/nikon/

EDIT: Added Nikon print commercial
« Last Edit: April 05, 2013, 03:28:30 PM by Marsu42 »

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"I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« on: April 05, 2013, 01:32:36 PM »

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Re: "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2013, 06:18:48 PM »
That scope looks awesome.

Hunting is sometimes necessary, and in well regulated places not a problem in the least. I do agree that the idea of hunting exotic animals (populations numbering less than millions) should probably be put to an end though. There's more than enough stuff to shoot without endangering species.

I would say this is worth a letter to the company, but the terms of the boycott seem a little sensationalist.
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Nikon receives negative publicity for their product "“Monarch African Rifle Scope”
Stefano Unterthiner, winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2008, criticised Nikon’s connection to hunting.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2302805/Fury-wildlife-camera-company-Nikon-produce-rifle-sight-hunting-big-game-Africa.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/the-wrong-kind-of-photo-shoot-nikon-in-the-line-of-fire-over-rifle-sights-for-big-game-hunting-8556123.html
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Re: "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2013, 08:00:36 AM »
am I supposed to sell my gear because of a junior marketing guy did?  ;)

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Re: "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2013, 08:29:27 AM »
I hate guns, so I shoot with a CANON  8)
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Re: "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2013, 09:08:29 AM »
I hate guns, so I shoot with a CANON  8)


And I've never heard of anyone mounting a 'scope on a Canon - its dynamic range isn't good enough  ;)

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Re: "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2013, 09:19:14 AM »
Don't worry about those animals - if the 'scopes are made by Nikon, they will all be out of calibration and aim to the left.
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Re: "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2013, 09:19:43 AM »
Those are hogs, and hogs are numerous, and rather a nussance as well, but worse still often a threat to local endangered and threatened populations. I am totally against poaching of threatened species, and totally against wanton destruction. But, some animals NEED to be hunted by man, often especially because we displaced their predators through habitat destruction. Here in Florida, hogs are a severe nuisance, and the laws are actually pretty easy-going about the taking o' hogs. The poster says "Bring home the bacon", so the thought is not some Great White Hunter racking up tons of kills for trophies, but a productive use, potentially, anyway. THere is no reason to be so sensitive about this...
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Re: "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2013, 09:29:06 AM »
I hate guns, so I shoot with a CANON  8)


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Re: "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2013, 10:00:57 AM »
well, the carl zeiss group is producing sights for anti personnel weapons like the hk g36 (for hunting rifles as well  ;) )...
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Re: "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2013, 10:01:18 AM »
Don't worry about those animals - if the 'scopes are made by Nikon, they will all be out of calibration and aim to the left.
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Re: "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2013, 10:07:14 AM »
I will never, ever buy a Nikon scope!

I'll stick with my Leupolds.
I'm *this* close to switching to Nikon! I swear - I'll do it! Maybe next month, or in a week, or when they release the D ... oh, look a shiny thing!

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Re: "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2013, 10:13:01 AM »
First, I'm kinda surprised they're not also taking flak from the pushback of the 90% of Americans fed up with the NRA. Their words say this is for hunting game, but it reads much more like a sniper rifle for somebody wanting to take out an entire SWAT team ("pigs") with a single magazine. The veiling, it is very thin.

But, assuming it really is just for hunting and not for urban assault (though I have a hard time imagining a soldier, uniformed or not, who wouldn't want something like this), it's worth noting that today's multinationals are huge corporations with their fingers in all sorts of pies. For example, it's very likely that at least one Canon imaging device, especially a printer of some type, was used in this Nikon campaign. So, where's the uproar over Canon printers being used to sell Nikon rifle scopes?

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Re: "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2013, 10:41:11 AM »
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I'm boycotting all these imaging companies. They make infernal machines that steal your soul!

My belief is that corporations have essentially completed their takeover of the world. They will make minor adjustments responding to niggling little complaints like this to keep sales at full tilt. Beyond that, we and they are on a path to destroy this planet. Since I can't stop it, I plan to enjoy the ride into the pits of hell.
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Re: "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2013, 11:13:29 AM »
great BS thread.  ;D

every company that is really good at optics has in one way or the other to do with military equipment. zeiss, nikon, linos optics (i worked for them) etc. .... and im sure canon too.

if your are really concerned.. go VEGAN!!
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