DSLRBodies

  • What Would Thom Do (2019 Ed.)?
    on 16 March 2019 at 16:09

    From time to time I post articles about camera product management from both my perspective as an analyst of the camera market and as a former product manager. DSLRs are at a critical stage right now as we transition to mirrorless. Planners in Tokyo have been dealing with this for a few years now, […]

  • Chasing Gains
    on 15 March 2019 at 13:53

    My article about whether ISO is fake or not brought up a lot of discussion points. But there's one in particular I want to talk about today, because it plays into many of those discussions. Are you chasing marginal gains?Are you sure those gains are real?Numerical gain conversations appear all […]

  • The State of Camera Sales
    on 10 March 2019 at 14:28

    It's that time of year again. The Japanese camera companies are all wrapping up their fiscal years (other than Canon, who's in their first fiscal quarter), and CIPA has published their deeper look at the industry numbers for 2018 as well as their forecast for 2019.  First, the CIPA […]

  • The CP+/WPPI Roundup
    on 20 February 2019 at 14:25

    Note that I also consider anything released in the two weeks prior to CP+ as being CP+ related. While the mirrorless products were front and center at the two recent shows (WPPI and CP+), that didn't mean there weren't things happening of interest to DSLR users.  Canon […]

  • Did The Camera Makers Follow the Trends?
    on 16 February 2019 at 15:37

    At this point you can find the basic claim I first made back in 2007/8 all over the place in the media: smartphones are cannibalizing the camera market. Or have cannibalized the dedicated camera market. Or continue to cannibalize the camera market. Basically, smartphones are cannibals, apparently. […]

  • Time to Step on the GAS?
    on 16 February 2019 at 14:45

    GAS stands for Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Over the years, photographers have been on and off again with their gear buying patterns. Sometimes the foot is on the GAS pedal, sometimes it's on the credit card brakes. With Nikon DSLRs, for instance, there was a big surge early on with the D1 […]

  • The DSLR Decline
    on 7 February 2019 at 14:54

    Canon and Nikon have both now reported their sales for the holiday quarter (calendar Q4, 2018). As I've been noting a lot lately, we're in a transition period, and that transition is definitely showing up on the bottom line of both companies.  In Nikon's case, consider this chart: […]

  • New Nikkor Lens Rebates
    on 31 January 2019 at 16:20

    Nikon's latest lens rebates are now active. As I always do, I try to give you a perspective on whether you should be thinking about any of these lenses at these prices: 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E Fisheye (US$150 discount)—I haven't published my review of this lens yet, but it's a real winner in […]

  • The Canon Doomsday Proclamation
    on 28 January 2019 at 13:47

    I swore to myself I wasn't going to write any more about the business of photography until the CP+ show, which is about the point in the year where we have enough data to fully understand the past year.  Unfortunately, an article published in Nikkei with comments from Canon's president […]

  • Do You Buy DSLR Lenses Still?
    on 12 January 2019 at 15:23

    The latest trend in my In box hasn't been about cameras. It's concern about lenses (again). This time the concern is about full frame lenses (but see comment at end for crop sensor). In particular, it's looking/rumored that Canon will primarily focus on full frame RF lenses this year, and […]

  • The Need for DSLR Clarity
    on 9 January 2019 at 14:22

    Both Canon and Nikon have made a number of comments lately about their continued "commitment" to DSLRs. Let's first point out why they're doing that. For the trailing year (Dec 2017 to November 2018), here are the CIPA numbers: 3.99m mirrorless (37%)6.8m DSLR (58.6%)The trend line is […]

  • Everything Canikon DSLR in 2018
    on 1 January 2019 at 16:36

    One question I keep getting is “are DSLRs dead?” Well, one thing you can do is an audit. So let’s look at everything that was introduced DSLR-wise for Canon and Nikon in 2018. CanonRebel T7 body4000D body70-200mm f/2.8L III70-200mm f/4L II400mm f/2.8L III600mm f/4L […]

  • Nikon 2019 News
    on 31 December 2018 at 19:25

    In these folders you’ll find the several hundred news and commentary articles about Nikon and DSLR cameras that appeared on this site in 2019: January 2019 Nikon Canon DSLR News February 2019 Nikon Canon News/Views March 2019 Nikon […]

  • Nikon 2018 News
    on 2 January 2016 at 16:10

    In these folders you’ll find the several hundred news and commentary articles about Nikon and DSLR cameras that appeared on this site in 2018: December 2018 Nikon News November 2018 Nikon News October 2018 Nikon News […]

  • Nikon 2017 News
    on 2 January 2016 at 16:10

    In these folders you’ll find the several hundred news and commentary articles about Nikon and DSLR cameras that appeared on this site in 2017: January 2017 Nikon News February 2017 Nikon News March 2017 Nikon News April […]

  • Nikon 2016 News
    on 1 January 2016 at 18:09

    In these folders you’ll find the several hundred news and commentary articles about Nikon and DSLR cameras that appeared on this site in 2016: December 2016 Nikon News November 2016 Nikon News/Views October 2016 Nikon News/Views […]

  • Nikon 2015 News
    on 20 January 2015 at 20:40

    In these folders you’ll find the several hundred news and commentary articles about Nikon and DSLR cameras that appeared on this site in 2015: December 2015 Nikon News November 2015 Nikon News October 2015 Nikon News […]

  • Nikon 2014 News
    on 31 October 2014 at 19:40

    In these folders you’ll find the several hundred news and commentary articles about Nikon and DSLR cameras that appeared on this site in 2014: December 2014 Nikon News November 2014 Nikon News October 2014 Nikon News […]

  • Nikon 2013 News
    on 27 December 2013 at 18:54

    In these folders you’ll find the several hundred news and commentary articles about Nikon and DSLR cameras that appeared on this site in 2013: December 2013 Nikon News November 2013 Nikon News October 2013 Nikon News […]

  • Nikon 2003-2012 News
    on 27 November 2012 at 15:55

    What follows are links to the front page reports that appeared on bythom.com from 2003 through 2011. These are archive pages of the old bythom news/views for historical purposes. I've left them in the old bythom style and URLs because it would be an enormous amount of work to bring them all in as […]