• The 20 Year Anniversary
    on 28 June 2019 at 12:41

    June 15th marked the twenty-year anniversary of Nikon's announcement of the D1, the camera that most feel kicked off the DSLR era. The camera actually didn't ship to customers until early 2000, but a number of us got a chance to use it briefly in 1999. […]

  • The Coming Cameras
    on 26 June 2019 at 12:57

    UpdatedI like to do a "thought piece" every now and then premised on what I did through most of my career in Silicon Valley: look five to ten years out and try to understand what developing or new technologies could be used to solve current user problems. One problem with doing that at the […]

  • Are You Following Your Heart or Head?
    on 24 June 2019 at 13:40

    It's a simple thing, really: if you're confused about what to do and are contemplating changing gear, do you know whether you're following your heart or your head in your thinking? I've written about wants and needs before, and it's the same thing:  Heart = wantHead = needThing is, […]

  • Is Disinformation a Problem?
    on 14 June 2019 at 12:00

    We've got state actors attempting to influence other states' elections with disinformation. We've got lobbying organizations running campaigns with clear agendas. We have individuals who've discovered that they can be a big influencer of others by just typing on their keyboard. We have "numbers" […]

  • How Do You Make the Mirrorless/DSLR Choice?
    on 13 June 2019 at 13:35

    It seems that despite my repeated efforts to try to put things into perspective, a number of people are still asking the same questions, typically along the lines of "should I buy a D750 or Z6"?  That's certainly a good question, no matter how you're coming at it (e.g. from a D3500, a […]

  • Cameras Shouldn't Dictate Self-Esteem
    on 9 June 2019 at 12:42

    One thing that becomes obvious very quickly when reading various comments across the Internet (or in my In Box), is that there's a very large proportion of active participants that have linked their self-esteem to their camera brand (or model, or type). Indicators of this are comments about […]

  • Frustration Versus Reality
    on 7 June 2019 at 12:59

    I've been encountering a lot of very frustrated—and in some cases, angry—folk lately. Moreover, the press sometimes seems to pile on without actually doing much in the way of fact checking or logical analysis.  One example of this is the inability to understand […]

  • Sticking With DSLR? Don't Worry, be Happy
    on 26 May 2019 at 11:28

    With camera sales overall still contracting, and with so many players duking it out in full frame mirrorless and dangling discounts to grab business, it's easy to see the Dark Side of the situation. But rest assured, DSLR users, there's a Bright Side, too.  Because so many people who […]

  • What's Likely to Go Away?
    on 22 May 2019 at 13:14

    The common theme you see now is that we're in a DSLR-to-mirrorless transition period. I would agree, but that doesn't mean that DSLRs go away completely, nor does it mean everything will go away. After all, Nikon is still building a high-end film SLR body and selling it (F6). Transition, […]

  • Where Are We? (Update IV or V, I've Lost Count)
    on 19 May 2019 at 11:53

    For over a decade I've been writing the following about the currently-available digital cameras: "if you can't get good-looking prints at the maximum size a desktop printer can produce, it isn't the camera that's the problem." (The print size I'm referring to is basically 13x19", though we've […]

  • My Shortest Essay On the Camera Market Yet
    on 16 May 2019 at 12:10

    In dealing with all the feedback from my article on the Brutal Quarter, I found myself responding with a simple truth. All the Japanese camera companies are thinking of and phrasing the smartphone cannibalization as a business problem. As in "the smartphone killed the camera business."  […]

  • The Brutal Quarter
    on 11 May 2019 at 12:18

    Now that everyone has reported their detailed financial information we can see just how bad the January through March numbers were. Here are the overall sales (dollars) reported for the quarter compared to the same quarter last year: Canon down 23%Sony down 7%Nikon down 21%Fujifilm down […]

  • Nikon's Full Year Results
    on 9 May 2019 at 13:32

    Nikon reported the same thing we've been seeing from the other camera companies: the January to March quarter was pretty miserable. Miserable enough that Nikon missed by 3% on revenue and profit on the already downgraded estimates they made not too long ago. I'm going to cut to the chase: […]

  • Wrong or Right Strategy?
    on 30 April 2019 at 11:18

    The discussions of the first quarter camera sales that are going on all around the photographic community—they're bad—keeps popping up a comment that I believe is incorrect. That comment is something along the lines of "the continued and now rapid drop in sales shows that the […]

  • Market Share or Profit?
    on 26 April 2019 at 12:58

    The ILC market peaked in terms of unit volume back around 2012. We appear to be about to cross the "contract by half" threshold in terms of volume this year or next. The amount the camera makers received for their units has not quite fallen as much, but is also in deep contraction. Most of the […]

  • More Canon Negativity on the Market
    on 24 April 2019 at 11:09

    Canon today posted the results from the first quarter of this year, along with their revised expectations for 2019.  Let's look at things quarter by quarter for the past few years: The orange lines are the unit volume for ILC (DSLRs and […]

  • Random Questions Answered
    on 22 April 2019 at 11:23

    Should I buy those rubberized protective covers/shields for my lens or camera?Maybe. In terms of damage protection, the main thing they do is prevent scratches and brassing. Some provide a little more protection against the elements (though watch out for water getting between the cover and the […]

  • Introducing "Consolidators"
    on 20 April 2019 at 14:47

    Over the past decade I've described a number of common photographer gear types I've discovered through my research and surveys. For those of you who haven't followed along: Last Camera Syndrome (LCS)— These folks buy a new camera, discover how good it is, and are done with buying […]

  • The Giant Nikkor DSLR Lens Sale
    on 14 April 2019 at 13:50

    Today NikonUSA announced savings on more than two dozen lenses. As always, I'm going to give you advice about how the new pricing should impact your decision making. This time, though, I'm going to go about that a little differently, and split my comments into three logical groupings of lenses: […]

  • How Nikon's Pricing Changes the DSLRs
    on 14 April 2019 at 13:26

    Today NikonUSA announced new pricing on their DSLR lineup, as well as some additional instant rebates through the end of June. Some of these changes are big enough that we need to talk through how the price moves may change your outlook on the Nikon DSLR cameras: D5600 — instant […]