Reuters Reports Only Canon, Nikon and Sony Will Survive in the Camera Market

An article in the New York Times claims that only Canon, Nikon and Sony will be able to survive the current economics of the camera market. I'm not entirely sure I agree. This and other articles blame improvements in cell-phone cameras for eroding the DLSR market. That's just not true, as the customer base is simply not the same. I'm sure that great cell phone cameras are hurting point-and-shoot camera sales, and to that end, some manufacturers have dropped many of their lower-end models. That makes good sense.

Further, while companies like Fujifilm, Olympus and Sony continue to create innovative designs and push technology forward, Canon and Nikon continue to market decidedly "me too" models that are barely upgrades from previous models. This, coupled with really disappointing efforts to meet the innovation of other makers in the mirrorless markets, make Canon and Nikon increasingly irrelevant in a changing market.

Another area the report claims that Fujifilm, Olympus and Panasonic fall short in is the addition of wireless connectivity to their cameras. In truth, all of the manufacturers save one are slow to add WiFi and the ability to easily upload pictures to Facebook and other social media outlets. The manufacturer leading in that area isn't even mentioned in the article at all: Samsung, with their Galaxy NX, offers this capability across all sectors of the market.

Of course, only time will tell who will remain players in a difficult-but-slowly-improving economy. But I wouldn't count anyone out at this point.

Fuji X-Pro1 23mm versus A900 full frame at 35mm

Via Tony Sweet (on Facebook), from the forums on dpreview_Fuji_v_FFA few days back, a user on posted an interesting comparison between a Sony Alpha A900 (23.4mp full-frame) and a Fujifilm X-Pro1 (16mp APS-C), using lenses with an "equivalent" focal length -- a 35mm Minolta Maxxum lens on the A900, and a 23mm Fujifilm lens on the X-Pro1, for the purposes of comparing depth-of-field and bokeh. He was careful to also calculate and use "equivalent" apertures in his comparison.

You can view the full comparison by clicking here, or on the image at the left.

For those who are contemplating a move to a full-frame or to the Fuji system, the results are certainly interesting and compelling.

Spoiler alert: You'll be hard pressed to see a difference.

The End of November

A few shots from today's visit to Chincoteague National Seashore and Chincoteague, VA.

Images shot with a Fujifilm X10 or Sony Alpha SLT-A35. All processing in Photoshop Lightroom 5.2.

I went back-and-forth between the Sony and Fuji cameras today. I kept finding the Sony to be frustrating -- almost to the point of distraction. In the end, I used a couple more pictures from the Sony, more because of compositions than anything else.

Ocean City Sunrise and a Solar Eclipse

Since we were near the beach on an emergency visit to my parents, we ventured out early this morning to try to catch the sunrise/eclipse. I'd never shot a solar eclipse before, and so my results were certainly mixed. But I did get some nice sunrise shots. Here are a few...

All of these were taken with the SLT-A35, although I also shot with the X10. I'll probably play around more with the eclipse shots -- I shot a couple series intended for HDR processing that I haven't had time to play with yet.

Camera: Sony Alpha SLT-A35 Lens: Minolta Maxxum AF28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 Support: MeFOTO RoadTrip A1350 lightweight convertable tripod/monopod w/ Q1 ballhead