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  1. Nikon is not a video company. Their forte is and will always be photo gear. They make very good products in that respect. A bit more expensive than the usual players, no doubt. But the quality is there. Let's be honest here guys: Nikon = Japanese ethos. Failing for them means being bought by another Japanese company. Since they are a part of the umbrella of the massive Mitsubishi group, I HIGHLY doubt we'll ever see a dramatic shift. At least not as dramatic as Pentax, which by the way still make a very good photo cameras.
  2. I suppose it goes way back. A pride thing. Cameras, as most Japanese products, are built to last. Frequently they are over-engineered. We can criticize them a lot, but the products they sell tend to hang around much longer than competing products from other countries.
  3. I'm actually excited about the cam. I think it's the least expensive FF interchangeable pro videocamera ever, not counting the Z cam FF model? The latter does not include a monitor or XLR handle, so the price difference is actually not that much between the two once you add those expenses. As of of right now you can purchase the FX6 for USD$7K with a 24-105 Sony lens. That's a huge price difference from older FF pro videocamera models from less than 5-10 years ago where Arri and Red were practically the only players in town. I'm not a Sony fanboy, quite the contrary,
  4. Pentax is really drilling their niche product status, absolutely. As a MILC Pentax owner (Q system), I would be thrilled to get my hands on a DSLR that allows me to focus manually through the OVF. I've held off any new photographic purchases on the wake on their new APS-C camera with the "ground-breaking" OVF. We've waited long enough for an OVF SLR experiencie in a DSLR.
  5. Why? It has RAW and costs the same as the C70, which does not. A new miniturization tax by Canon?
  6. At $5500 body only, this ain't no amateur camera. In fact, it's the same price as the C200 with RAW, a profesional workhorse. So it's attacking that same market? I'm confused.
  7. I agree that Sony is strangling its own APS-C with this new model. There are also older FF models by Sony that have come down in price and are still abundant. So yeah, if I were a Sony APS-C user I'd be worried (I was about ten years ago, so I sold my Sony gear, actually). Sony is clearly dividing their market: smaller and cheaper cameras like the recent ZV-1 and the bigger and more expensive FF models. The trend is V-loging, but the same gear can be used for a lot more. It's a marketing thing. Seems very clear cut.
  8. Not "necessary", but certainly unique while shooting. Same goes for Medium Format. There's always that "look" defined by shooting perspective, lens, distance to subject, sensor size, etc. For shooting photos I much rather prefer a FF DSLR than a APS-C model. Video is debatable, though, since most of the time I'm looking at an LCD.
  9. As someone said in another thread, as of this moment the 1DXM3 is the company's flaghship photo camera for video, not some MILC feature-happy product. That's logical: 1DXM3 is worth $6,500!
  10. After all the drama about the R5 I've surmised some things: The "R" line is more of a toy for video than anything else. Time and time again we've seen the company push users to dedicated (and expensive) video solutions. Beggining with Canon's 5DM2 we lived through different models with some kind of video crippling: lower resolution, noisy mic inputs, and a hard recording limit. Despite all this, people bought a Canon DSLR for reliabilty and lens selection. Lens selection was adressed quickly for RF users with good and expensive glass. However, they are losing their "trustwo
  11. I'm afraid Canon also addresed the "fix" for virtually unlimited recording time you guys found by removing the battery and placing the little screw on the card door. Or was it by removing the little clock battery in the R5? I get confused. The new firmware states: The phenomenon in which the movie recording time available is not correctly displayed when the Date/Time/Zone is not set has been corrected. An invisible crackdown on moders? Note this is the last weasel-bulletpoint in the firmware description.
  12. As ludicrous as it sound to the West, that's the way things are run in Japan since the XIX century, at least. The collective beats the individual. Not so in the West, where it's exactly the opposite.
  13. This is true. Not only cameras. The thought extends to automobiles or department stores, for example. Even sumo wrestling, according to the author of "Freakonomics". Remember that one? There's a "gentlemens pact" that dominates huge companies established centuries ago. These huge interlocking companies have everthing from steel to shipyards to camera groups under one massive umbrella. They call it "keiretsu". That's one of the reasons Nikon will never "fail". Their parent comnpany is Mitsubishi. It's a national pride thing, as you mentioned.
  14. So this is a classic case of newer is not always better. It's incredible how reviewers keep spinning the idea that the R5 is not for professionals. Of course it is! The price and specs define that by itself. Also the high price of Canon RF lenses. Professionals bought Canon because they were dependable cameras, even if they were underspec'd. To this very day you will find thousands of payed professionals using the venerable 7DM2, 5DM3/M4, and obviously the 1D in its various incarnations. They are workhorses that will ever rarely fail, unless you seriously deface them like some j
  15. It has some sort of "gradation filter" or electronic ND filter. There was a big discussion about this almost 10 years ago. Kicks in at F4.
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