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  1. Superbly informative posting. If Canon or Nikon have any sort of market research, this is the kind of input that should catch their attention. Obviously, the old saying applies, that pioneers are the guys who have arrows in their back. So perhaps EOSHD is just too much on the cutting edge, focused on the unprofitable new developments while Canikon rakes in the chips from the mainstream gear. Even then, they should worry about missing the boat technically. Industry leaders are supposed to lead, not scavenge from other innovators.
  2. Iirc, various computer graphics cards operate at well over 65 degrees C, with peak temperatures over 80 degrees C not unheard of. So Canon is at least being very conservative in their 'safeguards'. as well as really sloppy in their management of the recovery times, because those seem entirely disconnected from the actual temperatures. Imho, this festering uncertainly does maximal harm to Canon. They would have been better off to say up front that the R5 was not a tool for professionals, people who should be using a C300, but just a stopgap for use in a pinch. Now there is the im
  3. Fortunately, there is no way for Canon to do a Tesla style OTA 'upgrade' of the firmware, else I'd expect this hack to get disabled immediately. Still, we may be coming to a point where Canon's most dedicated users need to wait for real world feedback before installing Canon's latest updates, or simply decline to install them, for fear that some other features get crippled. Is this in Canon's best interest?
  4. Canon may well neutralize this fix in their next firmware update. There is a big loss of face when the official corporate statements are shown to be obviously false. Ideally, this story would be picked up by some enterprising Japanese financial reporter. That is the only way to bring any real pressure to make this right.
  5. This is an excellent interview, the man clearly is on top of the issues and is dealing with both the technology as well as the business environment. I thought his answer to the Olympus question was masterful, he ruled out nothing but highlighted his priority is his people. It would be difficult to find a comparable performance by anyone from Nikon, Sony or Canon, they all all indians, not chiefs.
  6. The discovery be Andrew and the Chinese heat sensor team that the CPU is not gagging on the processing heat, despite minimal heat sinking, surely suggests policy constraints rather than technical limitations determine this camera's performance.. Ianal, so I have no idea to what extent such market segmentation is legal in the US, even less about other jurisdictions. It does highlight that the customers are ciphers, rather than people, at least to the marketing algorithm. However, those algorithms may be badly wrong. Iirc, the Chief Counsel of Bayer estimated that the liability from Roundup
  7. Just for the record, the Curevac 80% owner is a guy called Dietmar Hopp. His (former) chairman is a US citizen and did attend a White House briefing along with about 20 other Pharma CEOs in early March. So it is eminently possible there was a Trump input. The idea that it would be available preferentially for Americans sounds Trumpish, plus it has precedent in the early days of penicillin. The trouble of course is that Trump is poorly educated and probably does not appreciate that the problem with vaccines is not finding one, it is making sure that it does not do more harm than good.
  8. Don't think so. Apple is hugely bigger than RED, if they lose, it is only bit of money. RED however is fighting for its life, a loss would almost certainly decimate the enterprise value and make an outside takeover vastly more likely.
  9. Think that is not the likely outcome for Japan, which still has a strong social fabric. In the US, the destruction of much of the black middle class thanks to the mass foreclosures during the 2008 banking crisis has shredded that fabric. Conditions in Baltimore etc reflect that.
  10. Samsung is looking prescient, they recognized that the camera sector was facing massive change, making it a bad place to launch a 'me too' product. Canon lags in the sensor space and in the software arena., which are the technologies driving the changes in the relatively stagnant imaging market. Canon is pursuing a rational corporate strategy in response, to maximize the returns from this fading sector to invest in more promising industrial markets. So it is unreasonable to expect massive new product investments here, rather a continuation of the existing policy of low cost, cautious and
  11. Sony sells more lenses at Nikon's expense. Why is this a lawsuit worthy issue for Sony?
  12. etudiant

    Nikon 8K?

    Would not an Apple/Nikon partnership in imaging make sense? Nikon is a great name in optics, but has no real partner in digital or electronics, while Apple has those, but is not a player in optics. A hookup would avoid the humiliation of Nikon going to Samsung or Sony for their electronics and systems integration, plus Apple could fund Nikon from their petty change account.
  13. Perhaps it is a straw in the wind, firms recognizing that there are too many systems to support in an at best flat market, especially when one player has half the market.
  14. This is a Foxconn initiative. It has a Canon sized $30B company behind it. Apparently Foxconn is trying to step out of its roots as a contract manufacturer and to achieve end product producer status. High definition video offers them an unusual opportunity to do just that. They are familiar with the technologies involved, but have no existing franchise to nurture. Hence they have the opportunity to disrupt a complacent sector and to develop a new line of business independent of their existing base. Canon's frantic '8K is in our road map' comment suggests they recognize the
  15. The old rule is 'Follow the money'. The various members of the European Parliament all have side jobs, sinecures but often very lucrative ones, sponsored by special interest entities. Vote correctly and keep the job, vote wrong and probably lose it. Human frailty does the rest. The 'public interest' is easily suborned.
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