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On 8/6/2016 at 4:58 PM, DBounce said:

I paid $2200, new... for this same package... before it was discontinued. I believe they will be sitting on these for some time.

I've seen discontinued cameras go back to a premium price once the camera is discontinued. So maybe this is a sign Samsung US inventories are low?

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10 hours ago, neosushi said:

Just read an article : samsung engineers working on NX line up have been hired by Samyang... Which would also explain how they have been getting so many new products out there !

Which, if true, coincides with Samyang starting to come out with autofocus lenses.

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1 hour ago, teddoman said:

Which, if true, coincides with Samyang starting to come out with autofocus lenses.

Thats the article : http://www.lesnumeriques.com/photo/photokina-2016-que-deviennent-ingenieurs-opticiens-samsung-n56107.html

 - Its in french - 

"Cette désertion ne fait pas que des malheureux. Chez Samsung même, l'expérience acquise est bénéfique à la division mobile. En dehors de Samsung, les ingénieurs au chômage technique ont trouvé refuge dans la nouvelle usine de Samyang inaugurée l'année dernière. Ces deux facteurs expliquent mieux l'impressionnante cadence de sorties de nouveautés du coréen ces derniers mois. "Samsung a arrêté ses appareils photographiques et ses objectifs" nous explique monsieur Jeong Min, "nous travaillons à recruter leurs anciens ingénieurs, certains d'entre eux sont déjà avec nous, d'autres sont restés chez Samsung parce qu'ils ont besoin d'eux pour, notamment, le design optique des smartphones. Samsung et Samyang entretiennent de bonnes relations. Jusqu'à présent, nous nous sommes échangés des pièces et des procédés. C'est une bonne collaboration." Du coup, la question de la présence de Samyang dans des optiques de smartphone se pose. Suggestion déclinée par monsieur Jeong Min : "pour le moment Samyang ne pense pas travailler sur des smartphones. Les procédés sont très différents entre nos gros objectifs et ceux beaucoup plus petits des smartphones. Il existe de toute manière déjà trois à quatre gros sous-traitants pour les modules photographiques des smartphones, nous ne pouvons pas entrer en compétition avec eux à cause des gros volumes en jeu, soit près de 100 millions d'unités par an. Nous ne sommes pas capables de suivre cette cadence."

(I'll try a very quick translation sorry for the approximation)

- Samsung quitting the market didn't have only bad consequences. At Samsung itself, the experience acquired with the cameras will be transfered to the mobile/cell phone division. Aside from Samsung, the engineers who were unemployed found refuge at the new factory of Samyang. The two factors explain the impressive rythm of  new products coming out of the korean manufacturer. "Samsung stopped its cameras and lenses" explains Jeong Min, "we work to recruit the former engineers, some are already working with us, others stayed at Samsung because they need them for the optical design for their smartphones. Samsung and Samyang have a good relationship. Until now, we have exchanged pieces and procedes/workflows. Its a good collaboration". Now the question of the presence of Samyang in Samsung's optics and smartphones is legitimate. Suggestion declined by Mr. Jeong Min : "for now Samyang doesn't think about working on smartphones. Procedes are too different between our big lenses and those much smaller on smartphones. There are already 3 to 4 subcontractors working on photographic modules for smartphones, we cannot get into competition with them, because of how big the volumes are, around 100 millions unit a year. We cannot follow this rythm."

 

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1 hour ago, teddoman said:

Which, if true, coincides with Samyang starting to come out with autofocus lenses.

opening an assembly plant in the Kaesong Industrial Region of North Korea - NX2 Made in DPRK? 4K60fps RAW

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On 9/27/2016 at 10:43 AM, Sten said:

opening an assembly plant in the Kaesong Industrial Region of North Korea - NX2 Made in DPRK? 4K60fps RAW

 

20 hours ago, tugela said:

It will be renamed as the GL1, or "Great Leader 1" :)

 

20 hours ago, Sten said:

Li'l Kim - Only Hope

I'd settle for an EF mount smart adapter that allows manual focus-by-wire and aperture-by-wire on NX lenses, giving them life after NX. E mount users could double up with an EF to E mount adapter.

Call it the KJ-i666, named after Kim Jong-il

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