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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    I'd be more optimistic about this, Nikon is sort of the technology leader for the Mitsubishi group, they will not lightly give that up for a trifling billion dollars or so. That said, there needs to be a Plan B for Nikon, because cameras and semiconductor lithography were their mainstays afaik...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    Yikes is the right word! Profit is evaporating even faster than the sales, off 84.7% for imaging products.
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    Agree entirely, Nikon has limited resources and really should not throw existing assets such as their Nikon 1 lenses away. Of course, the 1 series body does need modernization, but that should not cost the earth. Only issue imho is where does Nikon get an affordable but first class sensor for...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    Excellent info. I'm happy to stand corrected and hope that Nikon produces a worthy new successor design.
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    The idea is spot on. Convenience really matters. However, no one makes a sharp, compact and light zoom lens with even a 10x range, at least afaik. So 16-200 mm is asking a lot.
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    Sadly they are not, even Panasonic (Matsushita) is dependent on Tower Semiconductor, a scrappy small ($5B revenue) foundry. There is no Japanese semiconductor firm on par with Samsung or TSMC, even Sony is a niche player in that space. As optical imaging and computation are clearly becoming very...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    It would be helpful to have a map of the corporate relationships in Japan, probably built around the banking networks involved. Unfortunately, business in Japan is still very determined by these relationships, even though logic would suggest that Nikon should cozy up to TSMC or Samsung to fill...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    Seems the key to leadership in future photography will be computation and sensor integration, rather than optics know how. That implies radical restructuring of the sector. Only Sony has the sensor know how in house, but no one, not even Sony, has all the pieces together as yet. Imho, the...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    I'd not underestimate Canon. When the boss says that business will drop 50%, it surely sends a message of change to the entire organization.
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    I believe you will find very strong agreement with this conclusion among the photography pros. Their thought is why bother if the result is not, but only just as good?
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    Does a larger sensor mandate correspondingly more heroic lenses or can adapters such as Metabones allow wider options?
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    The new design appears to have enough leeway to accommodate larger than full frame sensors. While that is surely helpful for low light optical performance, is bigger really still better for most camera buyers?
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    Think these are all true, but not enough to be sufficiently compelling to justify a complete product line replacement. The more plausible approach imho is to do image reconstruction, somewhat along the Light Camera concept, shifting the innovation burden away from the lenses to the digital...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    Why would any of the current camera leaders obsolete themselves by launching a curved sensor? Afaik, it does not solve any real problems, the chromatic aberration is still there, the only benefit is to reduce the demands on the lens designer somewhat. Should Canon and Nikon spend heavily to...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    I agree, the track record suggests patience is warranted. Perhaps the Nikon promise to differentiate with superior technology is also a factor. In a declining market, they might prefer to delay rather than to come out with a 'meh' product.
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    Guess we will see what Nikon comes up with. The appeal of mirrorless is that it will allow smaller camera bodies and lenses, plus perhaps greater reliability as the mirror assembly disappears. The challenge is that Nikon is behind in this space, at a time when they are financially strapped...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    From a bird photography perspective, does FF mirrorless really matter? The size of the sensor pretty much determines the size of the lens, all other things being equal. Even if the camera body shrinks due to the removal of the mirror box, the overall setup will still be big and bulky from all...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    Nobody wants to carry big glass, but it is currently essential to feed the big sensors. I don't know where the smaller 1" sensors lag the big FF options. Is it diffraction limitations, sensor dynamic range, sensor noise or what? Perhaps they need to use a different material than silicon or new...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    The missing ingredients in this industry are a standards body and a decent academic research base. The Internet had Carnegie Mellon and the IETF, today even the lowly USB has standards and engineering groups that hammer out the specifications for each generation. But in cameras, there is little...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    Absolutely spot on. It takes a hard copy to really appreciate the full value of a FF image. That said, do that many users print photos? My impression is that most images never leave the electronic format. So there is an open door for all manner of optimization, enough to permit even the...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    The industry sells several million ILCs annually and afaik, that number has been essentially flat for several years. Mirrorless has been gaining ground, especially in Asia, perhaps because they are inherently lighter, perhaps also because the mirror mechanism may suffer in a warm humid climate...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    Don't see how Nikon can beat anyone other than Ricoh/Pentax to the punch at this point. That makes it even more important that they get it right. Seen that they have the higher end covered with the 850 and the 500, would it not make more sense to have a solid entry level offering as their...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    Flashing a huge stockpile seems to be part of the Olympic ritual for Canon and Nikon, as reported here: https://petapixel.com/2018/02/12/canons-nikons-crazy-dslr-stockpiles-2018-olympics/ As there are a lot of photographers, (I saw a mention of at least 60 national representatives ) there is...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    I don't understand the emphasis on FF cameras for bird photography. It is brute force at the expense of usability in the field. Obviously there are advantages in terms of diffraction limits to resolution, but the offset is the huge lenses required. Making a long lens light and compact implies a...
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