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John Merlin Williams
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Nikon Corp needs to send this message, troubling as it may be to consumers, to retain stockholder investment (recently, the Nikon Imaging division - cameras - has contributed something less than half of Nikon Corp revenue). Investors are keeping Nikon Corp viable for now, since Imaging's customers aren't/won't/can't. I suspect that Mitsubishi is still a major investor and I also suspect their interests are in Nikon Corp's other divisions: industrial laser metrology and chip fabs. It must be especially galling (i.e., insult to injury) for investors to see that the Sendai plant doesn't appear to have capacity even to keep up with what demand there is for its high-end, highest profit-margin cameras. The sad writing may be on the wall, but at least Imaging is trying to convince investors to hang in there, as they figure out a way to make customers enthused once again. Desperate times, etc. Imaging needs to answer the call for "sensible" measures (e.g., easily-achieved cost cutting combined with increased higher-margin capacity), before the desperate call gets made for them.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2021 on Big, Bold Bad News at The Online Photographer
Hi Mike, First off, I’m happy for you that the shed project is going so well. An especially good project to pursue in these times. I don’t lack for space for my hobbies, but there is great appeal in a dedicated personal-size space (sanctuary?). Must be why kids find it so satisfying to build forts and playhouses. Our three pre-school grandchildren got a year’s use out of the cardboard box our water heater came in, and save for the door I cut in it for them, it was totally their domain. On to monochrome cameras. I totally get the idea of a dedicated tool tailored to be exceptional at producing a specific result. Maybe that’s all I need say; that I agree with you that an affordable (to be defined?), dedicated, monochrome camera would promote a simplified and satisfying photographic experience. Like an OCOLOY project. For me anyway, options breed choices, and the choice-making too often foils, or at least complicates, the development of what I think of as the “spiritual” side of the image-making craft: being mindful of the moment, the subject, the light, framing and timing. That might be the end of this as a rhetorical discussion. But practically speaking, as a photographer, is there something you are missing from the B&W shooting experience that you can’t get from your Fuji setup and its B&W film simulations? Like you, I spent many years shooting both B&W and color film (I’d be in the middle of your “Film Years/Digital Years” Sarge graphed; 40yrs/15yrs for me), under the dark cloth of a 4x5, as well as medium format and 35mm. Until I bought my first Fujifilm camera in 2014, I had never seen a B&W preview in a viewfinder or on the ground glass. With the Fuji cameras I’ve tried previewing in B&W film simulations (even using the filters I preferred for B&W film) and found it quite distracting. My “craft” photography project has been in B&W for several years, but I still am most comfortable previewing the image the way it has always been - in color. Go figure. Thanks for all the thought-provoking discussions, Mike. Wishing you as much enjoyment from using your shed as from building it. -- john merlin ...
Has everyone missed the most significant element of the X-S10 ??!! If we can believe Fuji's claims (I find their product claims to be generally trustworthy) a traditional camera company has developed the closest thing to the level of phone camera computational photography yet. Watch the Fuji Summit video from 19:05 to 20:10 at https://youtu.be/tIhdK2W0dtw Fuji's AUTO mode is a pretty impressive advance toward the level of computational photography we see in today's phone cameras. I have several Fuji X-series bodies and half-a-dozen Fuji lenses, but I also bought an iPhone 11 Pro because of the sophisticated image processing and its combination of 13, 26, and 52mm equivalent optical lenses for everyday photos (because three grandkids). The thought of having a true-system camera with the same, or near-enough, image processing software as an advanced phone camera is pretty exciting stuff. Hats off to Fuji. Pay attention to what matters folks - and it isn't whether it's smaller than the X-T line, for crying out loud!
What Martin said! Please don't go there : -)
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2020 on Blog Note at The Online Photographer
Mike, Thanks for introducing the concept of “hunting.” It helps me understand an approach to picture making I’ve come around to, and relieved me from a lot of frustration when I clarified my expectations for a camera outing. To use the analogy of hunting, whether for food, treasure, life lists (e.g., birds), personal recognition, etc. it helped me to break down the the act of hunting (over simplified) into: bagging a trophy, practice, and getting lucky. Bagging a trophy. It may be hard to focus on a subject for the hunt (you give up some too) but that’s what a lot of serious hunters do. There are seasons, locations, events, investments to be made to come home with something valuable. I picked a trophy type (well, more than one, over time) and realized I would only get what I wanted when I planned the trips (and expenses), invested in the particular equipment, and practiced what was needed to increase the chances of success. For me, it's been a welcome and happy improvement. Practice. Maybe the biggest, unintended benefit of defining the trophy hunt was understanding the role of repetitive, boring, and largely unrewarding practice. These aren't mistakes, misses, or chaff. The role of shooting the equivalent of paper targets, practicing fly-casting in the backyard, or long walks without seeing a bird (let alone a Cooper’s Hawk) was clearly not to come home with the trophy but to make the needed skills for success more or less automatic. What a relief to have a healthy perspective to replace the frustration! Kirk Tuck, bless his heart, practices a LOT. Getting lucky. The more we practice, the better our chances of getting lucky. How rewarding when it happens! The error I have made in the past was getting lucky and judging all the practice that led to it as wasted effort (again as misses, mistakes or chaff). And sometimes, getting lucky also leads to a whole new category of trophies to hunt. John Merlin Williams MotoSpecta.com
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2020 on Picturehunting at The Online Photographer
Mike, Best wishes for an even better than expected outcome and a speedy recovery. Links to some of your favorite posts, posts that have received the most comments, and guest posts are always appreciated. Maybe one of your many good friends could curate and upload the contents so you aren't tempted to short-cut your visual convalescence. Dedicate yourself to pleasant daydreams of future successes.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2019 on Bad PR at The Online Photographer
You know Mike, B&H would have no problems with you returning that G-9 for an X-H1 (if it's still under 30 days). There's even a option in the "Reason Why" section of the returns page for "Changed My Mind" Seriously - and don't feel guilty about it!
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2019 on Upshot at The Online Photographer
That's great insight Mike. My weakness/addiction is RAP (Reading About Photography) - you and Kirk Tuck being frequent drugs of choice.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2015 on Diversions at The Online Photographer
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