A problem for Nikon. Part 3.

In my opinion I think Nikon will have a problem in the near future, as I can’t see how they can continue with 4 systems! (Coolpix, CX, DX ad FX).
The Coolpix market – ie the small entry level compacts – is getting squeezed by the smartphone industry. But it is an important entry point into the Nikon stable!
The CX system is well established now with a number of cameras and quality lenses, plus a lot of developments of Nikon seem to be emanating from this group.
The FX system is set to stay for the sport/studio professionals and the ambitious amateur.
So, for me it’s the DX system which is set to be the odd one out. More FX models are being made available that are smaller and at suitable prices, which impinges on the DX range. I can see this DX range being slowly discontinued.
Further more to add to a Nikon DX demise there are a number of manufacturers creating cameras that are superbly designed that offer the consumer the product they need for their photographic aspirations. Small, light, easy to handle and added to this 3rd party lenses are now available with the use of adapters for these cameras, to enlarge an already extensive lens range. Whilst Nikon have failed to recognise to date, the potential of 3rd party lens compatibility, for their new Nikon1 system, they instead tried to encourage their users to extend their lens range into the Dx and Fx Nikkor range.
Whilst the image quality is superb using the Ftn adapter for these lenses hardly makes the Nikon 1 a compact camera! But third party manufacturers will develop adapters for the Nikon 1.
Nikon will have to sort this conundrum out soon. Can it be possible to continue with 4 systems available to the market? I think not and one will have to go, it could be the DX range…

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Why I sold my Nikon Kit. Part 2.

I’ve been a Nikon owner since 1979 when I bought the Nikon EM. Nikon make good cameras and have an extensive quality range of lenses, so why did I sell all my Nikon gear? If you had asked me two months ago , what is your “go to” camera? I would of said the Nikon 1 V1 with the 10-30 mm lens. So what happened?

I really enjoyed using the V1, but a few things started to bug me. It was not the sensor size, no this camera can produce stunning A3 prints! It was what the menu offered me. No auto bracketing, I found it was a pain to manual focus, no aperture ring on the lenses and start up times after the Nikon 1 went to standby was slow and annoying and the overriding factor was the camera was just too small in my hands. I had bought the 30-110mm lens because I thought that I might need it for sports photography… I didn’t, because well I don’t do sports photography now! I liked the 18.5/1.8mm lens.. now this is a classic lens, absolutely brilliant, superb bokeh images that I saw from fellow Nikon 1 users, I bought it, but something wasn’t right with my photography. My equipment was getting in the way of my image making – I had too much!

So, why didn’t I just choose one of the cameras from my kit with the one lens (18-55mm – probably) and sell all the rest?

Well, firstly the majority of my kit was old. My D50 although a great camera with a good 18-55mm lens, produced some really decent images, but it was only a 6mp camera. My D200 (10mp) also produced some fantastic images with my 16-85mm and 50mm lens, but it was hardly a street photographers tool, because, frankly it was too heavy! The V1, again produced some cracking images using the 10-30, 18.5 and 30-110mm lenses. Light and easy to handle (to a degree) not that it was heavy but, as I said in my previous blog the camera and equipment were starting to get in the way! I was somehow unsure of what I was taking and using!

Photography has come back to me, using the Fuji X-E1 and the kit lens. I’m not thinking, “am I using the best/right lens for what I want to take?”, and amazingly what I have found after my recent cruise to the Norwegian Fjords I have slowed down in the number of images I’m taking. Strange that… Could it be that I feel like I’m using a 35mm camera with film in!

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My photography confusion. Part 1.

Well I’ve been considering this for some time. When why and how have I become confused with my photography?
It’s taken some time to realise this but for me the simple answer is, it is the equipment. We are bombarded nearly every day of the value of this new camera and this new lens. How many times do we all go out and buy a new cameras with a lens only to think in a short time after that to start thinking of getting another lens, which usually is a telephoto lens because we can’t get close enough? And this is where I think the problems start.
The bag starts to get heavier we can’t make our minds up what to take out so we take it all! – and when we are shooting we can’t make our minds up what to use, the kit lens, the 28mm prime or the telephoto lens. It all starts to get very confusing.
Take yourself back to when you first got your camera and lens. Look at the images that you took. What do you think, are your images better then, than now with more kit?
Now to my way of thinking, and my experience I can only say that with the one camera and one lens that I initially bought, I think my photography is better than when I added more lenses. I’m sure this is linked to making yourself to be more selective of image making and not thinking what would this image look like if I changed lenses. In the end the camera and equipment start to get in the way of your image making.
Choosing the right lens for you, is obviously dependent on the style of your photography. For sports action you need a telephoto lens with a top end focal length of 300mm. For landscape the majority of the time you will need a lens with a range from 10-55mm and for street photography the ideal focal length is 28/35mm.
My style of photography tends to lean toward abstracts street and creating manipulated images, so taking the suggestions in to consideration and an ideal focal range for me would be either 16-50 or 18-55mm.
So my decision has been made, I’ve sold all of my Nikon kit – I won’t detail it here it was a lot, and I have replaced it all with just one camera and one lens. I’ve chosen the Fuji X-E1 with the kit lens 18-55mm.. Back to one camera and one lens – its going to be so refreshing…
I’ll keep you posted…

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Why Nikon?

Why Nikon? 

Now why would Nikon do this and not couple with Google+ the ‘home’ of photography? Are they trying to accommodate with the Compact camera market… This to me does not make sense. Unless the mighty Google+ didn’t want this association, which I would find very hard to believe…

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Good Bye Nikon?

So the review is out – the best kept secret has been revealed. +Trey Ratcliff  is switching to Sony, ‘Good Bye Nikon’ he says – for now! Here’s the link to his review… http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2013/07/04/sony-nex-review-nikon-vs/

Having over 11million followers on the social network this could be quite a significant statement that I think goes to show that the two dinosaurs of the camera market (NIKON and CANON) had better liven up to the fact that there are a number of companies in the market producing quality cameras that will slowly chip away at their share. Small and light is what photographers are looking for.

The options that are available now are amazing! The Nikon 1 (a great system – but I don’t think it will be the company’s saviour) and SONY RX100 which both share the 1 inch sensor, Fuji with there superb X series, Samsung, Hasselblad, Micro 4/3 Olympus (OMD), Lumix et al. The list is endless and they are all queueing up to take the big two on. Smaller and lighter is the way!

Nothing annoys me more than when a company decides ‘No we are the way come with us’ without considering the consumer. Some can get away with it Apple for instance. But when there are so many companies in the market place sometimes, just sometimes you have to accept what the consumer wants!

Now, I’ve been a Nikon user for sometime now. Yes I’ve dabbled with other cameras and systems Sony Nex3 for instance, other film cameras like Voigtlander and Olympus Trip, but I’ve always come back to my Nikon. Just because it just feels right in my hand, familiarity, I suppose would be a better word for it.

But here’s the “rub” – where in my opinion Nikon are missing the consumers needs… Nikon have in their stable of old camera bodies the Nikon EM ( it was the first Nikon that I ever bought)… I’ve blogged about this before but here is a camera body that could easily be adapted to be a small FULL FRAME camera. Look at the sizes compared to the Nikon1, Sony RX1 (full frame) and the NIKON EM theres not much difference in the dimensions. So don’t try and tell me this can’t be done… Look what Olympus did with the OMD they only kept the size of sensor to 4/3 because of cost and their market direction! The EM is retro in its way – which I think the consumer wants, ‘its small and light’, it has the F mount for all those fantastic Nikkor lenses. Just imagine if this type of camera was to come to the market. It would blow all others out of the water…

#Nikon forget about trying to protect your Cx, Dx and Fx markets go for it! Consumers will still buy into these systems.

Otherwise, well you could become a fossil and a long distant past ‘good memory’! And that would be very sad.


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