Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canon andNikon APS cameras

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    RichA, Apr 15, 2010
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    Bruce Guest

    Re: Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canon and Nikon APS cameras

    On Thu, 15 Apr 2010 15:34:35 -0700 (PDT), RichA <>
    wrote:
    >
    >Get to the back of the camera bus, Sony. (Dpreview).
    >
    >http://www.dpreview.com/news/1004/10041504sonydslr850review.asp



    There is no need for a full review, as it's just a dumbed-down and
    cheapened Sony A900.

    It has inherited the many weaknesses of the A900 and added a few more
    for cheapness. No need to say any more than that. Also, their
    combined sales are so low that they aren't worth wasting time on.

    About two years ago, my nearest independent camera store decided Sony
    Alpha would be its major DSLR brand, replacing Nikon. The owner
    decided that the A900 would give Sony's Alpha range the credibility it
    desperately needed, and that a brand-topping full frame DSLR would
    make people look again at the cheaper Alpha DSLRs.

    Unfortunately, he was wrong, and the store went into liquidation last
    month. He still offers some services working from home, and I am
    still a customer of his. When I asked him about the reasons for the
    closure of his business, he said "I wish I had stayed with Nikon".

    Nikon or Canon, it would have been a better decision than to back
    Sony. Stores who backed Pentax and Olympus DSLRs have also seen a
    decline in sales, although Micro Four Thirds is selling very well.

    The store I use most deals with all DSLR brands except Pentax, and the
    owner tells me that Sony sales have dropped off a cliff in the
    recession. His Nikon and Micro Four Thirds sales are strongly up,
    Canon sales are steady and he has dropped Pentax completely.

    He despairs of Sony. The company introduced the A900 with a fanfare
    but curtailed its investment in new entry-level and mid-range models
    and does very little to support the Alpha range through advertising.
    His Sony sales are now at their lowest since the takeover of Konica
    Minolta. He's given Sony twelve months to come up with a range that
    will sell, or he will cease offering the brand.

    He has been a Minolta enthusiast since the 1960s and a dealer since
    1985. He had a superb Minolta outfit. But he has sold it all and
    changed to Nikon; he now uses a D700 and finds the results are
    outstanding.
    Bruce, Apr 16, 2010
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    RichA Guest

    Re: Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canonand Nikon APS cameras

    On Apr 15, 7:16 pm, Bruce <> wrote:
    > On Thu, 15 Apr 2010 15:34:35 -0700 (PDT), RichA <>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > >Get to the back of the camera bus, Sony.  (Dpreview).

    >
    > >http://www.dpreview.com/news/1004/10041504sonydslr850review.asp

    >
    > There is no need for a full review, as it's just a dumbed-down and
    > cheapened Sony A900.


    It is by far the least expensive high resolution FF DSLR, it deserved
    its own review, especially if they feel they have to review every
    cookie-cutter entry-level camera that comes along.
    RichA, Apr 16, 2010
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    Bruce Guest

    Re: Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canon and Nikon APS cameras

    On Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:20:25 -0700 (PDT), RichA <>
    wrote:

    >On Apr 15, 7:16 pm, Bruce <> wrote:
    >> On Thu, 15 Apr 2010 15:34:35 -0700 (PDT), RichA <>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> >Get to the back of the camera bus, Sony.  (Dpreview).

    >>
    >> >http://www.dpreview.com/news/1004/10041504sonydslr850review.asp

    >>
    >> There is no need for a full review, as it's just a dumbed-down and
    >> cheapened Sony A900.

    >
    >It is by far the least expensive high resolution FF DSLR, it deserved
    >its own review, especially if they feel they have to review every
    >cookie-cutter entry-level camera that comes along.



    Nonsense.

    Its sensor performance is almost identical to that of the A900,
    because it has the same sensor. No need to test that all over again.
    Bruce, Apr 16, 2010
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  5. RichA

    Rich Guest

    Re: Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canonand Nikon APS cameras

    On Apr 15, 7:58 pm, Bruce <> wrote:
    > On Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:20:25 -0700 (PDT), RichA <>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > >On Apr 15, 7:16 pm, Bruce <> wrote:
    > >> On Thu, 15 Apr 2010 15:34:35 -0700 (PDT), RichA <>
    > >> wrote:

    >
    > >> >Get to the back of the camera bus, Sony. (Dpreview).

    >
    > >> >http://www.dpreview.com/news/1004/10041504sonydslr850review.asp

    >
    > >> There is no need for a full review, as it's just a dumbed-down and
    > >> cheapened Sony A900.

    >
    > >It is by far the least expensive high resolution FF DSLR, it deserved
    > >its own review, especially if they feel they have to review every
    > >cookie-cutter entry-level camera that comes along.

    >
    > Nonsense.  
    >
    > Its sensor performance is almost identical to that of the A900,
    > because it has the same sensor.  No need to test that all over again.


    Unlike this one:

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond300s/
    Rich, Apr 16, 2010
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  6. Re: Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canon and Nikon APS cameras

    In rec.photo.digital R. Mark Clayton <> wrote:
    > "Bruce" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> On Thu, 15 Apr 2010 15:34:35 -0700 (PDT), RichA <>
    >> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>Get to the back of the camera bus, Sony. (Dpreview).
    >>>
    >>>http://www.dpreview.com/news/1004/10041504sonydslr850review.asp

    >>
    >>
    >> There is no need for a full review, as it's just a dumbed-down and
    >> cheapened Sony A900.
    >>
    >> It has inherited the many weaknesses of the A900 and added a few more
    >> for cheapness. No need to say any more than that. Also, their
    >> combined sales are so low that they aren't worth wasting time on.
    >>
    >> About two years ago, my nearest independent camera store decided Sony
    >> Alpha would be its major DSLR brand, replacing Nikon. The owner
    >> decided that the A900 would give Sony's Alpha range the credibility it
    >> desperately needed, and that a brand-topping full frame DSLR would
    >> make people look again at the cheaper Alpha DSLRs.
    >>
    >> Unfortunately, he was wrong, and the store went into liquidation last
    >> month. He still offers some services working from home, and I am
    >> still a customer of his. When I asked him about the reasons for the
    >> closure of his business, he said "I wish I had stayed with Nikon".
    >>
    >> Nikon or Canon, it would have been a better decision than to back
    >> Sony. Stores who backed Pentax and Olympus DSLRs have also seen a
    >> decline in sales, although Micro Four Thirds is selling very well.
    >>
    >> The store I use most deals with all DSLR brands except Pentax, and the
    >> owner tells me that Sony sales have dropped off a cliff in the
    >> recession. His Nikon and Micro Four Thirds sales are strongly up,
    >> Canon sales are steady and he has dropped Pentax completely.
    >>
    >> He despairs of Sony. The company introduced the A900 with a fanfare
    >> but curtailed its investment in new entry-level and mid-range models
    >> and does very little to support the Alpha range through advertising.
    >> His Sony sales are now at their lowest since the takeover of Konica
    >> Minolta. He's given Sony twelve months to come up with a range that
    >> will sell, or he will cease offering the brand.
    >>
    >> He has been a Minolta enthusiast since the 1960s and a dealer since
    >> 1985. He had a superb Minolta outfit. But he has sold it all and
    >> changed to Nikon; he now uses a D700 and finds the results are
    >> outstanding.


    > Sad story, but the real reason is that point and shoot digital cameras now
    > offer quality acceptable to most consumers, leaving a much smaller prosumer
    > segment to buy full frame DSLR's.


    > Given that Minolta's A series film cameras were just a few hundred pounds,
    > Sony are still pricing themselves out of their own market with a DLSR
    > costing several times as much.


    This seems to be the case in the US. In many other countries Sony
    DSLRs are doing much better.

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    Chris Malcolm
    Chris Malcolm, Apr 16, 2010
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    Re: Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canon and Nikon APS cameras

    Bruce <> wrote:
    >About two years ago, my nearest independent camera store decided Sony
    >Alpha would be its major DSLR brand, replacing Nikon. The owner
    >decided that the A900 would give Sony's Alpha range the credibility it
    >desperately needed, and that a brand-topping full frame DSLR would
    >make people look again at the cheaper Alpha DSLRs.
    >
    >Unfortunately, he was wrong, and the store went into liquidation last
    >month. He still offers some services working from home, and I am
    >still a customer of his. When I asked him about the reasons for the
    >closure of his business, he said "I wish I had stayed with Nikon".


    Like it or not, the perception is that Sony is not a camera company
    (or not a serious camera company). It's an electronics (primarily
    audio & video) company. People's first thought when considering
    spending a $1000 on a camera is not going to be Sony.

    I suspect that for Sony to really do well in the camera business they
    would have to be twice as good as Canon or Nikon. They're not and
    never will be.

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    Ray Fischer
    Ray Fischer, Apr 16, 2010
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    whisky-dave Guest

    Re: Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canon and Nikon APS cameras

    "Bruce" <> wrote in message
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    > On Thu, 15 Apr 2010 15:34:35 -0700 (PDT), RichA <>


    >
    > He despairs of Sony.


    I think this has happened through out Sony rather than just the camera
    division.
    I have an old (5 years) DVD recorder of theirs and it still works,
    but a friend who tried to buy one recently went through 3 in as many weeks
    having to send them back because disc wouldn't play (commercially brought)
    they gave up on buying Sony and went with Panasonic.
    whisky-dave, Apr 16, 2010
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    whisky-dave Guest

    Re: Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canon and Nikon APS cameras

    "Ray Fischer" <> wrote in message
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    >
    > Like it or not, the perception is that Sony is not a camera company
    > (or not a serious camera company). It's an electronics (primarily
    > audio & video) company.


    That's true but Cameras are seen as electronic devices by most people.
    Even I've been inpressed with their Trinitron line of TVs and monitors.
    Even Apple used them for monitors at one point didn't they.

    > People's first thought when considering
    > spending a $1000 on a camera is not going to be Sony.


    True, but there's no reason why they can;t make a good camera,
    the optics is another matter, IU'm not sure if they sub-contract out or not
    or produce their own.

    >
    > I suspect that for Sony to really do well in the camera business they
    > would have to be twice as good as Canon or Nikon.


    Or be significantly cheaper and still make a profit.



    >They're not and
    > never will be.
    >
    > --
    > Ray Fischer
    >
    >
    whisky-dave, Apr 16, 2010
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  10. RichA

    Ray Fischer Guest

    Re: Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canon and Nikon APS cameras

    whisky-dave <> wrote:
    >"Ray Fischer" <> wrote in message
    >
    >> Like it or not, the perception is that Sony is not a camera company
    >> (or not a serious camera company). It's an electronics (primarily
    >> audio & video) company.

    >
    >That's true but Cameras are seen as electronic devices by most people.


    Not by people buying a $1000 SLR.

    >Even I've been inpressed with their Trinitron line of TVs and monitors.
    >Even Apple used them for monitors at one point didn't they.


    Apple may maked fine computers but that doesn't mean that they can
    make cameras. Ditto Sony.

    >> People's first thought when considering
    >> spending a $1000 on a camera is not going to be Sony.

    >
    >True, but there's no reason why they can;t make a good camera,


    Irrelevant. Market perception is what counts.

    >the optics is another matter, IU'm not sure if they sub-contract out or not
    >or produce their own.


    Suppose you're a professional photographer. You're looking at
    investing in a camera system to last many years which will consist of
    camera, several lenses, flashes, and other accessories. Are you going
    to take a chance that Sony will have all the needed gear, now and in
    the future, and isn't just playing in a possible new business, or are
    you going to go with a company that has been doing cameras for
    decades and already sells all the gear you might need?

    >> I suspect that for Sony to really do well in the camera business they
    >> would have to be twice as good as Canon or Nikon.

    >
    >Or be significantly cheaper and still make a profit.


    Cheaper isn't enough. If you've wasted $10,000 on equipment that is
    no longer supported then it's no consolation knowing that you "saved"
    $2,000.

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    Ray Fischer
    Ray Fischer, Apr 16, 2010
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    > "Ray Fischer" <> wrote in message
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    >
    >>
    >> Like it or not, the perception is that Sony is not a camera company
    >> (or not a serious camera company). It's an electronics (primarily
    >> audio & video) company.

    >
    > That's true but Cameras are seen as electronic devices by most people.
    > Even I've been inpressed with their Trinitron line of TVs and monitors.
    > Even Apple used them for monitors at one point didn't they.
    >

    The trinitron tvs were fine (mine bought in '95-a 20" one is still up and
    running). But the monitors sucked-a friend had one, and the two wires
    linking the mask were visible. I think that Sony is a good consumer
    electronic manufacturer-my 29" CRT, DVD player, boombox and camcorder are
    awesome. But , I have a Canon photo-printer, and a Samsung 20" LCD monitor.


    >> People's first thought when considering
    >> spending a $1000 on a camera is not going to be Sony.

    >
    > True, but there's no reason why they can;t make a good camera,
    > the optics is another matter, IU'm not sure if they sub-contract out or
    > not
    > or produce their own.
    >
    >>
    >> I suspect that for Sony to really do well in the camera business they
    >> would have to be twice as good as Canon or Nikon.

    >
    > Or be significantly cheaper and still make a profit.
    >
    >
    >
    >>They're not and
    >> never will be.



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    Tzortzakakis Dimitris, Apr 16, 2010
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    Bruce Guest

    Re: Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canon and Nikon APS cameras

    On Thu, 15 Apr 2010 17:23:13 -0700 (PDT), Rich <>
    wrote:

    >On Apr 15, 7:58 pm, Bruce <> wrote:
    >> On Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:20:25 -0700 (PDT), RichA <>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> >On Apr 15, 7:16 pm, Bruce <> wrote:
    >> >> On Thu, 15 Apr 2010 15:34:35 -0700 (PDT), RichA <>
    >> >> wrote:

    >>
    >> >> >Get to the back of the camera bus, Sony. (Dpreview).

    >>
    >> >> >http://www.dpreview.com/news/1004/10041504sonydslr850review.asp

    >>
    >> >> There is no need for a full review, as it's just a dumbed-down and
    >> >> cheapened Sony A900.

    >>
    >> >It is by far the least expensive high resolution FF DSLR, it deserved
    >> >its own review, especially if they feel they have to review every
    >> >cookie-cutter entry-level camera that comes along.

    >>
    >> Nonsense.  
    >>
    >> Its sensor performance is almost identical to that of the A900,
    >> because it has the same sensor.  No need to test that all over again.

    >
    >Unlike this one:
    >
    >http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond300s/



    You're right. Unlike that one, because there are very significant
    differences between the D300S and its D300 predecessor.

    In contrast, the differences between the A850 and A900 are relatively
    insignificant.

    It's good that you are beginning to understand these things.
    Bruce, Apr 16, 2010
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    Bruce Guest

    Re: Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canon and Nikon APS cameras

    On Fri, 16 Apr 2010 00:56:14 +0100, "R. Mark Clayton"
    <> wrote:

    >
    >"Bruce" <> wrote in message
    >news:...
    >> On Thu, 15 Apr 2010 15:34:35 -0700 (PDT), RichA <>
    >> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>Get to the back of the camera bus, Sony. (Dpreview).
    >>>
    >>>http://www.dpreview.com/news/1004/10041504sonydslr850review.asp

    >>
    >>
    >> There is no need for a full review, as it's just a dumbed-down and
    >> cheapened Sony A900.
    >>
    >> It has inherited the many weaknesses of the A900 and added a few more
    >> for cheapness. No need to say any more than that. Also, their
    >> combined sales are so low that they aren't worth wasting time on.
    >>
    >> About two years ago, my nearest independent camera store decided Sony
    >> Alpha would be its major DSLR brand, replacing Nikon. The owner
    >> decided that the A900 would give Sony's Alpha range the credibility it
    >> desperately needed, and that a brand-topping full frame DSLR would
    >> make people look again at the cheaper Alpha DSLRs.
    >>
    >> Unfortunately, he was wrong, and the store went into liquidation last
    >> month. He still offers some services working from home, and I am
    >> still a customer of his. When I asked him about the reasons for the
    >> closure of his business, he said "I wish I had stayed with Nikon".
    >>
    >> Nikon or Canon, it would have been a better decision than to back
    >> Sony. Stores who backed Pentax and Olympus DSLRs have also seen a
    >> decline in sales, although Micro Four Thirds is selling very well.
    >>
    >> The store I use most deals with all DSLR brands except Pentax, and the
    >> owner tells me that Sony sales have dropped off a cliff in the
    >> recession. His Nikon and Micro Four Thirds sales are strongly up,
    >> Canon sales are steady and he has dropped Pentax completely.
    >>
    >> He despairs of Sony. The company introduced the A900 with a fanfare
    >> but curtailed its investment in new entry-level and mid-range models
    >> and does very little to support the Alpha range through advertising.
    >> His Sony sales are now at their lowest since the takeover of Konica
    >> Minolta. He's given Sony twelve months to come up with a range that
    >> will sell, or he will cease offering the brand.
    >>
    >> He has been a Minolta enthusiast since the 1960s and a dealer since
    >> 1985. He had a superb Minolta outfit. But he has sold it all and
    >> changed to Nikon; he now uses a D700 and finds the results are
    >> outstanding.
    >>
    >>

    >
    >Sad story, but the real reason is that point and shoot digital cameras now
    >offer quality acceptable to most consumers, leaving a much smaller prosumer
    >segment to buy full frame DSLR's.



    How is it then, that sales figures for point and shoot digital cameras
    have gone down in the last year, while sales figures for DSLRs and
    Micro Four Thirds cameras have actually gone up?

    Unfortunately, Sony missed the boat.


    >Given that Minolta's A series film cameras were just a few hundred pounds,
    >Sony are still pricing themselves out of their own market with a DLSR
    >costing several times as much.



    I don't know about markets other than the UK, but here Sony has priced
    its entry-level Alpha models very competitively, but they still don't
    sell. My friendly dealer tells me that his profit margin on an
    entry-level Alpha body or kit is so low that it almost isn't worth
    taking the time to demonstrate them to potential customers.
    Bruce, Apr 16, 2010
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  14. Re: Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canon and Nikon APS cameras

    In rec.photo.digital whisky-dave <> wrote:
    > "Ray Fischer" <> wrote in message
    > news:4bc7eec2$0$1597$...


    >> Like it or not, the perception is that Sony is not a camera company
    >> (or not a serious camera company). It's an electronics (primarily
    >> audio & video) company.


    > That's true but Cameras are seen as electronic devices by most people.
    > Even I've been inpressed with their Trinitron line of TVs and monitors.
    > Even Apple used them for monitors at one point didn't they.


    >> People's first thought when considering
    >> spending a $1000 on a camera is not going to be Sony.


    > True, but there's no reason why they can;t make a good camera,
    > the optics is another matter, IU'm not sure if they sub-contract out or not
    > or produce their own.


    They produce their own using Minolta's optical facilities which they
    bought. Their alpha series of DSLRs is based around Minolta's alpha
    mount and is fully compatible with Minolta's old alpha lenses and
    Minolta alpha compatibles from third party makers. Tamron, Sigma, and
    Samyang are among those making Sony alpha compatible lenses. They
    also have contractual arrangements with Tamron and Carl Zeiss. A few
    of the lenses in their current line up are reviewed as being
    unsurpassed in image quality, and a few are unique in what they offer,
    such as their autofocusing 500mm reflex, or their 135mm STF (selective
    transfer function, i.e. adjustable bokeh quality).

    They lack the range of current new lenses of Nikon or Canon, but
    they're working to address that. And being much the fastest growing
    DSLR maker it doesn't look like they're giving up. Especially since
    DSLRs are starting to move into movie compatible territory, and Sony
    are already a market leader in professional movie cameras.

    --
    Chris Malcolm
    Chris Malcolm, Apr 16, 2010
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    Bruce Guest

    Re: Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canon and Nikon APS cameras

    On Fri, 16 Apr 2010 13:58:09 +0100, "whisky-dave"
    <> wrote:
    >"Ray Fischer" <> wrote in message
    >news:4bc7eec2$0$1597$...
    >
    >>
    >> Like it or not, the perception is that Sony is not a camera company
    >> (or not a serious camera company). It's an electronics (primarily
    >> audio & video) company.

    >
    >That's true but Cameras are seen as electronic devices by most people.
    >Even I've been inpressed with their Trinitron line of TVs and monitors.
    >Even Apple used them for monitors at one point didn't they.
    >
    >> People's first thought when considering
    >> spending a $1000 on a camera is not going to be Sony.

    >
    >True, but there's no reason why they can;t make a good camera,
    >the optics is another matter, IU'm not sure if they sub-contract out or not
    >or produce their own.



    Before taking over Konica Minolta, all Sony lenses were made by
    subcontractors. I don't know whether the former Minolta factory
    facilities were retained after the takeover, but the Carl Zeiss
    branded lenses sold by Sony are made by Cosina. Indeed, all the Carl
    Zeiss branded lenses on Sony cameras from before the K-M takeover were
    also Cosina-made.


    >> I suspect that for Sony to really do well in the camera business they
    >> would have to be twice as good as Canon or Nikon.

    >
    >Or be significantly cheaper and still make a profit.



    In the UK, the Sony Alpha DSLRs are significantly cheaper than their
    nearest Canon or Nikon equivalents, but they still don't sell. Perhaps
    the problem is that they took over a failed brand (Konica Minolta)
    whose sales were almost non-existent?
    Bruce, Apr 16, 2010
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  16. RichA

    Bruce Guest

    Re: Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canon and Nikon APS cameras

    On 16 Apr 2010 14:40:00 GMT, (Ray Fischer) wrote:
    >
    >Suppose you're a professional photographer. You're looking at
    >investing in a camera system to last many years which will consist of
    >camera, several lenses, flashes, and other accessories. Are you going
    >to take a chance that Sony will have all the needed gear, now and in
    >the future, and isn't just playing in a possible new business, or are
    >you going to go with a company that has been doing cameras for
    >decades and already sells all the gear you might need?



    There are so many gaping holes in Sony's current and planned range
    that no professional would even consider the brand. The issue of
    whether Sony will still be around five or ten years now is almost
    irrelevant, because the Alpha range is inadequate now.

    So Sony's appeal has to be to the mass market and, to some extent, the
    "prosumer" market. And that's the market they are having great
    difficulty selling to. In other words, Sony Alpha has no appeal.
    Bruce, Apr 16, 2010
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  17. RichA

    Bruce Guest

    Re: Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canon and Nikon APS cameras

    On Fri, 16 Apr 2010 18:43:56 +0300, "Tzortzakakis Dimitris"
    <> wrote:
    >
    >The trinitron tvs were fine (mine bought in '95-a 20" one is still up and
    >running). But the monitors sucked-a friend had one, and the two wires
    >linking the mask were visible.



    But that was true of any aperture grille CRT monitor, regardless of
    brand. Yet aperture grille CRT monitors were in strong demand,
    especially at the high end of the market.

    Sony's Trinitron CRT tube was very good indeed, but I think the high
    end monitors from Eizo and LaCie used Mitsubishi Diamond Pro or Plus
    tubes. The best CRT monitors still outperform most LCD monitors by
    quite a margin.

    The barely visible wires supporting the aperture grille were a small
    price to pay for the overall excellence of these monitors.
    Bruce, Apr 16, 2010
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  18. RichA

    Bruce Guest

    Re: Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canon and Nikon APS cameras

    On 16 Apr 2010 17:13:39 GMT, Chris Malcolm <>
    wrote:

    >A few
    >of the lenses in their current line up are reviewed as being
    >unsurpassed in image quality, and a few are unique in what they offer,
    >such as their autofocusing 500mm reflex, or their 135mm STF (selective
    >transfer function, i.e. adjustable bokeh quality).



    Nikon did the adjustable bokeh thing all of 20 years ago with the AF
    Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC. There is also an AF Nikkor 105mm f/2 DC for
    people who don't subscribe to the mainly Japanese belief that 135mm is
    a good focal length for portraits. So there is nothing "unique" about
    Sony copying the idea two decades later, and nothing has ever come
    close to the performance of the DC Nikkors.

    Still, they do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

    Regarding your ridiculous claim that some Sony lenses are reviewed as
    "unsurpassed", the usual caveats about unreliable reviewers must be
    repeated yet again. There is not a single Sony branded lens that is
    not at least equalled by lenses from one or more other brands, and
    they are usually well beaten.

    And Sony cannot legitimately claim the credit for Carl Zeiss branded
    lenses that are designed and manufactured by others.

    You really should learn to keep your sycophancy in check, because in
    this case, it is quite hilariously misplaced. ;-)
    Bruce, Apr 16, 2010
    #18
  19. RichA

    Pete Guest

    Re: Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canon and Nikon APS cameras

    On 2010-04-16 18:10:32 +0100, Bruce said:

    > <>
    > I don't know about markets other than the UK, but here Sony has priced
    > its entry-level Alpha models very competitively, but they still don't
    > sell. My friendly dealer tells me that his profit margin on an
    > entry-level Alpha body or kit is so low that it almost isn't worth
    > taking the time to demonstrate them to potential customers.


    Where I live in the UK all local friendly dealers have closed so I have
    to travel quite some distance to visit one: it's a small shop for a
    city. I noticed that Sigma lenses have the biggest (brand) dispaly
    area; Sony kit had the least, possibly because many towns and cities
    have Sony shops, more probably because of the profit margin as you
    said. Here, Minolta had top sales so I've no idea what happened.

    --
    Pete
    Pete, Apr 16, 2010
    #19
  20. RichA

    Bruce Guest

    Re: Poor Sony. Mini review versus full reviews for warmed over Canon and Nikon APS cameras

    On Fri, 16 Apr 2010 20:20:31 +0100, Pete
    <> wrote:
    >On 2010-04-16 18:10:32 +0100, Bruce said:
    >
    >> I don't know about markets other than the UK, but here Sony has priced
    >> its entry-level Alpha models very competitively, but they still don't
    >> sell. My friendly dealer tells me that his profit margin on an
    >> entry-level Alpha body or kit is so low that it almost isn't worth
    >> taking the time to demonstrate them to potential customers.

    >
    >Where I live in the UK all local friendly dealers have closed so I have
    >to travel quite some distance to visit one:




    It's the same for me now: Jessops are the spawn of Satan. :-(


    >It's a small shop for a
    >city. I noticed that Sigma lenses have the biggest (brand) dispaly
    >area; Sony kit had the least, possibly because many towns and cities
    >have Sony shops, more probably because of the profit margin as you
    >said.



    Sigma lenses have sky-high profit margins. They are very cheaply
    made, so even with a high dealer profit the final selling price is
    still low.

    My friendly dealer showed me the prices he pays for Nikon and Sigma
    70-200mm f/2.8 lenses, in both cases the latest versions, AF-S VR II
    and HSM.

    He then showed me his selling prices. He makes more profit selling
    the Sigma than the Nikkor, despite the much higher selling price of
    the latter. Go figure.


    >Here, Minolta had top sales so I've no idea what happened.



    Minolta dominated the AF 35mm SLR market in the 1980s/90s with the
    5000/7000/9000 and later the Dynax (US: Maxxum) SLRs. But they got
    greedy, and failed to invest, and their market share tumbled as
    Canon's EOS range grew and Nikon belatedly got their AF act together.

    The move to digital nearly killed off Minolta. Minolta DSLRs had some
    good ideas but Canon, and to a lesser extent Nikon, ran away with the
    market.

    By the time of the merger with Konica, Minolta's camera division was
    almost bankrupt. Konica was in much the same state. Together, they
    made no headway at all, and the firm deserved to be killed off.

    Then along came Sony, who effectively bought a dead horse and tried to
    flog it back to life. So far, without much success. Their aim was a
    20% market share within two years, but they have never even approached
    half of that target. The Alpha range is an embarrassment.
    Bruce, Apr 16, 2010
    #20
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