Then there will no longer be a relatively smooth upgrade path from APS-C to full frame. And since APS-C is still their bread and butter, it would be a risk to replace their APS-C DSLRs with a platform that has not proven itself in the market.I saw a discussion that if they remarketed the NX mount and rebadged existing glass much of the R&D is already done to get an initial mirrorless foothold.
However the mount was designed for APS-C... so possibly Nikon intend APS-C to be their mirrorless lineup ?
I'm interested to see how such a partnership would work out for future Nikon D5/s and their pro FF lineup.....
Yes, though I'll use my Galaxy S3 until it dies. It's handy on occasion but I have over 3 gigs of data saved up, and never use my 200 minutes a month, so spending on a smart phone makes no sense for me. (The Galacy was $99 refurbished and I use FreedomPop services for 6.50 a month. That's about what ANY cell phone is worth to me. And yes, I do like checking my email when in line at the store -- but never when dealing with a clerk or cashier, which I find utterly rude.I can't say I am surprised. THis is the company that makes so many new smartphones, that it doesnt matter which you buy at release, its already out of date by the end of the week, and its why I havent felt seriously tempted to jump on board.
I can't imagine Nikon doing a mirrorless system that's not at least VERY compatible with their F-mount system. With the ENORMOUS inventory of those lenses out in the wild, lenses dating back to the '60s and '70s in use on modern cameras. I can't see them switching mounts. I think if this is true and they're really buying Samsung's photo division, it's mostly for the sensors. So they can compete with Sony rather than being at their mercy. I'm not aware of anyone other than Samsung making sensors as good as Sony's...Well I'll be happy with the photographic value I got out of my Samsung gear, in that forced smile kind of way, but I'll be ecstatic if I hit the jackpot and NX mount isn't dead. Hope Samsung made Nikon agree to do the right thing. It'll be a PR boost for both of them.
You'd think, except there's precedent. Their first foray into mirrorless was a new CX mount.I can't imagine Nikon doing a mirrorless system that's not at least VERY compatible with their F-mount system. With the ENORMOUS inventory of those lenses out in the wild, lenses dating back to the '60s and '70s in use on modern cameras. I can't see them switching mounts. I think if this is true and they're really buying Samsung's photo division, it's mostly for the sensors. So they can compete with Sony rather than being at their mercy. I'm not aware of anyone other than Samsung making sensors as good as Sony's...
I don't think the CX format was anything other than a feeler and a camera for a completely different market than their DSLRs. One assumes that at some point both Canon and Nikon have to develop a mirrorless line to appeal to the same sorts of shooters who are shooting their DSLRs and who are attracted to stuff like Sony's full frame mirrorless gear.You'd think, except there's precedent. Their first foray into mirrorless was a new CX mount.
It's hard to get around the fact that people are attracted to the smaller size of mirroless. Using a mirrorless F mount loses the size advantage. It wouldn't make enough sense to go mirrorless without a new mirrorless mount. They'll probably run a new mount parallel to F mount, with adapters for compatibility. F mount will probably never ever be abandoned. But they might stop production of new lenses for it eventually.
I don't think Sony will exit the camera business, right now it's one of their core business units along with Playstation. I suspect they will offload their cellphone division and TV sets long before they decide to part with the cameras.I'd be REAL surprised to see Sony do the same thing though. They do it in fits and starts, but between the RX family, which they've clearly put some R&D into, and the A7 group, which is finally producing some really compelling bodies, I don't think they're going anywhere. I don't know how much they'll throw at lenses and how much they'll rely on Zeiss and Sigma and others for the really high end stuff, but I don't think they're going anywhere. And also, their sensor business is driving the industry and that gives them a really nice competitive edge in developing the cameras that use them too.
Conversation today with Samsung.As it turns out, in September 2015 Korean news outlets learned that Samsung stopped production of Samsung NX cameras, lenses and accessories.
The company failed to gain significant market share (or any market share at all) and with recent downturn in its fortunes it simply can't afford to keep its camera division afloat.
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