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Their BIGGEST Mistakes: Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Panasonic & Olympus

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  1. Sony's decision to focus on the E mount was not such a mistake. Their mirrorless cameras now have equal or better autofocus than the best DSLRs, and the smaller mount means that smaller lenses are possible. Also, them putting stabilization in their bodies also means that they can make smaller/lighter lenses without needing to have stabilization in those.

  2. Nikon's biggest mistake?
    Depends very much on your age! All camera makers are guilty of "mistakes."
    Remember that Canon's switch to EOS was met with howls of anguish and rage at the time!
    From my personal perspective, Nikon's "greatest mistake" was the one that saw me dump three Nikon bodies and a half dozen lenses when they were "scooped" by Canon on IS. The time had come for me to buy a 300 f/2.8 and a 600 f/4.0. No way I was going to pay virtually the same $$ (or was it actually more?) for a non-stabilized lens as for one with IS. So, Nikon and I parted company . . . never to be reunited. I never regretted making that switch. It will forever remain "Nikon's Greatest Mistake" for me personally.

  3. I have been a PENTAX user in the digital era. They are great cameras with unique features at good price. I think they needed to get into FFrame. Their limitations are slow AF (for whatever reason) and not advertising to get their name known. This is understandable since two larger companies bought PENTAX and the company never settled well and now the smart phones have taken the lower market.

  4. Canon made a smaller sensor to be different , with other stuff to pull you in to their eco system , its not that they are not owned by same company its just so that you must buy 2 lenses instead of 1

  5. I think Nikon knows how to do on sensor phase detect they just choose not to put them in DSLR. All Nikon 1 series focus quite well with their hybrid autofocus system. Why isn't this being applied to their DSLR live view is puzzling.

  6. Nikons biggest mistake: the 24 mm shift lens is terrible and you can’t connect the canon version to it = it means that all serious architecture/interiors photography you will need a different camera in the long run. That’s a complete segment that is lost… puff, gone… (lost to Sony).. it’s not that you cannot use Nikon for 90% of the shots but you will need a shift lens when you do any serious architecture/interior photography and if you have a footing in that industry it simply means that eventually you will switch to a camera system with the ability to attach a good shift lens – long story short your beloved Nikon isn’t invested in and eventually you make the switch…

  7. Fast Forward 2018.. All the disadvantage about mirrorless Camera that was mentioned here turned into BULLSHIT.

    Now Nikon and Canon is going Mirrorless. If they don't, they know they will vanish.

    LOL.

  8. Hmmm I think with canon it's biggest continual mistake is handicapping features in hopes that people trade up to more expensive cameras.

    Nikon I would say their biggest mistake is how they handled how the d800 and the d600 had huge issues. Specifically the d600 oil spots on the sensors and nikon denying there was a problem for so long and just releasing updated cameras and ignoring frustrated customers with flawed cameras.

    Sony needs to invest in having an in house professional membership system. Waiting 3 months to have your camera repaired is unacceptable.

    Fuji's biggest mistake is backing out of the dslr market earlier in the dawn of digital.if they didn't they could have dominated a huge segment of the market.

    Pentax stems from a problem way before the k1 and is the opposite of canon. They should have embraced full frame very early and embraced an upgrade path. Instead people just felt "ok" with what they had.

    That's all I can think of for now. Great vid though good points!

  9. I agree. Except Pentax went full frame 10 years too late. They should have stayed APS-C and gone mirrorless APS-C with all their exsisting DA lenses. They then could have updated all their DA lenses and offered an alternative to fujifilm. 😕

  10. Tony, one word of advice, try to speak with a constant rhythem, dont stutter and pause in the middle of a sentence. Listening to you speaking is a nightmare to understand

  11. Canon EF-S lenses are just boring and slow in general and even some L lenses, if they were worth it, not all of them are sharp on high resolution crop sensors.. They could have ruled the APS-C market like Fuji by introducing good lenses, but they never did. After 10 years on EF-S and 6 EF-S lenses later, I am happy that I finally went full frame.

  12. Tony mentioned this but I still think Nikon's biggest mistake was sticking with the F-mount for too long. Until the late 1980's Nikon owned the professional and enthusiast market. Then Canon introduced the EF mount, and within a few years that situation completely reversed as many photographers dropped their Nikons for the better autofocusing of the Canons.

  13. About Pentax Lenses APSC. I was going to buy the k1 but once i realize that my expensive lens wont work i bought an k3ii and i am completely happy with it. Now what I will do just buy one more nice lens just so i have one medium quality zoom lens and 2 really good shorter zoom lenses. About full frame comment . This is something Pros will appreciate more because they can make money of it for amateurs aps-c is more then good.

  14. Hi Tony, good, clear well reasoned points, again very interesting and thought provoking, thank you. On reflection I'm thinking that the biggest mistake they are all making is their failure to make the difference between the features needed for stills and video, there are so many major differences, resolution, IBIS, shutter speeds, focusing rates, exposure control, the list goes on and on, yet they keep on pushing gear at us that is meant to be really good at both.
    The recent release of the latest Black Magic video camera is a very good example of what I am saying, its video output is better than most hybrid cameras costing two or three times as much money, there are probably excellent stills cameras at reasonable cost that can't do video, who cares!.
    We should be able to make our buying decisions in the light of good reliable information, not so much marketing hype, the fact that Sony have been getting away with it should mean that the others should fight back with better information, stop banging on about how many megapixels, stop harping on about high Iso performance, tell us about the dynamic range, not the noise!. Try telling about how fast is the focusing system with each lens, not just the body, you can't take a picture with just a camera body!. Stop going on about F-stop and aperture, just tell us the field of view, the angle in degrees, and not centigrade!. All I want is a level playing surface. Cheers, Richard.

  15. If photographers were not so lazy in learning to manually focus their lenses you would see a huge full frame list of lenses with Pentax. Pentax lovers do not really worry about it since they already know about them but others do not realize that all the old M42 lenses from Takumar (Pentax) and others are full fame lenses and were beautifully made with superb elements. What modern lenses do with an over abundance of glass the old lenses do with design, craftsmanship, coatings and character. Helios 44-7, Takumar 50mm f1.4, Soligor 35mm … still some of the best glass ever to touch a camera and all work just fine on modern digital cameras.

  16. Sony= not buying and adopting Pentax entire system
    Nikon = not copying Pentax lenses colour rendition
    Canon= not copying Pentax setup and menus layout, and Pentax´s cameras construction
    Pentax= not achieving C, N and S auto focus capabilities

  17. I think your video is really fair. I have a Pentax K1, and I think your mistake for Pentax is pretty on-point with one caveat…Pentax is STILL K-mount. Same basic mount, meaning a manual focus lens for a K1000 will work on a K1 (I often use a K-A 50mm f/2.0 and a Sears 135mm f/2.8 Macro). It works BETTER if it's a K-A mount, sure, but you have such a huge lens pool already of manual focus lenses readily available. Also, the K1 does operate in APS-C mode and does so pretty well and seems to auto-switch if an APS-C lens is attached. That kinda balances it out for me. But it's still a fair complaint that NEWER autofocus full frame lenses aren't easily available. Give it time, they're working on it.

  18. Could you provide a 2019 look back to this video and update. Great info and very relevant 3 yrs into the future now that the Lumix S1 is out and still has focus problems. You beat up Canon for 1.6 crop factor vs 1.5 but what about MFT's shameful 2X crop (2nd biggest mistake?). Thanks.

  19. We are in a video-centric world. Only for sony which finally perfect AF in the A6500 & A7 III & Canon EOS R, RP, m50. The rest esp Panasonic S1 FF don't have reliable AF (for video). Any camera made in the past 5+ years can shoot amazing stills, today it almost all about video esp in the consumer / pro-sumer market. Youtube, IG, Snap, there
    are three things that really matter: video, video, and video – and the 3 most important features are: AF, IBIS, and Dynamic Range / ISO in low-light. Why do you think the A7S II has only dropped from $3K to $2500 4 years after it came out. No other camera body has held it's value like that —> AND it is ONLY 12MP! with no IBIS.

  20. We are in a video-centric world. Only for sony which finally perfect AF in the A6500 & A7 III & Canon EOS R, RP, m50. The rest esp Panasonic S1 FF don't have reliable AF (for video). Any camera made in the past 5+ years can shoot amazing stills, today it almost all about video esp in the consumer / pro-sumer market. Youtube, IG, Snap, there are three things that really matter: video, video, and video – and the 3 most important features are: AF, IBIS, and Dynamic Range / ISO in low-light. Why do you think the A7S II has only dropped from $3K to $2500 4 years after it came out. No other camera body has held it's value like that —> AND it is ONLY 12MP! with no IBIS.

  21. Hmmm . . . . Nikon's biggest mistake?
    For me personally, it was their lagging badly "way back when" Canon brought IS to their "super" teles.
    I left Nikon over that issue, even dumping an 800mm f/5.6 Nikkor over the issue. Needless to say, I haven't gone back. Sadly, Canon did not remain an innovator for long. But I am still with Canon.

  22. My first DSLR was a Pentax k10d. Pentax's biggest mistake was Ricoh… And then there was the lesser shutter count, mirror lock-up issues and finally the cheap christmas-tree look ricoh outfitted the camera's with. Image quality is superb! But all the aforementioned made me go with nikon. And I'm guessing that's what other nikon/canon users must have thought… And now with sigma quitting manufacturing K lenses… I'm pretty sure others will follow and pentax will die a painful death unfortunately.

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