Fuji bails out of DSLRs completely?

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by RichA, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    This, according to a guy who attended the PMA show in Toronto and
    posted to the Fuji DSLR group on Dpreview. The remaining S5s will be
    dumped off at $1000/ea. Interestingly, they decided not to release an
    entry-level DSLR and instead released a smaller sensored superzoom at
    a $700 price point.

    http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1020&message=27707183
     
    RichA, Apr 29, 2008
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    Dev/Null Guest

    This is the equivalent of my neighbour's uncle's friend said that he
    overheard in the lunchroom. I'll wait until Fuji actually makes an
    announcement. Rich/RichA always has his thumb up the ass of the Industry.
     
    Dev/Null, Apr 30, 2008
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  3. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Uh, no it's not. Unless your uncle's friend was at the industry trade
    show. What makes you think they'll formally announce anything rather
    than quietly discontinuing production?
     
    RichA, Apr 30, 2008
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    savvo Guest

    But it coincidentally gels with Canadian pricing:

    <http://luminous-landscape.com/whatsnew/#221>
     
    savvo, May 1, 2008
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  5. RichA

    newsmb Guest

    Yeah, I noticed that browsing their site a few days ago.

    The Sigma SD14 is selling for around $700 as well.

    If you're in the market and really want something a little different
    these are great prices. :)
     
    newsmb, May 1, 2008
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  6. RichA

    Guest Guest

    the sd14 is down to $549 now, which is approximately *one-third* of
    what it originally sold for at its introduction last year, $1599.
     
    Guest, May 1, 2008
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  7. RichA

    newsmb Guest

    It's actually a nice camera at its current price.
     
    newsmb, May 1, 2008
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  8. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Considering its removable IR filter, it might be good for IR solely at
    that price.
     
    RichA, May 1, 2008
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  9. RichA

    Guest Guest

    for roughly the same money, one can get a low end canon or nikon and
    have it modded for infrared, and not be stuck with a slow camera that
    takes only sigma lenses.
     
    Guest, May 1, 2008
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  10. RichA

    newsmb Guest

    Yes.

    That was a big mistake on Sigma's part, not going with a Nikon or
    Canon mount. They scared away a ton of potential customers, and they
    incurred the cost of developing and manufacturing low-volume lenses
    for their own proprietary mount.
     
    newsmb, May 2, 2008
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    Mr. Strat Guest

    It might be worth $5.49, but I wouldn't go any higher.
     
    Mr. Strat, May 2, 2008
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  12. RichA

    Guest Guest

    there really wasn't a whole lot of development costs. a sigma mount
    lens is essentially canon electronics with a pentax flange.
     
    Guest, May 2, 2008
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  13. RichA

    Mr. Strat Guest

    No, the big mistake was their continued use of Foveon technology which
    has been proven to be a poor performer.
     
    Mr. Strat, May 2, 2008
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  14. RichA

    newsmb Guest

    I see it the completely opposite way.

    A Foveon sensor is the only thing on a Sigma SLR that is interesting
    enough to make the camera worth owning.

    The problem with the SD 14 -- apart from the fact that it was
    ridiculously overpriced when it was launched -- is that if you already
    own a Canon or Nikon SLR/DSLR none of your existing lenses or
    dedicated flashes will work with it. You have to buy a complete new
    system. And you also have to have faith in the likelihood that Sigma
    is not going to pull out of the DSLR market a year or two down the
    road.
     
    newsmb, May 2, 2008
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    Bruce Guest


    The Sigma mount is a slightly modified Pentax K mount. I believe you
    can fit K mount lenses to the camera, but they will not lock on as
    Sigma chose to use a different locking system.

    Obviously there is no electronic linkage between the lens and camera
    as Sigma use a different interface to Pentax.
     
    Bruce, May 2, 2008
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  16. It does seem really "DUMB", but there may be a big $$$ cost to selling a
    camera
    with a Canon or Nikon mounts. I did not say selling lens that fit a
    Canon or Nikon mount.

    Steve
     
    Steve Sherman, May 3, 2008
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    Mr. Strat Guest

    Then they would have had to pay the Canon/Nikon royalty fee. Hell,
    they're too cheap to pay licensing on their electronics.
     
    Mr. Strat, May 3, 2008
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  18. RichA

    newsmb Guest

    I'm pretty sure that there is nothing in the patent laws that is
    stopping anyone from producing camera bodies with a Nikon or Canon
    mount. It would be no different than producing third-party lenses I
    would imagine.

    It's probably more a case where Sigma wanted to force all Sigma SLR
    owners to buy Sigma lenses and flashes.
     
    newsmb, May 3, 2008
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    Robert Coe Guest

    > In article
    : > <>,
    : >
    : > > Considering its removable IR filter, it might be good for IR solely at
    : > > that price.
    : >
    : > for roughly the same money, one can get a low end canon or nikon and
    : > have it modded for infrared, and not be stuck with a slow camera that
    : > takes only sigma lenses.
    :
    : Yes.
    :
    : That was a big mistake on Sigma's part, not going with a Nikon or
    : Canon mount. They scared away a ton of potential customers, and they
    : incurred the cost of developing and manufacturing low-volume lenses
    : for their own proprietary mount.

    Someone said that their electronics are nearly identical to Canon's. So if
    they insisted on using a proprietary mount, why didn't they at least design it
    to accept an adapter for the Canon-compatible lenses that they already make?

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, May 3, 2008
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