Weekly Nikon news flash #445

→ New DxOMark comparison: Nikon D850 vs. Pentax 645Z vs. Hassleblad X1D.

→ Luminar 2018 for Mac & PC is now officially released. If you missed the pre-order Luminar deal, you can still get $10 off with coupon code "PHOTORUMORS".

→ Map Camera's best selling cameras for October (Map Camera is one of the most popular camera stores in Japan):

  1. Nikon D850
  2. Nikon D750
  3. Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  4. Sony RX100 IV
  5. Nikon D5600
  6. Canon EOS 5D Mark Ⅳ
  7. Fujifilm X-E3
  8. Sony α7 II
  9. Leica M10
  10. Fujifilm X-T2

The new FoCal 2.6 version adds autofocus calibration support for Nikon D850 and High Sierra support with Nikon cameras.

→ 3D printed tilt-shift macro extension tube on Instructables.

Nikkei: "At Nikon, full recovery still a long way off".

→ I am not sure why this gets its own press release, but here it is: Michigan Named The Top Spot For Fall Foliage In The U.S. In Third Annual Nikon Campaign.

Nikon School expands curriculum with new online classes, local seminars and ambassador workshops.

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  • akkual

    Leica M10 in top10? Japanese people really love cameras. I am not judging tho. It is the best and most beuatiful (if not the most beautiful camera of all) FF mirrorless available.

    • I was surprised as well.

      • Thom Hogan

        The problem with a one-store analysis is you’re more seeing what the store is trying to sell than what customers are buying. As pointed out, MAP is one of the big Leica sources in Japan. But you’d also have to guess there are other things going on there. It’s not unknown to have dealer-specific spifs and perks in Japan.

    • Spy Black

      “Japanese people really love cameras.”

      …and have a lot of money…

      • A. F.O.

        Who doesn’t like Leica?….Just have to have the money; lot’s of it 🙂

        • marymig

          Yes….lots of $$$$ that is ordinary mortals don’t have in excess. They are overpriced.

      • sickheadache

        Or just don’t expect much from a ok over priced camera..OR Like being seen with a OK Camera that is Over Priced! lol

    • Richard Haw

      Mapcamera is one of Leica’s distro. They have collaborated with brand L multiple times and they even had brand L make special edition merchandise with them. They are the place to be when buying Leicas so that will explain the ranking. Not so much about Japanese people having lots of money, there are also many Mainland Chinese tourists and others from other Asian countries buying limited edition Leicas here.

      • Spy Black

        Yes, I was making a generalization. Many Japanese are quite well off tho. I can see why Leica goes out of it’s way there.

        It is amazing to see that there are Chinese now who can afford Leicas and such.

        • Richard Haw

          not so much in this economy. the Japanese people who have lots of money are either rich pensioners or rich kids. i talked to a shop clerk and after the increased sales tax for residents and locals people just buy less. it’s also the reason why Japanese products are expensive these days.

          • Spy Black

            Yes, I’m sure. It’s still a good market for Leica and similar ilk like Zeiss and other similar puff.

            • Richard Haw

              Yes, but not as much as the US or elsewhere. It’s kind of depressing to see that local consumption of everything has gone down. Sign of the times. I am earning a pretty good salary here by Japanese standards but I just settle with junk Nikon stuff that end up being shown at richardhaw.com

        • ZhongShan Liu

          are you serious right now? “It is amazing to see that there are Chinese now who can afford Leicas and such.”?????????

          • Spy Black

            Um, yeah, because even a generation back, there wasn’t.

    • Proto

      Yes, Leica M10 is an engineering beauty – very alluring to folks who buy expensive toys.

    • Wildness

      From what I’ve read, it is the Japanese market love for cameras that floated the Nikon 1 while everyone here in the US were scratching their heads at the system.

  • Tieu Ngao

    I think Nikon D750 still has the best value, that’s why it’s no. 2 after 3 years.

    • marymig

      Once the D850 becomes more widely available it will likely supplant the D750 as the best value.

      • decentrist

        availability does not measure value

        • marymig

          That is not the suggestion…it does measure access.

      • Sebako

        Mathematically, it would have to be about twice as good as the D750 if it is to offer a better value (going by European prices here). That’s a tall order, is all I’m saying.

        And even so, if product A is slightly better value for the money than product B, but at twice the price, it’ll still not achieve similar sales numbers, probably.

  • marymig

    “In response to the strong popularity of the D850, Nikon has upwardly revised its forecast for interchangeable lens camera sales in fiscal 2017 by 100,000 units.” Clearly a best seller.

    • Thom Hogan

      Yeah, I don’t get that statement. A does not connect properly to B. I don’t see how Nikon sells 100k EXTRA D850 units in that time period. Why extra? Because otherwise there wouldn’t be an increase in forecast. Nikon obviously didn’t forecast zero units.

      • Allen_Wentz

        Maybe Nikon is attributing a halo effect to the D850 that raises all other Nikon sales…

  • marymig

    “It’s interesting to compare the Pentax 645Z sensor against the Nikon D850’s because although the former is about 1.7x larger, it’s also around three years older. While the 645Z beats the Nikon sensor in our tests, the Nikon comes closer than you might expect, given the size difference. If Sony made a medium-format sensor with the same design as the D850, it would beat the sensors in both the Pentax 645Z and the Hassleblad X1D-50c.”

    Assuming Sony makes that sensor in the first place…

    • Kiboko

      Is it not confirmed that the D850 sensor is made by a Fuji owned company. Not Sony.

      • no

        • Kiboko

          Oh! I ower interpreted this article: “First indication that the Nikon D850 sensor could be made by TowerJazz” As if it where a confirmation. 🙂

          • no, just “first indication”, no confirmation yet

  • A. F.O.

    I know the prices drop after a particular body has been launched…(well, not always), but the next graph is clear to what cameras are expensive (too much expensive) for what we can do with it, as far as the DxO analysis.
    I’m not a fan of DxO rankings anyway 🙂

  • Michael Jin

    I know when DXO says SPORTS, they don’t actually mean taking the camera out to shoot sports, but I still think it’s rather amusing that the scoring makes it seem like you would want to take out either of those two medium format cameras over the D850 to go shoot a game.

  • Claude Mayonnaise

    Anybody here use that Sony RX100?
    I’ve been thinking about a compact.

    • Vinnypimages

      i do yes. I had the MkIII IV and V.
      I haven’t personally tried anything contemporary to compare them to, so I am guided by reviews that rate them.
      I like the size, lens and the EVF. it produces images that are plenty good enough for publishing, if you work around the shortfalls. It’s also pretty good for video.
      I do think they seem expensive, you can get very close for a lot less and better for the same money if you can compromise on size.

      • Claude Mayonnaise

        Thanks for the info man.

  • Michiel953

    The predominantly killing reviews (and comments) of the 6DmkII apparently don’t harm its sales (in that shop).

  • Markus

    I don’t get this, Nikon sells well and is still losing market share to Canon.

    • PhilK

      1) Market share statistics are not released very frequently and don’t reflect D850 sales yet, which have just started.

      2) The highest volume cameras are the lower-priced ones, and Canon sells a ton of those – as well as MILC cameras Nikon doesn’t have any equivalent to yet.

      • Thom Hogan

        Even Nikon’s own forecast for the rest of the fiscal year shows them losing more market share to Canon, and that’s after revision upward. The D850 really just doesn’t have enough volume to swing market share when we’re talking about 12m ILC units overall.

        What’s also interesting is that there are only two “lower-priced” cameras in this list. That, coupled with what is in the list tells me we’d need to look at the promotions in effect during this sales period.

        • PhilK

          I wasn’t referring to anyone’s internal forecast, I was referring to actual market share statistics released by independent industry analysts. D850 sales have barely started, it’s awfully premature to base any market moves based on D850 sales yet.

          As I suggested, the D850, while a hot seller for sure in its category, is at a price-point that is not generally a “high-volume item” in terms of the camera market as a whole.

          That said, the “camera market as a whole” these days, if we exclude smartphones, is in fact moving upscale. So models like the D850 will end up being a more important component of that dedicated camera market than they were in the era when Nikon and others were selling tons of inexpensive point-and-shoots. (Which have been almost completely replaced by smartphones now)

  • Kriss_De_Valnor

    It says one thing: DSLRs are not going anywhere soon.

    • Claude Mayonnaise

      What happens when Canon and Nikon put out some serious mirrorless releases though? I bet that would skew the current list.
      I think this stuff will coexist for a while but there is no doubt that Nikon and Canon are coming with some Mirrorless options.

  • rolleiflexes

    press release for naming the best spot for folliage…… glad to see Nikon has its priorities straight……

    • yes, what was that?

      • rolleiflexes

        i wonder how they make those decisions. meanwhile DXO is comparing D850 to top medium format cameras and they don’t do a press release about that. If it was sony they would be blasting that news all over the place

        • yes, I have to blast it for them 🙂

    • Sebako

      Okay, it is a slightly obscure angle to open the press release with, though I suppose it’ll get them some free press in Michigan, and perhaps some other places that think they should rather be the best spot. But if you actually read the text, you’ll notice Nikon apparently held some sort of competition or campaign with thousands of participants who posted fall pictures on various social media sites. (Although, truth be told, I can hardly find anything about it. How do you even hold a social media campaign that’s invisible to Google?)
      Now it is my understanding that colourful autumnal foliage and the taking of pictures of it is a big deal in the northern US, so they’ve actually, if perhaps in a clumsy way, engaged with photo enthusiasts and the wider beautiful-picture-loving public about actual pictures and the joy of landscape photography, instead of, say, crowing about some sensor technology detail where they beat a camera nobody knows about. Or rather, well, technically they were still beaten by the Pentax 645Z, but, you see, actually when you look at the size … (snoring sounds)

  • thundrrd

    Just wondering if there is anyone using the Macphun Luminar on the Mac because after hearing a lot about Luminar on the Mac, I downloaded the trail 2018 version for Windows and just wasn’t impressed.
    At least as a tool for editing photos, but maybe there is something I am misunderstanding in the software, so I thought I would ask.

  • this tells me, that no one really cares if isn’t a small body. good job nikon!

    • RC Jenkins

      Sales aggregated by single models, for one store in Japan, for one month, tells you all that? Oh actually, I should say “the top spot,” since half the cameras listed are compact or mirrorless.

      A bit like using Amazon’s rankings–which consistently list Fuji Instax cameras in the top spots. Perhaps we should use this same logic to conclude that this larger Amazon sample means nobody cares if it has high image quality…?

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