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Nikon Historical Society Jason Schneider is perhaps the world's most famous expert on camera collecting.  Over the course of his long career he has been a photojournalist, a commercial photographer, and a camera test lab manager.  For 18 years he wrote his incredibly influential Camera Collector monthly column at the still deeply missed MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY magazine where Jason was also Editorial Director. Modern was followed by his 16 year stint as Editor-Chief of Popular Photography, then the world's largest imaging magazine. Along the way many of his Modern Camera collecting articles were republished in the wonderful 3 volume set JASON SCHNEIDER ON CAMERA COLLECTING.

Focusing on a wide range of interests, Jason has been an avid photography enthusiast, writer, and lecturer amazingly enough since his early teens.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington Square College of New York University, where he majored in English Literature, minored in Classics, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Schneider’s poetry and critical essays on poetry have been published in the NYU college literary magazine and in various collections.  He's currently working on a book on Emily Dickinson's poetry "Understanding Emily Dickinson. A Reader's Guide To The Enlightened Master."

Jason is an expert on most things photography:  no only camera collecting and analog photography, but also digital photography, the history of camera design and technology, the business of photography, what it is to be a photographer, and as he once proved to me, the best place to buy bratworst at Photokina in Cologne. If all of that was not enough, Jason is genuinely one of the nicest, most knowledgeable and interesting human beings you will ever likely have the good fortune to meet on the net.


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Old 12-23-2019   #1
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"Nikon has just published its figures for the first half of the 2019 financial year and it’s looking bleak for the Japanese manufacturer.

The company as a whole has reported year-on-year figures that don’t make for pleasant reading for shareholders: revenue is down 13.3% and operating profit has fallen by 42.9%. Profit before income taxes is down by 40.6%."

https://fstoppers.com/news/nikon-jus...-427040?page=1
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Que será, será. Fabulous cameras nonetheless.
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You got to wonder where the bottom is for the traditional camera manufacturers. Canon's results are similar to Nikon. Rumors are running rampant about Olympus exiting the camera business. Doom and gloom everywhere you look.

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Maybe Nikon could get back into the rangefinder business.
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Wouldn't be surprised if Amazon, Google, or Apple acquire O or N at some point in the near future...
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That sounds a bit scary for Nikon... Are Pentax/Ricoh and Sony/Minolta/Konica declining in profits as well? Should they venture into the smartphone market to save themselves?
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Smartphone camera quality ("more than good enough" for most people) plus the phone's inherent social interconnectivity has hurt all dedicated-cameras, including mirrorless. I'd hoped the Z7 and Z6 would have made a bigger difference for Nikon financially.
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Has Nikon ever thought about the obvious: diversify their business?
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Computers are still disrupting life as we knew it. Don't fault Kodak for missing digital...that's not what they missed...the chip was where it was at...

We'll probably always have Nikon cameras...at least for awhile yet I bet
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Has Nikon ever thought about the obvious: diversify their business?
Of course they have. Hard to branch out from your areas of core competence and into something new while playing catch up with others who are already well ahead of you in the new area you're aiming at though.

To give you an example, in the race for ever higher resolutions in the manufacture of IC circuits, the leading edge of stepper technology has moved beyond the traditional reticle pattern projected onto a silicon wafer through an objective and into using sources of illumination with wavelengths much shorter than visible light (electron beams, x-rays etc.). Nikon kept at it as long as they could using liquid immersion and other tricks to increase resolution with the traditional setup, but the technology has moved past that now into areas beyond Nikon's core competence. Nikon does visible light well, but x-rays... not so much.
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Has Nikon ever thought about the obvious: diversify their business?
That's what was behind the conglomerate craze of the 1960's. Then they were broken apart - because shareholders can diversify at lower cost within their investment portfolios.
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Maybe Nikon could get back into the rangefinder business.
They did, briefly. Which ended up with them loosing money on every camera sold (allegedly).

Seriously though, I reckon there's probably three cameras only that Nikon ought to be making (and at a high price, low volume). A pro camera, an enthusiasts camera, and a legacy camera (F or S series). Copy the Leica model for the legacy cameras.

Forget about having multiple lines of the same thing that get yearly incremental updates. Forgot about consumer cams. Those days have gone
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Seriously though, I reckon there's probably three cameras only that Nikon ought to be making (and at a high price, low volume). A pro camera, an enthusiasts camera, and a legacy camera (F or S series). Copy the Leica model for the legacy cameras.

Forget about having multiple lines of the same thing that get yearly incremental updates. Forgot about consumer cams. Those days have gone
That makes a lot of sense. The mid-range and entry-level cameras lose out to the cellphones. A single pro camera and an enthusiast camera will sell. There is still a small market for a legacy camera, such as the F6. I give Nikon credit for their romantic-historical-legacy vision by keeping the F6 line alive.
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