Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/06/14

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Nikon Digital SLR's
From: "David W. Almy" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2003 09:11:30 -0400
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The premise that "photo journalists...neither need, nor, in most cases want
a full-frame digital SLR" is bunk. That technology practically limits chip
sizes is one matter, but no good argument can be made that "most"
photographers willingly prefer to use less of the imaging capability of
their lenses/cameras than their original design (and size) intended.

If camera manufacturers offered identical cameras with the option of either
full frame or partial frame chips at similar resolution and cost, why would
you imagine that the partial frame would outsell the full frame? Why
wouldn't anyone prefer to use a 35mm lens as a 35mm lens?

David W. Almy

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From: "bdcolen" <>
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Sent: Saturday, June 14, 2003 8:31 AM
Subject: RE: [Leica] Re: Nikon Digital SLR's

> This thread is really becoming quite amusing, because it is degenerating
> into such a classic "mine is bigger than yours."
> The question for Nikon, Leica, or any other manufacturer, is what makes
> sense for their customer base, not "how to we market the 'biggest one.'"
> Nikon's customer pro base is photo journalists, who neither need, nor,
> in most cases want a full-frame digital SLR. What is important is the
> quality of the image produced within other realistic constraints -
> battery life, capture speed, ease of feature use, durability of
> equipment, ability to use lenses across different bodies. Sure, Nikon
> may some day go to full-frame. But for now, from what I've been told,
> Gary, and from what you have been told, Chris, they aren't planning to
> do so.
> That does NOT mean that Nikon has given up the ghost, left the field to
> Canon; it simply means they have adopted a different strategy for waging
> the digital wars. Is it the right strategy? I have no idea - nor for
> that matter do I care in any real sense.
> The real question here, in terms of this thread anyway, is why some
> people have the notion that a sensor has to be a certain size to produce
> quality images - look at the astounding improvement in image quality
> over the past several years, all coming from sensors that are less than
> 35 mm size.
> Anyway, am I not right, Gary, in recalling you write that you neither
> own or use Nikon equipment? If I am, I have to ask why you give a rat's
> behind about what Nikon does or doesn't do? ;-)
> B. D.
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