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January 19, 2006

Editorial: An Upside to Recent Events

Although recent events such as Konica-Minolta's departure are seen as a harbinger for further declines in the camera manufacturing industry, our members should take comfort in the fact that Nikon has taken a strong stance to continue on as a household name in photography. Being the first of the major manufacturers to publicly acknowledge that film was on the decline, proclaim digital as the future, and sweepingly streamline their product set in a single move was seen as such a risky proposition. And yet, given the latest developments, it now seems a decision wiser than it first appeared. K-M's decline will likely force the remaining film powerhouses, Kodak and Fujifilm, to scale back their own analog operations, furthering the decline of emulsion-based photography. But Nikon has chosen to keep one of the finest of the F-series alive. Such a move marks the end of the film era, but also the beginning of a new one. The future of digital SLRs starting with the new D200 and follow-on models is starkly bright. The arrival of Carl Zeiss lenses is only the beginning of new innovations that will grace the use of Nikon cameras.

Posted by covey22 at January 19, 2006 10:07 PM