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Canon Looking to Acquire, Samsung Markets Dropping like Flies, Ultimate Night Timelapse Crash Course {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on November 29th 2015

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

Canon Looking To Aquire Imaging Companies, Rejected By Sigma

The buzz on the rumor mill lately has to do with Canon and their plans to acquire more imaging companies. Specifically the report mentions Sigma (who rejected a bid from Canon), and Hasselblad (who Canon walked away from after looking at the books) as two companies that have been looked at in the past for acquisition.

We don’t have any clear indication of any current companies that may be targeted by Canon for acquisition. It appears that Canon does not think it can innovate in the photography space on their own, and must acquire another imaging company in order to further their photography standing.

This is what I have always liked to call “Microsoft Syndrome;” once a company gets too big for their own good, they stop risking money on innovation and instead focuses on the evolution of current products. The only way these companies innovate is by acquisition – purchasing smaller companies who have already proven their innovation is valuable or has good potential.

This saves the larger company from risking money on R&D, and instead puts a set amount of money on technology they can see and know has a good value proposition. It will be interesting to see who Canon targets for acquisition, and who gets folded into Team Red.

Samsung Dropping Out of European Markets Like Flies

Samsung Ditch Box

Since we initially reported that Samsung would be shuttering its camera business in Germany, things for European Samsung fans have gotten progressively worse. The company has started shuttering its camera business in many European companies, most notably in the UK.

In a statement received by Amateur Photographer, Samsung UK is quoted saying it would stop selling their digital cameras and camcorders due to “a gradual and sustained decline in demand for standalone digital cameras, camcorders, and related accessories.

Nothing here about how their products are inferior, as was referenced in the German release. It seems Samsung has taken a good long look at the camera business and decided it’s not worth the money to try and get to the top of what looks like a dying market. Can’t say that I blame them; yet, the timing is still terrible.

Just when Samsung finally has a camera mostly worth being excited about, the NX1, they pull the plug. It’s worth noting, that as of this moment, Samsung is still selling their cameras here in the US, and there is no indication that is changing imminently. But, with the rest of the world seemingly dropping Samsung cameras, how long can we expect the company to keep up appearances in the US?

The Ultimate 30 Min Crash Course On Night Timelapse

We have all seen those amazing night timelapses that make your eyes widen and your imaginations soar. I (like I am sure many of you) have always enjoyed learning what goes into projects like this.

Photographer Mark Gee has uploaded this amazing 30-minute tutorial/crash course on YouTube about this very topic. It also happens to be notated with time links, so you can easily skip to a section that interests you the most. So, take 30 minutes this morning and learn something new!

In the field:
0:49 – Location Scouting – Mobile Apps | Composition
3:03 – Camera Setup – Image Quality | Shutter | Aperture | ISO | Focus
4:33 – How to avoid star trailing
5:27 – Setup the Genie – Rec Time | Interval | Play Time
6:29 – How the interval works
7:43 – Setup the movement – Movement length | Ease in / out

Post Production:
8:20 – Introduction and workflow setup
10:32 – Color adjustments and neutralizing the image
11:32 – Lens Correction
12:20 – Set black and white points
13:20 – Color adjustment – Clarity | Tone Curve
16:30 – Local Sky Adjustments – Graduated Ramp
19:37 – Technical Clean-up – Noise Reduction | Artifact clean up
22:47 – Sync color adjustments to all images
24:22 – Export all images to LR Timelapse
26:08 – Export out a movie from LR Timelapse – Codec | Output size

Gear Used:
Canon 6D
Canon 14mm Lens L Series
Syrp Ballhead
Syrp Magic Carpet Slider
Syrp Genie – Motion Control Device

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Fisnik Islami

    give me those cameras

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  2. Dave Haynie

    Good point about innovation… this isn’t always understood. Innovation is really nothing more than risk that’s paid off. You take a risk by doing something new and exciting… maybe it’s a big one, maybe a little one. What if no one bought mirrorless cameras, or mirrorless full-frame? What if that new lens mount doesn’t gain a following? What if this new sensor technology doesn’t deliver after we spend a billion to develop it. Basically, it’s all risk. It’s dubbed “innovation” after it wins. It winds up on someone’s “worst of the year” list if it tanks.

    For companies on the rise, risk is known to be necessary. You can’t exactly risk your current market if you don’t have a current market, so introducing a radically new product is possible. Often, you need to do something interesting and different to get attention in a crowded market. The big reason we’ve all been paying close attention to the mirrorless market, years before there were any significant sales, was because of this risk — all the new things everyone who wasn’t Nikon or Canon were trying.

    Once you’re at the top, it’s hard to take a risk because every direction looks like “down”. Nikon and Canon have this issues. Apple has this issue. Samsung has it in some of their markets. You’re already a winner, you don’t want to alienate your existing customer base, but you also have to follow some of the innovation in the market. Even for a big company like Canon, that’s hard to do.

    And if you’re like Canon, where you seem to see more competition within the company rather than outside, preventing you from innovating everywhere at once. That new feature can’t go out in the new 5D if it’s not already in the new 1D, and it can’t go out in the 80D (or whatever) or the new 6D if it’s not already in the 5D. Or if it’ll cause too much competition with Cinema EOS or some other line.

    Contrast that with Olympus… they put out a bunch of new features in the high-end OM-D E-M1. And a bunch more in the mid-range OM-D E-M5 mk II. And even more in the OM-D E-M10 mk II…. and just last week, owners of the E-M1 and E-M5 mk II just got an update that added those missing features that were possible on that hardware, and a few more. Other companies have done similar things; Fujifilm’s had big feature upgrade releases, not just the usual bug fix. That’s 21rst Century thinking, and those stuck in the last century are going to have problems keeping up, in the long run.

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  3. Ben Young

    Great video on the night timelapse. Thanks for posting that. :-)

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