With the new year 2012 upon us, it is common for pundits of various specialty s to take a look back on the previous year and try and analyze the impact of what took place. For this Examiner, this task takes the form of looking back on predictions made at the start of the new year and seeing which came true, what sort of came to fruition, and what missed the boat entirely.
To say that 2011 was an interesting year for the photo industry would be an understatement. In March, a huge tsunami hit Japan, where most of the world’s camera makers are headquartered, Result: a lot of production plants got knocked out and, thanks to product shortages, prices rose almost overnight. Then, having to focus on picking up the pieces and rebuild rather than develop new products, 2011 was a bit of a non-event when it came to cutting-edge innovations.
So, let’s have a look back at 2011.
Predictions that came true:
More phase-detection AF in P&S cameras: (1/26) Ricoh CX5
Weather-sealed Sigma lenses: (2/8) 12-24 Mark II, New 105 Macro
New Upper D-Rebel: (2/8): T3i, gets 7D’s remote flash control, xxD line’s AF, color-based metering
New Entry D-Rebel: (2/8): T3, an obvious replacement for the old XS
Trickle-down SLR features: (2/8) Canon Rebel T3i gets 7D’s remote flash firing capability, xxD line’s AF system
P&S Pixel race to stagnate:while there is no clean cut answer to this prediction, the overall trend saw P&S camera resolution remain at their 2010 levels.
More FF Tokina Glass:(6/27), Tokina announces 17-35 f4
More Nikon AF-S Updates:(4/27), Nikkor 50 f1.8 AF-S, sort of expected more, though
Telephoto Panasonic Lens:(8/26), 45-175 f4-5.6 ASPH OIS
Panasonic to focus on camcorder:(9/13) a sort-of come true prediction, Panasonic updated 7 of its lenses to better improve their video recording performance
Item of note: Sony launched pro-grade gear this year, too
Missed the boat:
More sonic-drive Tamron lenses
AF microadjust in sub $1,000 camera
New Canon ultrawide(s) for FF
New entry, mid-level Four-Thirds dSLRs
Constant f2.8 zooms for Olympus
Full frame mirrorless Sony camera
Pentax K-5 big brother
New Pentax ultrawide lenses
In the end, I was about 50/50 this year, not as good aslast year but, on the whole, not too bad. Now, as 2012 begins, it will be interesting to see what the camera makers come up with as, nearly a year after the tsunami, Japan’s industrial capability is rapidly coming back to normal.
As for buying cameras in the Cleveland area, there is no shortages og places to go. First up, there’s Cleveland-based Dodd camera, with its downtown superstore. In addition, there are many smaller Cleveland metro area chain stores in the Cuyahoga County area, too. Live West of Cleveland? Loomis Camera, located in downtown Elyria, Lorain County, is another place to go for all your photographic needs.
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