2020 wasn’t the best year for Nikon, and it looks like the trend lingers in 2021. Due to decreasing demand in the consumer market, Nikon has decided to shut down and sell two lens factories in Japan.
Like other companies, Tamron also seems to be struggling with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. The company has recently confirmed that its two major companies will remain closed throughout 2020. According to a press release, the reason for this decision is “decreased worldwide demand.”
I find shooting film is a fulfilling experience, especially if you develop and print your own rolls. But what does it take to make the rolls of film you shoot, the chemicals, and the photographic paper? ILFORD Photo has recently published a beautiful short film which takes you “behind the scenes” of its UK factory. If you’ve ever wanted to see how all things film are made, this movie lets you take a peek inside the facilities and see what happens before the film reaches the shelves.
There is little doubt that mirrorless is the big thing currently happening in photography. Even Nikon and Canon are finally starting to seriously (we hope) make the switch. One of the main names in mirrorless, Fujifilm, seems to be struggling to cope with the demand. So, they’re expanding their Taiwa factory in Japan to increase production.
The Sony A9 was pretty much an instant hit once it was announced early last year (that feels weird to type). Being able to easily keep up with its Nikon D5 and Canon 1DX II contemporaries in most respects, and even beating them in some. But if you own one, have you ever wondered how it was made? The folks at Photo Gear News were lucky enough to get a bit of a tour through the Sony factory in Chonburi, Thailand where the A9 is made, to see first hand.
If you’re a tech geek, I guess you find it interesting to see how the cameras are made, repaired or torn down. If you also dream of owning a RED camera (or you’re so lucky that you already do), this video will be a real treat for you.
On their YouTube channel, RED Digital Cinema has published a video that takes you behind the scenes of their factory in Irvine, California. It lets you take a peek into their premises and see how the famous RED cameras are being born. And there’s small preview of RED’s new $80,000K Weapon with Monstro 8K VV sensor.
It’s not much of a surprise that the compact camera market is getting a little more “compact”. It’s been coming for years. Global compact camera sales are down to less than a tenth of their peak. And it’s all thanks to smartphones. The cameras we carry with us all day, every day.
While smartphones aren’t killing DSLR sales, the opposite, in fact, they are destroying compacts. The Nikkei reports that Nikon are now closing one of their factories in China. A factory which primarily manufactures their entry level compacts and SLR lenses.
I always love watching how things are made, especially the tools that man of us use on a daily basis. So, when I see a new video pass my screen showing the inner workings of the production line, I’m fascinated.
In this video, we take a look inside the Hocus Products factory. This is where they assemble all the components for their $2,000 Reflex follow focus by hand. And I’m not just talking about putting motors in a case, either. They actually assemble the motors themselves from the basic parts, completely by hand.
The Leica M10 is, without doubt, a rather wonderful little camera. I’ll never own a Leica, because I simply can’t justify spending the kind of money that Leica commands. Especially on something I don’t really need. But it is interesting to see how the company and its cameras develop over time.
Equally as fascinating, if not more so, is seeing how these and other cameras are constructed. This morning, I head the pleasure of watching this short film over my first coffee of the day. An enchanting look inside the factory where the Leica M10 is hand built from its various base components.