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Camera manufacturing - a peek inside

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Hikari, May 27, 2011.

  1. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
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  2. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    great post hikari

    a wonderful reposte to all the people who demand the the impossible,the impractible and the uneconomic from the camera manufacturer of their choice :)

    K
     
  3. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Thanks hikari!

    Hi Hikari,

    Thanks for taking the time to put into a post. It's much appreciated...

    Alan
     
  4. Thanks for taking the time to give us this insight into a world that most of us can only imagine.
     
  5. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    Debi
    とても面白い!

    ありがとうございます。
     
  6. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    Great post. Thanks for sharing! Now that thumbnail...looks like the shell of a dSLR early in the manufacturing/prototyping process...well for top LCD...front control dial...angular shell...that plus the rangefinder reference leads me to believe that you worked for Nikon...
     
  7. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Gordon
    Very cool. Thanks for the info. Very enlightening.

    Gordon
     
  8. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Gordon
    Or Canon. They did rangefinders and that looks like a Canon hump to me.

    Gordon
     
  9. I was trying to figure that out as well. The viewfinder hump looks more Canon than Nikon to me, too. Maybe Hikari is trying to keep us guessing with one of the prototypes that never saw the light of day.
     
  10. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    Thanks for your kind words. When you talk about your day at the office, your are unsure anyone cares.

    BTW, the image is of half a camera mold for the camera top plate. I don't have the other half, so I can't make my own cameras. ;)
     
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  11. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Thanks for these insights, Hikari!

    I was recently talking to a someone who works at a camera company we all know, and it was interesting to hear his reaction to the suggestion that there were certain lenses we all want. What he basically said was that the primary driver of development is what the dealers want, not what we want. Makes perfect sense.
     
  12. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
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  13. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Thanks Hikari. It keeps getting better, and more informative...
     
  14. unkabin

    unkabin Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 17, 2011
    Minnesota
    Ah, it's a shame.
     
  15. Pan Korop

    Pan Korop Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 31, 2011
    Phare Ouest
    Thanks, Hikari. Some of your descriptions of working hierarchy reminded me the novel "Stupeur et tremblements" by Belgian writer Amélie Nothomb. Or some personal experience with my Japanese bosses in another camera company, just before digital age.

    As for yours... I don't know of many who wrote decent manuals and press-releases, cared for it, and hired the best translaters they could for other markets. Greedy, but not cheap people. Sounds canonical.
     
  16. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
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  17. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    I echo Sprinkle, very interesting and thank you.

    私の投票はKonica-ミノルタへです。

    Gary
     
  18. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    Gary, what is the matter? Can you write Konica in katakana?
     
  19. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Having had to obtain translations for business documents and contracts, I know those translations can be extremely expensive. Is a technical manual a legal document? Have you/your company ever have to face legal proceeding due to an inaccurate translation? Does/did your company make reference to the Japanese versions as the official/over-riding document?

    Where did you live?

    Gary
     
  20. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    LOL!!! My phonetics and keyboard failed me!!!!

    G