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who is going kaput next?

 
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Mar 28, 2014 18:57 |  #1

Dead Camera Manufacturers:
Casio - had a nice camera; still for sale in Asia.
Hewlett Packard
JVC - still makes video/camcorders
Kodak - had 2 cameras
Konica
Konica Minolta
Kyocera
Minolta - was sad to see them go
Nokia
Vivitar - had a bad film camera
Yashica

I didnt know these even made cameras:
General Electric
Maxell
Toshiba
Agfa
Apple
Sanyo
Epson

never heard of these:
Rollei
SiPix
SMaL Camera Technologies
BenQ
Mustek
Largan
Contax
D-Link
DXG
Jenoptik

who will be next? I bet Pentax and Sony will get out of DSLR too. Pentax is rarely sold anywhere, besides mail order or B&H.




  
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Mar 28, 2014 19:45 |  #2

Gomar wrote in post #16793780 (external link)
Dead Camera Manufacturers:
Casio - had a nice camera; still for sale in Asia.
Hewlett Packard
JVC - still makes video/camcorders
Kodak - had 2 cameras
Konica
Konica Minolta
Kyocera
Minolta - was sad to see them go
Nokia
Vivitar - had a bad film camera
Yashica

I didnt know these even made cameras:
General Electric
Maxell
Toshiba
Agfa
Apple
Sanyo
Epson

never heard of these:
Rollei
SiPix
SMaL Camera Technologies
BenQ
Mustek
Largan
Contax
D-Link
DXG
Jenoptik

who will be next? I bet Pentax and Sony will get out of DSLR too. Pentax is rarely sold anywhere, besides mail order or B&H.

Some major corrections and clarifications for this list.

Rollei (external link) is not out of business.

While you may not have heard of Rollei, that company is responsible for one of the legendary medium format cameras of the last century. Long before 35mm film became fashionable, Rollei made one of the best units available anywhere, the Rolleiflex (external link) twin lens reflex camera. New Rolleiflexes are still available.

Contax was another legendary medium format camera, very much the equal of Rollei and Mamiya.

Apple made one of the first consumer digital cameras (external link) twenty years ago.

Epson made several digital cameras, including a medium format camera that was mirrorless long before that design was fashionable

Many cameras are still badged as General Electric models, and that company has long had a major medical imaging division.

Kodak had far more than "two cameras." The company is credited with inventing digital imaging, and started with consumer models in the mid 1990's. In conjunction with the Associated Press, Kodak made the first practical DSLR's in the 1990's, converting Nikon and Canon film cameras.

Toshiba still markets camcorders and security cameras.

Agfa sold several consumer grade digital cameras and a version of the Minolta RD-175, the first consumer-grade DSLR.

Sanyo (external link) has never stopped making digital cameras. It's part of the same keiretsu as Panasonic.

Vivitar (external link) branded cameras are still being sold.




  
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Mar 28, 2014 20:25 |  #3

Also, Pentax was bought out by Ricoh (much like Minolta being bought by Sony), and I would imagine the name will continue for quite some time.

I doubt Sony will be going anywhere soon. I'd guess they're in the top 3 for sales, along with Canon and Nikon.

Not sure what the point of this thread is?


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Mar 29, 2014 05:36 |  #4

Gomar wrote in post #16793780 (external link)
who will be next? I bet Pentax and Sony will get out of DSLR too. Pentax is rarely sold anywhere, besides mail order or B&H.

soon just Canon and Nikon left ......... and 50 billion cell phone cameras




  
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Mar 29, 2014 06:06 |  #5

watt100 wrote in post #16794477 (external link)
soon just Canon and Nikon left ........

Not unless Sony stops making them look like spit.


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Mar 29, 2014 06:12 |  #6

Polaroid didn't make SLR or DSLR's but the "instatant camera" was a true innovator at the time.

Argus made my first 35mm camera shown in my avatar.


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Mar 29, 2014 06:52 |  #7
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Gomar wrote in post #16793780 (external link)
Dead Camera Manufacturers:
Casio - had a nice camera; still for sale in Asia.
Hewlett Packard
JVC - still makes video/camcorders
Kodak - had 2 cameras
Konica
Konica Minolta
Kyocera
Minolta - was sad to see them go
Nokia
Vivitar - had a bad film camera
Yashica

I didnt know these even made cameras:
General Electric
Maxell
Toshiba
Agfa
Apple
Sanyo
Epson

never heard of these:
Rollei
SiPix
SMaL Camera Technologies
BenQ
Mustek
Largan
Contax
D-Link
DXG
Jenoptik

who will be next? I bet Pentax and Sony will get out of DSLR too. Pentax is rarely sold anywhere, besides mail order or B&H.

Not quite sure why you've included D-Link, because they are a networking company, though they do have cameras, they are mainly webcams




  
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Mar 29, 2014 07:35 |  #8

Narwhal wrote in post #16794501 (external link)
Polaroid didn't make SLR or DSLR's but the "instatant camera" was a true innovator at the time.

Argus made my first 35mm camera shown in my avatar.

One note: the Polaroid SX-70 (external link) was a single-lens reflex camera. It wasn't an interchangeable-lens SLR and the design was far different than the typical box-and prism layout, but it was a SLR. The SX-70 was one of the best-selling single-lens reflex cameras ever.




  
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Mar 29, 2014 08:56 |  #9

Contax - tne Canon of 35mm SLRs pre-WWII. It suits Zeiss to sell lenses and not bodies at the moment

Jenoptik - basically the bit of Zeiss stuck behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Had been trading in the east under the Zeiss name in violation of the trademark, in the west as Praktica. When the DDR was subsumed into Germany proper again, had to change its company name. Very much alive making, among other things, camera components for Leica.

Kodak - sensor division continues as Truesense, which makes sensors for many applications including photographic cameras.




  
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Mar 29, 2014 22:19 |  #10

KirkS518 wrote in post #16793913 (external link)
Not sure what the point of this thread is?

Agreed.


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Mar 29, 2014 22:35 as a reply to  @ Snafoo's post |  #11

The same as any thread.. to promote conversation.


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Mar 29, 2014 22:36 as a reply to  @ 1Tanker's post |  #12

Or to simply blather.




  
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Mar 29, 2014 22:37 |  #13

Well, not a camera manufacturer, but it seems Pocketwizard may be on its way out.


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Mar 30, 2014 19:26 |  #14

DC Fan wrote in post #16793848 (external link)
Kodak had far more than "two cameras."

no kidding.
--> I <-- had 2 Kodak cameras!
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Apr 02, 2014 07:37 |  #15

DC Fan wrote in post #16793848 (external link)
Contax was another legendary medium format camera, very much the equal of Rollei and Mamiya.

Mostly famous for their fine top shelf 35mm cameras. Their RTS series in the 1970s-80s were up their with Leica. Designed by Contax but manufactured by Yashica. Used the Yashica mount so photographers had the choice of Yashica lenses or Zeiss lenses. Became popular with photojournalists in Europe for its ruggedness and lens choice.

Getting back on topic,, there are dozens (maybe hundreds) of camera manufacturers no longer with us today. Mostly European.


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