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« on: December 26, 2007, 07:51:12 AM »
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Spotted this in my old 'local' newspaper.

"Canon Inc. and Nikon Corp. want to move their digital single-lens reflex camera businesses onto a path of higher sustained growth through friendly rivalry, despite their neck-and-neck race for No. 1 in the world ahead of next year's Beijing Olympics, the companies' presidents said in recent interviews."^

Click here for the full article:  http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nb20071226a7.html

^japantimes.co.jp: Canon, Nikon want 'friendly rivalry' to spur camera market.  http://www.japantimes.co.jp.  Retrieved on 2007-12-26
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2008, 03:41:25 PM »
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The Canon/Nikon rivalry is rather amusing - and I think it will hot up with the arrival of Nikon's latest offerings that threaten to give Canon's offerings a run for their money.  The AF issue with the 1D MkIII cannot help Canon's reputation, no matter how much effort they put into solving the problem.  There have been other recalls too, remember the 24-105 f/4LIS recall and one of their later lenses too.

If an unreliable camera means a pro tog misses a shot of a lifetime, he/she will be tempted to swap brands.  I've heard rumours here that some pros are doing just that.

Competition is a good thing, it keeps both companies on their toes and keeps prices keen.  Complacency kills innovation.
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2008, 08:17:53 AM »
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Spotted this in my old 'local' newspaper.

"Canon Inc. and Nikon Corp. want to move their digital single-lens reflex camera businesses onto a path of higher sustained growth through friendly rivalry, despite their neck-and-neck race for No. 1 in the world ahead of next year's Beijing Olympics, the companies' presidents said in recent interviews."^

Click here for the full article:  http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nb20071226a7.html

^japantimes.co.jp: Canon, Nikon want 'friendly rivalry' to spur camera market.  http://www.japantimes.co.jp.  Retrieved on 2007-12-26
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Which roughly translated meams:

Canon and Nikon each wish the other would pursue market share share in a spirit of friendly rivalry, whilst they are individually completely focused on world domination:)
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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2008, 10:40:31 AM »
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In some way's it's difficult to reconcile the comments from a western perspective without resorting to the word cartel.  

I've only spent a short time living in that part of the world but the cultural approach to business is different.  National pride and prestige and conversly failure and shame are felt very keenly and often come before individual success.  

I'm not really qualified to comment.  Someone like Bernard L is in a better position.
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2008, 11:10:10 AM »
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In some way's it's difficult to reconcile the comments from a western perspective without resorting to the word cartel.

Such arrangements are not uncommon here. "Excessive competition" or "confusion" are terms often used here to describe what many would consider free market in the US. I smelled   a bit of collusion when I first read this article. This was the only article concerning the subject that I saw in either English or Japanese and I searched for other articles in Japanese on it.

Of course "collusion" is illegal in Japan. So is parking in traffic lanes on Tokyo streets. I'd bet both laws are equally enforced. Meaning rarely.
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