Columns By George Schaub

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Selective Focus: When Consumers & Companies Vote with Their Feet

The catchphrase “voting with one’s feet” might well define the battle the photo industry is engaged in today. This is a two-way street, with...
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Selective Focus: What Camera Should I Buy? Qualification in the Internet Age

If you work in the photo industry, you get used to relatives, friends, and friends of friends hitting you up for camera-buying advice. It...
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DIR December 2017 Editor’s Note: Saluting Our Dealers

We are so proud to present our 2017 Dealer of the Year Award to Midwest Photo. As we think about which retailer to acknowledge...
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Selective Focus: A Silver Lining in a Previously Cloudy Forecast

Every so often I check the Japan Camera Industry (CIPA) stats to see just how the camera industry is faring. Visits over the past...
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Selective Focus: photokina Goes “Annual”

You could almost see it coming. In the past two sessions of the previously biennial photokina, there seemed to be a search for identity...
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Selective Focus: Up in the Air

With a ban in place for carry-on electronics that are any bigger than smartphones from a select group of airlines/countries coming into the U.S.,...
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Selective Focus: Tech Trends & the Photo Industry

I found Digital Imaging Reporter’s January 6, 2017 issue most revealing about the photo industry in general and innovations in the imaging world in...
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The Social Landscape & the Photo Industry

It’s been obvious for a good while that smartphones have cut deeply into overall camera sales—compacts and bridge cameras in particular—change the landscape of...
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Selective Focus: Tipping Point

More than one pro I know doesn’t carry around a camera anymore. This, of course, doesn’t apply when they’re on the job. But it...
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Selective Focus: Thinking about photokina

In the spirit of full disclosure, this column is written from the point of view of somehow who covers the photo beat, and not...
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Selective Focus: Legacy Lenses & Mirrorless Momentum

First, some stats. Interchangeable-lens sales did well in 2015, with the summer months showing a near 20% increase over previous year sales (month to...
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Selective Focus: Trends and Tribulations

As I walked the show floor at PhotoPlus Expo, held in New York in late October, I was immediately struck by the proliferation of...
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Selective Focus—Q: What Lens Should I Buy?

The lens market has been enlivened of late with a slew of camera-maker and “third party” lenses that have special appeal to photographers of...

Selective Focus: Growing the Market for “Real Live” Cameras

Various and sundry industry associations have finally arrived at an agreement as to what to call non-DSLR interchangeable-lens cameras: “mirrorless.” While there are some...
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Selective Focus: Requiem for a Photo Magazine

I was saddened when I learned American Photo magazine would cease print publication in April. While I am not privy to the inside machinations...
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Selective Focus: Reach Out and Touch Someone

While the International CES stolidly maintains its trade-only policy, other photo shows are making a concerted effort to be inclusive of customers for photo...
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Selective Focus: Hearts & Minds & Mirrorless Cameras

It wasn’t that far back when pundits were predicting the decline and fall of the DSLR and that mirrorless models (let’s call them CSCs:...

Selective Focus: Tech and Techno-Lingo—New Terms to Learn

The recent photokina show certainly had its share of new products and tech advances, and with them came a new crop of lingo. Perhaps...

Selective Focus: photokina—The Evolution of the Trade Show

This year’s photokina proved you can have a successful industry show that draws both trade and photo enthusiasts. The organizers recognized that companies want...
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Selective Focus: Lessons Learned from Lessons Taught

Now that the battle of the snapshot has been won by the cameraphone and the sales panic of early 2014 has subsided, analysts are...

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