Columns By George Schaub

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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...

Selective Focus: The Image & the Print—A Parting of the Ways?

One of the biggest challenges the industry faces today is the divorce between the image and the print. In ye olde days, the major...

Selective Focus: The DSLR/Mirrorless Sales Conundrum . . . with Connected Cameras Thrown...

With the recent sales figures on DSLR and mirrorless models putting a smile on no one’s face, and with compacts basically falling through the...
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Selective Focus: The Hurry-Up Game—Major Intros Prior to CES

WWhile CES is all about new product intros, photo industry manufacturers were not shy about getting news out about their latest products prior to...

Selective Focus: The Cameraphone and the Photo Industry

The announcement of the 41MP Nokia Lumia 1020 cameraphone seems to have been met with some excitement, and considerable consternation, within the photo industry...

Selective Focus: A Score of Years Ago

Back in ‘93 we were just getting ourselves out of a severe recession. It was Bush then and it’s Obama now, but the banks...
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Selective Focus: The Filmless Generation Comes of Age

One of the first questions I ask in a class I teach on using a digital SLR is: “How many here have ever shot...

Selective Focus: Ask and Ye Shall Receive–Knowing Your Customer Always Pays Dividends

It’s often difficult to catch the pulse of buyers, but in a fast-changing, technology-driven market it would do the industry well to know about...

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