24th September 2002, 10:07 PM
That might be true. I have 2 Pentaxes in my possession. Both Espios.
Those were the days when my then-girlfriend (now my wife) kept scolding me: "Take photo, must look at the background, compose properly. Dun anyhow shoot shoot."
How times have changed....
Last edited by StreetShooter; 24th September 2002 at 10:18 PM.
24th September 2002, 10:36 PM
4th October 2002, 11:59 PM
From yahoogroups, thanks to Duncan Staples
Canon is a publicly held company and also combines business, optical
and photographic equipment in their earnings statements. The business
side (copiers, printers, fax machines, scanners, semiconductor and
computer peripherals) makes up 70% of total sales/revenue. Optical
and photographic equipment make up only 13% of their total
sales/revenue. North and South America make up about 30% of total
Minolta Co. Ltd. (parent company) - is a publicly held company and combines business, optical
and photographic equipment in their earnings statements. The
business equipment market accounts for about 75% of Minolta's total
revenue followed by optical equipment (not photography) that accounts
for about 21% of total revenue followed lastly by photographic
equipment which makes up only 4% of Minolta's total sales/revenue.
Nikon is part of the Mitsubishi keiretsu, a group of businesses
linked by cross-ownership and makes more than 45% of their
revenue in the semiconductor/stepping industry and also mixes optical
and photographic in with the other parts of their business which
include eyewear, electronic imaging equipment etc.
MARKET SHARE PHOTOGRAPHY(non-digital):
The best information that I have seen printed 2001/2002(in reliable
sources like NYTIMES, HOOVERS etc.) place Canon at 36.4% (2% higher
than 99/00), Minolta at 23.7% (4.3% lower than 99/00), Nikon at 16.5%
(3.3% lower than 99/00). Pentax 9.5% and Kyocera 4.8%. It appears
that Canon is gaining market share while both Nikon and Minolta are
loosing ground. These number are world-wide.
I found it interesting that Olympus is the digital photography market
share leader (world-wide) with approximately 25% market share.
I forgot to mention the following:
1. Minolta - $3.8 billion in revenue - $259 million dollar net loss.
2. Nikon - $3.6 billion in revenue - $54 million net loss.
3. Canon - $8 billion in revenue - $346.8 million net profit.
Last edited by ninelives; 5th October 2002 at 04:03 AM.