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Why is the market for digital rangefinder cameras so much smaller than it was for film-based rangefinders?

It isn't that rangefinders have struggled in the era of digital. It's that rangefinders struggled to survive the era of the SLR. The SLR started putting the rangefinder to bed long before digital came ...
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What practical advantages do expensive Nikon DSLRs give vs affordable ones?

The Nikon D5 and its predecessors are mainly intended for action and sports photographers. They are designed for speed and sensitivity in order to freeze fast moving action and capture it at its ...
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Why do japanese companies dominate the camera market?

Excellence in camera manufacture was mainly in Europe, specifically, Germany prior to world war2. The war forced Japan and Germany to collaborate and share technology for instrument making. After the ...
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Why is the market for digital rangefinder cameras so much smaller than it was for film-based rangefinders?

I don't remember seeing many popular rangefinder cameras at the dawn of the digital era. The main reason for the demise isn't digital-vs-film, but the pervasiveness of zoom lenses, for which they are ...
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What practical advantages do expensive Nikon DSLRs give vs affordable ones?

They're designed for different use cases. The D810 and kin are designed for wedding, event, and landscape photographers who need maximum resolution; flagship models like the D5 are designed for ...
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Why is the market for digital rangefinder cameras so much smaller than it was for film-based rangefinders?

Mirrorless fills this niche in a lot of ways, and particularly as EVFs and sensors have gotten better, the downsides to that have narrowed. The "rangefinder" in "rangefinder cameras" refers to these ...
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What practical advantages do expensive Nikon DSLRs give vs affordable ones?

In addition to @Itai's excellent answer with regard to performance shooting action and sports, the pro lines for both Nikon and Canon are built to be much more durable and take the constant punishment ...
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Why is the market for digital rangefinder cameras so much smaller than it was for film-based rangefinders?

Rangefinder cameras are compact because they do not need extra room for a mirror. The mirrorlessness is accomplished by having one optical path for a photosensitive medium (film here) and another for ...
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Why do japanese companies dominate the camera market?

Because doing something just good enough is not even an option in Japanese culture. Do it right, do it the best you possibly can, strive for perfection. It is a reflection on you as a person and the ...
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What are the major differences between these camera series by Canon?

Above, you can see a screenshot of Wikipedia's EOS digital timeline. Colours indicate DSP generation, x-axis is time (from past to present), y-axis is level (from entry to pro) with exceptions, such ...
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What is the value of EF 50mm f1.8 STM?

The actual value is the value Canon sells it for. "Great value" here means that for a very affordable price you get a lens that gives great results. Of course it for that price it also cuts ...
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Why do japanese companies dominate the camera market?

Part of the answer is that IIRC investing in cameras and optics was a policy of the MITI in the 60s. Japan needed an industry that could use skilled workers had significant added value (to be able to ...
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Why do japanese companies dominate the camera market?

I think the current situation has a lot to do with the reaction to digital technologies and the relative focus and size of the businesses. Europe had a lot of camera makers even after WW2. North ...
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Why is the market for digital rangefinder cameras so much smaller than it was for film-based rangefinders?

As mattdm notes, rangefinders use a focusing mechanism based on parallax. Several opine that any popularity rangefinders might have had were for their compact size, not their focusing mechanism. (...
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