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they had to get them near enough right from introduction, or their companies would not survive. Sony has grabbed a lead in photographic technologies, particularly sensor design, because they have been number one in broadcast and video since about 1980. Let's hope the Nikon and Canon engineers' efforts are good enough, because photography without Canon or Nikon would be less interesting. I think they'll survive, partly because some of us still want SLRs but mainly because they both know photographers and understand what we want far better than Sony. John Black

We are well aware of how long it takes to develop a camera, having visited many of the factories in

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