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The D300 should be FF and the D3h should be DX

Started Aug 23, 2007 | Discussions thread
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The D300 should be FF and the D3h should be DX
Aug 23, 2007

Wouldn't it make way more sense that way? Especially in light of Thom's comments?

There are two markets here, one for professional photojournalists (sports photographers) and wildlife shooters who prefer a 1.5x 'crop factor,' high speed shooting and a robust body with an integrated vertical grip, and another one for advanced amateurs and professionals who shoot weddings and hiking trips who prefer a lighter body and want FF so their wideangle and portrait lenses can serve their originally intended purposes. So if we're talking the 12MP range, it's the pros who want the 1.5x crop and the semi-pros who want FF.

It makes even more sense in light of the competition. The D200 is still arguably a better and more capabale camera than the 40D, but with Canon's aggressive pricing they've undercut the D200 to such a degree that they might even steal D80 sales. The D200 is still a viable product but only if the price is cut significantly.

At the higher end of 'semi pro' you have the 5D which has no competition from Nikon, and will continue to have no competition if Nikon releases a FF D3 at $4000+.

On the other hand, if Nikon releases a FF D300 at say $1999, it poses an immense threat to the 5D, and in the short term, the 1DsMKIII. At the same time they can lower the price of the D200 to the area that Canon is pricing the 40D at to combat the threat there.

Then, as Thom predicts, next year they release the true flagship, a D3x with monster megapixels (24+ MP) they have all their bases covered.

Wouldn't that make way more sense?

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