Thom's 2011 predictions are out and D400 is...

Started Nov 6, 2010 | Discussions thread
Simon Garrett
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Re: Thom's 2011 predictions are out and D400 is...
In reply to Tony Beach, Nov 7, 2010

Tony Beach wrote:

If Nikon wants to push the price of the "D400" up past $2000 then an integrated grip becomes a selling point,

I don't think so.

...especially for pros using a D4 who want a DX companion that shares identical UI with it.

I think the selling point of a DX companion is size and weight.

Some people already find D300 as big as they can put up with and don't want to go bigger.

Nikon has to ask themselves how many who say an integrated grip is too big would simply be satisfied with the smaller D7000?

The D7000 is a very different camera to the D300.

Many D700 users want an FX version of the D7000,

I question the "many", personally.

...so maybe the intermediate sized cameras like the D300s and D700 become the niche cameras that can't sustain enough market share to justify their existence in Nikon's line-up.

The D300(s) is a very strong seller. I really don't think you're right.

DX and FX each have advantages and disadvantages. But I think size and weight (of the camera and lens together) are very strong advantages of DX. I could be wrong (often am) but I doubt the demand in the "serious" amateur and pro markets is for a big heavy DX camera. I shall be surprised if the replacements for either the D300 or the D700 have integrated grip.

Of course, if Nikon can reshape the camera to include a grip without increase in size or weight, then great. And of course, it's still got to fit on a tripod, and take all existing accessories. But I'm not putting money on it.
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