Let's be realistic: the D400 is not coming. Practical options?

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Let's be realistic: the D400 is not coming. Practical options?
Aug 31, 2012

Like a number of you, I've been waiting for the D400 for the past three years. With no serious rumour whatsoever, and the upcoming launch of the D600, I'm crying. But I have to be realistic and assume the D400 will not be. So, what are we going to do? I see a number of options, depending on each and everyone's use case and budget. I'd be curious to know what you think of them for yourself.

Option A.

Wait for a D7100 with improved burst rate (to be seen), better ISO, improved AF but unlikely to have better grip, still at 39 AF points, and still the same D7000 design/build.

Option B.

Opt for a D4 for those who need the burst rate if you have the cash and if you are not satisfied with the D7100's features. But you lose the reach.

Option C.

Opt for a D600, especially if the burst rate is not your key decision factor. After all, it would have a crop/DX mode (10MP which is just enough for the majority of cases) and you'd benefit from a full-frame sensor for hopefully great IQ and ISO. Fair enough, DX lenses wouldn't work on this body.

Option D.

Buy a refurbished or keep your D300s. But the sensor is old and some features pale in comparison with some of the new models.

Option E.

Buy or keep your D700. Not sure one would opt for that one but I've seen a number of users mentioning that option.

Option F.

Opt for a D800 and use it in DX mode for the meagerly increased burst rate. Very close to option C at a higher cost. Yes sure, the D800 is way better compared to the D600.

In my own case, I'm hesitating between options A and C. If image quality is really superior in the D600 case, I may go for that and give up on the burst rate (I'm rather a right-on-time shooter although I do appreciate a good burst rate for wildlife/sports occasionally). 10 MP is enough for me. The crop mode would give the "reach" which I need and at the same time have higher IQ overall and when I use wide angle, at least it'll be really wide.

I don't know. What do you think?

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