Thom Hogan's assessment of a D400

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Re: Thom Hogan's assessment of a D400
In reply to yray, Apr 9, 2013

These two items in his wish list caught my eye:

  • On sensor supplemental focus. Imagine this: the mirror system stays for 8 fps and we have the usual Nikon focus system, but…we get a "mirror lift" mode that reveals phase detect on the sensor ala the Nikon 1. Yes, there may be some limitations with that mode (limited area, maybe no tracking), but coupled with the next bit it just extends the camera into new capabilities a pro would love.
  • Electronic shutter mode. Again, ala the Nikon 1, this lifts frame rates beyond the 8 fps the mechanical shutter provides. Nikon has demonstrated 15 fps with autofocus on the Nikon 1, why not have the same thing on a D400, even if it was a crop?

The electronic shutter and mirror lifted Nikon 1 style  autofocus would be perfect for wedding photography.  We use a Nikon V1 (with 18.5 1.8) and Sony rx100 during the actual ceremony to enable absolutely silent, flash-free photography.  To have this capability on a DSLR would be a big step forward!

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