Thom Hogan's assessment of a D400

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Re: Thom Hogan's assessment of a D400
In reply to jfriend00, Apr 13, 2013

jfriend00 wrote:

nikkorwatcher wrote:

jfriend00 wrote:

It's also possible that it has just taken them longer than expected to get to 8fps at 24MP/14 bits with low read noise and they set that as the bar for the D400.  Either they need a new dual EXPEED design that they haven't done before which didn't go as planned or they are relying on a 3rd party vendor to produce silicon speed changes (in the EXPEED ASIC) and that is taking long than expected or getting to low noise at 8fps, 24MP, 14 bits is proving difficult for their sensor design.  Everything else should be basically off-the-shelf stuff they've done before unless they're shooting for some other new tech advance too.

I wouldn't be surprised if Nikon R&D were a lot smaller and slower than people assume. Look at the state of the aged and slow Capture NX2... and then look at the software Canon give away with their cameras for free.

Nikon doesn't "get" end-user software.  Never has.  They basically suck at it.  I think their development deal with Nik was a recognition of that fact and a desire to get some help.  Now that option is gone.  All I can say is thank goodness I don't have to use any Nikon software (I use Lightroom).

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Nikon has developed a few products over the years that a lot of people seem to love to hate. The old 80-400 immediately comes to mind, CNX2 is another one. I could never understand it. If you shoot NEFs, CNX2 is what you should prefer in my opinion. In the vast majority of cases it is what I use for raw manipulation and conversion, and happy with the results, and, believe it or not, I like the interface too, which I find very straightforward and easy to use. My second choice is DxO Optics Pro, particularly since they dropped the "Project" model in version 7. I have really tried to love Adobe products over the years, with various products and various versions, and I just can't. For me, Adobe UIs are clunky and overburdened with stuff I don't need, never used, never will. Lightroom Import facility drives me nuts, don't they get that I can manage my files myself. Elements crashed on me more often than any other program, image editing or otherwise, since probably Windows 3.1, and Photoshop itself is trying to be all things to all people in ways I fail to appreciate. In summary, I do hope that CNX2 has a future. So, John, I'm sure you can understand that software functionality and UI is something people can have different opinions about.

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