Thom on Nikon's unanswered questions...

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Re: Thom on Nikon's unanswered questions...
In reply to Tony Beach, 10 months ago

Tony Beach wrote:

Feels like I'm in the wrong forum here. Anyway, reading your post here what I get is that Nikon has time to keep those getting all worked up over a couple of fps. The D3 now costs less than a new D700 cost when it came out, so that's an upgrade right there, the D3s will not be too far behind. The 5DIII costs $3400 (USD), so you are paying $500 more for it than for the D800 to get 1 fps (D800 1.2x crop mode compared to 5DIII full frame).

Thom's article was about the whole Nikon product line, not just DX products so I'm discussing Nikon's efforts in that larger context.  That's why I'm mentioning some FX issues in addition to DX issues.

I don't think Nikon has a lot of time before some bleeding of customers accelerates.  I don't really "want" a 12MP sensor, even in a camera as good as the D3s.  I'd rather have 16-24MP. But, right now, the D700/D3/D3s are the only Nikon FX options available for shooting fast that aren't $6k.  And, me buying a used D3s may keep me from defecting for another year, but it doesn't bring any revenue into Nikon.  I've frozen all Nikon lens purchases because Nikon doesn't appear to be supporting the kind of shooting I'm doing long term so the last thing I want to do is throw more money down the Nikon hole if I have to switch brands in the next few years.  If I buy a new lens in the next year, it would either be a Sigma with a changeable mount or a used lens that I don't think would depreciate much if I had to sell it.

A good D3s that doesn't have a zillion clicks on it seems to be going for around $3500 now.  The D3 is meaningfully less since the D3s sensor is so much better and the D3s has a larger buffer.

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