D800 refresh rumoured

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Lance B
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Re: D800 refresh - didn't you know it was coming
In reply to T O Shooter, 9 months ago

T O Shooter wrote:

I don't get all the fuss over these "refreshes". D4S behind glass in Vegas, then all the hype up to the offical announcement. Don't we know all this is coming? And that the update will be different from the current?? I'm in Toronto and we have snow. But I'm reasonably certain that sometime before July it'll all be gone. Same as all the cars will have some updates next fall. Same as new camera bodies get updated every so often.

And as I've said on here before, Nikon seems to have taken its cue from the snowmobile manufacturers. Build it one year; correct what it can the next. Last year Polaris's Rush was the cats ass, but for 2015 the chassis has "93% new parts" which means there's 7% in nuts, bolts and rivets. So Nikon needs "refreshes" to fix what they fooled up the last time. Too bad its come to that.

Is this what you really think? So, what you are saying is that Nikon should have waited until it they had the technology/parts/whatever to release the D800 in the guise that they are about to deliver it in now? In other words, wait 2 years to release the soon to be released refresh of the D800 after the official release in March 2012. So, if we take that to the nth degree, we would never see the release of any new models as the new model would be the one "we should have had all along" and therefore waited until it was released. But then, that new model would be defficient somehow and the updated version should have been the one that they released and so on ad infinitum.

I think you'll find that manufacturers release stuff in oder to get the jump on the market. Yes, maybe they release it earlier than they should, but they need to make sure that they have the upper hand and release it with the parts/technology that they have available at the time. I see no real problem with releasing a product that does what is intended, seems to fit the consumer requirement, but then the manufacturer releasing a tweaked version halfway through it's product cycle in order to regenerate buyer interest and demand. Also this refresh may address some issues that the original model may have had and that the buying public has requested.

This is called marketing and long term viability and I see no problem with that. The D800/E is a fantastic camera and one that is great as is. Yes, it could do with some improvements, but as the camera is now it probably serves 90% of it's owners with more than they will ever need. Do I need a tweaked D800E? Probably not. Will I buy the tweaked version? Possibly if they improve the AF, high ISO, wrtie speed/frame rate. In isolation each of these tweaks is not really a reason to upgrade, but added together they improvements are a possible justification for "uograding" to the refreshed model. An improvement of the AF would be good and not that it is bad, but we can alays have better AF. If they imrove the high ISO, that will also interest me. If they improve the write speed/frame rate that would be good, not that I really need it.

The thing is, I can sell my current D800E for probably US$2,000 or so, and if the rumoured price is about $3,500 it has cost me less than $1,500 to upgrade for probably 18months shooting and about 30,000 actuations, depending on when the actual release date is. If it is a few months away, then it is about 18 months shooting with my current D800E. Pretty good cost in my books, only about $1,000 a year. I would hate to imagine how much that would have cost me in film and printing costs and the keeper rate would be much more than with film as I can shoot then tweak.

Anyway, put the new D4S AF in the update and I'd live with the rest. Even the D4 AF. The new processor should be good for a boost in fps by default. 6 or 7 would be nice, but AF alone is enough for me.

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