Interestingly, all the first Canon rangefinder cameras had Nikkor (Nikon brand name) lenses on them.Nikon were glass makers before going in to cameras
joyclick: Hope there is a DSLR with excellent finders of yester years,Build quality of Nikon FM2/Canon F1
Minimal automation,no preset programs for every damn subject and let People create photos.
Let every camera be FF and come with 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 or 1.2 kit
I am sure that if a camera manufacturer were to make such a design, they would need to sell thousands of the combination.. We have sadly moved on and would people pay the possibly high prices
maximusgeekus: What an excellent concept. Imagine a slim digital back that you could attach to your Nikon F3 (or Canon F1) that would transmit images shot to an ipad/iphone over wireless for chimping / editing and allow you to set digital parameters from the ipad too. Superbly designed and built cameras coupled to modern technology. It would be nice to think that a manufacturer was working on this concept... Sigma perhaps with a full frame X3 Foveon? Ooh, is that coffee I smell :)
Several camera manufacturers looked at making digital camera backs,but the issue was the file size that was produced from a 24x36 CCD
wombat661: Kodak was first to pioneer the digital camera. They had it all. What happened. Would Kodak have survived if the CEOs were interested in the future of the company rather than next quarter's profit. Reminds me of Steve Jobs and Steve Scully. Apple II made money while Macintosh did not. Scully therefore did not like the Macintosh. Scully end up tanking the company. That whole generation of CEOs were failures.
I think the Nikon E2 came out before Kodak produced a digital back. The E2 was possibly the worlds first digital camera ever marketed.It was a brick
Michael Piziak: I too hate it that Kodak folded.
Hi they have restructured, then why have they sold off several licenses. A Chinese company has rights to the Kodak name on compact cameras, they sold a CCD Patent and many other expensive patents.I think you need to look further before making coment
Just a Photographer: Pretty advanced for that time!
But ironically the Shuttle doesn't fly anymore, Kodak went broke and Nikon is to follow if they don't start innovating soon....
Nikon will not go broke. They have been the innovators of many things over the years, look at the picture in a far bigger light, what have Canon been the innovator of. Fluorite glass had many serious issues and that is why Canon no longer sell Fluorite lenses. Look at the whole picture and not a blinkered view. Kodak have sold off all their real businesses and are just bout hanging in. Who now owns the Kodak Camera manufacturing license. Its NOT KodakAmericans think that the Japanese rely on the USA for sales. sadly it no longer the case
Paul Farace: Kodak folded because (among many issues) they allowed the RS-232 port to be on the front of the camera! Amazing stuff... wonder what the crop factor and pixel count of this Million Dollar prototype was? Anyone say in the video... I jumped around and didn't catch every line.
Kodak died because they had lost site of how to do business.Too many doctors and graduates who did not have a clue
JBemus: Actually if you would like more info on the Kodak cameras from the dawn of the digital SLR take a look at Jim McGarvey's website: http://eocamera.jemcgarvey.com/Jim was one of the most influential engineers in the development of the digital cameras. Make sure to check out the links at the bottom of the page too.
Why drag up the past. What benefit is it all?
JBemus: Here's a link at Jim McGarvey's site that I had to dig a little to find, but its good reading. http://eocamera.jemcgarvey.com/pdf/dcsstory.pdfComplete history of the pro digital camera program. Some of the cameras were seen by very few people, including and underwater digital SLR!
Most of the cameras never came to sale, so it all really inappropriate and historical
digiart: When NASA wanted a digital camera they modified a NIKON F3. NASA must have had good reasons to choose that body. I wonder why Nikon choose the Df over of F3, FM3,...
Previously NASA had been useing Nikon F2 cameras in there space missions, of course along with Hasselblad
Ian: Hell 1997 we saw the release of the Nikon Coolpix 100, I remember it well, dealers were frightened by the thought of digital cameras, now look.Nikon had also released some years before the Nikon E2 and E3 what a Dinosaurs they were fantastic era, but my how technology has moved on. The E2 and E3 took PCMCA cards, that were hellishly expensive at about £12 per meg, so a 64 mb card was really expensive. The camera took Nikon MF lenses, it was just very slow to download images.Canon were really no where at this time..
I actually think that the Coolpix 100 was a lot arlier than 1997 and certainly the E2 and E3 were 1993 ish as this was a memorable period in my life
There was also a Coolpix 300, it had a write on screen and voice notes with each image, the sad point is that penlight batteries did not last more than about one hour and then were very hot and very flat
Hell 1997 we saw the release of the Nikon Coolpix 100, I remember it well, dealers were frightened by the thought of digital cameras, now look.Nikon had also released some years before the Nikon E2 and E3 what a Dinosaurs they were fantastic era, but my how technology has moved on. The E2 and E3 took PCMCA cards, that were hellishly expensive at about £12 per meg, so a 64 mb card was really expensive. The camera took Nikon MF lenses, it was just very slow to download images.Canon were really no where at this time..
tralalax: I can't wait an article about DSLR evolution...the days when Canon 'outgunned' miles ahead of the competition in terms of high ISO captures
But sadly Nikon were there first with the Nikon E2 and E3, they were not 35mm bodies that were modified to take digital backs.
There are many types of Photographers, there are the serious guys, who really know what's and enjoy using their equipment, there are the Jewellery guys who buy cameras to show off and feel important, but never seem to produce pictures. In my 45 years in the trade there are a lot of talkers that have a lot to say. Then there are some of the people you find on either camera clubs or on Forums, they talk with authority at great length, but none have any technical back ground, they love to tell people that there are problems with xxx camera/lens, but in some cases they do not own the piece of equipment. The fault finders are often sad and have no real life.. Photography is an art form and is enjoyable not for spending hours finding fault, enjoy and don't moan.
Sadly the guys who write comments on this part of the site are not really interested in the camera, just making stupid comments on a camera which they would never buy one.
justmeMN: Once again, Nikon is alone in offering a DSLR with no Automatic Exposure Bracketing. Even many compact cameras have AEB. This is designed as a beginners camera, and beginners need AEB the most, to conveniently handle tricky lighting situations. (And, of course, AEB is also used by people who use HDR software.)
This camera is for people who would not understand what you are talking about, they have bought it because it either looks good,or because it is the latest Nikon or because they can brag to their friends that there camera has 24mp, they do not understand what it means, it jewelery