How about offering a number of useful zoom lenses: the 2.8 wide/medium/tele trio and a superzoom 28-300 equiv.?
duchamp: Wow! Specs wise it looks like a D400 Nikon never made. Should it be in a Nikon pro body (as in D300/700/800) I'd buy one.
Of course Nikon should sweeten these specs with 60p video, 1/500 sync speed, 3 times more focus points, twice as much frames per charge and, last but not least, built-in WiFi.
Wow! Specs wise it looks like a D400 Nikon never made. Should it be in a Nikon pro body (as in D300/700/800) I'd buy one.
Mike Sandman: Many of the comments seem to miss the point. What's interesting is that it's possible to take such detailed images of an object that's the size of a human head, plus or minus an order of magnitude. The technique and the robotic tool will certainly be put to use for purposes other than making this mildly repulsive yet intriguing demonstration.
A challenge: What do you think the technique & tool could be used for, either for art or for science?
For panoramas you can use a much much much less expensive GigaPan EPIC.
As a devoted Nikon SLR user I went for Fuji X100 as my pocket camera. It has everything I ever wanted for: great pic quality, great external controls, great looks. Pity Nikon doesn't compete there, I'd rather buy a Nikon X100.
When traveling I carry 2 bodies with a wide angle and a tele lenses on each and the X100 instead of the 24-70.
KingshukB: Nikon announced 5 Full Frame bodies in 2013 and 5 APC Bodies.
FF : D800,D800E,D600,D610,D4..
APSC : D3200,D3300,D5200,D5300,D7100..
now in Feb, D4S...
Please nikon Announce D400 as soon as possible.
+1. I also want a D400.
b craw: The Sochi Project actually consists of a series of publications featuring Hornstra's photographs and van Bruggen's texts, resulting from multiple visits to Sochi. It cannot be very successfully argued that these works do not have a political dimension - they do. But taken in totality they strike me as more interesting as mediations of the photographic relationship of photographer and subject, identity, as well as editorialization relating to place. Hornstra has spoken of his processes, which include using medium and large format film cameras, as a means of lengthening the interaction between himself and the subject, thus establishing a form of ease, even intimacy; this is a calculated decision as to process. While similar aesthetically to the likes of Rineke Dijkstra, often absent obvious concern for gymnastic angles and other formal devices often used in photography, his photos can often present a flat matter of factness of subject. It can at times feel both removed and piercing or humanizing. I state this from my own perception(s), not what is written about his work. Fair game to criticize formal dynamics, political dimensions, etc., but I've found some decent rewards in spending some time looking at a larger selection of his work.
Aesthetic...mannerism...I don't know what you are talking about: these lousy pictures look like taken from a family album. And are of any interest only to the family they belong to.
Strange that they made their way to the front page of a premium internet site. Maybe they are here because a famous photographer made them? This is a shame that lousy pictures are considered great only because their author is famous. Wake up, the king is naked!
duchamp: I felt as if Nikon representatives were puppets under strict control as they tried to be as less informative answers as possible. Such a great opportunity missed to intrigue a vast audience. Nikon disappoints me once more.
They could spill some info about their current developments and maybe future trends.
JohnEwing: D300s users have been looking forward to a D400 like Christians awaiting the Second Coming. I loved & still love my D300s and would have grabbed an updated version (e.g. with the D7100 sensor) had it appeared in 2012 or last year. But it didn't, so I got fed up waiting and upgraded to a D600, which for me anyway has totally removed any desire for the D400 (not to mention the budget). I suspect a lot of D300s users have done the same thing. I suspect that Nikon sees the "D400" market this way too - i.e. dwindling devotees huddling in a back room while the parade goes by.
I discovered myself that the FF step isn't so expensive. There are lots of older Niion lenses that work beautifully, and some spiffy-but-inexpensive new lenses for full frame which - drop a tear - ain't Nikon.
To Adrian Van,I thought in the exact same way. :-) By the way, Df technically is the same camera as D610 but with awful ergonomics and a very steep pricing. I own a Fuji X100 and I like its ergonomics (and pricing) much more.
To taktak91,when one is heavily invested in lenses converting to another brand is much more painful than buying a new body.
+1. I waited even a bit longer and eventually went towards a D610. Which inferior focusing system and overall handling is compensated by a superior picture quality and low noise at high ISO.
I felt as if Nikon representatives were puppets under strict control as they tried to be as less informative answers as possible. Such a great opportunity missed to intrigue a vast audience. Nikon disappoints me once more.
Blackmagic ... Key Features: Built in LCD
Wow! A breakthrough I'd say.
aris14: It is said that in the WW2 when Goering inspected the first shoot down Spit and saw its nuts and bolts he said that these screws could be the reason why Nazis will loose the war.Sony and presumably Pana, no matter what they bought/cooperated or whatsoever (Minolta, Leica, Zeiss, Schneider etc) seems they went back to to the drawing board and started from a blank sheet of paper and a pencil, so t say.Older firms just tried to put it in, producing a huge batch, I think that they divorced their original creativity in enginnering.No matter the gentle memories we have some of us from some of them, it's more than obvious why they are quickly disappearing as brands.I think this is called natural selection, no?
Since 1992 Minolta made some really great stuff that sold for hundreds of millions $ worldwide. The 1998' Maxxum 7 rivaled Canon EOS 3. Not to mention Maxxum 9.
If one compares the 2004 Maxxum 7D, EOS 20D and D70 he will see they al on par.
I don't know the reasons why Minolta sold they photographic business to Sony in 2006 but surely not because they payed 14 years ago $121 million.
this is what you get after spending 4000 Usd on a full frame and pro lens.
135 mm, f2.8,full frame.
Look similar to Leica Noctilux 50/f0.95 on a M9.
i love them a lot.
I cannot believe heavy pp was used, maybe some vignetting, but the hardware she uses can generate these pics out of camera.
So indeed strange why she gets coverage at DPR, so many many other great ones on 500px?
On her flickr account one can find that she owns another premium glass: Canon 50mm f/1.2.
Premium equipment doesn't guarantee premium pictures, however, if you get awful pictures you know who is to blame. Nevertheless, using premium equipment is extremely pleasant even if one photographs his cat.
Cane: The fact that you need a grip in the first place shows the design fail of this style of camera. The past isn't always as great as old people remember it. Did Fuji just realize hands aren't rectangles?
Fuji's where meant to look like rangefinder cameras, not dslrs. In my opinion adding any grip spoils its great looks. On the other side, Nikon does very good camera grips but when it comes to fixing design flaws they offer you to buy a new camera as a solution.
Kirppu: Hey camera manufacturers one tip to prevent these after sell ripoffs. But the grip there in the first place. A camera should have a grip they are not smartphones.
Like me. I don't need the grip - I like the camera small.
Anyway, I think that the new design features improvements that Fujifilm gathered from user opinions. Which is good. This means the company listens to us.
As a former Nikon user I don't understand why they stopped upgrading firmware for its D300s and why did it punish all the D600 owners?
aandegoons: I like where Nikon is going. Camera's for active photographers. Far too often I find myself looking out the window or checking the weather forecast and leaving my camera home.
D700 (or higher) +24-70/70-200 2.8 can withstand any rain.
line 5: "put your media on a Samsung drive"
Have you meant Sandisk?
dccdp: So Nikon is that desperate about selling the "1" cameras that it sues a company nobody would have otherwise heard about.
Good job, this Polaroid-brand owner might actually sell a few cameras as a result.
The "Sakar thing" is a large international reseller of electronic stuff (home appliances, cameras, phones, etc) based in Israel. The company deals with distributors on a regional level and is not known to the retail consumer.
Why not use such a great opportunity to install some desired features like built-in WIFI, increased buffer size, more focus points, higher resolution screen, stereo microphone, 1080p/60 video, USB3 port? Really, aside the renewed shutter mechanism all other improvements are merely software ones.