A lot to like, but the price isn't among those. I like that it has the D4 sensor, and I suppose that this is a part of the price issue. But why then go with a second tier AF system? I would not give up the D800E for anything, not even a D4. However, I do appreciate what the D4 has to offer, and getting the sensor in a second body for me would be great, if the price weren't so high. I don't suppose they can please everyone, no matter what they do, but they have to make the price-performance/(features) ratio attractive. Perhaps the price will drop eventually,and a lot of negative views will go away.
Tom Caldwell: I am a great satisficer, but with no maximiser instinct we would all be using some plain old cameras.
True maximisers will never be happy.
True satisficers will be happy with anything that takes pictures.
Great article, I like the twist.
I am a satisficer who learned to maximise and is now happily satisfied. Glad the article at least mentioned a Ricoh, the true maximus of street photography, even if only in passing. The satisficers would be happy with the GRDIV, the maximisers are out with their slide rules comparing the GR with about everything else that contains a shutter.
Someone once said that he who claims never to have made a mistake in purchasing has never bought anything. He who takes many purchases back for a refund has never bought anything either.
Wow. You just extended the article....and you did it well.
Good points here, but not a lot about street photography. On the other hand, I don't live in a place conducive to street photography, so I liked this article. It really applies to more than photography, and I found it interesting.
Wow, you just validated the long held belief (by some) that your reviews are clouded by Amazon marketing. What were you thinking? I like Amazon sometimes. And I read reviews posted by Amazon customers. But I also like B&H and Adorama and National Camera Exchange and a bunch of others. Maybe they should buy a forum and hire "expert" reviewers. This is over the top. DPR Gearshop? No thanks. I can find stuff to buy all by myself.
From the few actual reviews I have seen on this lens I think it would be nice on a second camera at weddings with a 70-200 on a full frame primary. It is reported to have excellent center sharpness right from f.18 at 18mm and throughout its range. The close focus distance will help with shallow DOF for cake shots and the like, as well as table group shots. I can't wait for more info and some samples using a D7100.Nice preview DPR. Hope you get to the full review soon.
greensturm: it's a shame, that allot of small "pocket cameras" have built-in GPS and Wireless connection and D7100 doesn't. So they can be fitted in aome small area of the body.I hate having some gadgets connected to the body and have to remove them everytime I have to put my camera in the bag! On-the-way it's really distressing.
It's obvious: THEY WANT US TO BUY THEIR ACCESSORIES!
Nikon could at least make a D7100x with wireless and GPS built-in as it is in P330, S9300, some thiny cameras of other producers and most of the smart-phones sold today.
Perhaps Nikon doesn't feel there is such a great demand for it in this class of camera. I certainly don't care about that option, but I can't claim I am typical. I don't know. I know where I am when I take the photos, and I would much rather download from a card. You should not get twisted up about this. Not a big deal. I'm sure there is a DSLR out there that has this stuff if it really is important to you.
The D7000 is a fantastic camera for the price, it's only failing for me the AF system for BIF. It appears Nikon has addressed that issue, and the price is unchanged. I get a lot of pleasure using my D800E for firds (and everything else), but I might spring for one of these. Appears to be another great Nikon camera.
It is certainly a beautiful camera.
Nice. Very interesting article.....to me.
MarkByland: Just curious about the statement regarding the lens as being the longest range zoom available for any interchangeable lens system. What about the Sigma 50-500 or the 150-500?
They are talking about the multiplier, 16.7X. A 50 to 500 is only 10X
JonSr: why make a toy camera look so serious. put a hello kitty outfit. neutered loser of a product that should shame any nikon badge owner.
Badge? I didn't know they sold them. How much?
Nice job, DPR
Anepo: "We were one of the last manufacturers to come to the mirrorless segment, but nevertheless, within less than half a year, we became number one in Europe."
Jasper you are claiming you became the nr1 in Europe in mirrorless despite Olympus and Panasonic having dominated for YEARS. I don't know a SINGLE photographer who OWNS a Nikon 1 camera and I have only seen ONE on sale in the entire Icelandic photography community.
"How many people actually bought additional lenses for their 1 system cameras?"Jasper:"I don't have those figures, but we have an attachment rate that's higher than one, definitely."
You don't have the sales figures for the Nikon 1 either apparently, Jasper you are full of BULLS***!
Because of bulls***ters like these I gave up on Canon and Nikon and went to Olympus m4/3 from DSLR's. I am tired of being lied to and being spit in the face when I ask for ANY customer service!
"Because of bulls***ters like these I gave up on Canon and Nikon and went to Olympus m4/3 from DSLR's."
That's kinda like cutting off your nose to spite your face, isn't it?
marike6: The answer to the question about a Nikon 1 with a fixed lens a la RX100 or X100 is surprising. Jaspers claims that fixed lens cameras are not as popular once were, but the huge success of the Fuji X100 and RX100 contradicts he view.
Personally I think an RX100 type camera from Nikon with a fast Nikkor ED zoom and Nikon 1 level AF would be a huge hit IF Nikon can make it with a cracking sharp lens like the Zeiss zoom of the RX100.
Similarly, an Nikon version of the Fuji X-Pro1, a digital Nikon S3 rangefinder-esque camera would be wonderful. But that's probably a fantasy as Nikon doesn't seem to be interested in a retro style reboot camera. Pity.
There is a reason fixed lens rangefinders almost disappeared from the market. I don't think that niche market is a good approach for Nikon. And they have never put the fastest lenses in Coolpix. They just will not do it for consumer cameras. I have been studying the new Fuji X camera, soon to be released. That thing has Nikon written all over it, spelled F-U-J-Icon. The AF system is being compared to Olympus, so that is a weak point in that it has only CDAF. The EVF is supposed to be very good, but it is still EVF. But good lord look at that shutter speed dial. And the aperture is on the lens. The initial lens line-up is excellent. Stick a V1 AF system in that thing, and forget about video. Walla.I don't know that any of us have the right answer, but I am sure that, so far, neither does Nikon. All the engineers were apparently working on D4/D800/D600, and that's not a bad thing. What a line-up. But where is my FM2D ??? It might be an X-E1.
Only one question about a larger sensor compact, and it was deflected. I love the V1. It is very capable, and one of the very best AF systems available. But it looks like the Fuji X-E1 is almost the camera Nikon should be building, and doing so with a much better AF system. Even if it were F mount I think it would sell in huge numbers. The total package with F mount lenses would be larger than most, but that hasn't stopped Sony and Samsung. The Nex 5 is a pretty big package, and the AF system is awful. Lots of room here for Nikon.This is not to say Nikon has done a good job with the 1 System. They gave it that great AF system and a couple of lenses, and then they just let it lay there. The J2 with a non-stabilized kit lens is not exactly "the other shoe dropping". Those boys better WTF up.
mixxtapekid: Hmm. This kind of disappointed me. Like others have said, i too would have much rather seen a 70D or 7D Mark II, something to reassure me sticking with the Canon brand.
It just seems like they recycle the same seemingly ancient technology in every new device.
So, I need some advice.
I have a T3/1100D. I bought it December of last year. It is my first DSLR. I had no idea what to look for in a DSLR when i bought it, but i do like the picture i can get out of it. It was $420 for the 18-55 IS II kit. Later on i bought a Sigma 50-200mm HSM OS for $150 and a 50/1.8 for $90. Needless to say i have outgrown its basic features and im itching for a new body and new glass.
Should i hope pray that maybe Canon will pull it together for the 70D or 7D Mark II soon and buy some good glass. Or jump ship with a D5100 or D7000? Both are pretty cheap now.
Also since the T3 is such a basic DSLR my mom said she'll be glad to have it.
You have such a small investment I think you should go with the system you feel will give you the most bang for the buck. Either way you will need full frame lenses. If you already had Nikon APS-C lenses you could use them until you were able to replace them, but replace them you must to get the benefits of full frame.I'm not selling anything, and I have no stock in Nikon. I use Nikon gear, but I have to pay for it. So believe me, buy what you wish. Still, for the life of me I do not understand this new Canon and the price. I think they would be better off to cancel the release and redesign the thing, but of course they cannot do that. If you believe that Canon will eventually get it right for you, then an investment in Canon lenses would be fine. If you think Nikon offers the best future, then you should go that way. Heck, look at Sony. Lots of choices out there for full frame.
kk123: D600 - unfortunately not the answer for replacement of the D300/s -D7000.
- Too low fps 5,5 isn't good enough!- Too low resolution for DX - only 24mp/2,25, not more than 10mp in the DX area.
Nearly useless for bird photos.
Maybe I should buy an old D2X - with 8 fps.
Why on earth isn't Nikon listening to its customers? I refuse to buy D600!
And where is an update of the 80-400mm? And a 300 f4 with stabilizer. And I could use a 500 f5,6. Come on NIKON!!
Josh, we all have our ideas about what people want or would buy, and those ideas are usually based on what we ourselves want or would buy.
Nikon is trying to grab a particular market ahead of Sony and Canon. That's a business decision, right or wrong. Many desires out there for particular cameras and features, and they are trying to make the best guess as to what is needed at this time. Business decision. No way they could please everyone. If the D400 were first, all the people wanting less expensive FX would be filling your current slot of dissatisfaction.
BackInTheGame: The BIG problem with this camera:
Using any of Nikon's FX cameras or the D300/D200, one becomes intimately accustomed to the controls on the top left. You press the button with your index finger and roll the wheel with your thumb. One crippling failure of the D7000 was to move that button to the rear side of the wheel. And they have done the same thing here. I'm not sure it would be a deal breaker for me, but I would think long and hard. That is the one thing I hate about the D7000.
I wouldn't give up my D800E for anything else available, but I would like to have a FM2-like digital camera. The weight and size of the D600 makes it a good candidate for putting on a small prime just to take a walk. But why do they move stuff like this button after all these years?
edit: Otherwise, I think they did a great job of balancing features, performance and price.
You might be right, Jake. But that doesn't explain why they moved it on the D7000.
JakeB: Is Ken's "review" up yet?
Jake.......please.....not in front of the children.