roustabout66: I know for me Nikon's recent QC issues and their refusal to sell parts to independent repair shops has taken Nikon off my list as a potential purchase until they change their policies toward consumers.
Since Nikon announced they will not sell parts to independent repair shops my local shop as well as many others can no longer service Nikon equipment. Roger at Lensrentals said that last year Nikon repairs took 3 times as long to get back and cost twice as much as Canon repairs. As attractive as Nikon's latest cameras look (except for the many QC issues) I will not buy from a company that locks me so in my (evidently needed) repair options.
I'm with you roustabout66, Ive been a nikon user since '05 (my first DSLR being a D50) to now working with a D700, and having owned a D200, and 2 D300 bodies, they were all superb.. the studio i work with currently owns 2 D4's 3 D800's and a D600, all have been serviced for some sort of manufacture issues.. Im so hesitant to purchase a new camera, i dont want to have to deal with any of that if im going to spend $3k plus on a camera body.. Im actually going to purchase a Canon 6D at this point as my D700 is fairly beat up.. i may have to buy a few new lenses, but at least i wont be tied into one system. one of our video guys is using one and the image quality has looked really good. Im keeping all my Nikon gear for later on, hopefully they get their act together and the next body they release will be up to par with what the D3 and D300 were when released. :)
Nishi Drew: "it was important to include a 100% viewfinder, a good AF system with enough cross-type AF points, the ability to shoot with teleconverters and still focus at F8, a built-in flash…"
See Canon, Nikon understands that these specs in a camera are all important~No "pros don't use that" or "amateurs don't need that" reasoning
@kodacrome, have you ever actually broke a pop flash off this or higher level of camera? Im sure it could happen.. but im thinking, if your camera hits something that hard chances are a lot more than the pop up flash will be broken as well.. so if you smash the top area of a D4 or canon 5D mark III with same force.. tell me what would probably happen...
whtchocla7e: Can I trade in my food stamps for one of these new Nikon's?
Re-elect obama n you might be able to. :-p
meanwhile: How do they feel about the competition's offerings? "I think the competition make better cameras than us, because of this, this and this" said No Marketing Manager Ever.
When i read the question i already knew the answer.. as a samsung ambassador/rep and former olympus rep i can tell you whether the nikon rep likes the canon product or completely hates it he is more than likely not allowed to comment on it, and especially not say anything negative about it, or any other company publicly.. so its either say, "yeah its good..." or, "no comment on competitors products"...
PhotoTrevor: I was hoping for so much more... I have a MkII and this does not seem that revolutionary. This is an evolution at best. The MkII should have had a more advanced AF system to begin with and things like more programmable bracketing shots should be offered as a firmware update to MkII users. I am happy to see that the megapixel count was not raised as I prefer low noise over pixels. What I can't figure out is why Canon in it's infinite wisdom can't put a swivel LCD on there and for a camera that supposedly is being marketed for video. You can put it on a 60D but not on a MkIII. Boo....
then you should totally stick with your 5D mark II.. I think people are so surrounded on hype that they feel they HAVE to upgrade when something new comes out.. it is an evolution brotha, especially with technology nowadays.. look at how far its advanced, its not as night and day as it once was. 5D mark II is a great camera, id stick with it a few more years, maybe another 2 or until it breaks, then get the mark III. just a little thought. :)
walnist: How is the D800 better than this?The 5DmkIII has better high ISO performance, and faster shooting rate.What the D800 has going for it is the higher pixel count, but it has to be seen whether this translate in any higher effective resolution as measured in lp/mm.With such tiny photo sites only the sharpest primes will likely be able to achieve decent pixel level sharpness in the center of the image (see Canon's 7D which has the same pixel density, for comparison), and the borders will be soft no matter what.The D800 can be a good cheap studio camera (but for true 36 Mpixel you'll have to go medium format anyway), but the 5DmkIII seems more versatile and better all-rounder.
as a nikon user i totally agree.. i think the only thing the D800 has going for it is the D800E model w/ out the AA filter.. but we'll all have to see how its used in the real world of shooting.. the only gripe i have about the 5D mark III is that its $500 buckos more than the D800. >_< $3500 man! lol. Im going to get the Oly OM-D E-M5 to use for a lot of work in the nightclub/nightlife world in the meantime, looks really promising. :)
MarcusGR: I think this camera marks the definitive abandonement of the DSLR market by Olympus. In fact this high-build-quality mirrorless camera weighs even more than Oly's E420, the lightest DSLR on earth. And this happens because EM5 build-quality is in the same league as Oly's much bigger and heavier E5.A very reasonable move by Olympus: the E5 made no sense at all because it "wasted" all the advantages 4/3 has over APSC and FF, whereas 4/3 system cameras MUST point to maximise them. So this system must point to becoming m4/3 only and mirrorless-only. Users needing top performance no matter the weight, will stick to larger sensors; everyone else will be lured by best-performing portability. And - in this field - m4/3 strikes an excellent balance, with the likes of EM5 at its top.
honestly, im going to get one... Im shooting with a D700 right now, and while i absolutely love it, especially for low light, and while i dont think id ever shoot a full wedding, or extremely important event with one of these (depending), I do also do night club photogrpahy, just party pictures etc. i used a D300 for that.. i had to retire it bc it got so beat up, drinks spilled on it, etc.. since then ive used my D700 for that w/ a 24-70... i have been waiting for something smaller and durable such as this. im just hoping the image quality is good.