RBudding: VR? Who would want to hand hold that thing? It belongs on a gimbal head.
I hope this holds also true for the tripod collar, something which Nikon is known to have fumbled on some occasions in the past.
A renovated 80-400 VR IS should definitely be on their todo list.
weisman: "Multi, Center-weighted, Average"… but no spot meter?
Hello? Spot-Metering. This is an entry level camera and if the average user tried spot metering the results would be abysmal and the user would tell that the camera is cr*p.
Not so long ago, cameras of the C-brand did not have real spot metering except for the flagship model.
RunStrom: As Much as I like all the features over the D3100 this camera still does not have EXPOSURE BRACKETING!! grrrrrr shame on you Nikon @#**@#$% - so no HDR with this baby and I'll wait for the D5200.
This is the entry level system. I rather that only a one-figure percentage of the average buyer of this cam knows what exposure bracketing is. And even less would ever use it.
It's not that Nikon does not offer cameras with this feature.
JstarImaging: Was that taken from the exit of the Corkscrew?
The focal length is specified as 700mm. Did you use the Canon 500/4 with the 1.4x Extender?
Or which Lens/extender combo was used?
Very nice shot. I really like Jorge's concentrated stare.
meland: Useful article but as an aside to the whole mirrorless debate here's a question - why are DSLRs so huge? Given that DSLRs do not need to accommodate a 35mm film or a take up spool why is it not possible to make a full frame DSLR the size of say an Olympus OM1 or Pentax MX/ME (if anyone remembers those)? Even coupled with a fast prime they were reasonably small and were far less obtrusive than today's digital giants.
I'm lucky enough to have an EOS 5DII. I love its full frame sensor quality and the ability to blur out backgrounds with wide apertures but it's no fun to carry around for any length of time. Even with a small fixed 50mm it's still pretty enormous. Many of us that aren't sports photographers don't really need a high number of frames per second let alone many of the features currently stuffed into cameras. But we do want good image and build quality. For walkers, travel, landscape and street photographers surely there must be a market for a small high quality DSLR?
I'm not feeling them huge. Okay, the Nikon D3/Canon 1D Models are on the bigger side, but I didn't want to be my D700 any smaller. I have relatively big hands (but not enormous) and the D3000/D5000 are absolutely too small for me to be able to hold them ergonomically.I for my part can absolutely not work with the NEX cameras. Especially with longer lenses. There is no balanc in the system and mssing a viewfinder I cannot stressless compose a photograph nor am I able to hold the camera still for shutter times longer than a 250th.