JDThomas: "JK doesn't have a booth at the show, but we visited them in a hotel suite..."
Pssst. Hey kid, wanna see some top quality camera gear? Meet me in the back alley behind the Rio Hotel. I'll cut you in on a good deal.
Generally, not having a booth means it's a very small operation and they don't want to spend the money. It's not some secret handshake kind of thing.
These shows are quite expensive and the big guys have to exhibit even if they don't have anything, to avoid rumors they are going out of business.
Photokina. Maybe not even then, but certainly not before. Besides, why get lost in the mix with 6-D TV and other electro toys, when it's not even a shopping season?
Naveed Akhtar: very clever move Jk.. its a good new market and good to see Kodak brand resurrected!!
They realize that some people will buy anything with a well known name (see low end Canon and Nikon point and shoots). If you asked Target shoppers if they preferred Kodak to Zeiss, they'd say Kodak.
Jogger: Its amazing to see how different the two film giants have transitioned to digital. Fuji is making a range of mirrorless cameras and lenses.. while Kodak is patent trolling and licensing their name for gimmick half-cameras.
Fuji looked ahead and saw that profit making consumables like film were going away. The payoff of this foresight is that Fuji is losing money far more slowly than Kodak.
Maybe it's DPR getting in early with the press but the excitement in some of these photos just leaps off my screen.
Terry Breedlove: I don't get it. People loved the D700 and still do but hate the DF. Yet the DF out performs the D700 in every way and years later cost about the same as the D 700 did at introduction. So, same price, better sensor and looks what's not to like about the DF.
The D700 is now history and that's just the point. When introduced it was Nikon's first "affordable" FF camera; it has been trouble-free and is still quite usable, today. If someone wants to throw another $3000 at the Df, great. But if results from the D700 really aren't satisfactory, the obvious upgrade would be the D800.
leicaman: Why did they bother?
Because historically, PMA was held at this time of year. But now that cameras are less about hand-crafted precision and more about the latest high speed chip, it makes sense to show them at an electronics show.
racketman: did Canon rent a table in the corner for their two compact cameras?
I hope they didn't pay for the carpet padding and the table skirt because it's obvious the place to show things is either Photo Plus or Photokina. The rest is just to show you're still in business.
mpgxsvcd: Canon Crapped out again this year.
And it's already January so 2014 looks like a write-off. To think that they didn't have a breakthrough product at a super-exciting show like this one.
nunatak: is it possible this lot of balding, pot-bellied, middle aged, nikon men are catering to the wrong demographic?
They are just low paid guys, trying to make it to retirement without getting the Kodak treatment. They have no say whatsoever in the design of cameras for young, cool people, which is probably just as well.
I saw this coming but not as fast as it came to pass. Cameras as pure electronic gadgets, the only thing setting cameras apart being a lack of distractions (pure photography).
In the years I worked in the photo industry, I saw the PMA show go from a somewhat exciting, exclusive show like NAMM, where people wanted to get in but couldn't...to a show open to the public for paid admission...to a show that anybody could walk in, free...to a part of CES.
tornwald: I am betting this will be able to compete with the Zeiss Otus. For a lot less money
No. But the fact that Sigma is being discussed as seriously comparable to "name brand" lenses and not just a way to save some money, shows how far they have come.
Something you won't have to do with the Zeiss is try 2 or 3 and pick the one that's best.
ijustloveshooting: ''As an experienced lens manufacturer that has been creating a diverse range of interchangeable lenses, we have started the innovative chargeable service “Mount Conversion Service”. With this service, the mount of your current SIGMA lenses can be changed to another mount of your choice. It gives a new life to your favorite lenses when you wish to use it on a different camera body.''
that's a hit!
Five years from now. Remember that Sigma scheme where they would switch lens mounts? It seemed like such a good idea at the time.
fPrime: I have to chuckle at the introduction... "The camera will be on display at the CES trade show, so we'll try to get some pictures of it, as soon as we can."
Can't wait to see the pictures of it, DPR! What are the odds that it will look exactly like a D4?
Check out the way Nikon Australia is introducing the camera at Nikon Rumors. The slogan? "I am coming". You cannot make this stuff up.
JDThomas: The most interesting thing about this announcement is the collapsible kit lens. Nikon is taking a page from the Leica book with this.
I'd like to see this feature on a higher end FX lens like a collapsible 16-35 f/4.
The original Leitz 50mm collapsible lenses actually collapsed, meaning that the collapsed lens was nearly flush with the body, still a great idea if the lens is small and there's no mirror.
Something tells me these cameras are not aimed at DPR readers.
JPR.lda: Where is WIFI?????Nikon is still milking the cow the same old way.Where are the new features?I will not upgrade my D3s until Nikon makes something that makes my work easier.
It needs a phone.
ScottRH: I also think the D700 is outstanding, and too bad Nikon has not replaced it. But good to see this D4S announcement !
The D700 has been the most trouble-free camera I've ever owned and I don't know anybody who's had a problem with theirs, either. I wonder what's in the D700 that makes it weigh more than the D800.
Not exciting but a lot of pure photography for the money.
It should have been obvious after the Df - Christmas that there was nothing else coming before Photokina.
peevee1: They insist on remaking the same thing over and over again...
People (not DPR readers, people) insist on buying the same thing over and over.