the announcement ends not with a bang but a whimper ...
I hope Nikon didn't cheap out and put that wretched plastic lens mount like they did with 18-105mm, which was too heavy for it. Plastic mount was OK on 18-55mm lens, not 18-105mm. I suspect this is replacement for 18-105mm , which had OK IQ, crap mount. Typical Nikon's way of correcting problem w/o admitting anything.
Why pay more for this over SB-400? It has slower recycle time, less power, not much smaller than already small SB-400 and use AAA, which is nuisance when AA are used for other speedlights.
Zoran K: Isn't this new Speedlight same model as Speedlight SB-N7 (Nikon 1) ?
Hey, can we send it to Sigma for hot shoe swap? Oh, wait, never mind ...
In about three years, Canon will release a super-duper firmware update that de-cripples and unlocks all 11 sensors to be cross type, boost the FPS to 6, reveal previously secret hybrid sensor (ala T4i but faster ...) and 50% faster buffer clearance capability towards near the end of 6D product cycle ...
OK, just sticking the 20mp sensor into 7D with less FPS (due to larger sensor), forget the GPS and WIFI and add the flash from 60D would have made 6D way better than what it is now, even on par with D600.
I thought Canon listened to their consumers, unlike the N guys ...
Surely, the guy who guided this product development must been secretly on Nikon payroll ... with a big bonus, now that 6D is out ...
As for the D800 question, I agree that if he didn't want to give a long winded answer, a simple NO would have sufficed and would have made his point. It is in poor taste to insult the interviewer, who I'm sure is not a P&S toting hack. He should take a cue from the Nikon guy who deftly deflected a tough question.
zavart: If all You guys want Hassy to survive as a pure photographic tool company then put the money where your mouth is! i.e. Rush in droves to the nearest photo equipment outlet to buy their regular cameras ! It's all too easy to say what other company should do to survive but it's quite different thing when it comes to give them ready recipes ! Maybe the price for this company to survive as a tool company is also to make separate fashion cameras which most of You guys will have to learn to ignore !
Both Kodak and Fuji were once venerable companies in the film era. One survived and the other did not. While Fuji couldn't break into DSLR market, they did not sit on their collectives ar$$. They innovated and made and continue to make products relevant to the market and times. And so goes with Hassleblad and Leica as well. Too many missteps, and you are done (see Kodak). Don't just make the stuff expensive and expect people to buy it just because you are Hassleblad. The corporate vision of what made the company great has to reflect in each and every one of their product. Re-badged NEX is not it. At least not at this ridiculous price point. Yeah, Leica pimps rebadged Pannys but doesn't gouge the consumers excessively. Both companies need electronic expertise of other companies for survival. For now, Leica is doing it right, Hassleblad is not ...
Nice high resolution EVF is way better than add-on ($$) EVF, no VF or crappy OVF. Way to go Fuji. Might consider this over Pano GX1.
T3: Good job Fujifilm. Now I can't wait to see what Kodak introduces in response. I love the back-and-forth battle between these two giants, Fuji and Kodak! Oh, wait a minute...nevermind.
A while back, they actually went from calling themselves Fuji to Fujifilm at the dawn of digital era. Never figured out that move.
rockylui: Dear dpreview, I want to suggest that the Pentax K-30 should be classified as COMPACT DSLR instead of mid-level DSLR. I think that it will be more fair to it, as its street price is the same with D5100 and 650D. It seems very unfair and irrelevant for readers to have it compared with D7000 and 60D which are definitely a higher class in the market (in terms of price).Thanks!
"Featuring weather resistant capabilities, new mid-level DSLR is the perfect creative companion for active travel and outdoor photographers"
Well, if you read Pentax' own press release, they classify K-30 as mid-level DSLR. Great sensor, pentaprism, improved AF & IS, 6FPS, improved live-view all points to it being more of mid-level and less entry-level. Nice camera for the price; usually if you wait, price gets even better as currently flagship K-5 street price is only $30 more than that of K-30.
onlooker: I just looked at the Olympus SHG lens prices. Holy smoke....
I know they're excellent, but wow... it hurts to look.
Holy crap, they are expensive and heavy. Now, what was the advantage of 4/3 system? Will the new body do video finally?
Yes, as the adage goes, it's not the arrow, but Indian ... but still, even the crappy arrow has to shoot straight ala iPhone4.
Photomonkey: I am shocked, SHOCKED, that they would release a camera that is not perfect. What were they thinking?<sarcasm/>
>C, sarcasm buddy ...
I would still take D800 over F3 ...
frenchmonkeys: As a consumer, I find it really annoying that photographers are expected to buy a new camera that simply doesn't work. With near £20K invested in the tools necessary to take a good photos, and I find it frustrating in the extreme when I'm hampered by dodgy equipment.
However, having worked as a professional tester, I recognise that it's just impossible to conceive of testing scenarios that will predict every way in which your product might be used - and in fact, no testing even attempts to. If they did attempt to, you could expect to wait an extra year for a new camera release, and expect the prices to be considerably higher to cover the additional costs incurred pre-release, still with no guarantee that they will catch every fault that could occur under any circumstances.
I'm glad I have access to new technology sooner, but it'd be easier to swallow the problems if the first takers (often a brand's most loyal customers) weren't fleeced by the initially higher prices.
I'm not sure about 50-100 photographers but Canon and Nikon both do have beta testers who put these cameras through the paces before they are released to the public. Fanboyism just magnifies these problems 1000 fold when it invariably shows up.
ArchiDeos: Wow BAD news for the Nikon fanboys.. Well, i hope Nikon have the permanent solution for this ASAP.
Not a fanboy but a Nikon user, light leak under extreme condition still sounds less disasterous than a 3K door stop ... still, not going to cancel my D800 pre-order ...
The wide angle deflector broke on my SB-800 and Nikon wanted to charge me over $100 to repair it. It may not be a big deal but the WA deflector prevents flash head from zooming when activated. Local guy wanted a lot less but I went on eBay and got the part myself for $15 and repaired it without electrocuting myself.
At least I had the option to go with a local guy for cheaper repairs; now, I'd be lucky to get even simple part for simple repairs.
Sigh!This is what I wanted from Nikon ... not V1/J1. A serious fixed lens compact with reasonable range and manual controls galore with a larger sensor. P7100 with a bigger sensor, the sensor found in V1/J1.
mbrobich: Has anyone tried the update yet and can you let us know if it makes it better/faster ? I have a choice to make between the Fuji X10 the P7100 or the $150 cheaper P7000 ??
HEEELLPP xmas is next week !!!!!!!!!
P7000 with v.1.2 firmware update is like having P7100 w/o the articulating screen, almost. What a great price on Amazon! More like $180 cheaper.