Norman B: I was planning on buying LR or Elements in the fall when I upgraded my computer from XP to Windows 7. That should tell you I am a hobbyist and do not need the latest bling including photo editing software.
I am watching this with interest. It seems to me that it is only a matter of time before LR and Elements are available by subscription only with unreasonable terms and conditions. The ball is in Adobe's court but I am a potential customer with the money. Time will tell if Adobe wants my money or not.
Microsoft started the ball rolling with its word processing software update for 2013. Must pay every year for it, one computer instead of three uses, etc. etc. All companies are seeing green when in reality they are oozing greed. Can't even get a soft drink on an air flight anymore. Greed + power = corruption. Maybe Adobe's move will lead to a return to film!!
I'm just wondering about quality control. The lower end and midrange DSLR cameras will be made in Laos with final assembly in Thailand. I see potential for many QC issues in new trainees, shipping of cameras from one plant to another, etc. But, Nikon is going into survival mode by keeping costs down. I know no one likes to think of iPhones replacing DSLRs, and we all know that they don't really, but people might be thinking twice about buying a D3000 generation camera when their phone takes "perfectly good shots." I'd prefer to have my camera made in Japan, but my D80 is from Thailand! I wish the new plant well. Just don't want to hear about any more oil spatters and sensor dust in new cameras.
I think these aren't ducklings, but swanlings or rather cygnets. Nice shot of the family.
Great title to go with a great photo. Congratulations. Hopefully the Canadian goose decided not to push the swan's patience any further.
BartyLobethal: Even allowing for the fact that 'noise' gets amplified on the interwebs, this issue has made me reluctant to purchase a D600. There is very little useful information in this advisory, although simple acknowledgement of the problem is welcome. I would like Nikon to put a number on it. If they could say, "20% of customers have experienced this issue" or whatever the actual number is, that would at least let us know the scale of the gamble. Even at 20% (I'm just making this number up) I would be more rather than less inclined to go ahead and get one. The main dissuader has been Nikon's silence, and simply not knowing.
I think some corporate transparency would be nice. Updating Nikon customers on a regular basis about what is being found regarding the cause of the problem and the fix and then, of course, some serious internal soul searching about how to do a better job.
Jahled: Jesus, the usual brand war in the comments. Fair play to Nikon for addressing the issue and offering their customers support over something they obviously didn't anticipate. I've just been reminded why I seldom visit this place anymore.
These are not $500 cameras we're talking about. If you spend $1500-3000 on a camera body, you should be able to expect a quality product. I'd like to stick with Nikon, but frankly, I don't have the patience to send a camera off to the service center multiple times for sensor cleaning. I really don't like for anyone to handle my camera, so if it's something fairly simple, I'd rather do it myself. But, from what I'm reading, oil is more problematic than dust. And why in the heck are these cameras splattering oil around? Does that make sense even?
WT21: I don't understand all the negativity. Nikon has put out a tech advisory, and seems willing to repair. I think that's a good thing. Much like the mirror fix on the Canon 5D classic.
I've been a Nikon fan since buying my Nikon FA film SLR back in the '80s. I've had a D50, D70s and D80, which I still have. I've read of the frustrations of D7000 owners with oil drops and now problems with the D600 and D800. Something is seriously wrong and as much as I might like to upgrade to the D7100, I sure wouldn't do it until I could reasonably expect it to not have these kinds of dust and oil problems. Maybe Canon and Sony have their unique problems, but I think Nikon is starting to suffer some credibility problems as a leader in the field.
Nikon decided against the magic $1,999 price point. The D600 will sell, but not to as many enthusiasts as I once assumed.
IcyVeins: next year they'll probably make something even more stupid like 28-500mm
I'm holding out for the 15-500 VR due out in 2015.
Northgrove: $1000 for a lens aimed at travel photography? How about a Fujifilm X-S1 at $600 for more compact and lighter travel photography with a 24-624 mm equivalent zoom? After all, users of this will be looking for range, not optics.
My point is that all the corners Nikon will have to cut to get to such an extreme focal range means the focal range will be more important than the optical quality to them. And then a $1000 price tag for that aim. Just buy a long range compact camera? Optical quality will be priority in: neither of the cases. So you can just as well focus on travelling light and both your neck and credit card will be happier.
I have both the 18-200VR and 70-300VR for a total investment of $1250. But, frankly, since I bought a Panasonic FZ150 24x zoom with very nice IQ, my Nikon lenses haven't been getting much use. The weight of the 18-300VR will be more of a detractor than the price.
Gehyra: As an ecologist I hate to imagine what the application of fertilisers and pesticides would be doing to the streams downslope... There is always a cost. Nice photo though!
I totally agree. The plants and wildlife are always the ones to suffer because of man's indulgences.
oldshutterbug: Pity they never continued with the old DX and P Series cameras they really had something worth buying back then.
Kodak should be ashamed of themselves so hang your head in shame CEO.
Like most CEOs of failed companies, Kodak's most likely has a multi-million dollar golden parachute and retirement plan. Only the guys and gals working the production line will suffer--they've lost their jobs. Maybe the CEO will share his retirement plan with the workers so everyone has a share. Ha Ha Ha! Has this ever happened in the history of mankind?
Ingloryon: Can anybody tell me why should I buy a compact camera which is as expensive and not-that-compact-with-lenses as reflex cameras?
I must agree. I won't be spending $1,150 on a camera that is front heavy, bulky, and, basically, has no grip. I understand that Nikon had to produce a camera to compete with the NEX series from Sony, or lose market share, but I won't be buying any camera of this type. Knock off about $400 and it might make more sense.
I've been to many forums over the years, but usually spend most of my photo forum time on DPR. My only request is that you don't decide to do a "trial" subscription program.
I know you're in the business to make money, but I would probably go elsewhere, just as I did when Nikonians started their subscription plan. Granted this collection of fora isn't going to thrive or die based on what I do, but many would leave, just as many others would come.
Point is--it wouldn't be the same old place to hang your hat. The internet forum where you like to drop by every day has become like the TV program "Cheers." And somewhere here, there's a guy named Norm sitting down at his computer after a long day and looking forward to sharing a tall one with his photographer friends. There are, in reality, a lot of Norms out there and this is their neighborhood gathering place.