Jim Salvas: Nikon introduces the 1982 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham. Undoubtedly a great model.
1982 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham was probably the last of the great, truly American Cadillacs. Cadillacs since then are poor attempts at copying Mercs and Bimmers. They don't look or feel American.
JohnEwing: D300s users have been looking forward to a D400 like Christians awaiting the Second Coming. I loved & still love my D300s and would have grabbed an updated version (e.g. with the D7100 sensor) had it appeared in 2012 or last year. But it didn't, so I got fed up waiting and upgraded to a D600, which for me anyway has totally removed any desire for the D400 (not to mention the budget). I suspect a lot of D300s users have done the same thing. I suspect that Nikon sees the "D400" market this way too - i.e. dwindling devotees huddling in a back room while the parade goes by.
I discovered myself that the FF step isn't so expensive. There are lots of older Niion lenses that work beautifully, and some spiffy-but-inexpensive new lenses for full frame which - drop a tear - ain't Nikon.
I becamed tired of waiting for D400, so I shifted to Pentax. Nikon will have to bring something better than D7XXX or D6XX to convince me to shift back to Nikon.
pixperfect: The name Nikon is slowly fading away, just like a car going downhill with failing brakes.Reducing cost (or making bigger profits) by moving the manufacturing to China.Very deceiving when looking at the label and finding out that the camera is made in China ( V1, P7800, etc...)! cheaper price? Better quality?Look at Fujifilm's camera body, lens, all made in Japan.If this trend continues, in a few more years, there will no more Nikons because nobody wants a Nikon.
Because "MADE IN JAPAN" these days means they're made in a factory located somewhere in Japan. Doesn't mean those working there are Japanese. Case in point is a shuttle bus accident involving workers from SHARP's Kameyama factory in Japan. All the victims were from the Philippines.
erichK: What a boring group of Japanese corporate patriarchs! Even more excruciating than the Sigma, Fujifilm and Sony mughshots of aging male corporate types that have recently appeared here. And we saw a similar bunch of old boys scrambling to cover up the idiocies of their corporate hierarchy at Olympus a couple of years ago. ( A couple even had to give up their corporate sinecures!)
Guess that Japanese corporate leadership is closed to any real innovators, and of course absolutely to women. No wonder their economy remains on the skids: they shut out more than half the people who could really find a way forward!
Major problem with Japan isn't the fact that they're shutting out women, but the fact that they're attempting to appeal to women while dismissing men. N1 series was created to appeal to women, with total disregard to men. That's why the N1 series are colorful, cute little cameras (with cute little sensors). Cameras, cars, and everything else that Japan in the past excelled in has gone south since they started to believe in the myth that "women are the SOLE decision makers when it comes to consumer purchases, and men are simply extras". In reality, what little gains obtained by appealing to women lead to big losses from men. Japanese executives should realize that targeting one half of the population at the expense of the other half appeals to neither halves in the long run.
Evolve the D300 to a D400, please.
Carlos Henrique: I really don't understand the complain about Canon and Nikon stick with DSLRs. Both have huge systems and probably are led by marketing numbers. There are tons of mirrorless options for those who want it. Panasonic, Olympus and Fuji are doing a great job!!
I can understand the complaint about a D400 but I think that there must have a money decision involved. Sales numbers might guide the company.
Nikon and Canon should stick to DSLRs. Let others do the mirrorless. My question is, if Nikon and Canon are so intent on sticking to DSLRs, why is it that their products seem duller and duller? No D400. No 7D2. They just churn out cheap plastic DSLRs instead. Even the upcoming D4s is simply a minor brush-up. There's nothing in Nikon's or Canon's current line-up that I can say "Wow, this camera is so perfect for me, it should be NAMED after me!"
As exciting as a funeral.
Actually, I've seen funerals that are more intriguing.
Zeisschen: DSLR is just a transition technology from film to digital. Mirrorless (or better CSC) is the only future, even Canon and Nikon have to admit that sooner or later. In 2013 mirrorless already took the crown in picture quality and equaled in sensor size (A7r) and 100% replaced the OVF (A7, E-M1). In 2014 video and AF are the last things that mirrorless will fully catch up and overtake the DSLR (actually I think AF is already better today because accuracy is more important than the last 1\100 of second a DSLR might be quicker). In 2015 CSC will surpass DSLR in market share, in another 3 years the DSLR as it exists today will probably be reduced to one pro FF body and one crop body per brand for some people who still prefer an OVF. The actual only other reason to do that is to serve people bodies for all the the lenses they still have. But most will adapt then to a CSC (without the advantage of having a smaller system).Finally in 2050 Nikon is going to release the DF mkII. It's basically the same thing but it has a video button to record 1080/30p.
That's my point. I use DSLR, mirrorless, and P&S, depending on the situation. The way I use them, mirrorless cannot replace DSLR, or vice versa. They all have their uses, pros and cons. And I want to make the choices on what and where to use them, not manufacturers or some vocal users.
If A7R is truly an indicator of the future, the future is pretty grim. A7R is just an oversized smartphone made by a manufacturer that might not have a future in the photography market.
LuckyEight: Is it made in Japan or China like E-M5?
If it is made in Japan, it means it's made by Chinese workers working in a factory located in Japan.
backayonder: Ah the Wizard of OZ. If only Nikon could find the Courage to produce a D400
D400 should have been annouced at CES 2013.
Yet another fine product from Nikon that is not the D300 replacement.
A fine product from Nikon that will not replace my D300....or so I would have said.
Recently, I bought a Pentax K-5 II.As of now, I'm getting used to its settings (Pentax is new to me), but I see it as a very capable camera.Nikon has been my DSLR of choice for ten years (D100, D200, D300), but those days are over.You had your chance, Nikon. Had you released the D400 a year ago, I would have purchased one by now.But you insisted on replacing every product in your lineup except the D300.You seemed to have moved on (FF, I suppose).So I'll move on too.Sayonara, Nikon. You've been good. I guess you will remain good for many users.Just not me.
Yet another fine product from Nikon that will not replace my D300.
I might buy the APS-C version, if such a product comes out.
taktak91: Yet another fine product from Nikon that will not be my D300 replacement.
Looks totally sub-par in the wake of K-3 and A7.
>Its not aiming for the same markets as either the A7 or K3.
That's the point.Nikon is avoiding head-on competition against the likes of A7 or K3, churning out low-end models instead .
Neodp: Where's Nikon?
Formula: (Dear Nikon),
Mirror-less, FULL FRAME (and APS-C), rangefinder-like version, improving on the D610.
Superb EVF. (Side or flash hump; preferably side with little protrusion. )
Best AF-C phase detect (Nikon 1 did it).
*ALL* the other photographic benefits, TOGETHER.
...and now for the real idea:
INCLUDED F-MOUNT ADAPTER; that fills the greater flange-back space (where the mirror was), *and* offers a full electronic, pass through; for all capable F-mount lenses!
This takes the stress out of creating new Nikkor lenses. (They made those Nikon 1 lenses; didn't they)
With that, included adapter+, you could adapt almost any type lens (full backwards compatibility); and it would not demote Nikon's F-mount, high quality, lenses; including their excellent per value, priced lenses. You could still use a pancake (adapted too); for street setup; for one example. Some of the aftermarket adapters (to other systems) are small. You may even be able to run Leica lenses.
Everybody has an idea for a perfect, sure-to-be-a-bestselling product that noone else wants to buy.
Yet another fine product from Nikon that will not be my D300 replacement.
Great specs, but ugly.Whoever designed the A77 probably had no say in this camera.
Another fine product from Nikon that won't be able to replace my D300.
Another fine product from Nikon that can't replace my D300.