Percival Merriwether: I shoot with an Fm2/n on a regular basis. I like the size and the way it handles. I have a Lumix G5 for digital shooting, and love its size and handling also. I can't understand why Nikon can't come out with a full frame mirrorless/prismless DSLR (like Sony). What is the point of putting a mirror and pentaprism on an electronic camera?
Try focusing on a moving target with the Sony and you will understand.
Dave Luttmann: This ain't no FE2 or F3 in size. Clunky, fat, darn shame. Glad I moved to Fuji
Call us when they get an AF.
Richard Murdey: Holy locking dials, Batman! Just when Pentax and Olympus are relaxing the dogma and giving us de-lockable dials, Nikon comes along and gives Fort Knox with a viewfinder!
I have to unlock to change mode, ISO, EV comp, and - are they serious - shutter speed??
It would drive me absolutely bonkers...
Shutter and ISO can be changed with the control wheels as well as the dials.
JackM: I'm afraid they've blown it. Too many buttons.
You can use the command wheels to control this, like any Nikon DSLR, you dont have to use the sepaerate control dials.
johnparas11zenfoliodotcom: Don't get me wrong i like the retro look of this cam.. If my D800 has this retro look, i will be in camera heaven! But... The only selling point of this camera is the nice retro look.. If it had video and built in flash with CLS capability.. I would want it, this camera as much i really like how it looks.. This can't do anything my D800 can't do...if and when the Df2.. In the future will have video and built in flash and preserving the retro look.. I will be first in line ... Although maybe if this cam's MSRP is $1500 i will be the first in line to buy just because.. :-) (my credit card will be crying but... ). :-)
No Henry, you prefer to stay hidden in the comment section of DPR. Kinda like a ghost ship lost forever, sniping Nikon.
Jeff Morris: I myself sold all of my DSLR equipment. I like many other hobbyist enthusiasts have gotten tired of the large amount of equipment and the difficulty transporting it. It does not mean we do not appreciate what a great DSLR and lenses can provide the professional and advanced amateur. It simply means many people are looking for an alternative.
A year ago I purchased a Fuji X-E1. I absolutely love the camera. I plan on making a kit of a wide, normal and tele zooms. I should be very satisfied. If someday I decide to go back to DSLR's then so be it. But more and more we are seeing advanced amateurs and pro's embracing mirrorless for it's excellent performance, lite weight and compact form factor.
Lets face it, we needed a penta-prism back in the day, however today is a different story.
Calking, Rereading hs post I agree with you. But read the last line of his post. I want a pentaprism, It is still the best. I don't need people telling me don't. I know mirrorless will one day be a majority of the market, and i am fine with that as long as I can get what I want. But it won't be in two years. Mirrorless tracking AF is poor at best, and they stink to hang heavy glass on.
Look, if your willing to settle, fine. But there is no reason everyone has to. Geez, maybe everyone should stop making SUV's and pickups so we can all drive a Corolla. I choose to carry great, heavier equipment. Whats it to you?
Maddrew: I don't mind carrying a bulky (D)SLR system, and truth be told, I love the image quality of large-sensor cameras, and having as many physical controls as I can possibly gain instant access to using my thumbs and fingers, but, I question the logic in assembling (D)SLR bodies and lenses that weight more than concrete blocks. Photographers come in all shapes and sizes, and most of us are not built like Vin Diesel or Dwayne Johnson. While I'm sure the DF series will attract alot of interest and buyers, I'm more interested in what Nikon is willing to do in the future to make their (D)SLR bodies and lenses lighter.
Giftcard to a gym?
DRNottage: If it were up to me, it would have NO LCD screen. You want retro? That's retro. Wait until you download 'em until you can see 'em. There's your "filmic" experience! Damn camera would be cheaper too...
Nikon never called this camera retro, the call it digital fusion.
tornwald: looks plastic
I think you will find its not plastic. Or cheap.
Whacked: Looks pretty chunky. It better have something really special, or it will be relegated to being an overpriced hipster toy. It's as large or larger than most dslr's, so I'm not sure how (rumored) taking out video functionality makes it a better camera. Hope it has a killer sensor for the price.
D4 sensor. Its pretty good.
Segaman: hey guys DSLR are going to be a rare breed, the stats are telling us that in the next five years, things will be hard, so lets keep the spirit alive, specially for Nikon, which I love their products!Christopher Chute from market intelligence firm IDC predicts Nikon may be out of business in 5 years if the trend continues.
“You’re talking about a 10-15% decline in DSLR shipments all over the world. Which is kind of shocking because that market’s been growing double digits for almost ten years. Nikon recently said they have a five year plan to address this. And my view is, that five year plan should have come out five years ago. They’re not going to be around in five years.”http://www.eoshd.com/content/11409/consumer-dslrs-dead-5-years
And at least an equally high drop in shipment in mirrorless.
photofan1986: "Score" "Dxo"' blah blah...I really wonder how many of you really compared the actual IQ instead of just relying on Dxo figures. I also wonder how we managed to go out and shoot before Dxo!
I don't trust DXO says every one whose sensors suck.
Zoom71: Softness everywhere... Typical Canon agressive noise reduction even at base ISO.
AND I AM STILL BETTER
JohnHoppy: I suspect many respondents here have not actually read Andrew Reid's full article. It repays reading. It may well be true that traditional photographic devices are in terminal decline, but unless innovation is allowed to flourish, that decline is most certain. The advent of new technology such as mirrorless is only part of a process that seeks to perpetuate a specific device for the enjoyment of photography as we know it. Market leader Canon's EOS-M was a poor effort that really said, "Our SLR is the thing to buy" and Nikon's 1 series was weakly conceived too. By steadfastly opposing mirrorless and throwing its weight against what it represented rather than embracing and adapting it, Canon in effect has projected its own possible fate. Things will have to change or Reid's scenario may be a reality in a few years.
Baloney. Mirrorless is not as good in IQ and AF. Their is no indication it is getting traction, if anything it is doing poorer than traditional sales.Mirrorless is an invented market because the other companies repeatedly tried and failed at dslrs. Only Nikon and canon even make a profit selling cameras. Sonys mirrorless are much cheaper to build than conventional, where they were getting there clock cleaned anyway. Mirrorless will finally take over in the future, when Nikon and Canon decide its time to get in the market seriously.
All well and good, but mirrorless sales are down too.
We know the sensors are good, these will be just fine. When raw files are available with ACR. Never give to much credence to first images. I remember people complaining about first D3 images, an we all know how that worked out.
ottonis: It seems that Sony's announcement of the FF A7/r has got Nikon very nervous, as they suddenly feel the need to come out of the woodwork and make this announcement.Anyways, once more, this shows how important real and tough competition is. Without Sony's bold move with the A7, Nikon probably would have made this announcement in 10 years, if at all.
That being said, these are good times for photographers, as there is plenty of dynamics and innovation in the digital camera market.
This has certainly planned since long before Sony's announcement. Paranoid much?
JackM: I applaud Nikon for the concept, but the price is too high for me. If the body is going to be simpler (no video, fewer bells, whistles, frills) it should cost less than a D610.
Reading the comments on NR, I believe it will be priced less than the D610.
JOrmsby: Why on earth would anyone pay almost $1300 more than the 50 1.4 for this lens? Seriously.
If you have to ask, its not for you.