Nikon D40 Review is up !!!

Started Dec 20, 2006 | Discussions thread
Erik37 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,558
Re: the uncertainty is unsettling

paulskimcb wrote:

Erik37 wrote:

Just the uncertainty is pretty unsettling if you ask me.

Well, if that's the case, the uncertainty has always been there. At
any time, Nikon could decide to screw backward compability in their
dSLR line, including the higher end cameras.

Of course you are right about that.

That said, I don't
think we're any closer to that happening today than we were 6
months ago.

But the D40 is a bad omen. Nikon are testing the waters. And all
reviewers saying "Halelujah!" doesn't really help either.

Nikon's investment in backward compatability is
market-driven; if their higher end cameras are no longer compatable
with a majority of their existing lens portfolio, then they are in
effect jettisoning their most committed customer base.

Question is how high end, how much will they ask in the next
generation of cameras for one that can use an AF 50/1.8 (or a
Tamron 17-50/2.8)?

There are certainly bridge cameras that will give them
some nice performance for less money. But my guess is that the D40
will appeal to those customers who have hit the limits of their
bridge cameras, but who are not yet ready to take a giant financial

Sure, some will make an informed purchase to match their true needs.
But most, I reckon, will not.

And there are still a good number of lenses available, should they
want to expand. The 18-200mm VR. The new 70-300mm VR.
The 12-24mm.

Very nice lenses, I know, but all in the €500 - €1100 range. If the
point of the D40 is low price it's not a harmonic match.

If the point is small weight, where are the pocket primes?

Just my two oere
Erik from Sweden

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