I don't see Nikon's continuity in FX lineup ...

Started Nov 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jim Keye Senior Member • Posts: 2,014
Re: I don't see Nikon's continuity in FX lineup ...

Jogger wrote:

I always saw the D700 as a one-off camera. It was basically Nikon's entry FX body.. at the time they only had one sensor option (the 12mp) and really only one AF module that could be considered in a $3000 body.The D700 was the natural result of the technology at the time.

But it's popularity should have made Nikon think differently about the one-off'ness.

The market is much different now.. there are many more FF sensor options and the 39pt AF module is adequate for a lot of people. So, i dont see why Nikon is compelled to make a D700 successor. That said, i think a high spec body in the $4000-4500 makes a lot of sense.

IMO, obviously: Nikon's mistake was with the D800, which didn't make the D700 people happy and didn't make them as much money as it should have. It should have been the 4k body, and I could have been.

D600/10: 24 MPs, advanced feature set; somewhere around 2k or 2.2k.

D800: 24 MPs, fully pro feature set (basically what it currently has), higher fps, especially with grip, like the D700; priced around 3k.

D800e: 36 MPs, fully pro set/no AA filter, priced around 4K.

Want 36 MPs? You can still have them. Want a pro feature set and fps w/ more reasonable file sizes? You can have that too. Want affordable FX? Got that too.

I'm sure the D800's 36 MPs (non-e) price sold Nikon a lot of bodies, but they missed a chunk of working photogs by not offering a more direct replacement to the d700.

NJani wrote:

Until some years ago around the Nikon cameras everything was clear, we all could imagine the Nikon vision of the future and we all thought we know where the Nikon is going. There were DX and FX lines and each line offered cameras for beginner through enthusiat for professionals.

And then Nikon added a new line, the mirrorless CX which is OK. Also started to upgrade the DX line cameras which is OK too and we were waiting -and still wait- for the upgrade of D300 but nothing is happening for years. And then Nikon started to mix the FX line, only the D4 is the camera I can position as the successor to D3. But what about the others ? The D800 is not an upgrade to D700, it is something like a successor to both D700 and D3x. The D600 is an entry level DSLR so it is positioned below D700. The DF simply seems a new line in FX line, I don't know what group of users is targeted.

The D300 and D700 were the most beloved cameras and they were selled well. I have both but I can't change them still there are no successors.

Why Nikon is makeing experiments with such dead-born ideas ?

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Cheers János

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