Hope any new top end DX body is smaller, lighter and made of composites

Started Jan 6, 2014 | Discussions thread
Holmes375 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,798
Re: Hope any new top end DX body is smaller, lighter and made of composites

OceanFroggie wrote:

"IF" a new high-end nikon DX body is announced (ie pitched between D7001 and D300s) - I Hope it's smaller & made of composites.

In every other field of technology products have become smaller, lighter and made of composite materials instead of metal. Phones, laptops, tablets have all got thinner, lighter and stronger. Modern composite plastics cut build costs yet improve build quality and durability. I don't understand the misconceived notion that a metal camera body is necessarily better. Metal is so yesteryear.

The whole advantage of DX is smaller, lighter, therefore more likely to be carried around more. Mobile devices have shown how good design could more efficiently be used even on semi pro DX bodies allowing as many physical controls on a D3x00 size body as on the D300s body. Personally the body I'd love too see is a D300x control layout on a D3200 sized body, light and compact with tilt LCD and genuinely live sensor exposure preview on live view (ie like smartphones). And modern software not stuck in the DSLR MSDOS like dark ages. I'll dream on . . .

Don't believe I can agree with much of this at all.

Phones, laptops, tablets are not high end DSLRs. They're gadgets and treated like such. I've seen one each D7000 & D7100 broken with the lens mount still attached to the front body panel. Similar impacts to a D300/D700 result in less severe damage. There is still a place for metals even if considered "so yesteryear" by the new crowd. The superiority of synthetic vs. metal is application specific.

"The whole advantage of DX is smaller, lighter...." is also an inaccurate sweeping generalization.  DX generally offers a higher pixel density, greater DOF, lower system expense, etc.

A D300 replacement needs to have a large motor and equivalent power source - a good sized battery.  Additionally, it needs to have the option of an high quality vertical grip for the many professional/serious enthusiasts doing sports and other action work where comfortable portrait orientation is often desirable.

The diminutive D3100 body will never afford the comfort and ergonomics of the larger body when using tele lenses of any substantial mass.  There's no room for things like a dedicated AF-On button without making things so small and crowded as to be an operational mess.  I wear a large size glove, my hands are not of unusual size.  The D3100 body size is not anything I would ever invest in as a primary camera for the aforementioned reasons.

Your reference to MS DOS dark ages is insulting and over dramatized.

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