Nikon D800, D4…?

Like most of you I have been waiting for the august 24 press release from Nikon. Well that has come and gone and there was a lot of hoopla and not a lot of bang.

nikon p7100

Nikon p7100

There was a lot of hype surround August 24 and everybody expected the release of at least one full frame model. Instead Nikon have hung quite a campaign on the Coolpix, a consumer product. Not to denigrate the coolpix crowd, but the large majority of nikon users have been eagerly awaiting news on the new FX cameras such as the D4 and D800. I am certainly one of them.

I am looking forward to upgrading and eagerly await either one of these cameras as my next step up is most certainly full frame. For timelapse photography this is not a whole lot of improvement. It’s more so for my other aspects of photography as I love landscape photography, panoramic style and other creative aspects of photography that a full frame camera would be perfect for.

Coolpix aw100

The new Coolpix aw100

Well as for the announcement of the new cameras there are more rumors of a September announcement but based on the hype around this cool pix release I won’t be holding my breath. Next question will be, where can you buy nikon d800?

What’s your next camera? Are you holding out for the D4 or the D800? Are you switching to canon after this non plus announcement?

Comments (9)

  1. Paul August 24, 2011 at 5:06 pm Reply

    Not to nitpick, but when you say “[T]he large majority of nikon users have been eagerly awaiting news on the new FX cameras such as the D4 and D800,” I think that you and Nikon have two very different ideas of who the majority of Nikon users are. Unlike Leica or Mamiya, which target only pros and amateurs with lots of money to burn, Nikon has a much broader consumer base, and more of them buy Coolpix cameras than SLRs. While I’d agree with your assertion that the 300/700/3 are all due for a refresh, it’s the sales of the cameras that you find “useless” that fund the R&D on the higher-end stuff.

    As for switching to Canon… Canon moves at a similar snail’s pace to Nikon. So what you’re suggesting, in essence, is that someone sell all their Nikon gear, go Canon, get frustrated when Canon doesn’t update their gear quite quickly enough (which for people who pay more attention to their gear than their photos is pretty muchy always), sell their Canon gear, and then go to Nikon/Sony/Pentax, and repeat. That’s an awful lot of time and money spent complaining that’d be better spent making photos… but then, that’s just one person’s opinion.

    1. Brusca August 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm Reply

      I agree for the most part. Certainly understand about the consumer products helping fund the pro products, makes total sense.

      I’m not suggesting anyone do anything actually, just interested in people’s thoughts and opinions on the matter considering the amount of hype around the press release. I didn’t mention anything about Canon and truly agree and understand about both being at a snails pace. so not suggestion anyone switch (yup very expensive) just as mentioned interested in opinions due to the twitter traffic around the announcement.

      I for one certainly don’t sit around waiting for the new cameras, and I’m sure all pro shooters don’t. I run two photography blogs and it keeps me busy taking photos and putting out tips and tricks.

      Love your thoughts and opinions, keep them coming.

  2. Amin August 25, 2011 at 11:45 am Reply

    I’m disappointed that there wasn’t a full-frame announced, even though right now I can’t afford one anyway.

    There is a problem, although a lot of people don’t like to admit it, that many “photographers” are in fact just collectors of technology. If you ask someone with the shiniest, newest camera how many photos they actually make, it’s often a low number.

    But then again, I’ve been there, done that, myself, so I understand how powerful the marketing machine can be, persuading people that they can’t live without the latest extra 2 megapixels and 3 extra focus points.

    Technology moves on, of course, and having just got a compact camera that gives me incredible HD Video, I for one am glad to take advantage of it when I can afford it. Fortunately, as I’ve aged I’ve learned not to chase after the next shiny release and I can go years without “upgrading” my equipment. Same with software – I often skip a generation or two of releases, like on Photoshop.

    Since I don’t make my living with photography, I don’t “need” any of it and I’m not under the same pressure to perform and produce, but I can see that for some pros having the latest kit can give them a slight competitive edge.

    Anyway, it’s still nice to speculate about what might be coming soon!

  3. Amanda September 14, 2011 at 11:08 am Reply

    Well I’m eagerly awaiting the D800. My D700 has so many actuations that I think it’s going to wear out. And I don’t want to buy another D700 knowing the D800 is bound to be released shortly.
    So come on Nikon – hurry up!
    I won’t be jumping ship – I love my Nikons

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  5. Ian September 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm Reply

    I bought a D300 just a few weeks before the the D700 was announced and decided that I would skip the D700 in favor of the D800 or whatever it is. Three years and still waiting.

    As much as I would like to go FX I will wait. The D700 lacks two features I would like: video and a built in GPS. The GPS probably won’t happen sadly.

    There must be thousands of people waiting for the release as it would be upsetting to spend on a D700 only for it to become very old, very quickly, three years is a lot with the advances in technology.

  6. Bill September 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm Reply

    I don’t need a D4 or a D800. I simply need dual card slots in my existing D700. Probably not going to happen without one of the aforementioned new releases, huh?

  7. Steve September 26, 2011 at 12:52 am Reply

    I sold my D3s and miss it greatly. I’m waiting for a D800 and maybe a D4 but I am quickly losing hope.

  8. Chris September 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm Reply

    I have been wanting to upgrade to a SLR camera for the last 18 to 24 months and have been hanging on the replacement rumors of the D700 with the D800. I can sympathize with a tsunami related delay for a few more months, but come 2012 I think I will look elsewhere. Hurry up Nikon!

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