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Last post on the Nikon D400 book

I did email Herr Michael Gradias (the author of the Nikon D400 book), but did not get a response. A reader actually called him yesterday:

"So, I called him yesterday evening as I promised above. We had a nice talk. When I mentioned the D400 after some time, he laughed. He has a NDA with Nikon, that was clear to me, but his work on the book is real so we may see a D400 in summer."

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  • http://fotologue.jp/kalvinhui kalvinhui

    wow……so close yet so far……

  • http://www.truphotos.com gnohz

    May I know what’s NDA?
    *newbie*

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      non disclosure agreement

  • kikkk

    i would like to see some images dammit

  • Anonymous

    Price on D300 will drop! Which is a good news…. But I need a better glass. Any books like “Guide to New Nikon Lens Catalog?” Just a wish.

    D40 Replacement — April D400 — July
    and perhaps D700x? — Nov/Dec? (my guess)

  • billybarty

    so we emailed him and “did not get a response” and someone called him yesterday and “he laughed.”

    i apologize for my critical tone, but this sounds more like non-information.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      I don’t think so – if this was a mistake, he would have clearly confirmed that the publisher will not release such a book and that he is not working on it. What would be your reaction in such situation? What I don’t know is if someone is under NDA, can they say that they are under NDA without giving more details? Does the NDA prohibit the individual to say that they are under NDA?

      • http://jmcs.deviantart.com Joe S

        I believe that it depends on the Company that yo have an NDA with.

      • C++

        I don’t know about Nikon, but I’ve been under NDA before, during beta testing, and I wasn’t even allowed to disclose that I was under NDA.

  • Zoetmb

    No…NDAs do not require you to say that you’re under NDA, but you can’t say why you’re under NDA.

    Also, if you look at the pub dates on books about other Nikon cameras, you’ll see that the books come out many months after the cameras are released. This implies that Nikon is not giving anyone any advanced information because if they were, the books could be published on the same day that camera hits the market. It’s not like these books sell a lot of copies or drive camera sales. If you go to Amazon, you can see pub dates:
    D90: (announced 8/08): the earliest book about the D90 was published in February 2009.
    D700: (announced 7/08): the earliest book about the D700 was published in December 2008.
    D300: (announced 8/07): the earliest book about the D300 was published in February 2008.
    D3 (announced 8/07): the earliest book about the D3 was published in December 2008).
    D3x (announced 12/08): no books listed on Amazon (U.S.)

    But please don’t turn this around and say that since they’re supposedly publishing the book in August, that means the D400 will be released in March. This is all about wishful thinking.

    Having said that, the D300 hit stores in November of ’07. An 18 month timeline for refresh puts a D400 in May of ’09. So I do think it’s very possible that a new body is coming around May or June (although it was 23 months between the D200 and the D300), but as per my other many posts on the subject, trying to guess a release date based on a some metadata about a forthcoming book is meaningless. There are thousands of forthcoming books listed that never get published. They’re sometimes listed many years in advance.

    • Zoetmb

      Sorry, I misphrased the first sentence. It should have read, “NDAs do not prevent you from stating that you’re under NDA, but you generally can’t tell what you’re under NDA about…”

      When I was involved in a business where we used to receive hardware in advance of release from Apple (don’t know if they still do that, but I doubt it), we had to keep the equipment in a locked room, we couldn’t tell anyone we had it and even among people who had signed the NDA, we could only refer to the equipment by codename. If you violated the NDA, you were supposedly dropped from the program and you never received anything in advance again.

      • PabloV

        Thanks for sharing your experience, nice to know.

    • Nik

      > D90: (announced 8/08): the earliest book about the D90 was published in February 2009.
      ?
      The book by Michael Gradias about the D90 was released end of November 2008 here in germany.

  • Ron Scubadiver

    Whenever it comes, the D400 is most likely to be an incremental improvement, not a major jump as was the move from the D200. Likely features will be a few more megapixels and some of the sensor tricks from the D3x to keep the high ISO performance from degrading, possibly video recording.

    I have this feeling that Nikon is repositioning its professional gear to a much higher price level than Canon. Its even possible they price the D400 so high that it becomes a specialty item for wildlife and sports shooters, rather than an advanced amateur/entry level pro camera as it is now.

  • Richard

    Why shoud Mr. Gradias has a NDA? I don’t think that Nikon gives a new DSLR to a book autor.

    I think it takes 5 minutes to write a book about the D400 …

    1. Take the D300 book and replace D300 with D400 (1 min)
    2. Replace all 12 MP with 14/15 MP (1 min)
    3. Copy some pages about video etc from the D90 book (3 min)

    finish!

    Richard

    • Wahlroos

      Hey Richard, it’s clear you never had any NDA and you never have written any book :)

      • Richard

        Wahlroos,

        Mr. Gradias has written books about the D300, D90, D700 … so, he don’t start with a white paper. Afaik this books are quite similar.

        Do you really think, that the D400 book will be that different? I guess, that the D400 will be a “better” D300, like the D90 is a better D80.

        Richard

  • Dylan

    I have a question for everyone. I’m a big nikon person and have a couple MF lenses. I’m also in cinematography, and would like to try and find a way to use my nikon lenses, but i dont like the 35mm adapters for video cameras like the redrock. I’m trying out the d90, and like it, but do you guys think I should return it and wait for the d400 incase it has 1080P recording? Or should I just use the d90 and stick with it.

    thanks everyone!

  • Anonymous

    All comments I leave are coming from a wishful thinking standpoint,
    but… if/when the d400 comes with video it’ll apparently have some more minor tweakings to improve upon the d90 video platform. due to physical senor size dynamics, I’m not sure if they’re willing to opt for a 1080p from APS-c format (as opposed to canon 5dmkII’s FX spec sensor). [sure, little point-and-shooters from panasonic or whatever have so called 1080 video modes but ...i tend not to really count those] From a developmental stand point, greater improvement could be made in areas of firmware/software that would improve upon previous refreshrate/interlacing issue “blurry jello vision” effect (as well as adding more control over some aspects of shooting beyond auto mode). – Canon’s supposedly on to that with 5dMkii… as rumors go… Yet anyways, Like most people on this forum, I rarely expect any major hardware upgrades to add upon this generation ( ie. expeed 2 exspeed extreme 1.2 etcetc) I’d much hope for something plausible such as a more fine tuned output and refined workflow… even if it means staying at 720p- because after all.. this is 2nd gen and it should have worked out those developmental kinks realized after the 1st gen release or could not be achieved in time… (or as some say, marketing gimmick of holding back).
    just my ‘personal’ 2 cents

  • john

    All comments I leave are coming from a wishful thinking standpoint,
    but… if/when the d400 comes with video it’ll apparently have some more minor tweakings to improve upon the d90 video platform. due to physical senor size dynamics, I’m not sure if they’re willing to opt for a 1080p from APS-c format (as opposed to canon 5dmkII’s FX spec sensor). [sure, little point-and-shooters from panasonic or whatever have so called 1080 video modes but ...i tend not to really count those] From a developmental stand point, greater improvement could be made in areas of firmware/software that would improve upon previous refreshrate/interlacing issue “blurry jello vision” effect (as well as adding more control over some aspects of shooting beyond auto mode). – Canon’s supposedly on to that with 5dMkii… as rumors go… Yet anyways, Like most people on this forum, I rarely expect any major hardware upgrades to add upon this generation ( ie. expeed 2 exspeed extreme 1.2 etcetc) I’d much hope for something plausible such as a more fine tuned output and refined workflow… even if it means staying at 720p- because after all.. this is 2nd gen and it should have worked out those developmental kinks realized after the 1st gen release or could not be achieved in time… (or as some say, marketing gimmick of holding back).
    just my ‘personal’ 2 cents

    • Dylan

      Thank you so much for your post!

  • john

    I apologize for the double post.. i pressed the button and realized i forgot something.

  • Anonymous

    mr admin, when will you update the price list?

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      I haven’t seen any movement in the prices in the past month and this is why I haven’t updated it. I could be wrong – I will update it tomorrow (Monday).

  • Web Marketing

    I seriously hope this is the “Last post on the Nikon D400 book. I have already explained to you all why this is showing as a forthcoming book but still you are all convinced that this camera is very close to birthing.

    The alleged conversation – “So, I called him yesterday evening as I promised above. We had a nice talk. When I mentioned the D400 after some time, he laughed. He has a NDA with Nikon, that was clear to me, but his work on the book is real so we may see a D400 in summer.” – doesn’t suggest to me anything other than the ‘author’ was probably slightly bemused at the call.

    “He has a NDA with Nikon, that was clear to me, but his work on the book is real so we may see a D400 in summer”

    WHAT? Why was it clear to you? Please don’t say because “he laughed” – he may have laughed because he thought had a crackpot on the other end of the phone. (no offence intended admin, but this ‘tall story’ – not even a rumour worthy of your site is getting out of hand).

    How do you know his work on the book is real? If he is under an NDA he wouldn’t be allowed to tell you about the book or that it was under way or even about to be started or that he had even sat at his computer to type the first word.

    Admin, you will prob delete this for “offending” the poster or you but I really think that a) people are too sensitive on this site and b) this story/rumour is just snowballing out of control and – like a snowball – there is nothing of substance when you scratch the surface – just more snow!

    Of course a D400 is coming – like night follows day, but I doubt that anyone outside of a few trusted Nikon testers knows anything and I doubt even more that this author – even if he IS signed up to write the book knows anything more than anyone on here – infact admin, you probably know as much as this author and he will certainly NOT have had his hands on even a pre-production model yet.

    Please can we leave this D400 topic alone until there is something other than this D400 book rumor… as soon as there is something else substantial, I will not think of asking people to stop talking about it but until then… PLEASE! The Truck Camera was really interesting, this is not!

    • TOR8472

      Why all these “please no more crazy rumors comments”? I agree this book rumor means nothing, but I don’t expect NikonRumors to hold high standards of only posting plausible rumors. I come here when I want to see it all and I’ll make the judgement myself as to its plausibility.

      I’ve knocked NR in the past a time or two on DPreview when someone posted a link here citing it as “proof”, but I’ve come around now and enjoy having a one site repository for what it is, “rumors”. Thanks for you work NR Admin.

    • PJS

      per the American Heritage Dictionary:

      RUMOR: “A piece of unverified information of uncertain origin usually spread by word of mouth.”

      Asking for something “substantial” defeats the purpose. Let the madness continue!

      • Puppet Master

        So? I agree with the poster. I don’t care about the technically correct definition of ‘rumor’ or the correct spelling of ‘rumour’ – Americans eh!?!

        There have been oodles written on here on the basis of nothing. Whether true or not, whether , technically a rumour or not, there is way too much being written and posted about one tiny very weak piece of info picked up, most likely from googling “Nikon D400″.

        Get over it already!

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      no, I will not delete it because you stayed on the topic and you try to prove your point

  • Martin

    No author in Germany has a nda with Nikon!

    And yes, all DSLR-authors are working on a D400 book ;)

  • Anonymous

    just in case no one noticed… since beginning of this year, nikon didn’t release anything expensive that is more than $500 US dollars. most likely “D400″ isn’t coming because nikon is going down the cheap path to attract more customers to buy their things awfully cheap so they can save up in all financial loss that they lost while this economic crisis.

    D400? my ass. you need to ask yourself WHY do you want the D400? because you want the greatest, latest, and newest? heck, a 5 years old D200 does a fine job.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      Video + D300 price drop = this is what people are mainly waiting for

  • Jack

    Geez, Admin, why are you posting all of these rumors on this rumor site? All these rumors will ruin this rumor site. I say no more rumors! You should post about more important topics like Star Trek and Star Wars and whether Greedo shot first.

  • Rick A. Wetterau

    I belong to a camera club with a gentleman by the name of David Busch. Dave has written numerous releases on digital equipment and cameras. Google his name it’s quite impressive what he has written. Dave’s take on the 400 is that if it’s out there, it’s a good seceret. Most, if not all technical writers are second and third partiy writers to manufactures of cameras. Good writers want to give equipment a fair shake along with an honest opinion, that validates their knowledge. If someone was contracted by a specific manufacturer to write a book on a new camera, it sure could be one sided, couldn’t it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jackousley Jack Ousley

    AHHHHHH, why all the secrecy, just tell us the D400 is coming, or that it will never come. I hate the 7100 and 600 ergonomics, replace my 300s please :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/jackousley Jack Ousley

      I will end up buying a 7100 or a 600, then the 400 will come out and I will be pissed!

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