Update: Nikon D3s now in stock.
I started to get some good vibes from the rumor mill. The model numbers are really insignificant but I was always curious how Nikon will continue the D90 DSLR line. One very possible combination could be: Nikon D4000 (D3000 replacement) and D8000 (D90 replacement), both with full HD and 14-18MP sensors (the D4000 is probably going to be between 14-16MP and the D8000 will be between 16-18MP). The full frame body is still the big question mark - I continue to receive rumors that the D700 will be replaced in 2011.
The lenses situation also starts to resolve around the following lenses (nothing new here, but I want to emphasize that the same information is now pouring in from all over the world):
- One prime lens - either the 35mm f/1.4 or the 85 f/1.4 VR (both AF-S). The rumors are currently split 50/50 for each lens. We will see only one of those lenses between now and Photokina.
- New high-power zoom (FX): either 24-105 f/4 VRII or 24-120 f/4 VRII, possible Nano coating (especially if it is the 105mm focal length).
- New super telephoto zoom (FX) - 3 possibilities here: 28-300mm f/4.5-5.6, 100-500mm or 100-400mm. There is a very low chance of a new 80-400mm lens, even though there is a new patent for this lens (coming up online soon). All VRII of course.
It is still not clear what will be the kit lens for the D8000.
The two DSLRs and the three lenses should be released between now and Photokina. Very soon I will be able to give a 90+% rating on some of those rumors but we are not there yet - I just need some more information.
BTW, many European Nikon websites were down again today - some of them were offline for more than 24 hours.