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Nikon D4? (busted)

Update: In a comment to this thread, Denisa Mrackova (portfolio) explains the origin of those images:

"Apologies to everyone for this misunderstanding. My creation of the image of (non-existent) Nikon D4 is a study for a product visualization on my portfolio. Personally, I am a Nikon fan and own Nikon D3s, so I tried to achieve visuals of Nikon's new camera based on what I knew and liked about their latest products. Unfortunately, just before finishing the image, I sent it to few of my colleagues to discuss possible improvements and few moments later, these images showed up online. I apologize to everyone for causing these fake news."

Here are some more pictures of this project - amazing job, the best one I've seen in the two years I am running this site (somebody should offer her a job):

Those Nikon D4 pictures came from the Nikon Rumors Forum. Thoughts?

Nikon D4

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Nikon D4

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Nikon D4

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Update: good idea, let's start a poll:

 

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  • http://www.iamron.com Ron Adair

    Please take a look at this:

    http://vimeo.com/5407991

    (For those of you who can’t believe this can have a little dust and dirt and realistic lighting and still be a render).

    • guasch

      yup, i too believe that the dust is there to fool us more, adding a little imperfection, making it look real/tangible.

  • http://www.www.com Landscape Photo

    Excuse me, but who really needs a D4? Both D3x & D3s are perfect cameras in the area what they are designed for (except their price & size); is there any point that needs improvement?

    While people are fed up waiting for the D700x and D700s…

    • zzddrr

      Well, there is no question about it Nikon needs to come out with some new stuff. They tend to release new tech from the top of the line. I think it makes sense coming out with the D4 this summer. On the other hand, I think the image possibly was a mockup for product design.

  • Andrew

    200th post!

  • Denisa Mrackova

    Apologies to everyone for this misunderstanding.
    My creation of the image of (non-existent) Nikon D4 is a study for a product visualization on my portfolio. Personally, I am a Nikon fan and own Nikon D3s, so I tried to achieve visuals of Nikon’s new camera based on what I knew and liked about their latest products.

    Unfortunately, just before finishing the image, I sent it to few of my colleagues to discuss possible improvements and few moments later, these images showed up online. I apologize to everyone for causing these fake news.
    My portfolio: http://denisa.cgsociety.org/
    My last WIP: http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=43&t=504542

    Denisa Mrackova

    • Dan

      Really great 3ds max work! I looked at your site, and you have really put in some time in with your models….Good job. Maybe Nikon will hire you to help create their next D4! It looks like they need all the help they can get…

    • venancio

      it’s pitiful that a claim such as this is now coming out of the woodwork, and a lot more trying to wriggle out. the only thing that nikon wants is just a little bit of patience, and a little more handle time on the D700 and D3S. don’t lose the passion on photography, a lot of people say it’s always the inner self and not the gear that creates the final product. satisfaction will always be there if you can increase your output keeper rate.

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

      Thanks for the clarifications – I updated the post. Great work btw! This is the best rendering of a non-existing product I’ve seen.

    • http://www.iamron.com Ron Adair

      Excellent work, Denisa. Your attention to detail shows you have the chops to do some amazing things. I guess by now you’ve probably found the feedback you were looking for, if only where you least expected it!

      I think you’re on the brink of something perfect – I know nothing about how to do what you’ve done, and deeply admire your skills in creating such a photorealistic rendering of the “D4″. There were some little details, minute details as some have said above, that give this away as not the real thing. However, with those little things improved, this would be likely impossible to distinguish from a real photograph. It is incredibly impressive that you could have us all on our toes for so long. I must admit, although my gut and my eye told me this was rendered, I had to study it long and hard to really analyze why. And it seemed the longer I looked at it the harder it became to be certain it was fake. The details in lighting, focus, surfaces and textures were extremely well executed.

      Congratulations on such a great job. You certainly deserve it!

    • http://www.iamron.com Ron Adair

      Denisa –

      I am deeply curious:

      1) Did you use photoshop for anything?
      2) Were the LCD’s photographed and then manipulated in your 3D package, in photoshop, or created 100% virtually?

    • M!

      good job. amazing work.

  • Click

    Fake, Fake, Fake

    Nuff said, any new rumors circling thru your inbox that you care to share with us…

  • Chris

    I dislike the design. In the front view the edge on the right hand side where the battery cap is located is too angeld. Secondly the switch under the bayonet is in my personal opinion missplased to be handy.

    In the back and the top view the proportions are untypical for Nikon regarding the D2- and D3-series. The design has something in common with the shape of the F4 anno 1988.

  • rhodium

    Before anything else, really, we should be asking: what on earth is that dial below the lens mount for?

  • http://virtualvice.net Virtual Vice

    Denisa’s sexy satry most likely has a D4. Run sexy satry, run like the wind! The Nikonian horde is in pursuit. ;)

  • C Benson

    Well it looks like there is allot of people have egg on their face. Word of advice from a famous person P.T. Barnum, “There’s a sucker born every minute”. Stop being a sucker and start using your head guys! My God, fellow photographers, you have a beautiful camera right now. Why don’t you dust off the camera and start taking pictures. Stop speculating, Nikon will bring out a new camera when they are ready not in till. Remember Nikon is international corporation, they dance to their own tune, not yours or mine.

    So. What are you going to do, continue speculating or are you going to go out and enjoy life and take lots of pictures? The choice is yours. For me I’m going to enjoy life and take lots of pictures.

    • Lolly

      Well said !

      • jimmy

        yawn.

  • optimaforever

    Just curious…
    How long was the modeling and rendering? how many days?
    Is it polymodelling or nurbs?
    either way this is fantastic craqueur work Denisa! :D

  • QuBe

    “Unfortunately, just before finishing the image, I sent it to few of my colleagues to discuss possible improvements and few moments later, these images showed up online.”

    Complete bullsh*t.
    An entirely orchestrated stunt (right down to the “Oops, it was all an accident” apology) all to manipulate attention to her portfolio.

    • Hendog

      I tend to agree, although good on her for doing it! What a genius way to market yourself! Besides, it doesn’t hurt anyone – if anything it gives insight in to what people like/dislike about a particular design – gets people thinking.

      If I had 3d skills, I’d consider the same thing except I’d make a D800, cause a stir ;) Maybe Nikon should have open polls on concept product renderings to determine what people want in their cameras. Might give away too much though. Wouldn’t want that…

      • QuBe

        Besides, it doesn’t hurt anyone

        Actually, in this case it likely hurts her.
        If indeed she was gaming everyone for exposure, any potential client now has to question whether she can be trusted in business. “Is she a schemer…will she scheme me?”
        And, if it was a leak, then any client has to question her confidentiality and ability to maintain privacy and security of contracted work.

        I’m all for people thinking creatively and doing mockups and concept designs. And I even don’t mind the photoshopped fakes and rumors.
        But in this case, she could have got all the traffic without the apparently weak cover story. I don’t like being lied to….of course I’m cynical and assume she was bull********.) :)

        • Hendog

          A good point. Ok to post it on the net, not cool to lie about it. Some interesting discussion ensued though, whatever the story.

          But Nikon, you’ll have to give us that mystery dial under the lens now that we’ve got a taste for it. In-camera VR or variable ND would be a nice addition…

          • Nikon Canon

            It is a ‘beverage’ dispenser.

        • ArtTwisted

          Any publicity is good publicity, this certainly follows that. The fact that so many idiots believed a 3d rendering to be true is there own fault and not hers.

  • Srappa Dicktome

    If it can take close up bondage pics then its the one for me whatever it looks like – cheers pips

  • Srappa Dicktome

    I hear there is one on the way that can make smoothies too…..mmm yummy , never go thirsty waiting in the field again….toodle pips.

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