This will probably get me kicked off the site, but here goes.
This is a general complaint to Nikon. I have been a loyal user of Nikon cameras since the mid 1960s. I had a long career as a photojournalist and used Nikons when everyone else was switching to Canon. I carried Nikons from Viet Nam up to the first Gulf War and currently use the top of the line Nikon digital. But – I gotta tell ya I’m worried about the future of this company.
All the new photojournalist use Canon cameras. They shoot both still and video with the same camera. Movie makers are using Canons, high school kids are using Canons, and 50% of my students are using Canons (35% Nikon and 10% Olympus, 5% “Other”).
Recently I had a job interview with Olympus who started the discussion by saying they intend to knock Nikon into 3rd place. They intend to do this by offering the consumer public cameras they want – easy to use, lots of options, in-camera vibration control, and lenses with better zoom ranges. Generally, they asked the public what the wanted and made products to fit the need. (And no, I didn’t get the job.)
My wife wants a Canon G11, I want her to get the new Olympus P-E 2 or the Panasonic DMC GF1…but why not a Nikon??? No competing products!
I really hope that Nikon has something in the wings, something none of us have thought of that will blow the competition away. I don’t want to have the #3 camera. I want to shoot HD video with my full frame Nikon camera and I want a 2nd camera I can carry with my when the big DSLR is too much.
I don’t know if Nikon ever reads this stuff – but, “HEY GUYS, YOU’RE LOSING GROUND TO INFERIOR PRODUCTS.” I’m well aware that professional photographers are only a small fraction of the camera market, but it would be nice if you threw us a bone ever now and then.
I’m too heavily invested in Nikon gear to switch, but if I were just starting out I might be looking elsewhere.