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And there is a very good chance you'll be waiting till sometime in 2013.
@KUV: The D7000 and even the D90 have some very BIG advantages over the D300. I will never sell my D300, I am that fond of it. However the additional protection in my experience is NOT worth the extra "freight" (COST). I'd rather have a D7200 UNLESS the D400 has some distinct advantage I can't foresee at all. And I have been ONE of the people who has really pushed Nikon USA in terms of letters, etc. about the D400. The recent $2,100 price of the D600 is certainly an example.
@Davey. Pls name a few advantages that the D90 has over the D300. The D7000 was released much after, so it isn't really a fair comparison.
Kuv: I've owned both, and here's my list. Lower cost, lighter, smaller, some changes to UI (especially image review), video (may not matter to you).
There are disadvantages to the D90, as well.
If we all wanted the same specs in a camera they'd only make one model. Shooting wildlife in some downright nasty conditions, I appreciate the more rugged build of the D300. I'm willing to carry and pay for the extra "freight". Different strokes for different folks, as they said in my youth. While I might settle for a D7200, or whatever they might call it, I want a D400.
D90 vs D300...for me...and this is just for me... it is about the access to the functions of the camera. The D300 is like the D3. The D90 is like having to go through a series of steps to get some changes made which creates an inability to change things immediately, and do so with the same controls as on the pro bodies.... currently D4, D800.
For those who are shooting both an FX and DX body during the same shoot, it is so much easier to have the controls the same rather than some small letters and indicators one has to put glasses on to see.
And, I currently have a D90 and D4. Sold a D200 last year. Waiting for the D400.
Since there's no real rumors except the main blog saying we have 2 more cameras this year and one is the V2, I will share my little fantasy.
The D400 was all ready to go and then came an earthquake and a flood which destroyed the D400 assembly line. Nikon could have just put back together a D400 assembly line but the engineers knew better and kept working, planning, creating....So for those of us who have waited, we're really going to get a D500 or maybe a D400.5 all in D400 clothing! It will be the Best DX camera ever conceived! Many will weep and say if only I had waited! Other DX cameras will simply stop working in proximity to the D400 out respect.
O.K. I'm done but what a nice thought....
Ahhh.. the Chuck Norris of DX cameras! I'd buy that.
I think the delay in the D400 has sortof done me a favour... Picking up a used D3 for a bit of a steal today
OK andrewz post has launched him into my one of my FAVORITE posters catagory! And please do not arrest me for saying how fond of my D90 I am. I did find video useful on it and sometimes the video can be quite good. But the D7000 is way above that. The D300 and the D300s BOTH have such a backing that Nikon would not abandon the line. So maybe Kuv has a good point. I do like having a video on my D90 although I try to use it not at all now.
The D300s that I DO NOT OWN has a nice video but I never bought one. I just think andrewz really on target, the D400 might be phenomenal! To ricochet: I too shoot wildlife under tough field conditions. Having drowned 3 35mm cameras I appreciate making them tough. I have found though that the right pack, maybe even with a plastic bag and learning to quickly unholster it an get it into action can make a less than guarded camera useful in bad field conditions.
On some of my trips i use D7000, D90, D300 as I did today in the Adirondacks of NY to Vermont, to NH, to Maine and all took really nice pictures. I just saw a photo of brightly colored foliage and maples in Michigan with freshly fallen snow. It was lovely! Every once in a while you see a photo and say.....wow! I liked to have been there! Hope you are getting photos like that today. And soon in your future! Some I hope are with the D400!!!
I am waiting for the D400 for 3 years. My D200 is becaming old and ill.I still have not bought a Canon 7D because of the lenses (AF-S DX 16-85 AF-D 24mm f/2.8, AF-S 105mm f/2.8, 180mm f/2.8 AIS, AF-S 300mm f / 4). I lose a lot of money selling them. But my patience is at an end. If there is no news from D400 to the end of the year, or buy a D600 or opt for the Canon.
It's ironic. I want to spend money on the Nikon brand but they don't let me!!!
There are a lot of folks waiting for the D400. I waited about a year and a half for my latest Nikon. And, am waiting, not patiently, for the D400. Sold my D200 six months ago....trying to sell my D90, now. I really believe andrewz above described the situation fairly well , the Tsunami in Japan, the floods in Thailand, both hit the D400 development process.
Now, Nikon will take you money...D600, D800, D4 are all deep pits to drop money into the Nikon Fund.
msmoto said: Now, Nikon will take you money...D600, D800, D4 are all deep pits to drop money into the Nikon Fund.
The problem is that I don't want those kinds of "deep pits" for diferent reasons. I just want the D300 upgrade like "lots of folks". Nikon should reach out to the meeting of their customers.
Very nice D400 video. I would hope the actual D400 body would not exceed $1,800?
Let's hope admin is right, new DX camera early 2013!
The D7000 here at my business is the single most popular camera. The D300 was the most popular up to the D7000 arriving. The D700 got sold as it wasn't getting used. We have some VERY good videos on the D7000. Some with a Rode sound system, some with the sound recording from the D7000. Based on these usages here I would lean to buy a D7200 over even a D400 which I believe will be high priced. Some of the protective sealing and metal just add to the price. On the other hand great video and fast focus and fairly high FPS and dynamic range is what we are after. I just hope these cameras are available as quickly as the D600 was. We have made the decision NOT to buy a D600. We have not been able to test a D800 but are pretty sure we'd rather have the wider depth of field and weight and lens selection of DX. And again I have 6 Nikkor FX lens. I have the same number of DX lens. The D600 automatically switching to DX with a DX12-24mm Nikkor was the end of our interest there coupled with the focus grids slammed into the center. SAME scenes shot within seconds of each other, same lens, on D7000 versus D600 decided this for us.
DaveyJ: Interesting. I had been shooting with a D7000 and did not have a problem with grip size as some have reported. I don't like the D600's crammed autofocus array either but I love the D600 because it is so much lighter than the D800 and I just cannot see the need for any more megapixels than 24. If the D400 has a body the size of the D800, it will feel like a "klunker" to me. If the D7200 has a body like the D7000 and D600 (it should) and sells for about $1,200 with a 24mp sensor, I think it would be "perfect" and a "best value" unless you are going to spend a lot of time standing knee deep in marshes photographing birds and need more weather sealing or have large hands or really need one button access to ISO and white balance. But note the D7000 and D600 (and surely the D7200) gives you one button ISO and white balance access using the buttons on the back of the camera. My vote for best DX/FX combo is likely to be the D7200 and the D600 unless you have some specialized need such as 10fps or occasionally driving nails with your camera body.
Nikon has me feeling like Goldilocks lately.....the D800 is too hot.....theD600 is too cold.....could the D400 be just right? ;-).If Nikon releases a D7200 before a mythical D400, I'll take a long look,but if the RAW buffer isn't much better than the D7000, then i'll pass.
It seems like Nikon is trying to push me and tons of users like me completely out of their camp.Of course if Nikon doesn't want my money,i'll survive,but if they don't get a handle on QC issues,and they don't produce products that a large part of their user base need....they might not.
@donalddejose: I got my D7000 as much due to your posts as anyone's (including the Nikon website!) I have not been disappointed. Yesterday my oldest grandson photographed and took video of a Timber Wolf at his place in the Adirondacks. Big and impressive! We compared it to captive Timber Wolf photos I had taken about three days earlier and bigger coyote images. So that was interesting! I still have not ruled out the D600 totally although my posts indicate I have. Without the posts of a few people I have come to rely on at NRs I will not go to FX. Still I have 6 FX lenses. My biggest glitch is the LONGEST FX capable lens I own is the 70-300VR and on FX that is good, bit a long way from tele enough for some subjects. I do hope when Nikon finally gets off the DX limbo they will introduce a D7200, and a D400. A D7200 at $1,200 WOULD sell awfully well. I predict it would hammer D600 and D800 sales combined.
Without people like donalddejose though I'd just have to take some sales person's view or Nikon's and one of the biggest parts.....without NR many of us would have no heads up on what is coming out! So thanks to a site with a MINIMUM of jostling and out of line comments.....and a large helping of excellent HELP! Good luck to you all! And I do hope Nikon checks out NR quite often.
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