What are you waiting for?

Time for some polls:

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  • MGF

    D3X in a smaller package.

    Upgrades of portrait lenses ( 85mm 1.4/1.8, 105mm 2 , 135mm 2).

    Unfortunately the pace and prices of these don’t seem like they’ll add up in time for me.

  • this poll is certainly telling of what A LOT of people want. nikon could sell plenty of those d700 replacements instantly if they just hurried up!!! the wait is killing me for sure. i sold off my d60 and other dx stuff anticipating the new releases so i wouldn’t loose too much money, but now i’m sitting here empty handed. i guess i have my crappy ifone for now. ;___;

    • Invisible woman

      In on year I sold D200, D5000, D100, D700 waiting for a D800/900 with 18MP.
      Now I’m stock with the D90, a big shit….

      • lol! better than what i’m stuck with. can’t wait to pick up something new though.

  • I would want D90 replacement with in-body VR so that my low light primes and wide-angle zoom are even better.

    While I rarely use video on current D90, I could use it more if there would be screen overlay showing the areas of highest contrast (say red overlay similar to blown highlights overlay in picture review) – no need for AF.

    Opening the software of camera would be great. Mobile phone industry resisted for long before accepting fact that open systems are more useful (think Android). Camera industry is next. Despite being invested in F-mount lenses, I would change to more open system if available. Hint for Nikon: listen, I won’t be alone, also there is big first mover advantage, like Apple has with iPhone. Apple could even get away with abusing developers with arcane rules.

  • Adam

    I’m waiting for faster AF and 24-70VR F2.8 as well as 17-55VR F2.8.

    A D300s or D700 replacement would be nice with more megapixels and faster AF.

  • e_dawg

    Here’s what I’m waiting for:

    *Wide-Angle Primes*

    We need new wide primes with AF-S that aren’t big and heavy f/1.4 models. Sure, the 24/1.4 and 35/1.4 grab headlines, but the “regular folk” don’t need those beasts. Let’s see new 24/2.8 and 35/2 primes incorporating aspherics with less coma and softness wide-open.

    An AF-S 85/1.8 would be great too, but give me the WA primes first.

    *f/4 Zooms*

    We need basically what Canon has: 24-105/4 VR and 70-200/4 VR. Try not to make them as long as the 16-35/4.

  • Lauhirninudalaniriu

    28-300? Really, such a monster like the one from canon?!
    what about a 28-200 replacement with VR. The 28-200 G is a convenient lens, relativelly small and light with an interesting range without being insane. Something like that with VR would be nice! (and cheaper!)
    (I just saw someone else posted a similar comment, I’m happy to see it is so!)

    • Anonymous

      I’d expect a similar design to Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 WC but not Canon’s monster.

      Yet, 28-200mm f3.5-5.6 VR would be a more sensible approach with a compact size, good-enough range & usable quality.

  • Invisible woman

    I don’t understand people asking for a D400 or D90s, I will NEVER buy an other DX camera, try a FX body and you will never go back to DX.
    The pictures are just better, much better, it’s like comparing a 110 film 400 iso with a 24x36mm Velvia !
    Guys, borrow a D700 from someone and you’ll run to the camera store to break your piggy bank. If Nikon release a 18MP+ D700, it will be my last DSLR, for ever.

    • enesunkie

      Uh, may some people don’t HAVE $2500 to spend on a body.

      • studio460

        Oh, right. Forgot about the money thing.

    • psychophoto

      I’d like to be able to afford one, but I’d rather get a D90x and some decent lenses than one FX body and no lenses. I’m sure a BMW is better than my Cavalier, but I’d rather get excited about something I can afford.

      • studio460

        True. Good argument.

    • studio460

      Those requests made me curious as well. I have a D90 now (which I originally bought for filmmaking), and I sure am ready for full-frame (for stills), mainly for acquiring lower-noise images. I also, never plan to buy another DX camera again.

    • PHB

      Well that is probably because you don’t do astrophotography, microphotography or serious nature photography. If you want long reach then you want either a DX body or a very high resolution FX body (D3x) so you can crop.

      The choice of FX or DX is just another tool choice. Some applications one is better, others the other is better.

  • Ben

    I think Nikon needs to release 3 new cameras and 1 new DX format lens.

    Canon has really made a splash in the realm of video with their DSLR’s and many indie filmakers are using them instead of traditional camcorders. In light of this Nikon needs to decide if they care to compete or not. If they do they need to:

    1. Boost the video performance in an update to the D90. The Canon t2i has the same awesome video performance as the Canon 7D for only $800. If the D90 update woud match or exceed the video quality of these cameras it would trounce the t2i in every other respsect easily.

    2. A “D500” full bodied camera at around $1600 with great video would be in a great position to knock out the 7D. Or another option would be a lightweight full frame camera with great video in the same price range.

    3. An updated full frame D700 at $2400 with video would give the 5D Mark II a run for it’s money.

    Finally, DX users need a dependable and inexpensive 2.8 portrait/event lens. Like the Sigma 50-150 at around $750.

    • studio460

      I sure wish you were a product manager at Nikon! Everyone I know at work who bought camera in the last year (both novices and filmmakers), bought a Canon D-SLR, either specifically for video, or because, they simply “heard” that “Canon was ‘better’ than Nikon.” No one I know bought a new Nikon D-SLR.

    • bob

      FF D500 would be a Canon killer…

  • Julian

    I’m waiting for a Nikkor AF-S 70-200 4 (VR) like Canon has one πŸ˜‰

    Sorry for my bad english πŸ˜€

  • It sucks we can only vote for two lenses. I’m dying for the:
    35mm f/1.4G AF-S
    85mm f/1.4G AF-S (VR?)
    135mm f/2 (or f/1.8) AF-S VR.

    …and I’d Love a 50mm f/1.2 AF-S (one that focuses a fast as the Sigma 50mm f/1.4EX HSM).

  • Anonymous

    Nothing from Nikon

    enough money and time for photography πŸ™‚

    • Jose


      Remember you have less than 30 days to give your money to Canon
      I hope your threat will be real

  • backward79

    D300s firmware with manual movie mode at 24 & 60 fps
    Why do Nikon not see the value in updating the movie mode on their awesome DSLRS?

  • Daf

    D700x/D800 or at a push D700s
    and have been since beginning of the year..

  • Iceman

    Fast glass or nothing

  • Cocky

    Waiting for the D90 replacement ! πŸ˜€

    Also a 24-120 F4 and a 135 F2 would be welcome πŸ˜›

  • a) With the 24mp D(whatever), please more than 30 sec. before bulb. At least 1, 2 & 4 minutes, or adjustable timing. Fed up using my finger or using the Phottix timer for long night photography. It’s just a tweak of software.

    b) In D700 form.

    c) 100% viewfinder with built-in flash

    d) Interchangable anti-aliasing filter in 2 or 3 different grades (eg, no aa for landscape, light for general usage, medium for studio & fashion)

    e) Built-in GPS

    f) Bundled with a 28-200mm f3.5-5.6 VR walkabout lens

    g) Affordable price (not meaning bargain)

  • Anonymous

    Resolution matters. If you think 24mp is unnecessary, then make a 2×2 stitch by Autostitch (freeware), downres to 24mp (if more), and than shoot a 12mp single file with matching DoF.

    The stitched one will shine compared to the other even at sizes as small as A4 printed @ 300dpi !

    • Broxibear

      Ahh, of course, I knew there was reason I needed a 24mp sensor… a 2Γ—2 stitch by Autostitch…how could I forget that ?

  • Anonymous

    (24mp FX + mediocre zoom) will beat (12mp FX + high grade zoom) both at base ISO, f/8 & on tripod.

    Yet, (12mp FX + high grade zoom) will beat (24mp FX + mediocre zoom) both at ISO 1600, wide open & handheld.

  • kljs

    Will there be a D300s replacement?

    • KentuckyFreedChicken

      D300s is already a replacement. If you mean D400, it sounds too soon to expect. Possibly next year, DX, 16mp, full HD video = Canon 7D killer

    • Alex

      I too would like to have a FX body as well after using my friend’s D3 over the past year. But I can see how some of the people could benefit more from the extra 50% increase in focal length from the crop sensor which is where the D300/400 fits the market. You get roughly the same amount of pixels and features as the D700/D3 like pro autofocus and sturdy build but you get an extra 50% boost in focal length instead of slapping on a teleconverter and losing quality on a full frame. The trade off however is the noise levels, but not all people shoot in horrible lighting conditions that require super clean ISO.

  • Waiting for the D700 replacement, no need to be huge megapixels, rather have HD1800 video. And none of the lenses listed. I’m waiting for a 70-200 f/4 VR.

    • jimmy

      Damn straight.

  • The invisible man

    ************ OK ! HERE IS THE NEWS ! ***************
    Today june 21 is 3 MONTHS from Photokina’ opening (september 21).
    The sales for the D700 will start end of August ($1990).
    The D900 will be announced few days before the fair, more pixels (18MP), HD video (who care ? I don’t need a camcorder). And finally a new AF-S 300mm f/4 with G mount and VRII. (the optic will be a new design, with NC and Ashp)
    There will be also some infos about the 3 sensors (RGB) captor but nothing in the stores this year (maybe end of 2011).
    Don’t ask me where I get all that, I don’t speak German anyway.(I learned 3 years but I was not good, Imagine an American guy with a French accent speaking German !)

    • Vladi

      what sensor is the D900 going to use, does Sony produce 18mpx fx sensor already?

      • KentuckyFreedChicken

        Maybe a secret one made exclusively for Nikon πŸ˜‰

        All I know is that Leica M9 uses an 18mp FF sensor with no anti-aliasing filter, plus microlenses designed for rangefinder lenses.

        • Eric Pepin

          thats a kokak sensor i believe, i bet nikon would stick with sony.

    • studio460

      I asked this before somewhere else . . . how can they put a 3CCD sensor in a D-SLR form factor? The prism block would be HUGE!

      • Alex

        the 3CCD digital still camera rumor is the dumbest rumor I have ever read anyone try to start. The compromise would be using much smaller sensors, and who the heck wants that?

  • Vladi

    8 more days and the July is here, time for announcements both from Canon and NIkon ^^

  • Waiting for a D4!!!

  • Click

    Canon Rumors just recently announced that they had received tips that Canon has scheduled a press release for either July 12th/13th or the 19th/20th and a good chance of a second round of announcements again in August. Let’s all hope that things will heat up in the next 60 or so days leading up to Photokina.

  • Pat Mann

    None of the above.
    16mm PC DX
    55-150 f/2.8 DX

    • PHB

      PC would make so much more sense for DX format. Instead of having to pay huge bucks to get 2x FX coverage, FX coverage should suffice.

      I can’t see it happening though.

      Can’t see the point of the poll really. Someone who has an 85 f/1.4 is unlikely to make a second one a priority. But that does not mean they are very likely to go buy a 35 f/1.4.

  • Broxibear

    Nothing…bought a brand new D3 a few weeks ago for Β£1000 less than a D3s, buying an Elinchrom kit with the cash I saved !
    Not planning a further body upgrade for at least 3 years…by which time i’ll be waiting for the D4x or D5 ?

  • dude

    i vote for d4

  • Kingyo

    D700 replacement..to be announced in September..similar to a D3s but with 1080p video πŸ™‚

  • zzddrr

    Nothing before August! You will see.

  • Huggs

    Affordable D90 upgrade, plz. Thanks.

  • Gordon

    Flawed poll, some of us are waiting for a D700X and not a D700 replacement.

  • Peter

    I want my d700 replacement~

  • Kenny

    No one looking for improved version on 24-70mm f/2.8 ? with VRII, improve on MTF..

    • Invisible woman

      I love mine the way it is !
      I don’t miss the VR with the f/2.8 aperture and the clean ISO 800 (with the D700 not on the D90).

      • Agree w/ not needing VR. Adding VR would make it even larger/heavier. Have been using 24/50/135 primes instead, anyway.

        • Kenny

          May be different need for usage.. As for event/wedding photographer, I wish on the 24-70mm f/2.8 with VRII

          Can’t have enough time to change the primes Lens during the event. Thus, need a zoom lens with VR for quick shooting.

          • Kenny

            Just to compare the MTF (exact from photozone):

            1) Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED –> highest – 4029 (Center resolution), highest – 3536 (Border resolution)

            2) Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED –> highest – 3988 (Center resolution), highest – 3254 (Border resolution)

            3) Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 G ED VR II –> highest – 4028 (Center resolution), highest – 3498 (Border resolution)

            Besides that, 24-70mm have the most Chromatic Aberrations (CAs) issue (2.41) compare with 14-24mm (1.42) and 70-200mm VRII (1.53)

          • Eric Pepin

            perhaps you need the zoom but i know wedding photographers that do just fine with a 20ish prime and a 80 ish prime and there 70-200. All depends on your style and technique.

        • Don’t disagree that it wouldn’t be useful for some people. I just doubt that there’s enough demand for an upgraded version of it at this point (but hey- I could be wrong. It’s almost happened before πŸ˜‰ ).

  • Anonymous

    I’m waiting for a Nikon Digital Rangefinder

  • Miksang

    The lenses I am waiting for are not listed. I would buy immediately any of the following:-

    AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 VRII
    AF-S 180mm f/4 VRII micro /or/ AF-S 200mm f/4 VRII micro /or/ AF-S 70-180mm f/4 VRII micro

    Photography is all about patience… If you can’t wait for the lens, how can you wait for the light? ; )

    • Discontinued

      Don’t know about your place, but where I live it only takes 24 hours from one sunrise to the next and the recycling time of my studio flashes is about 1.5s. Where the hell should I get the patience to wait years for Nikon to get this or that released ? ? ?

      • Miksang

        hahaha! yes I see your point. If you put aside the studio where you control the light, think about right season, right conditions (weather, clouds, etc), opportunity and time available to be on the spot and, most importantly, the effort of getting up for the sunrise… I forgot the mistakes sometimes made in the excitement when the conditions are suddenly right … then waiting for a lens (when existing ones most often can do the job) seems easy…

        Not that I am not waiting for the few listed above. Just like waiting for this clown to walk out of my frame before the sun hide again behind the clouds… Meanwhile, there is plenty of opportunities out there with the tools we already have in hand.

  • CK

    People mentioning a desire for a new 24-70 are Cuh-Razy.. that thing is perfect.

    There are many more lenses that could use refreshing before that lens even gets mentioned.

    • Bingo.

    • Kenny

      Just to compare the MTF (exact from photozone):

      1) Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED –> highest – 4029 (Center resolution), highest – 3536 (Border resolution)

      2) Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED –> highest – 3988 (Center resolution), highest – 3254 (Border resolution)

      3) Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 G ED VR II –> highest – 4028 (Center resolution), highest – 3498 (Border resolution)

      In summary, the 24-70 still have room improve the MTF to be par with 14-24 & 70-200 VRII

      Besides that, 24-70mm have the most Chromatic Aberrations (CAs) issue (2.41) compare with 14-24mm (1.42) and 70-200mm VRII (1.53)

  • joseph

    on the lenses: I’m waiting for a 70-200mm f/4

  • Eric Pepin

    35 f1.4 cause the old AIS one is supposed to be quite soft (so ive heard but havent used ) and compact full frame body around the size of a FM2 / FE if they go retro or d90 if they go modern.

  • thefunk

    How about this. Nikon don’t like video. Unfortunately they have to make business decisions, and the (fanciful, quaint) idea of them serving the needs of their loving consumers is an outdated notion. The game has changed. Watch out Nikon.

  • My free MB-D10 battery grip…

    ….and to learn how to get the best out of the D700. Had it two weeks, shot over 2000 photos and barely scratched the surface of what it can do. This thing is a monster!

  • nosensor

    I just got my Bronica 645 and I am loving it. Mega Pixels ? Do me a favour. PanF, I love you.

    P.S. Anybody have a 40/50 mm lens they don’t need ?



  • George Washington

    Nikon SP-D

  • alvix

    CAPTURE NX3 ..bundled with whatever camera they want at this point..even a D1000 …mmhh…wait…is the D1000 a entry-entry level ….or a successor of a D700 ? πŸ˜‰ dontknow

  • www.fotofs.pt

    Nothing,i donΒ΄t wait for nothing because i have byed the Nikon D3X πŸ™‚

    Sorry for bad English.

  • thefunk

    I predict that at some point in the future Nikon will release a camera with a name that goes something like ‘D’ followed by a number. In fact I am so certain of this I will take bets.

  • peter

    I’m waiting for replacable sensors, no need to keep buying a new body just buy a new sensor which you plug in to a slot just like you do with your memory card?

  • Waiting for D4 / D3Xs and a 85mm/1.2

    No alternatives to vote on

  • Nicole

    I’m still waiting for a digital back for my F3!

  • thefunk

    I don’t know what I am waiting for any more.

    The waiting has become the thing for me.

  • Alex

    The most important lens is not here for me to select, nikon 70-200 f/4 VR

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