Today’s recap

Today Nikon announced that entries for the Nikon Photo Contest International 2010-2011 will be accepted between September 1 and November 30, 2010. The prizes include D3000, D5000, D300s and D3s DSLR bodies. Interestingly, the D90 and D700 models were not offered in the prize list. Maybe those models will not be available at the end of 2010 (or at the beginning of 2011) when the prizes will be awarded.

At the same time another "No new Nikon pro camera for 2010" thread on dpreview, this one reportedly coming from the marketing department of  Nikon Italy.

Full Nikon Photo Contest International press release after the break:

MELVILLE, NY (June 30, 2010) – Nikon Corporation (Makoto Kimura, President) is pleased to announce that entries for the prestigious Nikon Photo Contest International 2010-2011 will be accepted between September 1 and November 30, 2010.

The 33rd Nikon Photo Contest International is sponsored by Nikon, and provides an opportunity for photographers of all skill levels around the world to communicate and contribute to photographic culture.

Since it’s inception in 1969, the competition has steadily gained notoriety with photographers from every corner of the Earth with more than 320,000 photographers submitting more than 1,310,000 photos. More than 18,000 photographers from 153 countries submitted more than 51,000 photos for the 2008-2009 competition. These numbers represent a new record for the largest number of entries by the most applicants from the most countries ever, making the Nikon Photo Contest International a truly global event.

The Categories:
Entries for the 2010-2011 contest will be accepted for two categories; The first category is a free subject category (A) and the second entitled "Energy” (B). Photos of any subject or theme are invited for the free subject category. Entries for the “Energy” category should be photos that capture the energy of sights and subjects that inspires, motivates or excites. Images covering a broad range of subject matter from throughout the world are expected for both categories. Entrants may not enter the same photo in both categories simultaneously.

Returning once again this year is The Emerging Talent Award, designed to embrace the growing number of younger photographers and provide them with an opportunity to share their photos with the world. Each year, young photographers capture many of the photos entered, and this award recognizes the importance of the next generation of photographers.

Entry Period:
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 through Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Entry Method:
Fill out the application form on the Nikon Photo Contest International 2010-2011 website ( and transmit image data via the form.

Number of Entries:
Two photos for each category (total of four) may be submitted.

Entry Format:
Image data captured with a digital still camera (excluding that captured by medium-format and larger digital cameras) and image data created by scanning an image captured with a film camera (35mm or APS) will be accepted. Images that have been digitally enhanced or edited with software will also be accepted.

File Size:
10 MB or less per file

Image Format:
JPEG only

Awards and Prizes:
Entries will be judged by well-known photographers currently active on the world stage. A total of 53 prizes will be awarded, with one photo to receive the contest Grand Prize. From each category, 16 photos will receive first, second and third prizes. Four photos entered by photographers aged 29 or younger will receive Emerging Talent Awards, while 16 Emerging Talent Award runners-up will have the chance to exhibit their entries in the contest Mini Gallery.

Winners will be announced in June 2011 with an exhibition of the winning photographs planned.* The goal of the Nikon Photo Contest International is to provide an opportunity for photographers to express themselves and to share their own feelings and impressions with people around the world through their photographs.

The following prizes will be awarded:**

Award: Grand Prize
Number selected: 1
• Nikon D3S D-SLR camera
• AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED
• AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
• Winning photo to be included in the Mini Gallery on the Nikon Photo Contest International 2010-2011 website

Award: First place
Number selected: 1 award from each category
• Nikon D300S D-SLR camera
• SB-900 Speedlight
• AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
• AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

Award: Second place
Number selected: 5 awards from each category
• Nikon D5000 D-SLR camera
• AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR

Award: Third place
Number selected: 10 awards from each category
• Nikon D3000 D-SLR camera
• AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

Award: Emerging Talent Award
Number selected: 4 awards, regardless of category
• Nikon COOLPIX P6000 digital camera
• Photos to be included in the Mini Gallery on the Nikon Photo Contest International 2010-2011 website

Award: Emerging Talent Award (Runners-up)
Number selected: 16 awards, regardless of category
• Nikon COOLPIX S1000pj digital camera
• Photos to be included in the Mini Gallery on the Nikon Photo Contest International 2010-2011 website

*Exhibition venue and dates to be decided at a later date.
**Prizes to be awarded are subject to change without previous announcement. Prizes may not be exchanged for cash.

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  1. D900_Buyer
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    The D700 and D90 will not be given away in the contest, but you will still be able to pick them up with a rebate after Nikon extends the rebate offers for the 8th time… 🙂

    • The invisible kids
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 8:46 am | Permalink

      August 30, D700 $1990

      • T140Rider
        Posted July 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

        Yippeee. A very nice Birthday prezzie….

    • Posted July 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

      Smokin gun for thus years updates.

      • studio460
        Posted July 4, 2010 at 6:40 am | Permalink

        Sounds about right to me. ‘Course, we could be DEAD wrong.

  2. zzddrr
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    BTW, happy birthday D700. Today (July 1) is the 2nd birthday of the 12MP D700. Great camera though. But if Nikon keeps up this speed we may never see a replacement so tighten the seatbelts and let’s enjoy the newest 12MP cameras from Nikon for another 5 yrs. And yes, with plenty of rebates along the way.

    • Ken Rockwell's Dog
      Posted July 2, 2010 at 3:15 am | Permalink

      It’s the return of 12MP Man. Welcome back you boring twat, I thought you’d skipped off to Canon to tell them they needed more 50MP cameras.

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 2, 2010 at 9:05 am | Permalink

        @ Ken Rockwell’s Dog. I think zzddrr is right Nikon does not have anything beyond 12MP. What I do not understand is why are eveyrone is against higher resolution. There are fine cameras out there that proved it is possible to get quality out of more than 12MP. Ken Rockwell’s Dog you most likely were among those who could not imagine that 12MP is better than 6MP and thought that the world will end in iso noise. I wonder what you and the other assholes will say when Nikon will use another 24MP sony sensor and get the same noise levels as the D700.

  3. Hugo
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    Is Nikon really not going to release a D700 replacement this year? Wouldn’t this be against their product cycle pattern?

    • Posted July 1, 2010 at 12:56 am | Permalink

      The D700 is the first of its kind, so how can we really be sure which cycle it should fit into? We might all be assuming that it’d fit into a D100/D200/D300-like cycle, but Nikon may have planned differently. The key here is that we just don’t know what Nikon had planned. They probably didn’t know, either, actually. That may be part of the problem- they may not have anticipated the demand that the D700 created, therefore they were caught unawares.

      • PHB
        Posted July 1, 2010 at 9:11 am | Permalink

        All bets are off if Nikon are working on a mirrorless launch this fall.

        That will soak up a lot of developer time on body and lenses alike.

  4. Posted July 1, 2010 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    well nikon has released a pro camera every year from 2001. I dont buy no pro camera this year, but no D700x/s ya i could see that. I think we will see a D3xs but thats all.

    09 D3s D300s
    08 D3x D700
    07 D3 D300
    06 D2xs
    05 D200 D2hs
    04 D2x
    03 D2h
    02 D100
    01 D1h/x
    99 D1

    • Posted July 1, 2010 at 6:52 am | Permalink

      So, that means:

      2012 D4x D800
      2011 D4 D400

      • Ren Smokescockwell
        Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:32 am | Permalink

        Antonis and Chris….. now that makes perfect sense. The d400 will be the dx camera with d700 iso capabilities…or ***gasp***….d3s iso capabilities. (7d killer). The d800 replaces the d700 ( full frame). Looks as NIKON’S timetable will not be broken. Its fu@#ed up that they only seem to care more about the quality of their products than the insatiable appetites of the consumer.



        • Posted July 1, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

          “Its fu@#ed up that they only seem to care more about the quality of their products than the insatiable appetites of the consumer.”

          So you’d rather have a broken product earlier than a complete, fine-tuned one later? Have to say that I’m at the complete opposite end of the scale on this one. If it’s not ready, don’t release it!

    • Anonymous
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      What sense does it make releasing a D3xs? It is not going to address the underlining issue at Nikon. The problem is that Nikon has only 1 camera at 7-8000 that is beyond 12MP. I am sorry I missed the 14MP coolpix. The entire Nikon lineup is getting outdated. Also, after almost 9 months the D3s is still a rare item on the store shelves. Now, try to imagine if these morons release an 18MP D90 replacement with useful 1080p. Who will buy the D300s, D5000, D700, and D3s? That is because a) this will be the only camera in Nikon’s lineup that actuall capable of producing 1080p and for many it is very important, b) it has better resolution, and c) most likely it will be priced to compete with the Canon equivalent.

      See, Nikon really painted itself in the corner by sticking too long with 12MP and having any variety in their product line.

      • The invisible kids
        Posted July 1, 2010 at 8:50 am | Permalink

        Maybe a while ago they got billions 12MP sensors for cheap and now they don’t know what to do with it !

      • michael
        Posted July 1, 2010 at 9:06 am | Permalink

        but don’t forget some people prefer outstanding low-light performance you can have with D3s, personaly i don’t care about trilions and trilions megapixels:)

        and another thing: it looks like “modern photographers” are more interested in video mode then taking pictures…no comments…

        • The invisible kids
          Posted July 1, 2010 at 9:19 am | Permalink

          I had the D700, the PERFECT camera, but 12MP is just not enough for me, I work mainly with primes lenses (crop) and my prints out are very larges.
          18MP will be the MINIMUM for me, of course it will be good only if the D700’s excellent low sensitivity will be keept.
          That mean Nikon will have to use a new kind of sensors (not just more pixels), it’s maybe the reason why it take them so much time to release the D900. End of September will be VERY exciting !

          • Posted July 1, 2010 at 10:51 am | Permalink

            “End of September will be VERY exciting !”

            yeah. Nikon extends rebate again and gets world record for bs’ing their costumers. Some one at the company must be laughing at us.


          • wtfnikon
            Posted July 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

            You have an option on D3X for large Mega Pixel.
            Did you not know that?

        • Anonymous
          Posted July 1, 2010 at 9:41 am | Permalink

          Michael, the low light performance of the D3x sensor (released in 2008!) is about the same as the D700. My bet is that current technology allows low light performance of the D3s at 24MP.

          • The invisible kids
            Posted July 1, 2010 at 10:40 am | Permalink

            Where did you get the D3x have the same low light sensitivity that the D700.
            All the tests I’ve read about both cameras show that the 24MP FX have more noise than the 12MP FX.
            I hope I’m wrong, I’ll like the D3x’s sensor in the D700 body !

          • Anonymous
            Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:25 am | Permalink

            The invisible kids, more noise because more resolution but when you downsize it then you’ll get the same

          • AS
            Posted July 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

            Anonimus, if you can’t see the difference in noise vs ISO measurements of the D3X and D700:|0/%28appareil2%29/441|0/%28onglet%29/0/%28brand%29/Nikon/%28brand2%29/Nikon it means you are a moon!

            I bet you are a Canon fanatic, so go get yourself the shity 7D with 18 MP or maybe a 5D mark 2 if yo can afford one (but I bet you can’t) and leave us enjoy our Nikon products!!!

            By the way, many pro photographers tray to get their hands on the D3s beauty, and a lot of Canon shooters are changing their systems right non, why? Because Nikon is just better in any way 😉

          • Anonymous
            Posted July 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

            AS – it does look like that if others want something else or others don’t agree with you then your temper changes. I hope you follow the instructions on the prescribed medication bottle and do not harm yourself and/or others. I hope soon you will recover and feel much better.

            Watching your symptoms I guess you felt even dizzy when the 6MP was replaced by the 12MP. The good news is that you were able to recover and that is why I think you’ll be just fine once the 12MP will be bumped up to 24MP.

          • Victor Hassleblood
            Posted July 1, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

            @Anonymuses & Asses,

            “I think you’ll be just fine once the 12MP will be bumped up to 24MP.” I really liked that one. Apart from that, I have nothing to say. Go on, insult each other.

          • Anonymous
            Posted July 2, 2010 at 9:12 am | Permalink

            Victor Hassleblood – the whole point I was trying to make is that Nikon does not have anything beyond 12MP and we can see for years now that it is possible.

            What I do not understand is that why are people so against going beyond 12MP? I mean you can buy most cars with different engine options and only Nikon offers 1.6 litre 12 valve. 🙂 Seriously, if somebody mentions that 12MP is not enough these people go crazy. Thank god they can’t use their shotgun over the net but sometimes I feel they would even harm themselves. 🙂

  5. Click
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    T. Hogan had a chart on his site recently showing a very predictable release schedule that Nikon has followed for the previous 10 years. This year could be very different. It’s no secret we’re in a global recession, the worst since the great depression. Surely this has affected Nikon’s sales (and probably slowed present production). Nikon stated many times thru announcements that they expect a change for the better in the global economy in mid 2011, or at least they think it will improve.

    If they are pursuing to perfect video in a DSLR, they have their work cut out to even catch or exceed Canon’s video, this may be another stumbling block for them causing the delay. Would they release a D700s with a better sensor and superior video that would rival and compete against a D3s that they can’t build fast enough now, I seriously doubt it.

    Nikon sure isn’t the innovator like Apple, but look at the antennae fiasco and complaints that is going on now with Apple IPhone. Class action lawsuits and complaints galore. I hope Nikon gets it right in whatever path they decide to go down.

    • David Hasselblaff
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 2:18 am | Permalink

      Well, what’s the best way to boost sales? No, not rebates – new and exiting products it is.

    • Markus
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 5:12 am | Permalink

      Thom mentioned before we will see new camera’s this year. Lammerse at DPreview mentioned that we will see something new, August/Sept Photokina presentation and release a bit later. This is also in line with a statement of Nikon earlier this year that they will surprise the market. Surprising is usually done just before or during a major event, the next one will be Photokina.
      I personally think it will be a payable higher MP FX dslr camera.

      • The invisible kids
        Posted July 1, 2010 at 8:56 am | Permalink

        The “surprise” will be annonce few days before Photokina, around Sept 17-18 (that’s what my Dad says, and he is always right).

      • Hasslebluff
        Posted July 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

        The “surprise” will be no new camera.

    • Anonymous
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 8:48 am | Permalink

      Click – whenever a hear people whining about this recession I laugh! I guess Nikon did not get the memo that described how Apple sold 1.7 million iPhones in less than 24hrs. Yes, I guess apple is really worried about this recession.

      Nikon for sure, having crappy low-end dslrs along with outdated only 12MP products. No wonder they are worried about the recession. But before they start crying about the hard times perhaps they should address the product shortages.

      • Click
        Posted July 1, 2010 at 9:45 am | Permalink

        Apple is selling a product that cost what, a whole 99 bucks if your eligible for a upgrade. So it is a low priced item that is available to a much larger consumer base.

        Nikon is asking 7300.00 for a D3x or 5200.00 for a 12mp D3s with a tacked on video mode, if you can even locate one. Cameta Camera and 17th Street Photo are even charging nearly 5900.00 for a D3s because they know they are hard to come by (Very Sad that they are charging a premium or gouging). The recession is very real to 8 million people alone in the US and no telling how many world wide in this global economy. Surely this has effected Nikon’s business plan, sales and production. If the recession hasn’t affected you, count your blessings because the recession is very real.

        • The invisible pets
          Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:20 am | Permalink

          I see my sales lower compared to 2 years ago, and I’m selling only $20 photo products, so, yes recession is here, but it has begun about 5 years ago when houses sales started to slow down, real-estate is a good indicator of economy’s healf.

        • Anonymous
          Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:29 am | Permalink

          Recession is real for crappy companies that cannot adopt to the changing environment. Don’t tell me that this recession is just happened all of the sudden.

          • The invisible pets
            Posted July 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

            Recession is when people loose their job, in a couple the family must live with only one income (if both were working), so there is just enough money to pay the house, car, credits, bills, etc…..
            In that case people have obligation to cut on everything that is not “ESSENTIAL”, cameras for example.

          • Anonymous
            Posted July 2, 2010 at 9:20 am | Permalink

            Who let the dogs in? What are the Invisible Pets doing in the house? 🙂

            1) I was talking about companies

            2) But I was wondering who those 2 million people are who bought the iPhone in 3 days in this terrible recession. And yes, I think those absolutely needed that gadget and their life would have been miserable without it. My point is that there is always a market but you have to have good products that sell. In addition, I know quite few who lost their job and have to pay the bills. Some of them are more active than the others and guess what those already have a new job perhaps in a different industry.

            I believe if you want to work then you can.

  6. Posted July 1, 2010 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    contests… cheaper then stock photos and general population still believe we are doing something for them!

  7. Posted July 1, 2010 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    The more DSLR tech is improving, the longer release cycles will be: live with that.

    The D1 -> D2x hurry was necessary beacuse digital photography technologies sucked in many respects. Since D300 and onwards the tech is so refined that they can only upgrade by small increments….like old film days. Again, live with that.

    then, if you need a more gadget/geek/fashionista approach to photography….well, there’s Canon 😉

    • lorenzo
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 2:58 am | Permalink

      I do see a problem in Nikon not answering the 5DII offering. It is a great non-pro camera, with a decent price. The gap from the excellent D3 sensor (now in D700) and the D3x sensor (possibly in a future D900 or whatever) is substantial. Plus there is the video side of the innovation, that at this point should be integrated in all cameras. Interested or not as you may be, video is the “jump” in our generation of cameras, and Nikon is very behind in it. It is like the VR (or IS or OS or whatever): either you use it or not, at this point of cameras’ evolution it MUST be present in you line-up (either in lens or in camera), otherwise nobody would invest in your system. Same for video, very very soon.

      • Posted July 1, 2010 at 3:48 am | Permalink

        problem is that they have no motivation. Look to Sony offering. Underpriced it as low as they could, give weird amount of bonuses to salesmen and still nobody cares. People stick with their good enough C/N systems, occassionaly dramaticaly switch between one of them and life is peaceful again. Still nikon and canon price matching each other and nobody switches away.
        What could change it, is cheap MF system. Many pros will switch away, keeping FX/DX only as backup with little investments and they will have to start inovate and improve prices.

        • PHB
          Posted July 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

          And what would really change things is free beer and a cheap Rolls Royce.

          Medium Format is never going to be cheap. And truth be told, it probably isn’t going to be much better. Larger sensors do not make for better low light performance, only larger lenses make for better light performance.

          At the moment MF is the only way to get above 24MP. But that will go away in the near future. And it is not at all clear that the MF lenses currently on offer will allow them to take those cameras further.

          Digital is not like film.

          • Eric Pepin
            Posted July 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

            true but the better small sensors get the better large ones will get as well. There will always be an improvement and always be a market somewhere for large sensors. Maybe even 4×5 sensors eventually or 8×10. Never know.

      • Posted July 1, 2010 at 8:52 am | Permalink

        I have to wonder if Canon gutted themselves w/ the mkII. They have have increased sales, but is it enough to offset the costs? Personally, I have no idea. Just wondering if Nikon’s trying to hold back and not cannibalize themselves. Maybe they’re waiting for a mkIII to appear and see if Canon tries to price themselves back into a higher bracket. Not sure that’s possible, tho’ now that the cat’s out of the bag.

    • SNRatio
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 6:17 am | Permalink

      The technological improvements imply that bodies are not outdated as fast as before, but the stream of new or enhanced features hasn’t slowed down that much so far – compare the ‘s’ upgrades of the D70 and the D300, for example. The pro and enthusiast bodies see market conditions and expectations developing in different directions and at different speeds, and it has taken Nikon some time to adjust to that, after the great D3/D300 success. I’m quite sure they could have released earlier, but iI guess they choose to have most features in place upon release, not like the video in 5DII, which has improved tremendoulsly through firmware upgrades.

      Which is why Nikon concentrates on enthusiasts right now, and most of the coming 12 months. And I guess that will include an EVIL introduction second quarter of 2011.

    • Anonymous
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 8:52 am | Permalink

      SNRatio, Nikon stuck at 12MP since June 2005!!! I guess this speed is so fast that it spins our head.

      • PHB
        Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

        That is because 12MP is retinal for an 8×12 print. And that is pretty much magazine size which together with less demanding applications (amateur, newspaper, web) makes up about 95% of the professional photography market.

        Increments above 12MP make very little difference. 24MP gets you to retinal level on a single page of a fashion glossy. You need 50MP for a double page spread.

        The D4 looks likely to be 18MP , but mostly for marketing reasons. And some headroom is useful to allow some loss in the edit cycle. Thats only increasing the print size to 10×15 or so.

        • Anonymous
          Posted July 2, 2010 at 9:26 am | Permalink

          The D4 will be 24MP. 18MP does not make sense since you’re not going to see that much of a difference but you can recognize it at 24MP. Nikon tends to carry over and further develop the sensor of the x version. (D2x and s were 12MP)

          Here is a question or two for you PHB:
          1) Tell me what % of the photographers master the framing of a shot? (I would say max 30%)

          2) What do you think what happens to correct those?

          Hint: Cropping. Now if you crop then 12MP soon becomes inferior to 24MP. Now that is one reason why you need more

  8. Roland
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 3:04 am | Permalink

    At first I read the headline “Today’s crap”.
    When thinking about it for a while, I realised that I was somewhat right…

  9. Chris P
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    As usual all the posts are putting the emphasis on cameras. I have a D700 and it does everything I want and I would be very unlikely to spend any money on a replacement for at least the next year.

    If it is 24Mp, I don’t print larger than A3 so 12Mp is sufficient and I don’t want to spend a lot of money upgrading my computer to handle the huge files.

    If it has video that is of no interest, I know a lot want such a feature and I totally agree that Nikon need to offer a camera with the 5D’s features without its obvious defects, but it won’t cause a lot of existing D700 owners to spend money in buying one.

    Now for the thing that will cause me, and I suspect a lot of others, to spend money with Nikon, lenses for my D700 that either badly need upgrading or don’t exist in their current range.

    1 – An updated, upgraded 80-400 4.5-5.6 built to the optical/mechanical standard of the 70-200 VRII at about the same price.

    2 – A 24/28-85 f4 usable over the full range from f4, unlike the recently introduced 16-35 which should have been an 18-35 as it has too many optical problems between 16-18.

    3 – An 80-200 f4, which is actually 80-200, of the same optical standard as my 80-200 f2.8 af-s.

    Unfortunately what we will probably get is an 80-400 which, like my current Sigma 120-400, is optically useless much over 300mm and a 24-105 f4 which has poor performance at both ends of the focal length range just like the Canon one it will be cloned from.

    • Alexvaib
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

      I hope to see quickly a 80-400mm VRII AFS Nano coating with sharper optic at 400mm as suggested by Thom Hogan but it could be as the new 70-200mm VRII which isn’t a true full 200mm but rather a 135mm at some distance, if Nikon do that with the 80-400mm it could be a very bad trading choice for usand have to choose between sharp and focal length …

    • PHB
      Posted July 2, 2010 at 12:05 am | Permalink

      I think it highly unlikely that the 80-400 replacement will be sub-standard in anything other than that I suspect it will have plastic for light weight where some will demand metal.

      I agree that glass is a lot more useful than bodies. But I get the feeling that many of the people demanding a D3x in a D90 body don’t actually take many pictures.

      Most people upgrade their body maybe once every 5 years and make a step up range as well. I moved from a F90s to a D50 to a D300. I certainly don’t expect to get a D300s and will probably pass on the D400 unless it is a radical step forward. My priorities are a 85 f/1.4 and 80-400 zoom.

      They might be able to tempt me with an appropriately priced FX body. And at some point there will be an affordable 24MP FX body that probably nullifies much of the point of DX as it is also a 10MP DX. But we are clearly several years away from that at this point.

    • Ken Rockwell's Dog
      Posted July 2, 2010 at 3:24 am | Permalink

      The most sensible post on here by a mile. Well done.

    • The invisible woman
      Posted July 2, 2010 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      I had a D700, and yes it’s a fantastic camera.
      But as I said before, 12MP is limit when I want crop my pictures (I use mainly primes) and I make larges prints, I agree, you need a fast computer, thanks God (or any other prophet) when I was working in a big computer retail store I had the possibility to built a fast computer, (it was 3 year ago, costed me $3000 at factory price). If the D900 offert 18-24MP low noise sensor in a D700 body, I will be sleeping in front of my computer for a week (to be the first one to order it online !).

      • Eric Pepin
        Posted July 3, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

        i have the solution for you, longer lenses. Then you can frame properly and not need to crop so much. IDK what you did back in the days of film.

  10. f-stop
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    so yeah no real talk about when a new body will show. but no one has mention that for the grand prize they’re only giving away (1) D3s..this is Nikons own contest and they’re only giving away (1) D3s talk about cheap..I know times are hard but dam..Nikon can do alot better then least five or something….I have a better chance winning with dollar scratchers lol

    • Markus
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 5:51 am | Permalink

      LOL…a grand price, a grand camera, a D3X 🙂

      • Victor Hassleblood
        Posted July 1, 2010 at 7:09 am | Permalink

        This is a 12MP-Only-Contest. Quite a statement, sad one too.

    • Chris
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

      Nikon probably couldn’t find anyplace that had the D3s in stock >.<

  11. Posted July 1, 2010 at 7:26 am | Permalink
    • Jesus
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 9:32 am | Permalink

      kr is always right

      • Victor Hassleblood
        Posted July 1, 2010 at 9:44 am | Permalink

        Please donate.

        • Roland
          Posted July 1, 2010 at 10:49 am | Permalink


          • Victor Hassleblood
            Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:47 am | Permalink

            Please donate more.

        • PHB
          Posted July 2, 2010 at 12:06 am | Permalink

          That is ‘please donate or he will have to sell his children for medical experiments.’

    • Anonymous
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      Wonder if Santa Claus will be delivering them personally?

    • Fat-Ken Rockwell
      Posted July 2, 2010 at 5:40 am | Permalink

      Yes, but KR also mentions the d800:

      I’m cynical, but I’d presume these pages only exist to try to capture some traffic from interested people looking for Nikon’s new products on internet searches.

      If there’s a lot of people Googling for ‘d800’ or ‘d500’ then guess what you find, Ken’s website. Even if there is no news of either camera to be found, it doesn’t matter in terms of getting people to your website.

  12. jason
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    i have a D3 and i love it the only way i will part with it is when i die ha ha

    • Anonymous
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 8:56 am | Permalink

      Jason, we are glad to hear that but not everyone loves your wife or girlfriend.

      • Jesus
        Posted July 1, 2010 at 9:33 am | Permalink


        • Anonymous
          Posted July 1, 2010 at 9:46 am | Permalink

          The point was that not everyone has the same needs as Jason.

          • Xscream
            Posted July 1, 2010 at 10:12 am | Permalink

            Oh, but I love his girlfriend, and she loves me too, just don’t tell Jason!

          • Anonymous
            Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:30 am | Permalink

            Xscream you did that by yourself.

    • The invisible sister
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

      @ Jason
      Why ? because you will kill yourself when the D4 will come out ?

  13. Morg
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Yawn !

  14. venancio
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    jesus loves you and nikon loves you…
    if you don’t have the patience and you want to see both of them before photokina,
    text and drive…

  15. mikey
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    “They are waiting to come out with some revolutionary and really NEW models”

    this sounds like a marketing ploy in itself..

    • Anonymous
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:31 am | Permalink

      Nah, old Jedi mind trick. “son, you do not need more than 12MP …”

  16. FakeKenRockwell
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    That video is important to some people and not to others has nothing to do with whether NIkon should or will release a better resolution video device. That higher resolution is important to some and not to others means nothing to that end either. The fundamental disconnect most photographers have is that photography (as an activity and professional exercise) is not a static thing. The status quo is never the same. Younger creative people will continue to hunger to find ways to create, remix, reuse and invent new forms of expression. We could listen and record music to tape just fine but digital music allowed for cross-medium forms of exploration, and in doing so created whole new unanticipated markets.

    The conceit here is the think that unless you need something that can do everything perfectly in their respective categories, that technology is worthless.

    Convenience trumps almost everything (except for high ISO 😉 )

    Now, that being said, I think Nikon actually gets this. Their patent filings suggest a fairly progressive view on the question of usability and form-factor. The bloody things need to be smaller for a consumer play, and for professional work, a global shutter needs to be there and the mirror has to go.

    Remember, they led with the D90 video thing. They don’t need to ship something else in this space to create the market; what they need to do, rise above the frenetic fray and get a device that will change the rules of the game. m4/3 doesn’t do that. Yes, there is a market for that m4/3 type devices that do video and photos but being another has been in the same space is probably not a very smart use of development resources particularly if you don’t have existing divisions and experience to bring things off the shelf into play quickly.

    • PHB
      Posted July 2, 2010 at 12:43 am | Permalink

      I agree, and what I find rather annoying about the camera boards is the number of people who think that any feature they don’t immediately see the point of must be useless.

      People moan and bitch about the D5000 swivel screen as a gimmick waiting to go wrong. Then I read a review in a fairly serious UK photography magazine where the reviewer finds a swivel screen invaluable for over the head shots in crowds and other situations where viewing is obscured.

      Then the same people say they can’t see the point of an SD card slot. Well the other day I borrowed a CF reader and the pins were bent. I don’t know if I had bent them or the owner or what. But that was a $30 card reader gone. Now what is the price of a CF repair on a camera body?

      So in the one instance we have people moaning about a feature that could be useful on the spurious grounds that it ‘might’ break (no evidence so far). And on the other we have a component that has always been a liability, has no functional advantage over the alternative that they want to keep.

      What it comes down to is that these are people who are concerned about their image, not their images. They see a camera as a fashion accessory and want to have one that has the most professional aura to it, regardless of what a serious pro would do. The flip out screen has only appeared on lower end models so far, so can’t have that. Likewise, the SD format started on the compact cameras and has steadily worked up-range. The fact that it is smaller, lighter, far more robust and the defacto standard for camcorder video are irrelevant. They want the CF cards as they see SD as a discount format. Same goes for DX vs FX. Yes, there is something of a difference, but none of the real professional photographers I know tell me that it is ‘night and day’, most seem to think it rather unimportant most of the time.

      I spend quite a bit on gadgets each year, knowing how the technology markets are moving is a big part of my job. And quite often I find that I do not understand the point of a feature until after I have used it. Yes, the iPhone is cool, but I did not know how cool till I actually got one. And execution can make all the difference. I had the HP and Palm smartphones and both were utter trash. Neither had a real Web browser and the PalmOS was unstable. Neither made a major difference to my life, the iPhone did.

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 2, 2010 at 9:30 am | Permalink

        I vote for getting rid of the CF cards. We can have in the place of 2 CF slots 4 SD card slots.

        • Jesus
          Posted July 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

          good idea!

        • Anonymous
          Posted July 3, 2010 at 11:01 am | Permalink

          1 slot is far enough. Just have a high capacity card (e.g 16 GB) and divide into either folders or even multiple drives. That’s it…

  17. longtimenikonshooter
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    If you need to shoot pro video, you need Red. If you need higher MP count, there are always digital MF bodies offering something between 30MP to 60MP. I know they’re expensive but you can always rent for your right projects.

    • PHB
      Posted July 2, 2010 at 12:53 am | Permalink

      Red is for Pro cinema.

      For HD video you will find the tapeless pro cameras that are just coming onto the market more than adequate. And I mean ‘just’. One of the reasons DSLRs were so interesting for a period was that the pro camcorders took a long time to move to solid state media. Given a choice between a DSLR and a heap of junk writing to tape, I would always take the DSLR.

      But a much better choice is just coming to market in pro camcorders that use the micro 4/3 format lenses. That is the future in my view and the reason that Nikon has to make a video play to be competitive. You really don’t want to use the same sensor for video and still photography, you do however want to be able to switch lenses between the two. Only some people will actually use video, but very few will want to invest in lenses for a stills-only format when there are equivalent camera systems that do both.

      One of the reason those pro end camcorders took so long is that it is now clear that the category will soon be killed by the mirrorless interchangable lens systems.

  18. Simon
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Nikons replacement/upgrade of some of their cameras are beginning to look a lot like Apples notebook upgrade cycle.

    Will be submitting photos as fast as I can.

  19. Del-Uks
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    “No new Nikon pro camera for 2010″

    Yeah but is Nikon really considering the D700 as a “Pro” camera ?

  20. Audit
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    no replacement!????????????????????????????????/
    I’m looking for a replacement for D90!

    • Anonymous
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Permalink


      • Jesus
        Posted July 2, 2010 at 11:55 am | Permalink


  21. regular
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    In France, I am looking for the recently announced 2x converter (ref. TC20 E iii).
    But every shop I visited has a waiting list of 50 buyers.
    Is it is the same around the rest of Europe/world?

    • The invisible spy
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

      @ regular
      In France you guys pay about 30% more than here (FNAC prices compared to B&H) and only 1 year warranty on Nikon lenses (5 years in USA).
      Just for that it worth living in USA !
      Of course, the cheese and the Champagne are more expensive but sometime you have to make choices !
      By the way, we also have medical coverage (insurance), that’s an other old French myth about USA !

      • regular
        Posted July 1, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

        FNAC prices are intended for American tourists, no serious photographers would consider going there 🙂 BH is certainly cheaper (lower VAT, no local taxes), but it does not have any availability on the TC-20 converter :-/

        I have spent some time in the US (Texas), but I am definitely happier living on the French riviera. Who needs a med coverage when you have both the sea and the sun ?:)
        And about Nikon’s warranty : it is a minimum of 2 years, the first year being under the responsibility of the reseller.

        • The invisible spy
          Posted July 1, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

          I owned a Photo store next to where you live (sur la côte d’Azur…), after I paid my employes, the taxes, the TVA, the store rent, I had NOTHING LEFT for me (working 70 hours a week…)
          So trust me, I’m happy to live in USA, where you get what you deserve.

          • regular
            Posted July 3, 2010 at 4:14 am | Permalink

            and I am the King of Scotland.

      • enesunkie
        Posted July 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

        Boy, the invisible population here sure has grown. You all must have trouble at home bumping into each other!

        • The invisible man
          Posted July 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

          Yep, big family !
          I have to use an infra-red converted D80 to take Xmas and birthdays pictures.

          • Posted July 1, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

            LOL!!! You guys bring a big smile.!

      • Victor Hassleblood
        Posted July 1, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

        “Just for that it worth living in USA !”

        Do you want to say, that Nikkors have the habit to break within 5 years? Quite interesting and a good thing that I don’t intent to buy any until I get a D700 replacement.

    • Xscream
      Posted July 2, 2010 at 6:24 am | Permalink

      I saw it in a shop in Amsterdam recently, but then I was in a rush, now, after a week where I was abroad, they don’t have it anymore. I seriously regret not giving myself some more time 10 days ago…

  22. Ren Kockwell
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    Go read some Canon forums. They’re all bitching about crappy AF and crappy wides among other things. The grass is always greener. But NIkon is just glacially slow. Who would be a good candidate to buy Nikon so they’d have more money for R&D and proper manufacturing/distribution? Any good companies come to mind?

    • Gordon
      Posted July 3, 2010 at 2:20 am | Permalink

      They already part of the Mitsubishi group, why can’t they get more funding from their parent organisation?

      In hindsight, Sony may of been better to buy-out Nikon instead of taking over Konica-Minolta.

  23. chris
    Posted July 2, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    forget about camera. Nikon is losing a ton of sale if they refuse to have a 35mm1.4 AFS. Just make one and charge $3000. People will still line up for it.

    Don’t know why Nikon didn’t get it.

    • Anonymous
      Posted July 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

      Why do you need a 35mm f/1.4 so desperately?

      • The invisible Oncle
        Posted July 2, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

        Because when he use it with a x2 converter it become a 70mm f/2.8.
        It would be only f/5.6 with a standard 35mm f/2.8
        I bought the AF-S 24mm f/1.4 to make a nice 48mm f/2.8 !

        • Posted July 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

          Whats wrong with 50mm 1.8 instead of 24mm+2x converter?

          • The invisible FunGuy
            Posted July 3, 2010 at 8:03 am | Permalink

            That’s was a jocke……

  24. Darren
    Posted July 2, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Hey what do you guys think of this rule?
    “Photographs that have won any award, been published or have been submitted to any other photo contest are not eligible as entries”
    Along the same lines: “Photographs that have won awards or have been subjected to any previous form of judging process will not be accepted”

    Does that mean that you can’t enter shots that have been entered into online competitions such as dpreview ( or dpchallenge (

    • The invisible Auntie
      Posted July 2, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

      That’s sucks, you can’t even send them porn pictures.

      • Jesus
        Posted July 3, 2010 at 5:23 am | Permalink


        good answer

    • zzddrr
      Posted July 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

      Yes because Nikon wants you to give away your rights to your own photos. Then they sell it for profit or use them for their own ads. So if your photos were submitted somewhere else then there could be wonership issues around it.

      It is really said that how these contests are basically getting free photos and then many are selling those and you who submitted your own photos from the moment of submission you no longer own them.

  25. Son of FE
    Posted July 2, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Here’s an interesting question.
    Right now, if you want to buy a pro-level camera would you buy D700 or a 5DMk2? Because I think the answer is you don’t want the mediocre autofocus and plasticky build of the 5DMk2 in exchange for video. I believe most would much rather have the overall quality of the D700. So, if you want to jump ship,what are you jumping to? Not much since both products are “aged”.
    This seems to be the source of our frustration.
    Now let’s all take a deep breath and go out and take shots with what we have. 

    • The invisible cousin
      Posted July 2, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

      You are right,
      I’m waiting for the D800/D900, I think it will be the same as D700 with 18-24MP and HD video.
      For now I’m using a D90, with wich you can get the same results as a D300s.
      My next camera will be a FX, larger viewfinder, better sensitivity, CF cards (I hate SD cards, too easy to loose) and most important, a $1800 14-24mm stay a 14-24mm.

  26. Anonymous
    Posted July 3, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    >>> Where did you get the D3x have the same low light sensitivity that the D700.
    All the tests I’ve read about both cameras show that the 24MP FX have more noise than the 12MP FX.

    At the same OUTPUT size the d3x has the same noise as a d3. At 100 percent on screen, at high iso the d3x appears to have more noise. Resize to the same size as a d3 and its a draw. 24m/pixels does not have more noise. Just more detail at the SAME OUTPUT size…

  27. The invisible Nikkor
    Posted July 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    I tried the 14-24mm f/2.8 today…….what a beauty !
    Nikon may not have the lastest high-tech cameras, but for the lenses Nikon is number one !

    • Anonymous
      Posted July 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

      Have you ever compared D700 + 14-24mm vs. D300 + 10-24mm? What do you think if there’s any significant IQ difference worth the switch?

      I did it anyway, a quck’n dirty comparison. My overall feeling is, under strict low-light conditions D700+ 14-24mm is a no-brainer, while otherwise IQ difference is not that much with DX solutions. D300 + 10-24mm is a fine combo too.

      • The invisible Man
        Posted July 3, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

        I sold my D700, I have now the D90 (waiting for D800/900), all my lenses are Nikkor f2.8, if you buy a 14-24mm or a 24-70mm or a 105mm micro, etc…you are investing money.
        Buy the 14-24mm now and it will NOT loose it’s value (see the 13mm f/5.6)
        If think it’s better to invest in FX lenses and cameras, the DX was created because at that time there was no 24x36mm sensors available.
        If Nikon release a D(?)00 with 18-24MP at $1990 the DX cameras won’t sell much anymore and the DX lenses will not worth a penny.

        • Posted July 3, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

          Invisible Man: Why not sell the D90 which is a DX camera and keep the FX D700?

          I agree 100% in investing in FX cameras. Recently I sold a Nikkor 105mm that was 5 years old for the same price I purchased. Of course the new one with the N coating and AF-S was $300 more but it is still well worth it IMO.

          • Posted July 3, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

            I mean to say investing 100% in FX lenses and cameras.

          • The invisible Man
            Posted July 3, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

            The D700 is a fantastic camera but I need more than 12MP (18+MP).
            I can’t afford to spend $2400 in a camera wich will loose about $1000-1500 when the D800/9000 will be release.
            I don’t mind spending $2000 in a lens because I know that I’ll use it for 15-20 years.
            With the D90 I get the same results as with a D300 but for only $750. The D90 help me wait for the D700 sucessor.

        • Nicole
          Posted July 4, 2010 at 9:15 am | Permalink

          I had a D700 for over a year, and it was a beautiful camera indeed. But I have just replaced it with a D3s, and the difference is quite noticeable. It may still be 12MP, but the D3s sensor is amazing. It really is in a different league. However, sensor size, noise, resolution etc. only tell a part of the story. The build quality and ergonomics of Nikon cameras and lenses are far superior to many others. The D3s is a joy to use, its handling and balance are beautiful when used with a heavy lens. Even with my 24-70 f:2.8, I find that I can hand-hold successfully at 1/30th. Although I had to wait 3 months for this camera, it was worth every minute.

          • The invisible Woman
            Posted July 4, 2010 at 10:34 am | Permalink

            I waited 9 months for my 105mm f/2.8 AF-S micro, and it was a boy !

  28. Posted July 4, 2010 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    Excellent logic and smart.

  29. Charles
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    So what is the prediction about the going rates of a d700 after the announcement of its successor?

    • Anonymous
      Posted July 4, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

      D700 body $1000-1500 2.nd hand

      • Charles
        Posted July 4, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

        Who is ready to sell their d700?

  30. Gary
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I think Nikon is going to repeat its pattern, which is stick with what they have for now and then next year introduce the next leap forward with its D4/D400 models. Those will amaze everyone and remind everyone of how great Nikon is.

    For this year Nikon’s big announcement will be its EVIL camera.

    On the DSLR front, if we are lucky we get an update this year to the D90 and D700…but I believe those will be incremental upgrades. But Nikon can’t make the next leap with these camera lines this year. If they take the D90 forward too much, they pretty much undermine the D300s, and potentially even the D400 successor. If they take the D700 forward too much, they undermine the D3s, and they have to introduce the next gen FF technology with the D4 first.

    But in the meantime we still have some pretty great cameras to use!

  31. Posted July 5, 2010 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    Interesting. One of the few worldwide photo competitions that’s open to everyone and that has a very high quality level overal is open again for submissions.

    All we get here is a lot of moaning that nikon has not released anything new.

    I’d say get out there and shoot something stunning with your outdated d3 and d700 cams.

  32. The invisible Man
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Hey Administrator,
    Jabs here – same problem here too!
    I even was able to LOG-OFF a few minutes ago as NR Administrator!
    Check on the MySQL Injection issues plus look at cross-scripting issues from your ADS.

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