Weekly Nikon news flash #317

Nikon Image Space app 2  Nikon Image Space app 3  Nikon Image Space app
→ Nikon has a new version of their Nikon Image Space app - available on the App Store and on Google Play.

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New low price on the grey market Nikon D750 camera: $1,449 ($50 drop from a month ago). More Nikon deals (updated weekly):

Refurbished (US warranty) Grey market (no US warranty)
Nikon D3100: $199.95
Nikon D3200$279
Nikon D3200 lens kit: $279
Nikon D3300 lens kit: $369.95
Nikon D3300 two lens kit$519
Nikon D5200: $419.95
Nikon D5300 lens kit: $509.95
Nikon D7000: $499.95
Nikon D7000 two lens kit: $499.99
Nikon D7100 two lens kit: $849
Nikon D2x: $999.95
Nikon D610: $1,149.95
Nikon Df: $2.249.95
Nikon D800: $1,899
Nikon D800E$1998.88
Nikon D4s: $5,549.95
Nikon 70-200mm f/4G: $1,199.95
Nikon 50mm f/1.8G: $159
Nikon D750: $1,449↓
Nikon D7200$894.99
Nikon 24-120mm f/4G lens: $579
Nikon 24mm f/1.4 lens: $1,349.99
Full US warranty
Nikon WP-N1 waterproof housing for J1: 96.95 ($650 off)
Nikon 1 AW1 is now $100 off
Nikon D3300 two lens kit + free wireless adapter: $596.95
Nikon D610 with free MB-D14 grip at Adorama & B&H
Nikon D750 with free 12 months CC subscription
Nikon D750/D610 with free Shure VP83 microphone
Nikon Df with free GP-1A GPS & WU-1a wireless adapters
Nikon D810 with 24-120mm f/4 lens is now $900 off
Rare & expensive
Nikon 6mm f/2.8 AIS fisheye lens$81,021.94
Nikon 13mm f/5.6 AIS lens: $33,000
Repro Nikon 170mm f/1.4 lens: $75,000
Nikon Reflex 2000mm f/11 lens: $25,000

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→ Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon D600 has been revised into a 2nd edition that now covers the D610 as well as the D600. The 2nd edition is now fully indexed and has been brought up to date with everything Thom knows about the cameras. Current owners of the 1st edition should receive an email with an offer to join a mailing list, which will be followed by a low-cost update offer. Anyone who purchased the book within the last 45 days should have also have received an updated link for their purchase.

Nikon-Image-Chaser
→ New article on Nikon Image Chaser: A Peek Inside the Boudoir – Ready, On-the-Set, Go with Cherie Steinberg.

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→ Nikon Imaging Japan is exhibiting at the 2015 PHOTONEXT show in Tokyo (June 2-3, 2015).
Nikon will also be part of the 2015 Tokyo camera photo exhibition in Japan (May 27-June 14, 2015).

Long exposure time-lapse with the Nikon D810: The California Coastline.

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  • jimh

    These shows will be Nikon’s next opportunity to say absolutely nothing about their future plans.

    • Andrew

      These are approximations: (a) CX (sensor) is 70% smaller than DX, and (b) DX (crop sensor) is 60% smaller than FX (full frame sensor). We all know that CX is the 1 inch sensor size in the Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras. The CX allows Nikon to make smaller and lighter interchangeable lens cameras.

      Nikon is moving towards smaller and lighter cameras if you take the D750 (FX) body design into consideration. The DX is Nikon’s sweet spot in terms of exceptional low light performance (i.e. higher ISO), and smaller body size with lighter and cheaper lenses. The DX crop factor allows nature photographers to zoom in on their subjects without requiring the more expensive and heavier lenses used in FX cameras.

      It is likely that Nikon wants to move more people towards FX if you consider the low $1,499 price of the D610 camera since these users most likely buy more lenses than DX users. But Nikon has been doing a lot lately in developing new lenses for their FX camera bodies such as the new Nikon 300mm Phase Fresnel (PF) lens, the Coolpix P900 2000mm ultra zoom lens, and the entire Nikon 1 collection of lenses. So the DX lens group has needed some of those lens development resources.

      In a recent interview with Zurab Kiknadze, product manager for Nikkor lenses in Europe, he said that they have enhanced their lens design technology to simulate a large part of the design process for a significantly more rapid development cycle. So that should translate into more lenses for their DX bodies.

      Ref: http://www.fotosidan.se/cldoc/interview-with-nikon-rep-about-nikkor.htm

      • All that you said…. In a nutshell ” oh, we like DX.”

        • mikeswitz

          …..as if Nikon themselves wrote it……

          • Andrew

            NR Admin, you should delete some of these comments and their attempts are purely antagonistic.

            • mikeswitz

              I would not expect Nikon’s views to ever be different than yours. That was my point.

            • Andrew

              Then why would you bother to respond to my posts, unless you are an old bully from your school days and you like picking on people. Or maybe you look at people you admire and then draw your battle line. Whatever your personal problems, you sure do need help. Maybe Nikon did something that displeased you that you are now looking for people to pick on, anyone who views Nikon favorably. But then again, you might just be an immature kid who is looking for some attention. Whatever the case, Nikon does have millions of customers so it is not surprising to meet a few strange ones. I thought it was the Hollywood celebrities who only got stalked. Guess you learn something new every day.

            • mikeswitz

              Victim…. again?

            • Andrew

              It’s you again… Bully!

              No, you are a bully, and you know it. Bad boy! The attention is on you, calling people names. I don’t know what you do for a living, but you sure have some personal problems. You come to a blogging site and you don’t argue your point on a product but are simply looking for people to pick on. Talk about a guy looking for attention. There are enough of your type in the world so I am not surprised.

            • mikeswitz

              Now you are a self-pitying victim, which, when you think about it, is the very definition of “victim”. With all due respect.

            • Aldo

              So it was you who took my lunch…

            • mikeswitz

              I was, but whose mother makes them a peanut butter and eel sandwich for lunch? No more bullying for you!

            • Aldo

              🙁

            • Fountainhead

              He’s not a victim. He’s a stooge.

            • Andrew

              When someone sees the world differently from the way you see it, you make up reasons why everyone is wrong. Companies do not like hiring such people.

            • Andrew

              You do not know what respect is… you bully!

            • mikeswitz

              Wait….I thought I wasn’t worth your time!?

        • Andrew

          Maybe my spending 10 years at the university studying engineering, computer science, and other interests is causing me to talk above some people’s head. Let me interpret my reply for you:

          1. Nikon has every reason to be committed to DX because it hits the sweet spot in terms of pricing, size, weight, and industry leading performance.

          2. Nikon’s future plans for DX may include the production of significantly more lenses because of their new lens simulation technology.

          • No offense, Andrew, but taking a stance of superiority by touting your engineering and science background only underscores the shortcomings of your rebuttal of Jimh’s point; taking a condescending tone with him makes you look pretty small, especially considering that he was being a bit sarcastic. Good engineering is essential, but without an understanding of the market it’s difficult to channel that expertise toward a profitable end. That’s the argument that so many on here are making…great products but questionable QA, iffy tech support/repair and a seeming lack of vision when it comes to offering what the market demands. All the accolades you toss out there for the DX line are warranted for the segments of the market they serve. But, there’s a segment of DX users who want a camera with a professional control layout and build quality. The D7200 is a nice enthusiast camera, but it still doesn’t measure up to a D300s in many ways. There’s a market for a successor to the D300s, but Nikon seems unwilling to go there.

            • Andrew

              Pete, with all due respect, I really do not care about looking big. The days when those things were important to me are long gone. We are living in a culture where people do not respect the highest office in the land, and so I would not assume myself deserving any greater respect or honor.

              I am dealing with an individual who among others are persistent in their personal attacks; and taking turns in their attempts to brand me from their many previous posts and up-voting themselves; so I have deliberately taking a position to present that which I am from time to time. It is my attempt to change the dialog and their attempt to stereotype me. I have no problem dealing with people who want to present a reasoned rebuttal to my views, but don’t get personal.

              If you or others stand on the sideline and do not defend those who are being attacked personally, then again, with all due respect, you do not have the moral right to advise them to mitigate their response.

              With regards to their arguments about Nikon’s QA, there are merits on both sides of the issues as Nikon has also aggressively rolled out new products which imposes a certain amount of strain on their staff. But regardless – two major natural disasters notwithstanding, Nikon made some serious errors earlier on in how they handled those issues. Professionals look at all sides of an issue so as to respond objectively; and good ethics requires a person to respond impartially. But I really do not have sympathy for those who would attack Nikon and personally attack those who do not share their views.

              With regards to your comment on the D300s, I am in full agreement. Maybe deep down, Nikon wanted to push the D300s users towards the D800. But that would not make any sense since crop sensor cameras have their own unique appeal. I have always thought though that somewhere between the two natural disasters and the rollout of the Nikon 1 series, Nikon simply had to sacrifice something because of resource constraints, and that was the D300s.

          • Thom Hogan

            > 1. Nikon has every reason to be committed to DX because it hits the sweet spot in terms of pricing, size, weight, and industry leading performance.

            I’ve argued this for quite some time. However, Nikon’s commitment first grew, then waned. We now have two DX cameras that are behind schedule in updates (D3300 and D300s). We have more FX cameras than DX with more differentiation (D4s, D810, D750, D610, Df versus D3300, D5500, D7200, D300s). Nikon’s “commitment” may be different than the public’s perception of Nikon’s commitment.

            > 2. Nikon’s future plans for DX may include the
            production of significantly more lenses because of their new lens simulation technology.

            Glad you used “may” in that construct. Until we actually see any evidence of that, it remains total speculation. The other aspect of this is that Nikon’s glass output as expressed in quantity of new lenses each year, has tended to remain about the same in the digital age. So what has been happening is that each DX lens knocks out a possible FX lens and vice versa. But the only DX lenses we’ve tended to get are 18-xx and 55-xx zooms with variable aperture, which is not producing true choice. If that’s all we get, then Nikon should just put a DX sensor in a body with a fixed 18-200mm or 18-300mm lens and call it done.

            > 3. The Nikon D7200, D5500, and D3300
            cameras are major products in the DX image sensor sized category. The issue of “like” is irrelevant. These products give Nikon a very strong competitive position in the marketplace.

            True. Those three cameras are arguably a stronger, better expressed, and higher performance lineup than Canon’s APS DSLR lineup at the moment. Unfortunately, this part of the marketplace is the one that is shrinking the most in ILC sales.

            • Andrew

              Thanks Thom, I always learn something new from you. Appreciated!

              P.S. I hope your new book does well, you deserve it!

            • Hagbard Celine

              Shut up Thom. You’re a washed up shit-tographer. Nikon doesn’t give a crap about your old man musings. You and Rockhead should retire.

          • Oh sure . They have every reason and need to stay committed to Dx. But they refuse to take their own advice and commit to consumer and advanced amateur DX and use only the sweet spot from FX .
            And what you have rewritten as an interpretation is looks like copy and paste. Sorry but that’s what it really looks like.

          • Aldo

            Your sense of righteousness and self importance can blind you from further improving you character Andrew. Your alleged accomplishments are impressive. Confidence and conviction are shown from within. Quickly taking a defensive stance is usually a sign of weakness. Do not let others… but above all… do not let yourself take the best of you.

            • Andrew

              Say what you will, the next time someone stalks you and irritates you, I hope you will heed to your own advice. But better yet, when you see someone hounded, maybe from time to time I hope you will step in and say something. As regards to self-importance, you really do not know me.

              Now here is a lack of judgement on your part seeing that you ought to know better. They have hounded me for months calling me all types of names and you say “quickly taking a defensive stance?” and then labeling me. Boy, who is wrong here?

              In World War 2, the way 6 million innocent people were destroyed was a society that tolerated referring to human beings as “it”. All you have to do is to frame a person and then you can do anything you want to do with them.

              If he wants to repeatedly frame me without arguing against my views, then when I defend myself I will do so in the manner that I see fit regardless of others perception of strengths and weakness. A weak person cares what others think, I do not! I care about people, but not their unfounded opinion.

            • Aldo

              My assessment is based on facts (your own writing). I have matured when it comes to internet socialization (refer to my own comment history). It is much too obvious that what is said here affects you at a level that it shouldn’t… but as you continue to type the way you do all I can think of is ‘pity’.

            • Andrew

              Good for you if you feel content about yourself. Waking up every morning feeling happy is a good thing. Society is not about armchair philosophizing. My life involves passion and the emotional drive is part of it. Sir Isaac Newton faced his challenges and he was too aggressive at times, but it does not change anything about the man.

              Pestering an individual is not part of the Internet nor part of the societal norm, it is an aberrant behavior which if not confronted will give them license to continue their conduct and also do it to others. I cannot resort to retaliating with named insults as it is below my ethical standards, but I will not make any “fake” attempt to come across as a nice guy to present certain public pleasantries.

              I don’t mind battling ideas or someone calling me stupid, but I never take kindly to personal attacks. If you feel you can assess how someone else behaves under those circumstances, then that is your right. But I categorically disagree with you on this matter and your assessment of “pity”‘ in my book is totally off base. Those set of “pity” neurons are totally in your head, and not mine. But you have every right to disagree with me which is your prerogative.

            • Aldo

              I think you made the right choice by taking the blue pill.

            • Andrew

              I always respect your opinion even if I do not always agree with you 😉

    • Wade Marks

      I don’t get all of this criticism of Nikon’s DX lineup.

      The D5500 is an amazing little gem, lightweight, and competes favorably against all of the mirrorless cameras if one wants lighter/smaller.

      The D7200 has the class leading DX sensor for the time being, with great AF.

      Even the D3300 is a great camera for the money.

      Nikon has some great DX lenses, and of course they have their great FX lenses which will work on DX bodies. But most DX customers end up sticking with the basic kit lens, maybe add one more lens down the line. It’s not like there is this great demand for cutting edge DX glass in the mass market.

      The fact that Nikon hasn’t released the mythical D400 doesn’t invalidate their other offerings. All in all Nikon has a fantastic and competitive DX lineup. Could it get better? Sure, but that’s true of anything…but overall Nikon DX is alive and well.

      • EnPassant

        The problem with using APS-C (DX) sensors in DSLRs with a flange distance (from mount to sensor/film) originally made for the 24x36mm film format is that it is a compromise.

        The positive is that full frame (FX) lenses, for exemple long tele lenses can be used to get more reach.

        The negative side is that the longer than necessary flange distance has an impact on the lens design of especially wide angle primes, but also wide and normal zooms.

        With everything being equal the size of a wide prime will grow the farther away the mount is from the sensor. That is why we see a lot of fast wide primes for the mirrorless systems with APS-C and smaller sensors but not for APS-C DSLRs.

        While Pentax has a 15mm lens it is only small because of the f/4 aperture. The Samyang 16mm f/2 made for APS-C sensors on the other hand is a monster with almost 600g weight. Compare that to the almost weightless (75g) Samsung 16/2.4 pancake or the fast Fujinon 16mm that despite its f/1.4 aperture only weighs in at 375g.

        From a construction point it is simply much easier making a small and light complete system using an APS-C sensor if it is based on a short flange mirrorless mount rather than a full frame SLR mount.

        The trend in sales we can see that has been going on for a few years now is that mirrorless sales are more or less constant while DSLRs has been in a constant slide. If this development continues DSLR sales may well fall to the levels of mirrorless sales within two or three years.

        Now, if we would separate the sales of FF and APS-C sensor DSLR cameras it is actually possible that FF increased it sales not only in percentage but also in numbers. Unfortunately it is hard to find detailed sales figures for all camera models. But considering we now have several affordable FF cameras and camera makers producing them push for selling them I think there is enough to make such an assumption.

        That means that the fall in sales for the DX DSLRs is even worse than it may look in the charts. And mirrorless is selling better than the charts showing Japanese camera sales, as a major player, South Korean Samsung are not included.

        What is happening is not only a rapid fall of sales in total but especially for APS-C DSLR cameras that once dominated the market.

        Why is that? Well the total fall in sales can be explained by the digital camera sales bubble bursting. Now most have upgraded to the good enough digital camera they can keep for many years as in the film days and sales will keep falling until they flatline at the upgrade and new sales need from the market. Similar as in the analog days, with compact sales excluded.

        But that doesn’t explain the constant shrinking sales of DSLRs. I think the answer is simple. Many doesn’t want to carry more camera than necessary.

        If we wind back the clock 8-10 years most cameras used APS-C sensors that was good enough then. Today the sensors are much better. So how many do actually need full frame? Even some pro photographers have switched back to APS-C from FF, at least for work that don’t demand extreme resolution.

        But what are they swiching to? Well, not APS-C DSLRs. They actually may already have such a camera and keeping it for more reach with some longer lenses. No, the trail is mostly moving towards mirrorless systems as they are clearly smaller and have a better selection of small, wide and fast lenses.

        Problem is Nikon’s mirrorless system use a small 1″ CX sensor many buyers find too small for a mirrorless system. Canon is so far not much better. While they use an APS-C sensor they clearly are holding back releases and development of the system. It’s hard to not think the reason for both Canon’s and Nikon’s choices are that they are afraid their mirrorless system will compete too much with their DSLR systems.

        As neither Canon or Nikon can offer what many wants in a mirrorless system there is a constant leaking of before Canon and Nikon loyal pro and advanced photographers to other mirrorless systems. Those who often actually buy half a dozen lenses or more and are the most profitable buyers for the camera makers. Many new sales are also lost as Canon’s and Nikon’s mirrorless systems are too limited without an affordable camera with a built in EVF in the line-up.

        So while the technology Canon and Nikon employ in their APS-C/DX DSLRs is great less and less people are looking for such kind of camera.

        DSLRs are still more accurate in AF focus tracking and the optical view still beats the best EVFs. They are also mostly still better value and have better battery life and more ergonomic grips.

        But these are areas where the mirrorless cameras can improve while DX DSLRs can’t fight the physics. So how long will Nikon’s DX DSLRs do well? I think there will always be a market for an advanced DX DSLR that offer more reach with FX lenses and as long there is demand of a consumer camera for those who prefer the optical view.

        For the rest a shift to a mirrorless DX system would be preferable. But with the Nikon 1 system Nikon put themselves in an awkward position and risk loosing big market shares when APS-C DSLRs will be seen as a dated dinosaur niche technology, just like old records and film.

        Digital sensors also changed the market. Before the analog 35mm film SLRs was a universal system that could be used for everything. Today with digital sensors in different formats we have a lot of speciality cameras and systems.

        Among more advanced photographers a multisystem approach is increasingly common. Simply choose the systems or cameras that best solves the task.

        That is why Canon and Nikon can’t dominate the market as they did before, as it diversified in so many directions, even within the traditional types of cameras, that now not only features different sensorsizes but also two different competitive models, DSLRs and Mirrorless. That is a new situation for the SLR hegemony that was thinking they long ago won the sales war against the rangefinder cameras.

        • RodneyKilo

          Mirrorless sales are certainly not more or less constant over the last several years, but are in a comparable slide to that of the market in general.

          • EnPassant

            That all depends which years we are looking at and how we are looking at the sales figures.
            2012 was the peak year for all ICL camera sales, SLR and CSC.

            But if we look at the chart for CSC/mirrorless camera shipments it is mostly a more or less flat line except for a big bump at the last quarter.
            That coincides with the big Nikon1 sale. So it is more of an anomaly.

            Compare that with with SLR shipments that look more like a roller-coaster ride.
            After 2012 the chart looks the same. Almost a flat line with a bump in the end of 2013. Propably some other sales then, though I don’t remeber which. The beginning of the year usually start with a small fall in shipments during the first quarter but then recover and is again flat.

            So let’s look at some numbers from CIPA:
            2012×1000: SLR: 16.200 CSC: 3.957
            2013×1000: SLR: 13.826 CSC: 3.306
            2014×1000: SLR: 10.550 CSC: 3.289

            Both SLR and CSC lost about the same percentage of sales from the peak year 2012 compared to 2013.
            But look what happen when we compare 2013 and 2014.
            SLRs continue and increases the slide in shipments both in percentage and actual numbers while the difference for CSC is marginal, less than 1%.
            25% slide versus 1% is not comparable in my eyes!

            • RodneyKilo

              You suggest we look at numbers together, but don’t provide a link to do so.

              Your original comment, and its related observations, referred to a trend that has been going on “for a few years now,” and my response was specifically with regard to “the last several years.”

              Now you are changing that to compare sales over just a single year. (I think your reference probably refers to shipments, not sales). Even using those unreferenced numbers, you’re showing a loss of almost 20% of CSC in just two years. That’s not exactly flat, my friend.

              We are in the 8th year of the imminent disappearance of the DSLR now. The constant triumphant claim is getting a little creaky.

            • EnPassant

              You didn’t support your claims with a link, and now you blame me for doing the same?

              If you read my post again I clearly write the numbers are from CIPA:

              http://www.cipa.jp/stats/dc_e.html

              But maybe you didn’t know about them? Or just was to lazy to look up the numbers yourself?

              Besides I provided the numbers so you didn’t need a link to read them!

              The slide started after 2012.

              2013 it was around 15% for SLR and 17% for mirrorless. That is comparable I agree. But next year the slide for SLR increased while mirrorless was down by less than 1%.

              That is not comparable and refutes your claim about a comparable slide for several years between SLR and mirrorless.

              Yes as I state the statistics are about shipments as sales figures are harder to find. But shipments and sales correlate quite well.

              Again, I provided shipment statistics for three years. You could make your own comparances.

              Now you are deliberatly misreading the statistics despite they show that 97% of the fall in mirrorless shipments was between 2012 and 2013.

              What you fail to mention is that SLR shipments dropped 35% from 2012 to 2014 compared to 17% for mirrorless.

              Mirrorless sales didn’t start picking up world-wide until 2011. According to a graph Thom Hogan made: http://www.sansmirror.com/newsviews/panasonics-mirrorless-claim.html

              sales seem to be around 1.500 (x1000) for 2010 and 2.500 for 2011.

              Adding the sales/shipments for 2011-2014 we get an average of 3.263. Very close to the shipments for the last two years and propably what they will be for this year as well.

              With SLR+CSC shipments of 15.694 for 2011, deducting 2.500 we get 13.194 SLR sales. Average for the period then is 13.442, much higher than SLR shipments for 2014.

              If you look at mirrorless shipments for individual months they on a graph look like an almost flat line with a few bumps compared to the same for SLRs that is much more up and down between individual months.

              Here are graphs for 2012-2014:

              http://s1266.photobucket.com/user/picrumors/media/e6826668fa31ca22f87ca044904216_zps0e456c06.jpg.html

              http://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/uploads/post/5399/images/1355/large_Bildschirmfoto_2015-04-06_um_08.02.15.png

              Except for Leica M8 from 2006 the first mirrorless digital ICL camera was Panasonic G1 presented at Photokina 2008.

              That is less than 7 years. And considering SLR sales peaked 2012 I don’t think many started talking about the demise of DSLRs until 2013 and later, and certainly not already 2007.

              Unlike others I never claimed the disapperance of DSLRs. Because first I make a distinction between FF and APS-C/DX. DSLRs are optimised for a FF sensor. Using a smaller sized sensor is a compromise. That is why I suggest many of these APS-C DSLRs may be replaced by mirrorless in the future while DSLRs from Canon and Nikon will continue be the FF market leaders.

              But what actually will happen depends on what buyers decide are the most attractive products. We have to wait to see what happens.

      • spicynujac

        My only beef with DX is combine the D5x00 and D7x00 lines, in other words give me a camera with the U1/U2 banks so it’s easier to change settings quickly, along with a flip LCD screen. Since they didn’t offer anything like that, I picked up a $1,449 D750, but I really have no interest in FX with the quality of DX sensors we have today.

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  • Hagbard Celine

    Do people actually buy these Thom Hogan books? The guy is a pompous ass. Does he even take photos? I thought he just sat around pontificating on what Nikon should do next…

    • jstevez

      You have no clue what’re talking ’bout. Too lazy to do a simple search.

    • Allan

      I have Thom’s D90 manual; it’s excellent. His insightful observations here, and on his websites are invaluable.

    • Andrew

      I have fought his views at times, and on many occasions in the past he has shown a definite bias against Nikon though I think that is in part to pump up his audience for his journalist media (all too common in America). But I would not question his knowledge, he is as good as any competent author to write a book on Nikon cameras.

      • Eric Calabros

        Look who is talking about bias! King Andrew of Biasland..Wow

        • Andrew

          I have a well reasoned partiality towards Nikon products at the moment, so there is no denying that. Nikon has served me well since buying their N2020 SLR camera in the mid 1980s and they continue to impress me. But I expect that there are certain company out there that you and most people are also biased or partial towards. It is just common sense to have a preference towards brands that consistently meet your needs and expectations. I also like Sony products.

          I have also bought Canon, Olympus, and a Panasonic cameras. And I recently bought another Panasonic camera though my next few purchases will be Nikon unless someone surprises me with an innovative product like the Nikon P900 ultra zoom camera. So of all the choices, Nikon is my #1 pick at the moment.

    • jimh

      I might not always agree with his ideas about the direction of the industry, but technically, he’s a very knowledgeable guy.

    • fanboy fagz

      you open your fat mouth without doing research. you are the pompous ass.

    • onlyjimmy

      Go away little fellow…go

  • Wow, those prices on the 2 grey market bodies and 1 grey market lens are amazingly low. Obviously, Nikon is over producing and needs to find a quick home for this equipment. Unfortunately, as this grey market equipment does penetrate the US market, this will put downward price pressure on Nikon USA’s sales. These short term, grey market sales have helped Nikon Japan meet its corporate revenue targets but this strategy may backfire in future quarters.

    • spicynujac

      Yup. A D7200 is $1,200 at Adorama. I picked up a D750 for $250 more. Wasn’t in the market for FX, but at that price the flip LCD and night photography options alone make it worthwhile to me. I’m not sure but I would tend to think the profit margin on the D7200 is higher.

  • HF
  • I know, he already contacted me – I will post it online.

  • It is a shame that the largest companies can’t afford to be more forthcoming with their road maps like Fuji and Pentax can. Or maybe it’s the other way around: Canon and Nikon can afford not to care, but Pentax / Fuji must (do a roadmap) because it helps them retain / gain customers?

    Having said that, Nikon has had a pretty good track record since the D3 and D300 corporate shake-up. The D700 ruled the land. The D800 ruled the land. The D750 hit the sweet spot. And the 24MP DX sensor they’ve been perfecting over the past few cameras is truly amazing, in fact so much so that I honestly feel most folks don’t really need FX, they just buy it because of on-paper superiority, and consumerism.

    I’m only now dumping my Nikon DX gear because my particular photographic interest has pushed me towards the Pentax system and its astro related features.

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