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Affordable FX, one step closer?
LordBug 
1/7/08 4:10:14 PM
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Much to my surprise, the D700 was unveiled by Nikon today. I only came across it by popping into a camera forum to have a look for the latest rumours, and there it is.

http://imaging.nikon.com/products/imaging/lineup/digitalcamera/slr/d700/index.htm
http://www.dpreview.com/news/0807/08070103nikond700previewed.asp

Quite a nice looking camera, with the main feature being the FX sensor, putting Nikon's FX lineup to two options.

Is this is a sign that they might consider a third FX range? One within reach of the average consumer? The D700 is a bit out of the normal person's reach, believed to be retailing at US$3,000 on release. But numerical sense could almost suggest a D500 down the path, for those (such as I) hopeful for full frame at an attractive cost.

It's going to be very interesting to see the range of lenses that Nikon brings out in the coming couple of years. Will they devote more attention to the FX line? Will DX continue onwards in strength with the continuing success of the consumer D40/x/60 models?

I'm going to also be interested to see what full frame offerings are released by the other companies. I believe Sony has a 24MP chip in development, and the 5D replacement is well due.

Competition is a terrific thing, and this should push the DSLR industry onwards further, much to the joy of we humble purchasers :)

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ne()phyte 
1/7/08 4:57:07 PM
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stadl 
1/7/08 10:13:37 PM
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That's a nice camera and will certainly keep the Canon 5D market on its toes.

For me I still prefer the D300 because I like the advantages of DX crop, but if I ever wanted to go FX, then the same formfactor, with grip flexibility and build in flash would make it more useful than a D3 (there a couple of D3 features I like regarding multiple cards etc) but not enough to make up for the lack of kit size/weight options the D300/D700 offer. So I wouldn't get a D3 now for my use, regardless of the cost.

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Friml 
2/7/08 5:27:06 PM
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damnit! i just bought a d2x :P

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Mademan 
27/7/08 8:14:06 PM
Disciple
keeping in mind the d700 now competes on level with the 5D, which was ahead of its time, and in terms of technological life cycles, a dinosaur. The d700's hardly cheap at any rate :P

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Athiril 
27/7/08 8:40:38 PM
Titan

Well, beating, or even matching the noise performance and dynamic range/exposure latitude of the 5D will be exceptionally tough.

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Mademan 
28/7/08 8:38:28 AM
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yes, but then the question is - what will Canon do?

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Athiril 
28/7/08 10:02:12 AM
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Sell the 5D at a much more affordable price? say under $2k US which it is now? :P

More pressing question to fork out $ for the D700 for people without a heavy lens investment in either Canon or Nikon... what does Nikon bring to the table?

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d3-d700-5d.htm

(yes, forgive me for posting a rockwell link, but it is rather relevant).

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LordBug 
28/7/08 12:49:33 PM
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Mademan: The affordable question in the title is related to Nikon's history with the DSLR. First came the D1 pro line, then the D100 mid range, then followed the D70 entry model (After the D2H mind).

If they followed this path, we could expect an entry level FX body in the future. Which would be fantastic for all IMO, a cheap full frame backup body to couple with the pro equipment, or an alternate choice for the beginner who actually has a solid idea of what type of photography they'd prefer to do.
Sadly, that's just an If, and it's entirely possible it'll never happen. One can but wish :P

Ath: Posting a Rockwell link, you bad bad man :P
Doesn't look at Nikon's need for a solid lense release though. The link you'd be looking for would be:
http://www.bythom.com/d700announce.htm

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hlass 
3/8/08 7:39:17 PM
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I doubt an "Entry level" FX will ever appear. Why? Size. Cheaper cameras are going to stay small, they sell that way.

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Mademan 
3/8/08 8:23:21 PM
Disciple
I agree there could be a cheap one in the future. Technology only has a price premium as long as it is "the latest and greatest". There will always be a want to undercut a competitor's product with one that is cheaper and hence more attractive, and in 10 years time the d700 will most likely be a relic, going on past technological life cycles.

I still argue about the need for full frame. Many people argue about crop lenses causing vignetting on sub frame cameras because they do not employ a "sweet spot" function like a full frame lens. A full frame lens on a full frame sensor suffers much the same fate, that and increased chromatic abberation, picked up by larger photosites. Is the d300 so terrible a camera that there is a need to move forward?

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Athiril 
3/8/08 8:39:29 PM
Titan

Lol, since when does large photosites = more CA? The amount of CA would be the same, but with a lower pixel value if the sensor isn't as dense.

FF image quality flogs cropped cams.

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GL0Be 
3/8/08 8:44:58 PM
Hero
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12 in depth pages on the Nikon D700

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/nikond700/

I bought a Canon 450D yesterday and loving it :)

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