From: John McWilliams on
nospam wrote:
> In article <5bWTk.11745$Ws1.7090(a)nlpi064.nbdc.sbc.com>, SMS
> <scharf.steven(a)geemail.com> wrote:
>
>> Nikon is struggling to keep up with Canon, and the D700X is part of that
>> strategy.
>
> struggling? nikon sold more cameras than canon did last year. a
> bigger issue is the economy.

Agreed on the economy. Where are sales figures available for Canon and
Nikon? I would have thought only estimates were published by third
parties. And please don't mention Google!

--
john mcwilliams
From: measekite on
On Sat, 15 Nov 2008 19:55:14 -0800, SMS wrote:

> .. wrote:
>> Nikon brings out a new DSLR only to update it 6 months later. The D700 has
>> not be available that long and now they are discontinuing it and replacing
>> it with an upgrade, D700X. They did the same with the D40X introduced it and
>> then 4 months later discontinued it.
>> I was looking at a D90 but if there is a chance it could be discontinued in
>> 6 months maybe I should wait?
>
> Because of the 5D Mark II, Nikon needs to rush out a rev to the D700 or
> risk losing a lot of new body sales, and a lot of long term lens sales.
>
> Most new models are merely evolutionary, but the 5D Mark II, despite
> it's name, is revolutionary. Similarly, they need a new prosumer model
> to (catch up with the 50D), since the D300 is a year old already.
>
> The D90 is likely not going to be upgraded too soon as it's got the
> video advantage over its Canon XSi competition. It's Canon that needs to
> rush out an upgrade to the XSi that adds video.

I do not think that video is all that important for a DSLR shooter. Maybe
a nice addon but not a gotta have. Besides, the D90 implementation leaves
a lot to be desired and certainly is not a must have.
From: Paul Furman on
nospam wrote:
> In article <Xns9B5868915ED86That80sGuy(a)198.186.190.61>, That80sGuy
> <clark(a)griswold.com> wrote:
>
>> DSLRs need to be made modular. If you can have interchangeable film backs
>> you can have interchangeable sensors.
>
> making it modular will make the camera bigger and more expensive, not
> to mention that pretty much everything other than the shell will need
> to be replaced.

Red (the cine camera maker) has annouced a modular still/HD system. It
is huge and expensive.

--
Paul Furman
www.edgehill.net
www.baynatives.com

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From: measekite on
On Sun, 16 Nov 2008 06:33:50 -0800, SMS wrote:

> .. wrote:
>> Nikon brings out a new DSLR only to update it 6 months later. The D700 has
>> not be available that long and now they are discontinuing it and replacing
>> it with an upgrade, D700X. They did the same with the D40X introduced it and
>> then 4 months later discontinued it.
>> I was looking at a D90 but if there is a chance it could be discontinued in
>> 6 months maybe I should wait?
>
> Nikon is struggling to keep up with Canon, and the D700X is part of that
> strategy. Look for a D300 upgrade very soon as well, so they can
> compete with the 50D. Canon is still the leading system, but Nikon has
> finally got its act together in sensors, an is giving Canon a run for
> its money, in least in bodies. Nikon still lags Canon badly in terms of
> lenses.
>
> Probably not worth waiting on the D90. The upgrade to the Canon XSi will
> add HD video with stero audio to leapfrog the D90, then the D90x (or
> whatever they call it) will go from mono to stereo.

People seem to be comparing the D90 with the Canon 50D. Then they
comparete the D300 with the Canon 50D and say it needs to be upgraded to
compete. Then they say that the D700 compares to the new Canon 5D MkII
but they need the 700x to really compare and it still won't.

But the real truth is when you look at price points most of the Nikon
models do not compete head on with Canon models but they appear to
interleave with them falling between them in price point and many times in
features.

As far as price it goes something like this.

D40
1000D
D60
XSi *
D90
50D *
D300
D700
5DMkII *
DX3
1DsMkIII


The ones with the * appear to be more desirable at this point except for
the last 2. The Canon is more desirable for certain stills but the DX3
may be more desirable for sports and high ISO stuff.
From: measekite on
On Sun, 16 Nov 2008 15:16:48 +0000, That80sGuy wrote:

> In message news:GLMTk.1784$V71.947(a)newsfe10.iad, ".."
> <Ginnaam1(a)hotmail.com> done wrote:
>
>> Nikon brings out a new DSLR only to update it 6 months later. The D700
>> has not be available that long and now they are discontinuing it and
>> replacing it with an upgrade, D700X. They did the same with the D40X
>> introduced it and then 4 months later discontinued it.
>> I was looking at a D90 but if there is a chance it could be
>> discontinued in 6 months maybe I should wait?
>
> DSLRs need to be made modular. If you can have interchangeable film backs
> you can have interchangeable sensors.

That is already here. Some medium format film cameras with
interchangeable backs can now add an interchangeable sensor back. The
fact they approach $40,000 is another story.