Depending on who you believe, the replacement for the D50 (the D60), will be announced in early November.. Time will tell. Rumor has it as a stripped down D80. I'm ready to buy the D80, but I may wait a week or two and see if the "D60" comes true...
Only time will tell. Haven't hear anthing official yet. By the way, if someone tells you the Nikon D60 will be on shelves soon, they're full of BS. Canon owns that name already, so if thats the "word on the street" don't buy and keep on enjoying gear you have.
Two D60's by 2 different companies. You think Nikon would have more brains than that. Who care's when the "new" model comes out. Is it going to effect the way you take your next photo becuase they might discontinue a camera that you already own? It's going to happen no matter what, who cares. If you enjoy shooting with the body you have it shouldn't matter.
I really don't care what Nikon call the new body but I think that they are going to run into problems with their naming convention when the next (2007) round of cameras is released. Nikon currently have D50, D60 (?), D70, and D80. I guess the D80 could become a D90 but what comes next (can't be D100) and where does the low spec model go after D60? Surely they won't count backwards D50 -D40 -D30. As far as the story that Canon "own" the name D60 I think that that is rumour rather than fact. I seem to recall posts to the effect that seaches of US trademarks do not reveal any truth in the story. Canon may own "Canon D60" but I would be surprised if you could trademark a letter and a number alone. Whether Nikon would want to use the ID D60 from a marketing point of view is of course entirely different.
Withdraw a good seller just before the high-volume Christmas market, without having a known, reviewed replacement on the shelves ? *If* its true, its an interesting business decision. I find it hard to believe myself ....
Well, I don't know if it is going to be discontinued or not, but at almost every camera shop in the Netherlands the body only is in backorder.
But today I finally found one! And yes, I've bought it immediately. (Should have it tomorrow, it is allready on the mail). Althoug I'm Dutch, I bought one with a German manual (kinda like the Grey market items), because the shop (pretty big and well known over here) is honest about what that means and doesn't hassle about repairing grey market items.
They may be the biggest photo chain in the UK but the knowledge of the staff is not all that reliable. I have been fobbed off with appalling lies and mis information for many years. I may buy stuff from them as they seem to be able to get stock better than the independants, but I would believe a word they say most of the time...
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If comments are right then the D40 is only compatible with AF-S lenses. From a manufacturing and marketing standpoint this makes perfect sense, allowing Nikon to skip the in-body focus-motor with its associated weight and cost. The question that the eternally curious ask is Does this mean that Nikon is transitioning their entire lineup - including primes - to AF-S? One can hope
OK, aside from that list, the lens attached seems to be a second-generation 18-55 (hence the styling differences, more spaced-out zoom ring, and "II" designation.)
Now, I'm sure you're all thinking this is a terrible replacement for the D50. Same sensor, fewer focus points, AF-S lenses only - what ever could Nikon be thinking?
Now, riddle me this - if this really is the D40, would it be so far-fetched that Nikon would introduce TWO new bodies for this Christmas, or early next year? This D40 would certainly undercut the Rebel XTi substanially pricewise, getting P&S upgraders into the Nikon camp. Then, since the feature gap between this and the D80 is so large, a D60 would be introduced, the real D50 replacement we've been looking for. 10MP sensor, more AF points, that sort of thing.
If Nikon did that, I think it would be brilliant. A super low-budget DSLR, a nice new midrange to flesh out the lineup, and then a new D3h/x to make the pros happy? Nikon could be swinging for the fence this coming year.
- Trevor Miles (a Calgary Nikonian) www.osphoto.ca "Kick reason to the curb! Who do you think we are?"
This is the what Nikon should be focussing on doing rather than releasing the D40. Whilst I understand that Nikon are obviously hoping to corner the very bottom end of the DSLR market they should be worried about the Canon 400d/Rebel XTI taking all the sales away from the D50 for those who want a decent entry level DSLR that's not a piece of junk (D40) and is not out of their price range (D80 and above).
Personlly I don't care what the replacement for the D50 is called. It's hard to say what improvements the d50s/D55/D60 should have without it becoming too much like the D80 but these are my suggestions: 2.5 inch lcd, the viewfinder from the D80, new 18-70/18-105 kit lens instead of that 18-55 piece of ##### and 8mp, especially as the first thing most newbies to the DSLR market ask at the camera shop is "How many megapixels does it have?"
Lastly, If Nikon want to make any sales at all they need to get their new cameras into stores (D80 still not available over the counter in most stores in australia unless you pre-order it and wait a couple of weeks!)
>I and many others would take serious issue with you on that >statement.
That's fine...we all have our opinions, it was probably a bit of a harsh comment on my part.
What I should have said was that (in my opinion), the 18-55 lens that comes in the kit with the D50 is a cheap lens...which whilst it may be fine for the new "Budget" D40, I think Nikon should step it up a notch when it comes to updating the D50...why not use the better built 18-70 lens from the D70 kit instead of making that lens obsolete, or bring out a new one with a range somewhere between the 18-70 and 18-135 mark.
>why not use the better built 18-70 lens >from the D70 kit instead of making that lens obsolete,
Why not use the "better built" 18-70?
It may be better built but the 18-55 takes better images in the 18-35 range and doesn't lose anything in the 35-55 range. The real advantages of the 18-70 are the SWM and an extra 15mm reach. There is no huge optical advantage. I think the big advantage for many people is that it looks like a pro lens compared to the 18-55.
> or bring out a new one with a range somewhere between the 18-70 >and 18-135 mark.
Nikon have released an 18-135 lens. It's the kit lens for the D80 and it seems to be getting some ordinary reviews.
Actually as we are all entitled to our own opinions here's my 2 pence worth. Seeing as you have a D80 and love it, why do you care whether or not the D50 is replaced by anything. Just wait til they replace the D80 with some cheap piece of C*** and then criticise it!!!