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I bought into a system, not a single model...

sabre

Bedfordshire, UK
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sabre Silver Member Nikonian since 31st Dec 2006
Fri 28-Dec-12 06:11 PM

I am feeling particularly miffed. For 4 or more years I have been waiting for Nikon to release the D400; i.e., a logical successor to the D200/D300. I don't want to re-visit that topic here - there has been enough sweat and breath expended on that one by many people in various Nikonians forums over the past few years. However, this Christmas I was in the position to receive a camera as a gift, or to spend my hard-earned cash on a new model. I chose not to ask for, or to buy a Nikon this Christmas though, for the following reasons...

1. When I purchased my D200 back in 2006 I had the reasonable expectation of enjoying it for several years and then replacing it with its latest successor. Nikon has chosen not to provide a successor beyond the D300 (which is long in the tooth now and is not that much of an improvement over the D200).

2. Nikon has chosen to chase down the route of FX rather than still developing DX for its professional bodies. This effectively abandons its D200/D300 users.

For a long time I have been waiting and yearning for the next Nikon professional DX range body to appear. I know from the forums that I am one of many in this position. I feel that Nikon has taken my loyaly for granted. I understand all the arguments about misplaced views on loyalty versus hard facts of business economics; i.e., Nikon is not going to produce a DX body just to keep 'loyal' customers happy.

Well, after too long waiting, here is my new position: I am no longer going to wait for you Nikon - I am going to apply some hard facts of personal economics to the situation. From today I am now looking for a D200 replacement that is not produced by Nikon.

Do I mean a competitor DSLR? Not necessarily. My D200 is so old that most new generation Compact System Cameras and advanced compacts can easily surpass it in terms of features and functions. Right now I am considering the Sony NEX7, Sony RX100, Olympus OM-D. If Nikon is not going to provide what I want, there are other camera brands out there that will -- or in fact that already do.

I suspect that other D200 and D300 users might be feeling the same way as me right now. Are you one of them?

Steve (Bedfordshire, England)
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