>I'm sorry to post a rant thread because I just try to avoid >this kind of thing, but Nikon is KILLING me here... > >For any of you that know me or my posts, you know I love the >large pro bodies. I have massive hands. The big bodies fit >my hands and allow me to shoot comfortably for hours. The >smaller and medium sized bodies just introduce different >levels of "hurt" to my day. > >I shoot two primary things. Sports and Studio (fashion, and >beauty). All I've wanted from Nikon for the past couple of >years is 2 cameras. > >1. A sports camera like the D3s with 20-24MP or a DX sensor. >2. A studio camera with high MP that didn't cost me as much >as a move to MF > >Nikon gives me the D7000. Terrific DX sensor, in a body so >small my hands hurt after 20 minutes of use on a monopod with >my 300/2.8. It has 2 SD slots. It has less MP than the entry >level Canon did 2 years previous. I bought it anyway. It's >since been moved to studio duty or remote duty for sports. > >Nikon gives me the D4. Not quite enough MP. A new card >format that seems to be on shaky ground. No ISO improvement >over my D3s. A fairly steep cost of entry. So I pass on >this. > >Nikon gives me the D800. A medium sized body with the best >sensor imaginable in the wrong body. I pick it up anyway >thinking it will be my studio solution. But now I use it for >sports more than anything. > >Nikon gives me the D600. A sensor I would LOVE to see in a >D4s. And they put it in an even SMALLER body than the D800. >No, I won't go there. > >Nikon gives me the Nikon 1 system. Tiny camera with a great >crop sensor. I can take off my extenders and retire my long, >heavy glass. It shoots 10fps, but sensor noise is about where >my D2x is. Ok, fair enough. And then.... it has no normal >hotshoe, no 10-pin connection, no PC terminal, and no remote >capability AT ALL. It happily takes my AF-S, AF-D, and even >AI/AIS glass. But it won't do AF-C with any of them. I >bought it anyway. > > > >WHAT THE H*** ARE THEY DOING?! Am I really asking too much? >I would gladly pay $5k tomorrow for a D4 body with a D800 >sensor in it. I would pay $4k for a D4 body with a D3200 >sensor in it. It CAN NOT be this hard. > >I have a D2h, D2x, and a pair of D3s. I would sell any or all >of them and move forward if there was anywhere for me to go. >But there isn't. > >...sorry folks, I just had to let that out, and pray that >someone at Nikon MIGHT read it. A know what you mean about body size. I have the D2x, fits my hands perfectly. I have the D3, it fits perfectly. I bought the D7000, and even though I don't have real large hands, my fingers do hurt after an hour of hockey with the D7000 where they did not hurt when using the larger bodies. I also found this to be a better balance for a long lens. I wuld like a D4 with a DX sensor, with all the bells and whistles the full FX sensor gives.