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Could this be the reason we don't have a D400?

Floridian

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"RE: Could this be the reason we don't have a D400?"

Floridian Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007
Wed 13-Feb-13 05:36 PM

>... I love the DX crop factor because it allows me to
>do things I could not financially afford to do on FX or film.
>But, I don't feel entitled to it, and I'll adapt if I have to.

Nikon and Canon apparently think it makes sense to let this segment of the market languish. (We could be talking about a successor to the Canon 7D if we were on Canonians!) Yeah, I agree about adapting if I have to. But I doubt I'll adapt by going to a larger and heavier format. More likely, I'll go smaller if I'm changing formats. Micro four-thirds looks attractive, and they have the higher-end cameras and lenses (in addition to the less expensive entry level). I've also looked at the Nikon 1 system, but that seems to be targeting point-and-shoot users who want to upgrade, whereas at least a segment of M4/3 is targeting DSLR shooters who want a more portable system.

I realize the camera companies know more about marketing and selling cameras than I do. But look at the different strategies. Nikon says you can start with DX, but if you want to upgrade within the Nikon line, you're going to have to leave at least some of your lenses behind. The M4/3 strategy is to give you an inexpensive entry point, but then have compatible higher-end equipment that will take you as far as you want to go within that format.

Maybe Nikon is doing me a favor. I'm happy with my current equipment, and for what I'm doing now (I'm just an amateur hobbyist) DX seems like the perfect format for me. So, by not introducing any higher-end DX stuff, I'm not lusting after new gear, and am happy with what I have.

Randy

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