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

sabre

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

sabre Silver Member Nikonian since 31st Dec 2006
Sat 23-Feb-13 08:01 PM | edited Sat 23-Feb-13 08:02 PM by sabre

>How many more features would they have to add to the D7200 for
>you to be happy with it? For me, I'd like an AF-On button, a
>ten-pin connector (I don't think that will happen), a faster
>continuous frame rate, and a larger buffer. What am I
>forgetting? I think the D7100 body would be rugged enough for
>me (maybe not for everyone), and I'd consider the lighter
>weight a bonus. I'm seeing the D7100 as a very good camera,
>that's missing a few things I'd like to have, and do have, on
>my D300.
>
>Maybe a D7100p could tack a few features onto the D7100, for a
>few hundred more dollars, and attract buyers who are lamenting
>the mythical D400. Am I dreaming here? I suspect that if I
>thought of it, Nikon's marketing people have considered it
>too.
>
>Randy

I am not sure what Nikon's marketing people may have considered. They seem to live in a polarized world; i.e., swinging between amazingly useful innovations/designs (D700/800/e) and peculiar notions they seem to want people to have (V/J series, D3200, D600).

They also have a history of abandoning substantial users bases; e.g., film users. They still produce the wonderful F6, but in 2012 Nikon made the ruling that film images would no longer be allowed in Nikon film competitions. If I were an F6 user I would take that announcement to leave me never expecting an F7 to be released. I wonder what it feels like to be that disappointed. ...oh, wait a moment, I already know what that feels like, because I am one of the thousands of pro-DX digital users who are deeply disappointed at Nikon not releasing a D400...!

For me to be happy with a D7xxx camera I would want to see a more rugged build (my travels have taken me into some shocking situations), pro-style button controls instead of a dial knob on top, AF-on button, 10-pin connector, maybe even more megapixels though that is not strictly necessary, a heavy duty screw drive to power older style Nikkor lenses, and twin memory card slots (one slot being new XQD).

The D7100 looks like it will be an amazing camera - it is not far off what I would have liked in a D400, but it lacks just the important few items mentioned here.

Steve (Bedfordshire, England)
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