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Is there room for a D400 - Photography life asks?

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"RE: Is there room for a D400 - Photography life asks?"

Enthus_Photo Registered since 16th May 2012
Thu 28-Feb-13 12:08 AM

**PURE SPECULATION**--> Personally, I think whatever the D400 was originally intended to be was thrown off the track by the tsunami and flooding in Thailand. Faced with two devastating disasters, one right in their back yard and one where their main production facility is located (for these cameras), they had to make a choice to delay/cut one product, and they chose not to impact the D4 (flagship/Olympics) or the D800 (profit). The delay got to the point where they've had to go back and re-think the definition of the D400, and possibly whether to do do it. Given that Canon is almost certainly going to do a 7D MkII, they'll have to react.

The core D300 users don't want a D7100 anyway. They essentially want a D800 body/handling with a D7100 sensor (kind of a reverse of what they did for the D600) - Deep buffer, 7FPS, 10-pin, mult-axis virtual horizon, CF/SD (though I'd love to see them do CF/XQD or dual XQD). The D300 has never been about volume, it was about profit and exploiting a fairly large niche.

Personally, I'm happy to stay with my D300s if the only alternative is a D7100. I don't like the handling much, and I don't like the shallow buffer. Given the recent debacle they've experienced with the D800 left-AF and the D600 oil, I'll probably wait even if they do announce a D400. It has freed me to complete my kit with great glass...

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