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D7000 or wait for D400??

km6xz

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km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Sat 02-Oct-10 06:56 AM | edited Sat 02-Oct-10 07:05 AM by km6xz

Jason, you make a strong argument and it all makes sense, particularly in light of the statements on the forums. It is obvious the current D300 users think the lack of a 3 position rotary switch with on the front, a dedicated AF-on button, more weight and legacy CF cards is enough to prevent them from buying a D7000 so for D7000 IQ, Nikon, if they read the forums knows the D300 owners will spend and extra $500-1000 for those features alone. Why bother go to the trouble of a major redesign if the main elements of the D7000 can be used, adding those two switches and more weight will sell plenty of Dx x) and have people calling it "pro"? No one seems to come up with definite demands other than these few items so Nikon is going to be able to have a much higher margin on the D7000 "pro" version if they just leave it at what the users request.
I see only one real question mark. Where in the tree of evolution of AF is the 4800? If it is the new engine for the higher end, it was obviously designed with some configuration flexibility to add points. If it is designed as a lower end system, why did the D3100 not get it?
Just how good is it? One field tester claimed it was sure, fast and accurate, better than the D300 but not as fast as the D3s. The D300 version of the 3500 is not as fast either so the it is logical to assume the D7000's 4800 is better but purposely lowered in performance than its configuration in higher cost cameras...same chips, different programming to create an intentional step grade for marketing purposes. Like the no-metering on old lenses on the D90, there was no hardware restriction, it was simply programmed in for marketing purposes. With the D300 owners stating they do not care about a big step difference, only those mentioned cheap-to-add features, there might be much closer performance between the Dxxxx and D7000.
Stan
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