I know that it's unlikely... but it would be most excellent of Nikon to deliver us an F7 and continue providing an option for those of us who greatly prefer both the look and experience of film to continue using it.
It would be great if an F7 would have the most current set of autofocus points, metering, USB port for transferring frame data, improved battery life, a top digital panel for editing / navigating controls and features, etc, etc.
I think it's time for an update. Any one else agree?
>I would buy it, but, I do agree I'm not holding my breath. >
I think a lot of us would buy it. But there's likely too small of a market to have Nikon produce such a unit. I'm not sure what their break even point on producing an upgraded / updated film camera would be, but I'd venture to guess that it's a high number of units sold.
>Did Nikon trademark F7? > >Besides, if you just had the "7", it's hard to >imagine how that would run afoul of trademark issues. You >wouldn't be using the F part, any more than you would be >claiming rights to the Nikon logo.
Maybe they haven't trademarked F7 specifically. But possibly an F series. As well, copying the exact graphic might hold up in court as an infringement. On a small scale, they likely wouldn't care. But, on a larger scale, they might not find the stunt so funny...
In this case, there's no need to replace the F, so I would do it by offering a 7 that goes on top of the number. Pretty hard for them to trademark just a number, likely in someone else's font, and you'd still see "F7" on the camera. You could really trip them up by doing "7s" - so it looks like F7s!
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Some would argue that the F6 was a step backward from the F5, and I think overall there may be some justification in thinking that. Therefore an F7 would require an enormous amount of r&d, otherwise it would be difficult to brand it as an F camera IMHO.
Nikon F5, introduced in October 1996, Nikon D1, Introduced in June 1999. Both have very similar body styles. Metering systems and electronics virtually identical. Nikon F6, introduced in September 2004, Nikon D200, introduced in November 2005. F6 body more robust but similar to D200 configuration. Metering systems and electronics virtually identical.
Both film cameras have faster fps but roughly equivalent to each other so that shouldn’t be the issue.
I’m still at a loss to see how the F6 is a downgrade except that you like the built in vertical grip which to me is a personal choice and doesn’t negate the improvements in metering systems over the eight years between introductions.
Given that history, I'd love to see an F7 with the metering and AF features of a D4! Happy thought!
One distinct advantage that the F5 has over the F6 is the FPS in Continuous high speed mode. Great for sports, wildlife, and small children.
And the F5 is built as tough as a nuclear bomb shelter.
>Nikon F5, introduced in October 1996, Nikon D1, Introduced in >June 1999. Both have very similar body styles. Metering >systems and electronics virtually identical. >Nikon F6, introduced in September 2004, Nikon D200, introduced >in November 2005. F6 body more robust but similar to D200 >configuration. Metering systems and electronics virtually >identical. > >Both film cameras have faster fps but roughly equivalent to >each other so that shouldn’t be the issue. > >I’m still at a loss to see how the F6 is a downgrade except >that you like the built in vertical grip which to me is a >personal choice and doesn’t negate the improvements in >metering systems over the eight years between introductions. > >Tom >
I didn't say I thought it was a downgrade. I said some people feel the F6 was a step backward, and in some respects it was.
There were other features (advantages) that set the F5 apart, not just the integrated vertical grip, as noted below. And the vertical grip is a big distinction whether you personally find it so or not. Otherwise we wouldn't have the pro D line with them built in.
Would I need a new Nikon F7: Definitely no! Would I buy a new Nikon F7: Definitely yes!
I have two Nikon F6 which I'm perfectly satisfied with. The matrix metering with AI lenses, the data printing between the frames, the build quality, the possibility to use a split field focus screen, the possibility to use it both with and without the battery grip, battery performance, data export with data reader MV-1, etc. all lives up to my highest expectations.
Dear Nikon, Here a list of features I would like to see improved in a F7: I would love to see 51 focus points as in my D3 (Nikon, please spread them more across the frame, while you are at it). Low light focus ability on par with the D4 (I don't need that, but I guess it can't harm). I know it isn’t many new features compared to a F6, so it's ok with me if you keep using the F6 body and only add the features above. Maybe you could call it F6s instead of F7? That would also be ok with me.
>How to improve upon the F6. Here's my list: > >1) Latest AF system >2) upgrade the metering with the latest database of scenes for >matrix >3) update the LCD panels >4) make a better battery meter. > >You could up the fps as well but why bother? How fast do you >need to run through a 36 exposure roll of film? 4.5 seconds >should be good enough. > >Ergonomically for me, it's just about perfect.
No need to up the FPS. I think it's just fine where the F5 (or F6 with optional battery) has it.
The most important (costly) feature that is on the F5 but not on the F6 is interchangable viewfinder. FPS is fine and I think 5fps is enough. We can't find enough film to feed them is they shoot too fast.