The rumor quoted here was first posted on July 14, almost a month ago. Apparently, Nikon had told "retailers" before then? Well, if they had told retailers, we would have heard a lot more about this by now. Retailers are not known for keeping quiet about real news. Therefore, this has some facts that are obviously not true and therefor is simply just someone's rumor. What I have heard from the retailers is that Nikon doesn't even tell their own US reps about new products until the day before the press release. Unless Nikon has changed its ways regarding new product information, this rumor is false.
It is somewhat worisome that we haven't even heard any rummours or leaks... Lets hope for Photokina. I'm not going to predict doom (I've done that in the past before the D70 and it was my mistake) but I do think it will spell serious trouble for Nikon in the pro market. I know the whole issue of the D2x probably doesn't have too much effect on their financials anyway, but it is of some consequence to many of us on this forum. And while it may not hurt them in the short run, it could have effects a few years from now. I've said it before, and I'll say it agian, many amatures imagine that they will be pros one day (or they just want to have what the pros have), so it maters in terms of prestige and word of mouth.
Sad but true. Anyway Nikon better do something fast...C*n*n probably already has the replacement for the MkII close to going to market...heard it was going to be better, cheaper, and have a new innovative lens mount .
"Photographing the present to show the future the past"
and it will be $200 less than a D2H.....isn't life just getting better and better....gas back to .50 a gallon, houses selling for $10,000, new cars for $2599...WOW! Sorry for the sarcasm but less and less photograpy seems to be the norm.......the need for Nikon for build the camera that will cause all pros to throw their Canons in the trash escapes me...sure, everyone wants their "team" to win but how many of us are being denied quality pictures because of a camera that isn't on the market....my stuff is still capable of exceeding my talent (and lack of) everytime....enough of my rant-I have to get back to fixing the buttons on my shoes.
my 6MP is fine. the pro models are just too $$. 1-2yr i hope to land a F100 and a old fashion Leica CL cheaply. Hope the Kodak Ektagraphic and Coolscan III go less too! They are currently $50 and $100 respc. I was thinking about the F5 but it is too big. I thought the F5 big thing looked better than the F100's base unit when you can see the crease line when attached. But nah ...
If i do get into sports and I need fast AF then a second hand original D1.
I have heard the same thing from a Nikon USA retailer that person wrote above. That there will be a D2X intoduced at Photokina that will be a 12MP, with the ability to switch it to a faster mode with 8MP.
I had originally heard that this camera would debut with the olympics. From what I hear, some of the pro photographers at the olympics are using this camera. I guess this is the final testing that Nikon is doing for their research and development phase so that they can have it fine tuned for it's debut at Photokina.
I will be really surprised to see the D2x at 8fps with a 40-frame buffer. That would effectively kill the D2h would it not? If they did come out with specs that matched the high speed of the D2h, why even bother with two models at this point? Just make the new camera the D3, and move on.
>There was a rumour elsewhere that the "D2X" will indeed be called the D3.
The Nikon CEO said in an interview that they are going on with two models like the D1H and D1X. They will even introduce a third line with full frame sensor if there is a demand for it (it is not high enough yet).
I don't think that the CEO would change his mind so fast because the cameras are definitely in development for years already.
"You cannot depend on your eyes (or AF) when your imagination is out of focus." Mark Twain
The photographers on that site also have no idea and are part of the well stocked rumourmill.
I like another photojournalist's site at www.robgalbraith.com where speculation and rumourmongering are not tolerated and deleted. The facts are released and reviewed when the product actually exists and can be regarded as true information. They benefit from a Canon employee as a member giving advice and some technical answers, but when it comes to Canon releases also, there is nothing that is allowed until released by the manufacturer as was with the latest Canon 20D.
>I just read the attached, indicating that the D3 is now >available in France (as of 14/09/04). Not sure whether this >is hot air or fact, and if the images are doctored in any >way > >http://apphotnum.free.fr/N2BE27.html
If you read the page more closely you`ll find:
"The only main defect of Nikon F6/D3 is to be today entirely virtual and to have been imagined only for April Fool's Day".......
Thanks for everyone participating in this thread. In the interest of consolidating multiple and similar threads, I'm recommending everyone participate in this thread which has the Nikon USA information. Thanks!