Nikon USA announced the USA availability of the D5200 today (Jan. 8). They also have a link for a discussion about the product. I expressed my wish for an upgrade to the D300/D300s, and was surprised that Nikon approved the comment for discussion. So if you'd like to weigh in, go to this link and click the "product forum" tab under the photo of the camera:
Tue 22-Jan-13 01:16 AM | edited Tue 22-Jan-13 01:23 AM by RRRoger
What I think is unusual is the lack of Rumors. We do not even know if there will be a D7100, D7200, D8000 or D400. Perhaps the D5200 is the new "top of the line" DX? Nikon and Canon have both abandoned their DX line of Pro bodies. Will any Camera manufacture put a DX sensor in a D300 size body again?
I am also not too confident that we'll see a D400. Most working pros prefer FX. I would too, if I could afford $10,000 lenses. I love my D7000, and it's all I need for 90% of what I shoot. But, I'd love to have the pro AF system for indoor sports.
Unfortunately, I think the D200/300 were Nikon's response five years ago, to giving those with pro aspirations a body they could buy without spending $5,000. Now, with two FX bodies for sale for under $3,000, a pro body with a DX sensor is probably seen as a niche product.
I can't shoot field sports with an FX camera, because I can't afford 400mm lenses. So, if the D7000 is as good as it gets for DX, I'll have mine for a long time.
Sat 26-Jan-13 07:28 PM | edited Sat 26-Jan-13 07:31 PM by grizzly200
Sorry to say I don't think Nikon is going to make anything as expensive to produce as the D400 would be in DX. And the D600 is in no way a D300 replacement, in my opinion. I wouldn't be happy with the build quality. I think the D800 is considered by Nikon to be the replacement, since bird and animal enthusiasts can shoot in DX mode with it.
It looks to me like Nikon is the type of organization that doesn't care to listen to customers--they seem to have a little of the arrogant attitude that those at headquarters know better.
Maybe I'm wrong and there will be a D400, but I wouldn't bet on it.
"It looks to me like Nikon is the type of organization that doesn't care to listen to customers--they seem to have a little of the arrogant attitude that those at headquarters know better." I second that emotion
I too posted a question that was accepted to the effect that it would be very helpful if Nikon told the public whether or not a D300 replacement was in the future so that we could better evaluate what they are offering now. I received an email saying my question was accepted and then an email that it had been answered. I went to the Nikon site and it, along with the other questions about the "D400" were gone. Nice answer!