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A long life for the D700

Alx

Nashville, US
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Alx Registered since 19th Nov 2005
Sat 06-Feb-10 02:08 PM | edited Sat 06-Feb-10 02:22 PM by Alx

The D700 has its own forum in the list, and is a unique watershed camera both for Nikon and myself. Even though it is an early entry into Nikon's FX digital camera line, it seems to be a mature effort, having the benefits Nikon incorporated from the D300 and D90 technology and controls ....

It is capable of making great quality images, and will continue to do so for years, even while newer technology improvements will continue. My old D100 which I sold in 2005 is still making fine photos for the artist I sold it to. So Maybe I will not trade or sell it for the next ten years, maybe more. It's possible.

But why the devil did Nikon not engrave the lettering and numbers on the camera body, as it did with cameras in the past ? The name is engraved into the prism/flash housing, but none of the buttons nor controls are. They are just painted on, and with continued use, will obliterate, like the buttons on your car remote. A small detail, a small requirement, a small expense, but engraving these buttons would ensure that they would not lose the paint to wear eventually, and allow re-painting in if they ever did somehow.

Same for the glass ... some of my best lenses' scales are just painted on ..... * EXCEPTION being for my 24-70 which has its zoom numbers engraved, which shows it is possible and feasible.
Surely the D700 is as significant as the 24-70 in quality and expense.

To just paint the lettering on seems to indicate Nikon does not think the camera will be in use for more than several years, and then does not matter after that. Same for my D300s ....

Does this bother anybody else ? Or is a foregone conclusion at this point that nobody cares nor expects to keep a digital camera for that long ?

* Nikon has printed on the bottom of my 24-70 lens' barrel the recycle symbol with the number 10 inside a circle of three rotatiing arrows, which seems to imply an expected service life of 10 years .... If this is true, I am sort of pizzed off. I have a 50 f1.8 S lens, and an 85 f2 AiS lens, that I bought in 1983, and they are still perfect, usable and excellent as ever. Is that level of quality gone forever now ?

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