Do you think Nikon will come out with a D7000fx? Using off the shelf parts, my dream camera would be:
1. The D7000 is the perfect size camera for me. 2. I would like an affordable D3s, so use that Sensor. 3. Two SDHC™/SDXC™ UHS-I Memory Card Slots 4. One or more Expeed 3 Processors. 5. One Gigabyte of on-board memory. 6. Latest Focus system 7. Articulating LCD screen. 8. 100% ViewFinder 9. 11fps at 1/8000s 10. HD1080 at 24, 25, 50, & 60fps. 11. Video recording for at least 29 minutes. 12. Adjustable AMP for Audio recording & playback. 13. Locking mode dial
Not off the shelf improvements: 14. On-Board GPS. 15. Remote for controlling Video as well as Stills.
>Do you think Nikon will come out with a D7000fx? It is unlikely, one reason being the mirror box is smaller on the D7000 than the D3. Extra space is needed for a larger FX mirror. Speculation on my part but the as yet mythical D800 could be a little smaller than the D700.
Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.
I do love the size of the D7000 but unless someone masters some sort of alien time lord technology and makes the body bigger on the inside than the outside we may be stuck with the D700 sized bodies give or take a bit.
Fri 30-Sep-11 11:17 AM | edited Fri 30-Sep-11 11:26 AM by RRRoger
>It might be slimmer in some sense - but of course the lens >mount to sensor distance would necessarily still be the same >if you want it to use F-mount lenses natively.<
Yes, I would definitely want to be able to use all F-mount lens. But, removing the mirror box should free up room for other stuff. I expect that includes a larger D3s Sensor. And it should be lighter without the mirror box.
While getting rid of the mirror will not save much space, if you were relying entirely on an electronic viewfinder, then the prism (and its size and weight) goes away. Consider what would happen if you shoe-horned in an FX focal plane array into a D300 (like a D700), but you could also completely remove the mirror mechanism and the prism. Much of the space for the viewfinder variable diopter optics would probably be reused for an electronic viewfinder (like the V1, only a bit bigger). I suspect you would wind up with something even a bit lighter than a D7000. The main box of the camera body would still be about the size of the D300, but without the prism, it would be shorter in height. Then the question becomes, would we be willing to give up our SLR direct view that we have now and rely on an EVF and/or view screen? Of course, being mechanically and optically simpler, this should be less expensive to produce and more reliable.
<<Not off the shelf improvements: 14. On-Board GPS.>>
That's should be an easy one for Nikon as I have it on my Coolpix P6000 and it works as well as my GP-1 does on both my D700 and D7000. I'm not sure they will though, as it's my understanding that it's not fitted to the P7000 or P7001.
I think some people think GPS is a gimmick to far. I use it, especially on holiday abroad and it works very well.