Wednesday, July 15, 2009

when it's confirmed by the horse, it's no longer rumor-mongering.

I had a meeting with Nikon today. Confirmed for early August launch are:

D300s: D300 with a minor sensor upgrade allowing video mode (I believe a derivative of the D90's sensor, which means better high ISO too). Slightly faster fps.

D3000: Cut down D5000, either no swivel LCD or no movie mode. D60 replacement.

70-200/2.8 VR replacement.

Another lens - apparently Nikon Japan are still trying to decide which one to release first (it appears they have a few optics ready) - the 85/1.4 replacement, or a wideangle prime.

You heard it here first.

Of course you're probably wondering if it's worth the upgrade: unless you're running a D200 or looking to enter the DSLR world, probably not. I don't think there'll be very much difference in image quality - and current offerings are more than sufficient for 99% of 'photographers' out there. The second lens might be interesting, though. I long ago gave up on my 70-200/2.8 because it was simply too heavy to carry around all the time and stayed at home on most occasions anyway.

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