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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Time Flies

Quite a long time has passed since my previous post. Many things have changed, in life in general but also in camera technology as well. Or...has it? Well, on the surface it seems like it has. Nikon has released quite a few new models, quite a few new lenses, and there is a huge amount of speculation about the future of Nikon mounts.Some people even claim that DX is dead - hogwash, I say. DX is here to stay (I know, nothing is forever. But in digital technology terms, trust me, DX will be with us for quite a while)

But I digress...I was talking about change. Has something really spectacular happened these past few months? I will have to answer, sadly no. The biggest news should have been the new Nikon D600. A Full-Frame entry-level (sort of; in FX terms) Nikon was long-awaited. Yet, the price is not what many hoped for - whether the hope of a sub-1000$/euro FX Nikon was realistic or not, is a whole other story). And the camera itself, seems to be suffering from an identity confusion - much like other Nikons these days.

This is to be expected, as Nikon is in a process of rethinking its whole lineup and strategy, both in terms of mounts (we have three now: CX, DX, FX), and also in terms of intended audience (entry-level, semi-pro/enthusiast, professional). There is some overlap, especially when including different camera generations.

The philosophy of my site, as you dear readers have realized, is that a digital camera is not an Ipod-kind-of-thing. No, despite what Nikon or Canon or your local camera dealer wants you to believe, you do not need the latest-and-greatest to create masterpieces. I'm a semi-pro photographer myself, and I have made good money with my D2x and my D300 and (mostly) an ancient Nikkor 50mm f/1.8. Couple of times I even had to use an even older D200.

So, to sum up. Has Nikon brought us something fantastically different these past months? Nop, nothing that will change the way we take photos. Surely, for a fraction of you out there, some extra pixels or some marginal other technical improvement (and I mean very marginal) might make a different for a fraction of your photos. But for the art of photography in general, feel no stress. You are missing nothing if you do not happen to have extra 2000$/euros lying around.

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