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Tue Feb 25, 2014, 11:57 PM

You're kidding, right? New Nikon flagship DSLR costs $6500

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Reply You're kidding, right? New Nikon flagship DSLR costs $6500 (Original post)
jmowreader Feb 2014 OP
Renew Deal Feb 2014 #1
jmowreader Feb 2014 #3
pscot Feb 2014 #2
jmowreader Feb 2014 #4
regnaD kciN Feb 2014 #6
ohheckyeah Feb 2014 #5
alfredo Feb 2014 #10
ohheckyeah Feb 2014 #11
alfredo Feb 2014 #12
Major Nikon Feb 2014 #7
groundloop Feb 2014 #8
ManiacJoe Feb 2014 #9
rdking647 Feb 2014 #13
sir pball Feb 2014 #14
rdking647 Feb 2014 #15

Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2014, 12:01 AM

1. Is it worth it?

I have no idea, though it's too expensive for me.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 26, 2014, 12:15 AM

3. To me it's not.

I'm also trying to figure out who'll buy this. Sports photographers have almost all gone to Canon because at one time Canon had the fastest AF, and by the time Nikon caught up the press shooters all had $25,000 worth of glass that won't fit on a Nikon. They brag about how this thing shoots HD video like a champ, but seriously guys? If you need to shoot stills AND video you can get a pro still camera and a pro full-HD camera for less than the price of this one Nikon.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2014, 12:12 AM

2. The Leica S dslr goes for $22,000

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Response to pscot (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 26, 2014, 01:06 AM

4. And it's got a 38-megapixel sensor

Leica prices have always been nuts, though.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 26, 2014, 04:46 AM

6. The Sony A7 has a sensor almost that large...for one-tenth the price.

To be honest, the D4's price isn't such a shock, considering that, when I first started Raven Falls, the standard for landscape photography was a Hasselblad or Mamiya medium-format SLR fitted with a digital back. The prices on those ran from around $25,000 to $33,000, body-only. And the resolution was no better (and sometimes worse) than that found on today's top-end DSLRs

Of course, I couldn't afford one of those back then, and I couldn't afford one now, either. I've been quite happy with my A77 for the past two-plus years. 24MP and excellent video performance are all I really need, and those only cost $2,000 or so to be first off the production line. Until this camera wears out, it would take an almost unimaginable increase in capabilities to get me to "upgrade" even in the Sony system, let alone go to the expense of migrating to a different platform.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2014, 02:51 AM

5. For that price, it better wash

my dishes and mop the floor.

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Response to ohheckyeah (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 26, 2014, 09:00 PM

10. It comes with a Bidet

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Response to alfredo (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 26, 2014, 09:10 PM

11. LOL....

does it clean itself?

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Response to ohheckyeah (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 27, 2014, 12:04 AM

12. Unless you are on the space station.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2014, 09:21 AM

7. When you have 5 figures invested in lenses, 4 figures for the body is no big deal.

Some pros will buy two or more D4s. That is the market Nikon is targeting.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2014, 12:16 PM

8. That's not at all out of line for a top tier pro camera.... look at Canon's 1DX ($6799)


Not that I'll ever remotely consider spending anywhere near that on a camera, but Canon's 1DX has been out for a while at a list price of $6799. For someone who depends on the best possible gear to make a living that's not so crazy.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2014, 06:09 PM

9. It's a great option if you need a sports camera that can see in the dark.

I would love to have one, but I cannot swing the $6500 price tag. The other option is Canon's 1DX at $6800 or so. Which one you buy will depend on which lens system you are already invested in.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Thu Feb 27, 2014, 01:09 AM

13. the camera it replaces had a similar price tag

ive seen some sample images from it.
11 frames per second
iso max of 400,000

if your a sports photographer,especially one shooting indoors i can see the need to spend the coin on it especially if its your profession since then it could be tax deductable.

for a typical shooter... not so much

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Thu Feb 27, 2014, 01:15 AM

14. Cheap! The flagship lens is $17,896.95.

The 800mm f/5.6 VR. Granted, the only real use I can think of for that chunk is shooting surfers from the cliffs. The more useful 70-200 is "only" $2400...but then you'll need the 24-70 for $1900, and the 14-24 for $2,000 (gotta cover every possible length if you're a pro)....and a $650 50/1.2 for shooting handheld under starlight, maybe a nice $800 105mm macro, $1300 defocus/soft-focus lens if you do portraits, a nice $2000 tilt-shift lens for architecture and landscapes. Then you'll need accessories...a flash for sure, $600 or so, a grand for a tripod, gigantic CF card, maybe strobes if you do studio stuff. And the speed - this Bad-Ass Mofo will snap 11 pictures a second if you hold the button down...for twenty seconds nonstop. 220 shots. When you do sports, that extra few fps and buffer can literally make your money.

In all seriousness, like Major Nikon said, the body is small change in the grand scheme of things. I've seen guys at major events with two, three, four bodies; it's worth the extra $12K to them to have different lenses covering all conceivable conditions for the day mounted and ready.

Oh, check this guy out if you really want to lose it...$42,995 body-only. And Hasselblad lenses make Nikon look like Holga. In quality as well as price

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Response to sir pball (Reply #14)

Thu Feb 27, 2014, 09:56 AM

15. i went to shoot a bald eagle nest near me 2 weeks ago

got there right at sunrise.
there were 15 monster pieces of glass,all 500mm primes or better including 3 of the nikon 800's

talk about lens envy

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