- Good looking
- Built-in EVF
- Tiltable EVF
- Tilt-up viewing screen
- Built-in IS
- It's the latest newest thing
- I owned several of its direct predecessors
- You can't get one quite yet.
The best cameras are usually ones that look especially promising but aren't in peoples' bags yet. Once they're actually shipping, their desirability takes the first big hit; because it is revealed that, in fact, despite early indications, it's just a camera, and does a lot of the same things that other cameras do. That takes the shine off quite a bit. The second big hit to its desirability comes when it gets reviewed, and the reviewers have to find a few things wrong with it, and the few wrong things are trumpeted throughout the echo chamber by people who either have bought, or have decided to buy, something else. (It's important to them that everyone else know that they have made the smarter choice.) The final nail in the coffin comes when it's a few months old and some new newest latest thing is announced...which you can't get yet. That thing acquires all the benefits of the grass-is-greener syndrome and shines with excessive brightness because of it. The old most desirable camera then seems like last Spring's fashions. Yesterday's news. Along with the first signs of wear, a slightly shabby, distinctly forlorn air clings to it.
It's funny how, with digital cameras, you seldom encounter anyone saying how much they love their three-year-old camera and plan to buy a second body on closeout so they can continue shooting with it for as long as possible. But you encounter hordes of people eager to get the first glimpse of next Spring's fashion.
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Joe Holmes: "My Nikon D700 is the first body I ever kept rather than selling to fund a new body. So that's kind of the same as buying an older body on closeout."
Jim Hamstra: "I'm very happy with my Nikon D700 after more than three years' use. I have looked at the D800 have no desire to get one as I see no way it can improve my photography and the largest prints I make are 16x20, the same size I used to make in the darkroom. My backup camera has been a film camera but I recently decided to buy another D700 body and found it has been discontinued."
Mike replies: Have you two met?
Bob Smith: "One of the few exceptions that proves the rule...Nikon D700.
"P.S. My first post here. TOP has become my favorite photography site. Always good for interesting and intelligent subjects and discussion."
Mike replies: Thanks. Glad to have you. And, you're just in time to meet Joe and Jim.
Huw Morgan: "The comments on the D700 apply to my Canon 5D Mark II as well. These cameras both reached the point where they are virtually perfect at producing prints up to 16x20 inches. We are seeing diminishing returns of buying the latest and greatest. The same applies to my Sony NEX-7. We may be reaching the point in the camera market where consumers buy only when their cameras wear out. That may be sad news for Canon and Nikon."
Bill: "I just weighed and measured my favorite camera/lens: Pentax ME Super and SMC Pentax 50mm ƒ/1.4. The GX7 with 25mm Summilux weighs one ounce less, and is almost the exact same size (except the lens projects out a half-inch more). It's looking better and better!"
Tim (partial comment): "Ooh, an article born of some cynicism. I approve."
Arg: "With posts like this, how do you ever expect to earn revenue from click-through sales???"