By the way, if you're not aware yet, the new Nikon is slated to hit tomorrow. And if you're not aware, it probably means you don't keep up with camera releases at all, because the Internet is heavily laden with the rumors—in fact, the "Nikon Rumors" site appears to be all but overwhelmed at the moment. I can't even get it to load.
The camera is supposed to be Nikon's take on retro—the "digital FE2" (or FM2, or FM3a, or whichever is your favorite small metal Nikon from the golden olden days).
Right. What are the chances they got that right? <—crabby curmudgeonly middle-aged comment you can ignore
Still and all, it's causing a sensation. The pre-announcement code on the Tubes of the Internetz is "Df," allegedly for "digital fusion."
And apropos of nothing, are you feeling uncomfortably like you're getting addicted to new cameras? I'm feeling uncomfortably like I'm getting addicted to new cameras. It seems like a separate activity all its own. I'm perfectly happy with my current small camera, a NEX-6, but I'm just itching to get back into Micro 4/3 so I can be part of all those nifty lenses. Did you know, for instance, that Sakar is going to be bringing to market three Kodak-branded lenses for Micro 4/3? Or that Voigtländer (it's properly written either "Voigtländer" or "Voigtlaender," I'm told, since ä = ae) has not one but three beautifully-made superfast manual-focus lenses, including a new 42.5mm ƒ/0.95? Check out Pekka Potka's take on that amazing thing. Glorious.
And that's not even mentioning the coming Panasonic/Leica 42.5mm, an ƒ/1.2. Well, there, I mentioned it.
How can people resist? I'm jonesin'.
And by the way, it looks like I'll be getting an OM-D E-M1 to try out.
I actually can't wait. (Although I have to wait. The first allotment is sold out everywhere.) Maybe that will be the next perfect camera for eight months, until the next perfect camera.
You've got to admit, we're getting really, really spoiled for choice. (Well, for cameras that shoot in color, at least. :-)
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Steve D: "After all the annoying 'teaser' videos I didn't want to like it, but I do. Call me shallow but I love the dials. Why is it retro to replace annoying nested menus with easy-to-access dials? And if it really did dump the video, I'm even more impressed. I never use mine and would rather not pay for it.
"That said, I suspect this will be insanely expensive all the same. Retro almost never applies to the price."
Steve Rosenblum: "He stands up to speak at his first 12 Steps Meeting...'Ahem. My name is Steve and I am a new camera addict!'
"It's been out of hand for years now. At least with film cameras I could buy and sell used with no net loss (and some times even a net game) but Moore's Law applies to our 'hand held imaging computers' as well. It clearly is just another face of my infatuation with cool, well made gadgets going back to the first HeathKit stereo receiver I built in my youth. I would hate to solve the equation that has the amount of $ I have spent on camera gear in the denominator and the amount of great photos I have taken in the numerator. It probably would look like the similarly constructed fly fishing equation with fish caught in the numerator. Fortunately, I have never caught the golf bug...then again...those new drivers do look pretty cool!"
Mike replies: Could be worse—could be like pool cues.
First friend, seeing the second friend's glass case full of pool cues: "Wow! I'll bet some of those cost more than a pool table!"
Second friend: "Wrong! All of them cost more than a pool table!"
BH: "My first impression is that it's a 275-pound dude trying to look thin in a pinstripe suit. It sure is nice to see all those analog controls though. They make a lot of sense to my brain. I guess we'll have to see how big and bulky this thing really is or isn't. Hopefully they come in a photographer-friendly price!"
Patternsoflight: "Yikes. All I can say is I want one. That's not very lyrical, but Nikon did lure me in with this baby."
kirk: "I don't understand all the people who change cameras and camera systems all the time. I would never, ever do anything like that...never."
Mike replies: The comment apparently originates from Austin, Texas, which makes me somewhat suspicious.
Jos H.: "Is it just me, or does that not look an awful lot like the new silver Pentax K-3?"
Neal (partial comment): "...Doesn't seem to be a place to put the film in."