Great news! There's once again a proper body on which to use the wonderful AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17–55mm ƒ/2.8G IF-ED, one of my fave zooms.
Wait, that's not the news. The news is...
As anticipated, Nikon has announced the D5, the FX (full-frame) successor to the D4s. You don't want to hear about that one. It costs $64,969 and weighs 30.9 lbs.
As nobody anticipated (well, nobody I know, which I guess is not the same thing), Nikon pulled a fast one and duplicated the twinned D3/D300 announcements from back in 2007, and announced a smaller DX-format (APS-C) counterpart to go along with the D5—the long-, long-, long-awaited D300 successor! Wow. Finally.
The new reduced-format pro-level camera is called the D500. It's about the same size and weight as the D750 (slightly larger), costs $2k, will ship in March, has a 20-MP sensor, and is sleek and cool and hip and weather-sealed and equipped for connectivity and loaded for bear.
The two new cameras have more or less the same specs (more or less) except for those that relate to format.
Great. Way to go, Nikon!
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Noons: "Hmm.... Thanks but no thanks, Nikon. Got tired of waiting for the D400 two years ago. Gone mirrorless all the way and a two-grand body is not my idea of an accessible price in this day and age. Pass."
Frank Lehnen: "'It costs $64,969 and weighs 30.9 lbs.' Ouch...you might want to move your commas to the left a bit."
Mike replies: Nobody appreciates my sense of humor. :-(
Andy F: "And the ISO goes to 3,280,000! No really, it goes to over three million."
Mike replies: Good one!
(More seriously, can we all please switch over to DIN numbers?!)
Rob Smith: (partial comment): "I just got back from vacation in Costa Rica, the last real outing of my D300 which I have used, abused, and cherished over the last eight years. It has seen all manner of weather and performed so well, I love it.
"But today I pick up my new Dƒ which is all the camera I want, plus I finally make the move to full frame which I've been putting off for a long time. The best part is that I got it for $2,200 CAD (which is about $1,600 USD) as part of a boxing day sale.
"The D300 was so well made and the controls so easy that I never did find anything to replace it with in all that time. Nikon really screwed up here. I know it will take me a while to get used to the Dƒ, but I'm getting older now, and I appreciate 'slow' photography, stars, portraits, landscapes etc.
"I'll finally get to see what the 85mm 1.4 actually looks like at its proper focal length, yay! I love the Nikon lenses I own, all FF bar one, that's why I'm sticking with that system."
Romain: "That D500 seems great. I'm sure pro sport photographers, as well as event and wildlife photographers will be very happy with it...well actually any pro might find very useful to have a second (or third) camera with a smaller sensor and extra reach wih the same controls and quality. As for me, I'm only hoping that the successor of the D810 will benefit from all these novelties.
"I've been to mirrorless and back. I love big, reliable DSLRs, and I'm glad to see Nikon being committed to this segment."