I'm going to make an admission I shouldn't make, and confess that I haven't scoped out the new Nikon D750 with any diligence yet. (Haven't even been to ByThom yet.) A lot of you who are specifically interested in it know more about it already than I do.
Briefly: It's a full-frame, 24-megapixel, $2,300 camera designed to be "multimedia friendly," meaning it's designed to do video well and to have good connectivity, and it should be shipping very soon. Most likely, inside of two weeks.
Nikon is one of photography's, and the world's, great brands. The beautifully-crafted original Nikon F was the camera that symbolically ushered in the era of the SLR and led the way to Japan wresting the camera industry from the Germans. But large professional Nikons have just never been terribly well suited to the typical amateur/artist/enthusiast. Most of us like the Nikon that's "the best for the rest." Sure seems like that's the target Nikon was aiming at again here.
It's the middle Nikon. If you can still say that about a camera in a lineup as vast and variegated as Nikon's. Although not a clone of the last sweet-spot Nikon, the D700, and not a direct successor to it, it occupies a similar spot in the lineup. Before that, there was the F100, the middle Nikon at the end of the film era. (Approximately speaking, every single photo enthusiast in the world bought an F100 just before buying their first digital camera. Okay, not exactly.)
As this illustration from camerasize.com makes clear, the D750 is significantly smaller than the 2008 D700, and it's half a pound lighter, more or less. And many people already thought the D700 was "right-sized" enough. In fact the D750 is close to the same weight as the old F100 film camera.
I haven't checked, but there's probably a lot of complaining going on in various forums about what the D750 is not but should be, and what it is but shouldn't be. Or, how it doesn't tempt anyone who already owns one of the adjacent models or a competitor. Be that as it may, this is probably the Nikon in which most of our readers will be most interested in the 24 to 36 months or so to come...all those, that is, who don't already have the Nikon they want.
As with almost all new Nikons aimed approximately in my direction, I want one. Sigh. I could be house-poor for the whole lifespan of this one, though.
So if you're a Nikonophile, what say ye? Like it?
Although this looks a lot like a regular post, "Open Mike" is the freestyle page of TOP, where Yr. Hmbl. Ed. writes about whatever's uppermost on his mind.
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