Tokyo 2016: Life Among Geometry

Tokyo 2016: Life Among GeometryTokyo 2016: Life Among Geometry
Nikon D610, 18mm, f/7.1, 1/250, ISO 1800

Yes, I know I have not been updating this blog as much I would like. I have been busy, and also contemplating a website re-design.

It’s a very interesting time as a Nikon user. They have not made any announcements prior to Photokina 2016 as I expected – which means any announcements are likely to be made next Monday in the pre-Photokina conference. This is highly irregular, as Japanese companies usually make announcements ahead of time to get the press interested so they can get good coverage even before the event starts.

In my limited memory, Nikon did this once recently – for the announcement of the D500. Either Nikon is going to surprise us with something amazing, or have nothing much to show at all. šŸ˜› At this moment it is like a flip of a coin, with equal possibility of either scenario happening.

If I really have to bet though – I will say either the D610/D750 or D810 successor will be shown. The big question now is what form and configuration will they appear as. Nikon does these releases in 4-year iterations, with an “improved” model in 2 years’ time. Hence the D600 and D800 kicked off the new iteration in 2012, the D750 and D810 are the “improved” models in 2014, and this year they are due for a renewal. This is an important release, since it will be the base-model of what we will be getting from Nikon for the next 4 years.

In the meantime, I am also making a personal evaluation of the current “big 3” camera companies – Canon, Nikon and Sony. I’ll publish something after Photokina 2016, when we have a good look at what the 3 companies are bringing to the market. – WY

3 comments

  1. P.S. Au, my mistake. I went to the Nikon page for the DL 24-500 (http://bit.ly/2cyMDTG). And, guess what, Nikon is now giving 35mm equivalent lens range specs instead of the numbers you would expect with a CX sensor – thus 24-500 is REALLY that range, not something that needs to be multiplied by 2.7x. This of course makes the cameras much more interesting as a possible option to the Sony RX10 III and the Panasonic FZ1000. Especially as the list price of the most expensive model, the 24-500, upon release will be $999 – compared to the RX10 III which still sells for $1500. This is kind of good news, as it’s exactly what I hoped Nikon would do. Not that I will be spending that kind of money any time soon, but for Nikon’s sake I’m very happy that they seem to be really understanding where a big part of the market is heading. Honestly, these little cameras are incredibly fun to use, with their amazing EVFs (check actual exposure and white balance as you shoot!) and silent mode – invaluable for many social, school, and concert situations. Plus they LOOK so darn cool.

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  2. Thanks, Au. You’ve aroused our curiosity about where Nikon will turn next. Speaking for the low-end user, I am curious about the features of the DL, as I am using the V1 mirrorless body for all-purpose school and community work. I am baffled to know what Nikon can do with the CX sensor in the DL and its odd-range fixed lens that will make it in any way attractive.

    That said, the V1 is a blazingly fine school photographer’s camera when paired with the 6.7-13.5mm (18-35mm equiv.) ultrawide lens. Oddly enough, I never use my 10mm and 18.5mm and will likely sell them. – the 6.7 and the 30-110 are just that good.

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    1. I feel fixed prime lenses are only useful in a few situations.

      – When I want a shallow DOF.
      – I need a smaller lens due to size/weight preferences or restrictions.
      – I want to restrict myself to a fixed perspective on purpose to maintain a certain compositional aesthetic.

      Otherwise I am always better off with a zoom lens. I have observed some event and wedding photographers. The zoom lens is always the primary tool. A prime only exists on a second body – if they have one. E.g. a 24-70 is used for an event in a house, but a fast 35 or 50 prime is on a second body when the opportunity arises to get nice shallow DOF pictures.

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