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In January 2017, I wrote an article “What Do I Want from Nikon in 2017” where I shared with you what I want to see from Nikon in 2017, and what I actually expect them to release. Here is the summary of the wanted/expected things:

Things I wanted to see from Nikon in 2017

D850 – a D810 replacement
D900 – a D5 in a D500 body
Dm – a Df replacement
24-70mm f/2.8 E VR II
15-30mm f/2.8 E VR
Coolpix Z – zoom version of the Nikon Coolpix A
New naming nomenclature
Better AF for video

Things I thought we’ll see from Nikon in 2017

D5X
D620
D760
D820
D7300
Nikon DL
Df2
16-35 f/4 VR II

Right after I posted the article and Nikon announced cancellation of the DL series. But here we are – passed the middle of 2018 and it seems Nikon really rethought their game, and changed their strategy in a big way. We still have to expect surprises, but I will write separate article about this. Let’s dive to what I “predicted” inaccurately, and was I that far off the reality?

D850

It seems Nikon heard what I asked for D850, and added all features in the D810 replacement. Joystick, new sensor with a little more pixels, deeper grip, better responsiveness and speed of operations were my main wishes for D850. Was pleasantly surprised that they did not go for D820 but named it D850 to probably show the big gap and progress between the generations. I had a chance to rent D850 very early after it was announced and used it on my trip to the Oregon coast.

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Nikon D850, 20mm f/1.8G

To work with D850 is a real joy. The grip is deeper than the one on D810. The camera is very responsive. The images coming from this sensor are amazing.

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Nikon D850, 24-70mm f/2.8G

I was shooting bracketing all the time, and at the end I did not use more than one image, and just tweaking it in Lightroom. The dynamic range is so good. Below, you can see the original NEW file (exported as JPG without any changes).

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unedited image, converted to jpg

And then the edited file. This is only from the single exposure above.

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Nikon D850, 24-70mm f/2.8G

D900

My wish for fast 20-24mpx full frame camera in D500 body did not happen. It seems Nikon’s focus was moved to their new mirorrless cameras, one of which is rumored to be exactly that – 24mpx competitor of the Sony A7III.

Dm

For this one I was kind of right and wrong at the same time. Such camera is arriving soon – mirorrless, retro, rooted to Nikon’s legacy cameras. The rumors are that this will be the upcoming Z6/Z7 cameras. In the currently running video teasers NIkon emphasizes the connection with their long history. The 100 years experience will be indeed a main theme in Nikon advertisement – the connection between legacy and future. Let’s wait for the announcement, scheduled on August 23.

24-70mm f/2.8 E VR II

I wanted and they released it – the 24-70mm f/2.8 E VR. Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed by the fact that the new professional mid-range zoom is less sharp in the center compared with the old G version. Yes, Nikon made the sharpness more even throughout the lens which is good for landscapes, but for portrait use I would prefer some extra center sharpness. In addition, the new lens is significantly bigger and heavier than its predecessor. And more expensive, of course.

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Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 E

15-30mm f/2.8 E VR

One more thing that I was hoping Nikon will release but they did not. Tamron did. And it is really amazing lens – the Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 DI VC. Sharper than Nikon 14-24, with vibration control, bigger range than Nikon, and almost twice cheaper. Bravo Tamron!

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Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 DI VC

Coolpix Z

He he, something “Z” is coming but it won’t be coolpix. It seems that Nikon’s priority now is full frame. And more specifically full frame mirorrless. At this point I dont’ think such camera (coolpix A but with zoom lens) will be released but I still want to see that happening. It will be the “DL concept” but in APS-C. The new pocket camera standard. First NIkon need to solve their APS-C strategy in general, especially now – switching to the new Z mount.

New naming nomenclature

No matter what I want – Nikon continues to have confusing naming system. Even now with the new Z mount. We’ll see… but I don’t have any hope any more.

Better AF for video

This didn’t happened so far. THe only chance for Nikon is to release such AF system in their new mirorrless cameras. Let’s hope!?!

D5X

Rumors are Nikon will jump the X with the 5th generation and go directly for D6 – may be next year. Again, with the upcoming full frame mirorrless cameras I think Nikon will not have either the factory capacity or time to develop so many systems and will have to cut here and there.  Thus, skipping D5x is a logical move from their side.

D620

At this point I don’t think Nikon will continue this series.

D7300

I was correct that Nikon will release such camera, just they decided to use D7500 as name instead. May be to match the entire line – D750, D850, etc. The camera itself is a strange combination between D7200 and D5600, adding some new features and cutting other to lower the cost. I already wrote an article that instead of D7500 the lens should be named D6000.

Df2

It is obvious for everyone that Nikon does not have any interest to update this model. I think they will relate the new mirorrless to the legacy idea, and Df does not fit there anymore.

16-35 f/4 VR II

Noone knows if Nikon will update this important lens in their lineup. In theory, they should. The 16-35mm f/4 or f/2.8 is a must for every landscape photographer, and not only. But with so many new lenses coming up for mirorrless I don’t see them to have the capacity to update this particular lens any time soon. Sorry D850 shooters. Will Nikon be the next Sony – claiming the DLSR is not dead and they will continue to produce F-mount lenses? Same did Sony saying the A mount is not dead, so does the DSLT cameras… Have you seen any recent announcement from Sony in that regard…?


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