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William Lewis  Jul 12, 2022 • 7:53:09pm

I’ve seen this in a few places today, but they all seem to eventually end up citing the same source, Nikkei Asia. While I think this will eventually happen, I can’t find any ‘official’ sources of this from Nikon themselves plus I think the professional market isn’t quite ready to make that jump yet.

Just another rumor is there any truth to it? I am leaning to thinking this is a bit like an article saying “Ford plans to only produce electric vehicles” without giving any specific details and, while technically true because it is the direction most automakers are going, it isn’t something Ford has actually announced yet and likely won’t happen in the next several years.

What I would bet is that they are not going to develop anything new but will support the current DSLRs that they have like the D6 or D780. Makes sense, to me, that approach…but with the Z9 being what it is, I’m sure the Z9 Mark II or Mark III will have most people in that demographic happy to leave the DSLR behind.

Afterall, isn’t the D780 essentially a Z6 in a DSLR body already? Me, I have all this F mount glass so a Z isn’t much help but, presuming I could afford it, the D750/D780 (which is currently $2000) bodies would be more useful. And I don’t do video at all which is one of mirrorless big advantages. But I’ll bet they’re selling far more Z’s than D’s these days and once the do pull the plug on the DSLR, I won’t mind because the prices will finally drop.

That said, look how long it took before the F6 was finally no longer available?

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Rightwingconspirator  Jul 12, 2022 • 8:01:32pm

re: #1 William Lewis

Keep in mind the news is developmental work, not production or support. I expect to see that go years beyond developing. I also wonder what of 35mm SLR development? Surely someone is taking that up. (Now watch, my next camera will be vintage film…)

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William Lewis  Jul 12, 2022 • 8:11:11pm

re: #2 Rightwingconspirator

Keep in mind the news is developmental work, not production or support. I expect to see that go years beyond developing. I also wonder what of 35mm SLR development? Surely someone is taking that up. (Now watch, my next camera will be vintage film…)

Leica is getting ready to ship a limited-edition film camera. About $20,000 IIRC ;)

That said, film rangefinders - especially old Canon ones - are very cheap these days. I keep thinking about buying a Canon P (with an app on my phone as a light meter LOL!) since much of the lenses I use on my Leica are old thread mount lenses anyway. The problem is the cost of development/scanning because doing it at home is not likely to happen.


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