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  1. Sounds like a automotive lease program. May work....may not....you need an outlet for "lease return" items. DOES Nikon, or any camera vendor, need to change it's biz model? Depends....There will ALWAYS be a market for "exact imaging" as in NASA, Forensics, etc. Plus sports. Those market segments won't fall to phones. Question is that market sufficient for how many vendors, and how much leg-up does the incumbent have.....
  2. That's what the legacy "F Mount" is..... They have the program in place - just need to execute - an "F-mount" ILC without a mirror would make many happy.
  3. Sorry Dallas -- but I couldn't find the forums....really....hit home and looked and didn't see anything. So I took a shot a what I thought was the appropriate place.
  4. Yes, probably the most endangered African animal. Seen today at Sabi-Sabi. Check the blog -- see the pictures.... http://www.sabisabi.com/blog/13776/my-first/
  5. The D800e has a special layer added instead of the AA filter to keep the optical stack identical between the two models. Removing the layer was not a viable option to Nikon, so I doubt it is in the aftermarket. If you really want ONE body without an AA filter, sell the D800 and buy a D800e, D810, D820 or other model. Hacking a D800 is not a good path......
  6. Shop for a used D800e and be happy. I would not attempt either mod.
  7. Saw him last night in Portland with Morgan. AWESOME Show!
  8. I do ..... just not here anymore.........not a friendly crowd for that subject here..............
  9. Nice review - and some great shots. "Equivalence" matters for FOV and DOF so as much as you hate the term, it is an important factor for a site wanting to cater to more than M4/3 shooters....or to those who are considering the move to M4/3. If you had a rating system, I'd ding you a "star" or two for the rant....skip that and it would be a 5-star review of a 5-star lens.
  10. Ann - CF is also a conductor. Not quite as good as metal, but a whole lot better than air so it become a target too. For once, a case for Basalt-based tripods ;-)
  11. Litho is a very cyclic business that has very high R&D expense. If you look at the latest quarter, they made NICE money. They do make the scanners-of-choice for many high-end Fabs....I'm pretty sure that big announcement by Intel to spend $7B will have a chunk going to Nikon. I attribute some of Nikon's camera issues to the fact that the Litho guys have been in charge and they don't get cameras.... That ping-pongs at Nikon and I think the latest shuffle puts camera people back in charge. AFAIK.
  12. Larry - I don't see anything your list that can not or has not be done in a DLSR with Liveview except the EVF specific items which I discount since they are not acceptable by many.
  13. I remarked then that mirrorless cameras had features that Nikon ought to look seriously into as it serves a need that is not met by its dSLR. I'm constantly confused by these types of statements. What needs beyond fitting in a pocket are NOT being met by DSLR's that are by Mirrorless? I'm talking something that is NOT a software feature? I can think of the higher frame rate but frankly that can be accomplished (if desired) in LiveView mode. I can think of the EVF but that is very polarizing and not welcomed by many. What else????
  14. and in the process, you have provided the answer as to why the Expeed ASIC is likely not the reason for the Nikon DL cancellation. No one put a gun to Nikon's head and said that it should do 20.8mp at 20fps or 60fps. No "GUN" involved. But Olympus set the bar and Nikon market matched the spec in the "needs" for a competitive camera. Clearly, the current Expeed couldn't do this...so they needed to spin the ASIC to get this. Now, marketing might have relaxed the spec when it didn't work, but I suspect they were too far into the spin and all the accompanying PCB support to back away from a new Expeed - they could have maybe dropped the feature, but it is very doubtful that an old part would drop into the same PCB location. Hence the need to keep going spinning till it worked. Truly speculation on my part....
  15. Not sure how they could ever get 20MP @ 60fps - that's 1.2G pixels/sec which is way outside the fastest XQD's write speed. Would need to be a very short burst and/or a huge buffer. No doubt they need to continually improve the Expeed's speed -- would like to see a D820 with 54MP at 5-6fps which is still a boatload of data to move. At 5fps it would need to move about 540MByte/sec which is a modest increase over the D5's ~480Mbyte/sec. On the contrary, if you work backwards from the 480MByte/sec of the D5, that can handle the data from a 46MP sensor at 5fps....so no new Expeed needed for that product. Might be the "cheap and easy" aka lower-cost approach that Nikon will take.