Nikon D3 left, Nikon D4 right
One of the greatest fears you have when coughing up enough money for a camera that you could put a sizeable down payment on a new car, is how quickly is what you’re buying going to be outdated. How many months is it going to be before you’re left in the dust, holding last year’s technological rage which is now today’s paper weight? Professional bodies cost insane amounts of money, but the level of precision offered in that range is unrivaled making them wise investments if you find yourself shooting +100,000 frames a year that pay your bills. Naturally I knew it was only a matter of time that I would see my Nikon D3 be surpassed, but when the time came and Nikon unveiled their new flagship to the world I can’t say I really feel the need to upgrade.
According to www.robgalbraith.com, the Nikon D4 is a 16.6 megapixel digital SLR that will shoot 1080 hi-def video and extend it’s ISO range up to 204,800 at 11fps. Every system of the camera has been overhauled and improved upon, but really is it worth dropping $6,000 on?
David Hobby did a fantastic write up here discussing a photographer’s need for an “uzi that can see in the dark”, and why he will be following Nikon’s flagship line no longer. I have to agree that there’s just not enough improvement over the previous system, especially when you can find a D3 refurbished for half the price on ebay.
Unfortunately for me, in the area of digital range finders Fuji is cooking something up that looks worthy of biting the financial bullet on. As an avid fan of the Fuji X100, I took the camera everywhere with me and really put it through the ringer only to come to the conclusion that I’d rather have a 35mm point and shoot in my pocket over the digital range finder. I missed too many shots because of the autofocus problems, was too worried about what it could and could not handle weather wise to bring it everywhere I wanted, and struggled with the camera’s meter.
The Fuji X Pro 1 is being hailed by some as a “worthy replacement of a bulk SLR system”. With a 16megapixel CMOS sensor that performs incredibly well in low-light from the looks of sample shots online, interchangeable lenses, and an improved autofocus system it looks to be quite a lethal combination.
However with a quick look at the price tag we run into a noticeable problem. Many felt the Fuji X100 was greatly overpriced at $1,200, so with the Fuji X Pro 1 looking to be $1,700 at body only with the three lenses being released alongside the camera falling in at the $500-$600 range the camera looks to be once again out of the price range for many. Time to look into that second mortgage.