It’s been a month since my last post on the blog, and I hope it won’t be like that for a long time (or never again). I have had some health issues and also went on short trip, so I couldn’t find any time to write. I can always help through comments though.
After months of rumors, the D800 is finally getting out soon. Since we know almost all of the specifications it’s nothing special anymore, but it will surely be a great camera for studio and landscape photographers.
It will be announced on February 7th, and invitations have already been sent out (for Thailand). With 36 megapixels and a price tag of $3,600, it will not be the typical upgrade most D700 owners had in mind. Maybe Nikon will announce a FX model with less megapixels, but not anytime soon as it would mess with the sales of the expensive D4.
A lot of DX shooters are also waiting for the D400 and I think the perfect place to announce it will be at Photokina (or a few days/weeks earlier).
It seems as if Canon and Nikon will follow each other with camera announcements this year. Canon brings out the 1D X, Nikon announces the D4. Since D800 is hitting the shelves in March/April, Canon will probably announce the 5D Mark III around that time. There have been some rumors that it could actually come on February 7th or before the CP+ show in Japan, but I highly doubt it, as they want maximum attention.
A lot of people think Canon will announce a new Rebel this month, but I doubt that as well. Sure it’s that time of the year, but there is no need to rush with the announcement, the T3i and D5100 are still fresh. If the 7D Mark II, T4i and 70D will use the same sensor like the current generation does, then 7D Mark II will probably be out first.
What we need from Canon right now is a couple of new lenses, maybe the long awaited 24-70mm IS and another excellent standard prime lens.
That’s it for now, I hope I will be able to write normally again soon.