[quote name='Vieux loup' timestamp='1297201434' post='5974']
Something makes me think that the successor to the D700 is right around the corner. I have asked several resellers over the last 6 months and, until now, they have always answered clearly that they know nothing, but that it is not soon. This time nobody answers, which makes me think that something is about to be launched. Has anyone else heard, or not heard, something? Kindly VL
There are many rumours, some of them are very silly, and some makes you think. But I'm sure of one thing, Nikon should settle it's model naming conventions... It's quite hard to make future assumptions based on existing model line-up...<img src='http://forum.photozone.de/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='
' /> Though, I will speculate based on the naming conventions:
D3 --> D4, D5, D6..... (a clear path, there won't be many models in this line-up)
D700 --> D800, D900 (then what, D901?.. or go on like D710, D720... depends on the FX body strategy for the following 10 years)
D100, D200, D300 --> D400, D500.... (catch the D700 and win the prize OR),
D100, D200, D300 --> D310, D320.... (better ha!)
D80, D90 --> R.I.P.
D7000 --> D7100, D7200... (a clear path)
D3000, D3100 --> D3200, D3300... (a clear path)
D5000 --> D5100, D5200... (a clear path, but personally, the most killable model)
My hopefull guess is that they won't kill the D700 (as it is the most affordable FX in the Nikon line-up). But there will be no D3 successor in the future which is similar to D700 in terms of sensor technology. A new D700x (or D800 or D710); still with on-board flash, 100% viewfinder, better focusing screen for MF purposes, double CF slot, improved auto WB, improved AF in low light, better low light performance with decent DR & tonal range & resolution, increased pixel density (please not up to 24mp, this much pixel density must be the area of D3, D4 line-up)... Wouldn't that be great? I think Nikon must have an affordable FX in the line-up by the end of 2011. Depending on the rumours related to 5D MK-III, this is their last chance for still being in the race to sell FX bodies to amateurs. But if they put a >24mp FF sensor in the D700 successor, I don't think that it would be affordable compared to Canon (unless Nikon plans a revolutionary price strategy).