Nikon has announced the D700. This is a full-frame body that fits in their line right underneath the D3. It will no doubt cause the D300 to fall in price.
At $3000*, this is potentially a really important camera. It’s a professional-level body at a price point that is within reach of serious amateurs.
I’ve heard this camera mistakenly called a D3 replacement. It’s not. It’s slower at 5 fps, doesn’t have a 100% viewfinder, only has one CF card slot, and is missing a few other features offered on the D3. On the flip side, it does offer sensor cleaning which the D3 should have.
You can read the Nikon news release. It’s expected to start shipping later this month.
I think this is a very important camera. If it performs up to my expectations, it is a game changer that Canon had better respond to and I mean right now.
Nikon also announced the SB-900 flash . It’s the successor to the SB-800 and is also expected to ship late July at a price of approximately $500.
UPDATE: Thanks to several reader who alerted me to the fact that Nikon has posted a brochure for the new camera online.