I always get a kick out of the angst visited upon industry experts when something new is on the horizon.
I was busy being amazed at how well the refurbished Nikon 24-120mm lens was working for me on an ancient, used Nikon D700 (see above) when I chanced to click on Lloyd Chamber's camera site today and read the back and forth between him and Thom Hogan. All of a sudden it seemed that camera design and camera marketing were life and death issues.There was a mini-argument about whether or not Nikon could actually do innovative design work and then more wonkiness ensured.
If we could harness the human potential squandered across the web, reading tea leaves and trying to guess about future camera introductions, we would have already landed on Mars and cured cancer.
I'm pretty much ignoring all the misspent energy about future cameras this month. It's too hot to argue with anyone about much beyond who drank the last beer?
Eric Rose asked me 'how much better a Nikon mirrorless had to be than a GH5 before I switch systems?'
I thought about it for a while but I'd just come back from a very warm walk with the D700 and the recently acquired (but still ancient) Nikon 105mm f2.8D micro lens and I was busy being re-amazed at the incredible sharpness and
lush colors I was able to get with that old combination of utensils.
All the cameras on the market are so good now it's almost like we've been invited to a fabulous dinner and instead of enjoying the food we're all hellbent on critiquing the forks and spoons.
In direct response to Eric I have to say that the idea of yet another mirrorless system holds far less allure for me than buying and using the epitome of mature technology as represented by the Nikon D850 or even the D810. Beyond that it's really all about lenses. My jump into Sigma Art lenses has whetted my appetite for more. I've owned the 24-35mm f2.0 and the 50mm f1.4 but I'd like to grab (along with a D850) one of the 85mm 1.4s and a 135mm Art as well before I think about anything else.
The sad thing about my M4:3 system is that my selection of lenses (8-18mm Pana/Leica, 12-100mm f4.0 Olympus Pro and the 40-150mm f2.8 Olympus Pro ----as well as a motley assortment of primes), along with the two GH5 bodies represents a perfect, and perfectly sorted system for me. There's nothing in the mix I feel compelled to change and nothing I'm pining to add. Maybe one more audio interface but that hardly counts.
I can hardly wait for more Nikon mirrorless rumors to hit Lloyd's site; I love reading cat fights between verbose landscape photographers ---- I mean, really!? Landscapes? Who cares if the lenses are sharp? Now portraits......that's a whole different matter. (kidding, just kidding...).