I remember from my time with the corporation, just how important and seriously Nikon take their flagship camera. Today a very basic announcement of the D6 has been made. This falls in line with the regular development from both Nikon and Canon prior to an upcoming Olympics year of new pro cameras.
The thinking goes they have time to get enough into the hands of sports photographers in particular so they can become familiar with them prior to the games. But just as significantly, then be seen en mass in the regular black verses white lens spotting contest they both seem to relish. I would also expect therefore the usual delays getting them more widely into the market, but I could be wrong of course.
While the company seems focused largely on the ‘Z’ mount system, and I certainly would not rule out a more advanced top end model in that line. It is really nice to see that the ‘F’ mount system still has development. In my humble opinion, it remains the most amazing system when you take onboard past, present, plus third party products that are a match for it. No other system can match it.
Adding an even wider appeal for Nikon ‘F’ mount users across genres, is also the fast aperture AF-S NIKKOR 120-300MM F/2.8E FL ED SR VR LENS. Both items are announced with few details at this stage, keeping Nikon sports shooters aware of the brands commitment, no matter what others may also announce.
Here we go with the official details:
NIKON ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF THE D6 AND AF-S NIKKOR 120-300MM F/2.8E FL ED SR VR LENS
London, United Kingdom, 4th September 2019: Nikon is proud to announce the development of the Nikon D6 professional digital SLR camera and the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR telephoto zoom lens, compatible with Nikon FX format cameras.
The development of the D6 – Nikon’s most advanced digital SLR to date – marks the 20thanniversary of the single-digit D-series. Since the launch of the D1 in 1999, Nikon’s flagship cameras have evolved with the industry’s most advanced technologies and the imaging know-how cultivated over Nikon’s long history in camera development. Like its predecessors, the development of the D6 responds to the strict demands of professional photographers with the ultimate in performance, even in the most severe conditions.
Nikon is also announcing the development of the new AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR lens, as it celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Nikon F mount adopted for the D-series. The new telephoto zoom lens will provide professional photographers, in fields such as sports photography, with even greater support.
The new product developments demonstrate Nikon’s commitment to expanding the possibilities for imaging expression, while leading the way in imaging culture with both digital SLR and mirrorless camera systems, alongside a rich lineup of lenses.
* Details including release dates and retail prices for these products will be announced at a later date.