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g w , Jun 27, 2003; 03:11 a.m.

Does know if there will be a Nikon F6 out anytime soon? I was wondering if they would produce it, since most of the products are going digital. I was thinking that the F100 was the last F series and that Nikon is going to put more focus on the the D series.


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Chuck Fan , Jun 27, 2003; 03:34 a.m.

Anyone not bound by NDA and who claims to know about Nikon F6 probably suffer from tendency towards lying, confusion between facts and speculation, or outright hallucination.

Ilkka Nissila , Jun 27, 2003; 06:20 a.m.

I don't think there will be an F6. F5 sales are stalling, lots of them on the used shelves, so basically the market segment for that kind of product has become so small that it doesn't make financial sense to make it.

Jerry Litynski , Jun 27, 2003; 08:16 a.m.

It would depend on a few factors. The Hasselblad engineers have a camera body that will use a film back and a digital back (mortgage-like price,) so it is possible Nikon may do some brain-storming for such a like-featured Nikon body. Would it be a F6 or a D2 or a D3 -- who knows?

Rob Helm , Jun 27, 2003; 09:10 a.m.

I agree, that no one knows the minds at Nikon, wish we did. But with the large switch to Digital, that many photographers are making, I would be surprised if Nikon brings out a new and improved version of the F5. Unless, it was built in to a digital body of course, or a film and digital body. Also, how could they substantially improve the F5, in a declinning pro film market? The F100 is a great body, and they are one of the few Manufacturers, other than Leica, who still produce pro grade 35mm manual cameras. I think they saw that nich correctly.

Plus, Nikon, at least I've always thought, seems to be a oompany whose theory is: If it isn't broken, don't fix it. I base that on the fact that they still produce the F3, and look how long it's been since Canon and Kodak annouced and brought out the "Super Megapixal" cameras, and Nikon hasn't annouced any future changes to the D1 series yet.

For me, they have great film bodies like the f100, F5, F3, and the newest FM3A, and really don't need any more at this time. I would rather see them upgrade a digital to not only produce 10+ megapixals (even though I'm quite happy with 6); but also one that has an ISO range of between 50 and 1600. Not to mention upgrading the lens line to all be AF-S, to compete with the Canon USM.

Just my thoughts on the subject


Richard Milner , Jun 27, 2003; 09:50 a.m.

It seems unlikely that Nikon would produce an F6 soon because there is hardly any improvement that could be made to the F5, and the market for this level of pro-grade SLR film camera is limited and shrinking, due to the switch to digital by most photo-journalists.

Yi Fay , Jun 27, 2003; 09:56 a.m.

F Photomic 1960
F2 Photomic 1971
F3 1980
F4 1988
F5 1996

Judging by the intervals, my guess is F6 may be available in 2004 or 2005, if there will be a F6.

I believe Nikon's R&D started working on next F immediately after the introduction of F5. By now Nikon should be capable of producing the next generation at any time but the question is whether there is sufficient demand for it.

"The Hasselblad engineers have a camera body that will use a film back and a digital back"

Leica has just introduced a digital module for its R8 and R9 few days ago, something similar to the Hasselblad H1. If Leica has done it, why can’t Nikon? F6, D2 or a D3 doesn’t matter, as long as it is a hybrid SLR.

Dan Andrews , Jun 27, 2003; 10:01 a.m.

A few months ago, the Nikon Mailing List was swamped with emails speculating on this topic. The fact is that the F6 remains nonexistent.

A more interesting topic is the next generation of pro Digital SLR. Thom Hogan did a nice write-up on his website at http://www.bythom.com/dreamnikon.htm. It covered all the bases and should give the engineers and marketing geeks at Nikon some food for thought.

Arnab Pratim Das , Jun 27, 2003; 10:20 a.m.

Well, I'd *love* a digital back for my FM3A's!!

Lex Jenkins , Jun 27, 2003; 10:30 a.m.

Considering that Nikon produced the F3 for, what, 20 years without making a single significant improvement, what are the chances that they'll replace the F5 any time soon?

Whatever the perceived shortcomings of the F5 I'll bet most owners learn to live with 'em, just as I have with my F3.

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