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I'm not making any excuses for Nikon. I'm not saying they did right by the Df. I'm not in line to buy one. I am saying that your wish is unrealistic.
If you take the D600 and strip it down to bare bones it doesn't really get much cheaper to manufacture because you're talking about changing the cheap things and keeping the expensive things. The expensive parts, the body, the prism, the mirror box, the shutter, the LCD, the Expeed chip, the control board, the LCD display, etc. are all still there. Removing the AF module, a popup flash, and the...Show more →
I beg to differ. And $1000 is in the low end of the range I provided. The point is a full manual D600 body could be made for significantly less than the current D600. Remeber that part of the full manual body includes making it a 1-shutter push = 1 frame camera, so there is no continuos shooting either.
But I don not think it unrealistic to see a full manual camera for significantly less than the $2000 they want for the D600. Maybe the # for the price is not $1000, but $1200 or $1500 (TOPS).
A simpler camera not only has less buttons, less parts, and less demanding design in the mirror/shutter (1 FPS vs. 6 FPS), but less firmware to prgram and less electronics in it. What does remain, gets simpler and less expensive to manufacure. Yes, I see $500 of savings easy ... possibly more. Granted $1000 is pushing the limits. I work in the semiconductor industry and you would be amazed at how much cost you can cut out of something by simplifying it.
The other point I'm making is that this would be a better route that the bastardized frankenstien they made at that crazy price. Or better yet, where is the D400 already.
Nikon has to pull it's head out of it posterior.