Nikon D6: The Best Camera Nobody Cares About

The most advanced Nikon camera ever created is right around the corner. But does anyone care? 

Nikon recently teased the new D6, the successor to their $6,500 sports DSLR, the D5. Although we don't know the camera's exact specs or price yet, most people are expecting a standard upgrade with slightly more megapixels, ISO performance, focusing, and hopefully better shooting performance. 

But even if the D6 is the greatest DSLR ever made, how many photographers are actually excited to buy it? This genre of camera is so expensive and so finely tuned for sports photographers that the average shooter probably will never consider it. And with mirrorless cameras taking over the industry, do DSLRs in general feel like old technology? 

In the video above, Patrick and I have a conversation about the Nikon D6, its potential features, and the quickly shifting photography market. 

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A person or persons being out of a job doesn't equate to nobody does it. Watch any sporting event and it is evident that there are a huge number of photographers. I am truly sorry you had this misfortune and agree that there are fewer of those jobs but the jobs do still exist and there still is a competition for equipment that will give one an edge to keep those jobs that are still there.

Luke Adams's picture

You were the guy who was going to humiliate others by giving them Latin lessons above, because you were an expert in that as well. You're a talented fella.

Stuart Carver's picture

Or a know it all who knows f—k all.

Luke Adams's picture

Haha. You’re awesome man. Don’t ever change!

Wow you really might want to think about letting go of that whole bitter about being let go thing. Others are still in the business. Others still buy and use the latest equipment. I'm sure you were God's gift to sports photography at least in your mind but you just aren't the target of these cameras. It will be fine. These photos from the last week didn't come from cell phones or 100mp cameras. https://www.google.com/search?q=nfl+sideline+photographers&rlz=1C1CHBF_e...

Douglas Turney's picture

You don't understand why the jobs are disappearing. It is not because of the camera technology. The number of people needed to cover an event is reduced by other advances in technology. Since you are so wise about this subject I don't need to tell you what that technology is.

Alex Herbert's picture

I was watching (insert sport's name here) on Saturday and there were loads of people on the sidelines with cameras. I assumed they were professional photographers, but perhaps they were just fans with really good seats. And cellphones, with really long lenses.

Johnny Rico's picture

You talking Crop MF or MF? I kinda got lost in your BS

Lee and Patrick talk about the upcoming Nikon D6 camera: the conversation nobody cares about!
See? Anybody can do that. :-/

Marcus Joyce's picture

I came for the comments

I aim to please! :-)

Those DSLR are becoming "specialized tools".

Not many people are excited to see a new blind rivet gun go on sale. Except for some shop workers.

Same applies here.

Becoming?

People live in the fantasy that the people who wants to do photography, cares or even admires these DSLR.

No!

The photography has always been about pocket cameras. Since Eastman released first KODAK brownie the photography has been all about "You Press the Button, We Do the Rest".

It has never been about these high end cameras, not even about interchangeable lens cameras! For 135 film it was not SLR that sold and was wanted, it was pocket cameras. The SLR cameras from Canon, Nikon, Olympus etc were minority, a clear minority in sales. All the money in photography was done with family photos. The big professional industry was media, but a paper didn't need 50000 photographers with a SLR to get a paper published everyday to tens of millions of people.

It is same thing with everything, no one really is driving a Ferrari, Lamborghini or such luxury cars, Compared to what the people really drive... AFAIK even today the most mass produced car is the original WV Beetle. A simplest car you can almost have. It took you from A to B and did it well.

With cameras, no one really is shooting with a DSLR compared to phones with camera. Ratio is likely 100000:1 and there are 2.5 billion phones....

And the cameras that are sold, 85-90% of them all are some cheap DSLR with a kit lens, a $399 kits that you buy from grocery store even with bonus coupons.

The high end cameras has always been specialized gear, always. Some hobbyists, better income people etc will buy a luxury, but it is mainly professionals and amateurs who put more money to these.

The same kind people who buy Ferrari, Lamborghini etc.

Alex Yakimov's picture

I would be excited about big extremely robust tank camera with great ergonomics if it gets a d850 sensor and a tad muffled mirror/shutter sound.

Just like the D850. Nobody cares.

Boring! No one cares about the latest bullshit coming out of digital camera manufacturers and people's clickbait and ignorant videos.

Just shoot what you have or be an artist and shoot alternative mediums of photography.

Studio 403's picture

All the gear head pundits will sound like CNN soon

I'm usually lazy to comment but I logged in just to say something. Another one of those "product A is inferior to product B, why did it need to exist" posts.

I've read this in some many Canon related posts and yet they are still selling well. There are people out there who still prefer an OVF over an EVF. I'm not the only one, I know a lot of people who do. If you don't like it then obviously the product is not targeted at you.

William Howell's picture

To me the optical view finder is the most important aspect of the two. But mirrorless the future, I guess.
I can’t wait to move to full frame, still using ASCP sensor, let alone this bad ass behemoth. I’m gonna go with the D850, because of the optical view finder, if I ever get the dang money!

Fritz Asuro's picture

We are in the age of cameras similar to what happened in the transition from film to digital.

Those critical commenters here obviously didn't watch the video.
Otherwise they knew that you in the video discussed some different really interesting and relevant topics, and the D6 was not even the main subject.
That "very low ISO to make ND filters obsolete" thing is HUGE, for example!

Agreed. For me personally very low iso to not carry 6,8, 10 and sometimes 15 stop filters would be awesome.

Yeah, I thought about that. I didn't watch the video but figured there had to be more to it than the click-bait title but I don't have the time or patience to watch videos.

It is a bit like the Nikon F6 when it came out.

Rob Mitchell's picture

<shrug>
Don't need one, won't be buying one.
Non-issue. ;)

Jan Kruize's picture

As long there is no mirrorless camera that can beat this beast it will be sold. And don't tell me the sony A9 is a good replacement for this camera.

Stas Aleksandersson's picture

Who cares? Judging by all the butt hurt comments, those guys do.

Michael Kormos's picture

Implying your own thoughts and attitudes on the entire industry is a little, presumptuous, wouldn't you say? It's also important to remember that many working professionals are oftentimes busy with contract/rate negotiations, client networking, growing their business, etc. than spending excess time reading blogs online, and offering their own viewpoints to toss into the mix. That's one of the flaws that fstoppers, dpreview, slrlounge, etc. often make. Their body of readers is made-up of semi-professionals, and their views and expressions are extrapolated to reflect the entire industry as a whole. When was the last time a National Geographic photographer wrote (or even commented) on this site, or anyone who regularly photographs for top tier magazine publications, olympics/major league sports, NY Times, etc. You catch my drift. Don't misinterpret my words as means of discrediting your blog. I think it's a very useful tool for observing general trends and topics. But lately, headlines on fstoppers have had a tendency of letting their click-bait nature take over editorial merit.

Personally, I have yet to come across a working professional here in NYC who uses a mirrorless as their primary body, but that's just me. I'm clearly hanging out with the old crowd.

For what it's worth, I intend to upgrade to the D6 as soon as pre-orders are announced, and I photograph children's portraiture, not sports.

+200. It seems a lot of amateurs and semi-pros get their self worth from the brand of camera they identify with and any one else's brand gives them shpilkas. And second, the grammar police need a laxative.

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