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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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

Marcus Joyce's picture

I came for the comments

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.

Fritz Asuro's picture

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

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

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

Deleted Account's picture

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

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.

Michael Kormos out of curiosity, why the D6 for children's portraiture? Why not a D850 for instance?

Michael Kormos's picture

Since the D3s, I've always stuck with the series. Many of our clients have active children. Lifestyle sessions in outdoor settings have steered me towards bodies that excel in quick, exact, and consistent focus. In that regard, many of the shooting situations I find myself in have more in common with sports than portraiture.

Ahh, gotcha. Thanks for the follow up.

Sridhar Chilimuri's picture

I am an amateur and I mostly use mirror less cameras but I know many who are professional. Contrary to this title many are eagerly waiting for this new camera. They have a range of lenses ready at hand that they can use. I would love to see what the D6 would with the F 300 mm 2.8 lens for instance.

Julian Ray's picture

Click bate!!!!!

Christopher Nolan's picture

remember dropping my D4S from the top of cage, bounced off the perch, the catwalk, onto the cement floor of the event center, .... someone grabbed it, handed it to me, I strapped it back on, and continued shooting, ....... TANK, .... dropped a few D(n) over the years, only twice have i had to send the lens in for repair, but never the camera body, .... can't wait to get my hands on the D6. Glad others aren't interested because sometimes, even with NPS priority, you have a wait until round two

Stupid article with a title that makes no sense. sigh.

Too bad mirrorless cameras don't feel like a DSLR. I have both and the DSLR behavior just feels right, it feels better in my hand and it feels better as I shoot.

As for "flagship" products like the upcoming D6 they serve two purposes similar to car mfr's that race. Yes bragging rights is one of the reasons but it also helps to push product development that will filter down into the lower product lines For Nikon it's been the EXCEED Processors and Auto Focus that filters down primarily.

As for low ISO performance I'm not sure there's much of a need for something similar to Kodachrome 25 ASA (which I use to shoot). I used it then because of fine grain, color saturation and the warmth of the film (slide actually). It also meant you were lugging around a tripod in order to shoot on a regular basis because of your shutter speed. Yes, you could push the film if you needed to but you had to push it for the entire roll. Sports Photographers typically shoot with poor lighting especially at night, so having a camera that performs well at hi ISO is more important than low ISO because of the shutter speed you need to freeze the action.

There sure a lot of strong opinions on a camera that hasn't even been released yet, nevermind the fact no one even knows the specs either.

Ha ha ha.... I thought the same thing when I read the title of the blog....

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