Nikon rumors: New DSLRs & lenses are coming (FINALLY)!

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GREAT news for Nikon shooters: Nikonrumors.com has revealed that TWO new Nikon F-Mount DSLRs are coming in 2021, and I think they’ll be replacements for the Nikon D850 and Nikon D500. I give you all the details PLUS what I think the new lenses will be.

42 Comments

  1. ALTHDS on April 29, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    My dad has a D80, and some F mount lenses that would not work with Z mount+ FTZ, soooo maybe he might buy that at some point.

  2. Lonian John on April 29, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    I keep using my z6 until they release something better then z6 ii. Lets hope the autofokus gets closer to dslr.

  3. Russell __ on April 29, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    IMHO D880 better have the Sony 60MP sensor if they are charging $4000!

  4. COSMIN RUSU on April 29, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Braking news on rumors, that’s class! :))))

  5. George Voudouris on April 29, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Tony, personally I’d rather live the D850 where it stands and focus altogether to the Mirrorless technology! Z9 proves that there’s already a swift in Nikon’s priorities, there’s minimum potential that a D860 or D880 can inherited! A 45 megapixels or a 50 megapixels wouldn’t make any difference, besides we’ve seen in the past (with D6 for example) that megapixels altogether doesn’t makes a difference when in comes to overall outcome! Mirrorless is the future now and although I owned the D850 ever since it came out back in 2017 and I’m justified in loved with, even if I desired a DSLR replacement, think that there’s change in the air…

  6. Tom Espinoza on April 29, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Any word on the projected announcement date, of the D850 replacement?

  7. Alonzo Holloway on April 29, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    I have been looking to upgrade for awhile and was about to pull the trigger on a D850 but I heard earlier and now from you about a D880 and I am waiting for it so yes either a D850 or the rumored new D880!!!

  8. ALTHDS on April 29, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    18 to 140 on a Z50 would be perfect for what i need. But probably not now or not even next year.

  9. Morning Glory on April 29, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    The Z7ii just arrived and it’s the first Nikon camera I’ve not been satisfied with and will be sending back.
    Mirrorless is great but the body’s are just too limited and not as robust. Plus by high quality F Mount gear is only worth a fraction of what I paid just a few years ago. I’m not spending thousands upon thousands on expensive gear that fees like a step down in build quality.
    When I can get a z7ii for around 1000, I will jump in. For now, I’m sticking with my f mount gear

  10. Homer Simpson on April 29, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Well it’s almost Feb. 2021. Do you think that there’ll still be a D850 replacement? No noise at CES 2021. Either Nikon is being very tight lipped or it’s just not happening.
    Sorry, I am not sold on mirrorless.

  11. Travis Marion on April 29, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Any company investing in DSLR hasn’t seen the writing on the wall for the last 5-10 years.

  12. Charlie Bravo on April 29, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    D 500 & D 850 are amazing cameras.

  13. TheSaOk on April 29, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    I wish Nikon would update D850 with eye and animal eye af.

  14. Josie Donatelli on April 29, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks for the update. I love my D850 and I wanted to buy the Z7 when it was released but I couldn’t buy a camera with only one card slot. I’ve heard from many other photographers that same thing. I shoot with the D850 and have a D810 as a second and D750 as backup. I’ve been looking at finally getting another D850 and am now looking at the Z7ii since it now has 2 card slots. Still trying to figure it out. I have to admit I started looking at Sony but didn’t jump ship. Unfortunately, I know a few Nikon users that have abandoned Nikon for Sony. I am planning to stay with Nikon. I’m almost ready to make my "second" the D850 I use now and and buy a new one. I am leaning towards starting my mirrorless move. STILL love the D850.

  15. Ted Breg on April 29, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    I currently use the D810. Love it! I plan to buy the new "880" or whatever they name it. Just one word of caution. I am 89 yrs old , so they better hurry up. Hopefully, my heqlth holds up. Been using Nikon since 1969. Never had a bad product. I still have my 1969 4 prime lenses (24mm, 50mm, 105 & 200. Still play with them occasionally. Still terrific glass.. Hurry up, Nikon. (That’s an order.) Just kidding.
    Ted Breg

  16. Vinny Macias on April 29, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    DSLR’s are wonderful systems. I love the feel of them and that momentary flicker in the viewfinder when the photo is taken.

  17. okamivolgan on April 29, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    that’s good news, now i can afford to buy the d850.

  18. jazin zlaty on April 29, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    We need silent shooting!

  19. Adrian Varnedoe on April 29, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    I can not see me spending any money on a Mirrorless camera right now until it is a tank like the DSLR are now.

  20. H.N.M SINGH on April 29, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    You are saying 98% you are totally wrong

  21. Carol Lynaugh on April 29, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    I think the only thing that would cause me to consider trading my D850 for a D880 would be IBIS, that would be hard to resist.

  22. Marc Labro on April 29, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    hello, i am using d750 and i’d like to have a better tactile AF liveview and a eye detection. I am using currently back button focus, af-c and single point manually. For unknown reasons, d850 doesn’t implement eye detection while,they have the hardware to do it. So, i was interested with Z6II and all tuts show the poor eye detection of Z6II, looisng the subject,… I suppose nikon will update the software but how long will it take ? So, naturally I am thinking to replace my nikon equipments with Sony a7iV coming soon.

  23. Ling Whye Hang on April 29, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    I have a D850 and I would definitely get a d880 if it had usable video autofocus and IBIS added to its specs, if not then I doubt i’d bother upgrading.

  24. Frank Achuff on April 29, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Is there any update on the D850 update camera? I am ready to buy my upgrade, but willing to hold off a few more months if a new camera was coming out.

  25. B Bowman on April 29, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    I have the opportunity to either get a used D850 or new Z6II. I do general photography, but love birding on occasion. I’m wondering, would buying a Z6II for general and D500 for birding, or just get the D850. I have a D750 as well. So confused these days. Loved the thought of a D880.

  26. Tony Johnson on April 29, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    I love my D500. If Nikon came out with a better DSLR for wildlife and better lens I would buy it.

  27. Virginia Hoffman on April 29, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    It has taken me years to collect my Nikon F mount lenses why would I abandon this for a mirrorless system that has large clunky lenses on a small camera body and requires a clunky converter to use my f-mount lenses on the smaller camera body.. Working with an out-of-balance system is no fun. Finally, there is nothing with the Z mirrorless system that has me convinced to take the financial loss to convert. Nikon needs to figure this out and do it now.

  28. Blaise Egan on April 29, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Tony talks about an upcoming micro 50 mm Z mount lens. He says ‘micro’ means it’s a small lens. Is he sure? Remember Nikon uses the word ‘micro’ to mean what the rest of us call ‘macro’. Maybe it’s a 50 mm macro lens, and not so small!

  29. Jasper Caelan on April 29, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    RIP mirrorless cameras.

  30. George Doolittle on April 29, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Until camera manufacturers all agree to a wireless charging standard and go with that I don’t see how any consumer of any of these products would be seriously interested and nor should they be *AS A PREMIUM PRODUCT.*

    God help the Industry if a pocket sized 4/3 form factor gets to this first as "timing is everything" in camera work goes without saying and of course.

    Winner: Google and Apple running away with it for years now to include even moving pictures let alone obviously stills and "instagrams."

    Great post on Syd and Mackey YouTube on how to produce for Tik Tok as well. Total must view "show me" there.

  31. David Monro-Jones on April 29, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Nice video, thanks. Any idea when these camera bodies could hit the market? I’m currently thinking about the D500 and/or the D850 and would be niggled if the new models came out a few weeks afterward.

  32. Andrew Tabit on April 29, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    anyone else still waiting for the 880, been holding our breath but our finger keeps edging towards the buy button for an 850 at this point.

  33. Prince Konsam on April 29, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Mirrorless cameras have the ease of use sharp pictures, thanks to the IBIS. But honestly speaking, the ergonomics of the Z series cameras are directly copied from the non camera making brands like Sony. Again why make the mirrorless cameras so small one ends up buying those bracket, does not make sense. The feel of holding a big DSLR like D850 can’t be replicated by these small. mirrorless cameras.

  34. Eric Shutter on April 29, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    your d880 specs make no sense whatsoever …. nobody would "upgrade" from the d850 to d880 …

  35. 12matze on April 29, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    You can get F-Mount glass and cameras on the 2nd hand market…..It´s incredible these days. Please Nikon ….make more Z-glass and Z-cameras. Please!

  36. Daniel Dougan on April 29, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Mirrorless is not only the future; it’s the present. The executives at Nikon need to stick a fork in their DSLRs and only make mirrorless cameras going forward if they are to survive. The adapters work beautifully, so they’re not leaving the people who own their DSLR glass behind. Instead of a D580, there should be a Z60.

    Any advantage that optical viewfinders have had in the past has been erased, with the exception of battery life. The OLED EVFs are so good now that they exceed optical viewfinders. Plus, they enable you to preview your exposure, and they work while shooting video. As for the battery life issues, with USB-C charging, there are all sorts of clever ways to power cameras now to mitigate that.

  37. Robert R on April 29, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    If/when the D580 is released, do you thing think the price of the D500 will drop? I am looking to upgrade from my d5200.

  38. Michael Tabor on April 29, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Is there any word that Nikon will release a mirrorless camera specifically for the hoards of F-mount lenses out there w/o using the adaptor for the Z mount cameras?

    I understand Nikon is upgrading D500 and D850 next year. If they want to keep their loyal followers from leaving Nikon for Sony and others this could be a prudent move as there are thousands of D and G lenses out there in use by pros and advanced amateurs.

    I think a mirrorless camera specifically for F mounts lenses could keep them financially solvent until the switch to the Z system kicks in.

  39. Jordan Harkness on April 29, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    In the 90’s, I was a Pentax film shooter. I still have the glass, but no bodies because Pentax fell behind.
    I switched to Nikon when I went Digital. I now have Nikon glass.
    The next fundamental shift is away from still shooting and into video; Until Nikon builds a camera with video shooters first, there is no need to R&D a new camera body.
    Why? Where is the money? It’s near impossible for Joe Amateur to make money selling still photos. But… Instagram, YouTube, LiveStreaming, TwitchTV, Instagram, TikTok… these are all video platforms that allow Joe Amateur to earn money and that’s the market for new camera sales.

    Make a video camera that can be used with current technology, in the way that vlogger, streamers, and the new generation of photographers are using. I’m not there yet, I’m old and haven’t picked up videography yet, but it’s clear that video is the future.

    I’m still holding Pentax K-mounts and Nikon F-mount glass… don’t make me switch to a Canon when I update my skills to join the video future. (Right now, I think only the Canon RP has gauged the future correctly) People want better quality video using higher quality glass for less money, better autofocus and stability and smaller form factors because they need to hold them for 10, 20, 30+ minutes at a time (unlike for a still photo)… Doesn’t that make Mirrorless the future?

  40. neild108 on April 29, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Happy to hear it! I have a Canon 5D4, and love it except that I’d like an even better image sensor with better dynamic range, but want an optical viewfinder. I am told that the newer EVF’s have image quality comparable to what you get in an optical viewfinder, but I have one problem with EVF’s: eye fatigue. They’re OK and I enjoy their advantages for brief shoots, but if I have my eye pressed to the viewfinder a lot in a major shoot, I feel the electronic effect.

    But I realize I’m a little unusual in this respect. I have to be careful what kind of smartphone I buy. Many make my hand feel as it it is being microwaved. I’m exagerrating, but I do get a very uncomfortable effect. I’m OK with the Samsung Notes (eg the Note 8), because their SAR ratings are consistently low (the Samsung S20 FE, 4G is also good).

    I like the specs of the Nikon D780, but the body looks and feels kinda cheap, and think would be a step down from my Canon 5D4. I’m also concerned about the D780’s touch to focus capabilities vs the Canon’s. So I’m happy to hear that a successor to the D850 may be on the way. I’d buy a D850, but I’ve been spoiled by the superior liveview performance of the Canon. So I await either a better Canon DSLR, or the rumoured Nikon D880. I’m in no huge hurry, as I find the 5D4’s image quality to be really pretty good, but the tendency of life is always towards more and more! Thanks for the hope!
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  41. colton cyr on April 29, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    It’s simple, the consumers saw Nikon fail with mirrorless bodies, horrible marketing and sales. So why buy?? Some of the worst marketing I’ve seen in a company. Anyways the Z6ii is turning heads and Nikon finally saved their a$$, with a camera they should’ve completed 2 years ago.. NOW people will jump onto the boat ride

  42. Keith Brown on April 29, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Good stuff Tony!

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