Nikon D6 Announcement

The Nikon D6 announcement dropped today is probably more frustrating than informative. With the 2020 Olympics around the corner, most photographers and people that track the camera industry fully expect Nikon, Canon, and Sony to release new flagship cameras aimed at professional sports photographers.

The rumor mill is buzzing with speculation on Sony’s A9 update. The Canon 1Dx replacement has a decent bit of chatter surrounding it too. So, thanks Nikon for confirming what everyone fully expected–you’re developing a D6.

I suppose it could confirm that Nikon’s next flagship camera will in fact be a DSLR, not a mirrorless body. The announcement also highlights that this is the Nikon D series 20th anniversary since the D1 came out in 1999. The announcement also provides information on a 120-300 f2.8 lens and highlights the upcoming 60th anniversary of Nikon’s F-mount.

I’m also perplexed by the lens announcement–does anyone really need a 120-300 f2.8 lens? Is there a huge market for that zoom range? Maybe there is, but I’m not so sure.

How much will the D6 improve on the D5? No idea. Why? Because there are no specifics in Nikon’s announcement at all. I suppose we’ll have to stay tuned.

Read the Nikon D6 Announcement:

NIKON IS DEVELOPING THE D6 DIGITAL SLR CAMERA AND THE AF-S NIKKOR 120-300MM F/2.8E FL ED SR VR TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS

MELVILLE, NY (September 4, 2019 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the development of the Nikon D6 professional DSLR camera and the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR telephoto zoom lens.


Nikon released the D1 digital SLR camera in 1999, making 2019 the 20th anniversary of the single-digit D series. Thanks to the imaging know-how cultivated over Nikon’s long history in camera development, Nikon’s professional DSLR cameras have continued to evolve by introducing some of the industry’s most advanced technologies and responding to the strict demands of professional photographers with the ultimate in performance and reliability, even in the most severe conditions. With the D6, Nikon is currently developing its most advanced DSLR to date.


This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Nikon F mount. The new AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR F mount lens that Nikon is developing will provide professional photographers in fields such as sports photography with even greater support.


Nikon is striving to expand possibilities for imaging expression and leading the way in imaging culture with both DSLR and mirrorless camera systems, as well as a rich lineup of NIKKOR lenses.


Details including release dates, pricing and specifications for these products will be announced at a later date. For more information on the latest Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

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