Nikon is (Finally) Officially Going Pro Mirrorless

What if that big name camera company said, “Hey! We’re going to build a full frame, pro mirrorless camera body… And, on top of that, we’re going to design it so that you can use your old DSLR lenses while doing it!”?

Holy cow! Really? Apparently, according to a news release from Nikon, its happening.


Looks like one of the final remaining arguments for DSLR over mirrorless will be no more.

If you’re a Nikon DSLR photographer and want to move into the new full frame mirrorless, you’ll be able to use with the camera body your old Nikon lenses.

In a recent release, Nikon has confirmed that they will release the company’s first full frame pro mirrorless camera body on August 23rd. We’ve discussed this topic in a prior blog post, but it is now more than a rumor.

The company has not released much more in the way of information about the new body, except that it will be releasing an F-Mount adapter that will allow for compatibility with current Nikon DSLR lenses.

Tech Radar is reporting the camera body will be priced upwards of $4,000 and will include a lens.

Digital Trends is indicating an expected price range between $1,800-$2,700. Aren’t rumors fun?

The following is from the official Nikon release:

“The system is the result of Nikon’s unsurpassed optical and manufacturing capabilities gained through more than a century of imaging expertise… Proven reliability and trusted performance are core traits of Nikon Digital-SLRs, and decades of feedback from professional creators around the world has further contributed to the development of this system… Nikon will continue to lead imaging innovation with the launch of the new mirrorless camera and the continued development of Nikon Digital-SLR cameras as well as the impressive NIKKOR lens lineup… Soon, Nikon users will have two industry-leading camera systems to choose from, giving consumers the choice to enjoy the unique values that each system offers.”

So, DSLR loyalists, if you’ve been waiting through this post to exhale, go for it now. It appears Nikon will not be leaving the DSLR world.

For the mirrorless crowd this is exciting news, indeed!

Especially for those adventurous among us who’ve perhaps been weighing the pros and cons of making the switch to mirrorless in an effort to cut size and weight from their camera bag for hiking/backpacking/adventure travel photography situations.

As we all know, size and weight are important when we’re packing up all our necessary gear, heading out into the backcountry to find our photographic subjects, be it landscape or wildlife. Small and light are not bad features when packing for travel, either. Now that we’re able to utilize our DSLR glass for the new, smaller camera body, the weight and space savings may just add up to make the switch.

Kenton Krueger







Kenton Krueger has spent the past several years guiding guiding backpackers, hikers and photographers into the wild places of the American West such as Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks as well as in the Grand Staircase Escalante in southern Utah. In addition to backpacking and camping, his adventures include rock climbing, exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah, mountain biking, and bagging 14ers in Colorado’s San Juan Mountain Mountain Range. Kenton is a trail runner, former pilot, newspaper photographer and writer. Kenton looks forward to utilizing his years of guiding experience, combined with his passion and experience behind the lens to provide memorable and unforgettable experiences at the wild places we will visit together.

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3 replies
  1. Denise M.
    Denise M. says:

    Can’t wait to check it out. As far as weight, it’s usually my lenses that weigh so much. Thanks for info.

  2. Bob Panick
    Bob Panick says:

    Its good to see both Canon and Nikon stepping into the mirrorless market again, hopefully this time they’ll do it right. I’m curious to see what they come up with. Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji and Sony have all set the entry point bar pretty high. But on the flip side CaNikon have a pretty good list of what it takes to be successful in mirrorless just by looking at what everyone else is doing.

    BTW, a full frame mirrorless camera isn’t going to save you much space or weight. The lenses is where the weight is and those don’t change much if you’re still using a FF sensor. To reduce what you carry, you need to go to a smaller sensor. So like everything in photography, its a question of what’s important to you, everyone has a different set of criteria that are important to them.


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