It is not very often that I write or make comments about what is new with Nikon. I am not either a Canon vs Nikon kind of guy. I read some interesting observations by Mr. Reichman in his "Luminous Landscape" and I thought that perhaps they could be of interest to some of you. Mr. Reichman had a production D700 in his hands along with the 24-120 VR lens early this month. He emphasizes that he was not testing the D700. I did not know, although it was not a surprise to me, that Nikon in 2005 decided to shake up its Board of Directors. The shake up came to the "most conservative" members according to Mr. Reichman. I said it was not a surprise to me because I know very well what Nikon became when Mr. Ehrenreich was the CEO of the company here in the US in the late 60's and 70's although I am not sure if he was still there in the early 80's. We all remember that professional film cameras used to stay in the market for 5 years or more before they were replaced, To me, those were the Nikon golden years. There was a group of professionals working for Mr. Ehrenreich whose main job was to test equipment and report back personally to him. Then, with the acquired information and experience of these professionals in using the camera and lenses, he will fly to Japan to meet with top engineers there to work on modifying existing products to make them better for photographers. The majority of the time it was impossible to identify, except by overhauling camera or lens, what changes have been made. Service and advertisements were first class and his "Ehrenreich Optical Industries" set a standard for quality. Indeed, those were the golden years for Nikon. After his death, things changed dramatically. Advertisement was poor at best while customer service also suffered the impact under the new Administration. I remained loyal to Nikon but in more than one occasion I had to confront them and go to the highest executives to make sure that as a customer I was being heard. It was very frustrating indeed. Nikon users never understood, I was one of them, why Nikon took so long to challenge Canon with the full frame and noise. In the meantime, professionals were being lost to Canon especially sports and wedding photographers. In the amateur or entry arena, the Coolpix line was not demonstrating that they could do better than Canon Powershots. Another lost cause! Young engineers and designers were hired beginning in 2005, to improve quality and develop new products. Full frame became a priority. Then, as long expected, Nikon debut the D3 and D300 in 2007 turning the tide 360 degrees and most probably getting Canon by surprise. The announcement of the D700, although in my humble opinion premature, revealed to me that Nikon was planning to keep ahead before Canon release the successor of the popular D5. Now we have rumors of a possible D90 and a D3X. Indeed, digital is going a little faster than many of us wish. I do not know the impact that the D700 will have on the D3 but surely sales of the D300 should suffer although I perfectly understand we are talking about two different formats. Nikon is also due for a revision of some zooms and introduction of new primes. For more information please refer to the article by Mr. Reichman in "The Luminous Landscape." It is an exciting time to be a photographer. William Rodriguez Miami, Florida.