> In some extremes, they even keep making the older model (F3, which outlived the F4 and nearly the F5).
That is understandable (by my way of thinking) since the F3 was the last fully MF pro body. Some people just don't like the latest and greatest new fangled gadgets .
> That doesn't point to "premature" release in one sense, but may in another.
I wasn't suggesting the D7000 was rushed into production without a plan. But I suspect the manufacturing cycle ius quite long, in terms of matching production to demand.
Let's say they were selling 10K units a month, right up to the end, or more importantly at the time the D7000 launch date was set. Just to pick a number. So they might put 30K units in inventory, at that point. since it is late in the cycle and the production lines are needed for other things.
The day after the D7000 is announced, that demand might have dropped to 1K per month.
A change in timing of only one month in terms of the D7000 launch would result in a 10 month supply overhang.
Now obviously I am making those numbers up, but the ratios are probably reasonable.
> Apparently Nikon knew what they were doing, because they made a big deal of saying that the D90 would continue to be sold alongside the D7000 for a significant time period.
Sounds like they put the best face possible on a bad situation . It would be hard to imagine the marketing driven around "we are stuck with a bunch of these so they will be around for a long time", even if that is the case, as I suspect.
At least that is my take. Being a totally uninformed spectator speculating on things he should not be speculating on
It may have been very popular before the D7000 but the only thing that counts after the D7000 ships (or at least announced), is the incremental difference in performance and features, verses price.
I guess we can assume that Nikon is selling them out at a rate they are happy with, or they would drop the price to the level that would meet their needs.