Fri 04-Jul-08 08:44 AM | edited Fri 04-Jul-08 09:28 AM by TEITZY
>And of course by selling more bodies, regardless of whether >they are D3 or D700, Nikon sells more lenses, flashes, and >other accessories, generating even more profit.
Yes precisely and that is where Nikon can really boost their bottom line because you just don't buy a camera, you buy into a system. Many think these new bodies will not result in a significant change of allegiance amongst DSLR users as they say the cost of changing systems is too great and the investment in glass does not justify it. But if you have good L glass it generally has pretty reasonable resale value on the used market and the 1D bodies still sell pretty well so the cost of switching can be reduced significantly. Anyway, if you are thinking of switching systems normally cash isn't a limitation. Probably what we will see in the short term at least is a lot more people running dual systems, but Nikon know if they can get a hook in the mouth, things like their superior flash system, metering, auto WB, ergonomics and their new lenses will win many over.
Perhaps there won't be a significant change in brand allegiance, but Nikon have certainly got a lot of 'C' folks very interested in the dark side and it's really quite amusing to see all the whinging and knashing of teeth going on at Canon forums like FM. It's almost as if overnight their perfectly good Canon gear is now second class and can't take good photos anymore.