Fri 06-Jan-12 10:40 AM | edited Fri 06-Jan-12 10:43 AM by agitater
>I wouldn't expect that. The dollar has lost considerable >value against the yen in the 3.25 years since the D3 was >announced.
Arrrgh! Larry - the whole world is not the U.S. dollar. Yet we see other companies (I would never suggest that Nikon is alone in its apparent pricing attitude) that sell what suddenly seem to be regarded as pro/luxury goods at unreasonably high prices. The Canadian dollar has not lost ground against the yen, yet Canadian prices for the same, niche goods are also being set at what I consider to be unreasonbly high.
The period since the D3 was announced is irrelevant to me. As well, I don't live in the U.S., my business is not based in the U.S. and I don't think about the U.S. from one day to the next. In any event, currency based pricing theories, as you've put it, are only one part of any story. And since you brought it up, what about the recessionary U.S. economy? If Nikon is not taking lower buying power into account, to me it's just another indication that it cares as much or more about the monied luxury market as/than is does about the pro photographer market.
So the D3 was $5K when it came out? In the intervening three years and embedded in some D4 specification there's justification in strictly practical terms for the new model introduction at a 20% higher comparative price? I don't think so.
I am one to look balefully at photographic equipment buyers who quest for deals and the lowest conceivable prices so desperately that they end up attempting to do business with online 'sellers' who ship grey market, unboxed, warranty-less camera bodies. Far from it, I tout the benefits of dealing with bona fide, authorized dealers with real overhead, real customer service and the financial stability and inventory protection to be able to exchange the occasional bad product over the counter without question or hassle. That all means (unfortunately only little more than a small, frequent customer discount off retail list pricing, but perhaps no discount at all on hot new product releases. All that said though, I call a touted $6K retail price for a D4 an absolute charade/ripoff/gouge.
Nikon, and other companies selling top-of-the-line and best-of-breed products rely on a certain segment participating online in forums such as Nikonians to whip themselves into a minor lather over new releases. I say step off for a few months. Six thousand dollars for a D4. Give me a break. It's unsupportable.
We'll see what the actual announcement says soon enough. Nikon is press conferencing about something or other almost as I write this.