I know, the D2X is coming and the D2H is suffering the usual “getting old” effect of digital SLRs. But I would have assumed that the price might drop gradually (just like the D100 once the D70 surfaced). - What is the real reason? Is it because rumor has it that Nikon plans to ship an upgraded D2H early next year? Or is Nikon planning to ship the D2X way below the estimated US$4,600? Or does Nikon no longer believe that they can sell a 4.1 MPixel camera for pros?
>Is it because rumor has it that Nikon plans to ship an upgraded >D2H early next year?
This, I think, is very likely. I would suspect an upgraded D2H to be announced at the PMA.
>Or is Nikon planning to ship the D2X >way below the estimated US$4,600?
Even if D2X is priced at $4,600, people would not be willing to pay $3,200 for D2H in its current form. D2H would appear to be a much inferior buy as compared to just the 30% discounted price compared to a D2X. At $2,000, D2H would continue to sell pretty well. But who knows this may be a ploy to articially create a pent up demand while all the retailers run out of stock.
>Or does Nikon no longer >believe that they can sell a 4.1 MPixel camera for pros?
I doubt that. D2H's 4MP pictures can still create amazing 20x30 print outs.
Another reason I think is that Nikon will probably announce D100 replacement at the PMA - probably priced at around $1,500 or lower. If D70 was any indication, this "to be announced" camera may come with a lot of bells and whistles that would make the pros seriously think whether they want to pay double the premium for a D2H or settle for this D200 (or whatever it is called) that would more or less address all their needs though the build quality may not necessarily be same as the D2 twins. Just think about how many good professionals today are using D100 instead of D1/D2. Now if price of D2H comes close to this D200, D2H demand may continue stay high up.
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Probably all of your suggestions play a role in the dramtic reduction (clearing out existing inventory) but the bottom line reason is Nikon has to price the camera to sell well against the competition that's out there right now.