I wondered also, but considered that the sales rate for the 3x is just so slow it was my assumption that Nikon had scaled back production just to keep inventory at a minimum (like maybe 5, ok 6 and that's pushing it).
With recent events in Japan, I would postpone any comment or wish on WHEN a new So & So is coming out, as that is far less important than anything else.
Nikon, Sony, Sigma and Canon all have camera/optics related manufacturing operations in the Miyagi Prefecture where Sendai is located. All of them are shut down indefinitely. Right now, I imagine all of them are in high Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity mode. I'd be worried for my employees - there are thousands of the population missing and presumed lost.
At the very least, you might see a dry-up of certain models based upon current events. A side-effect might be a temporary price jump based on limited availability. That seems pretty trivial given the human cost of what's just transpired, but it's par for the course for an open market.
Yeah, Tom. I've also come to the same conclusion. My original query was posted before i was aware of the impact of the tragedy on Nikon. At that time, it was a question of whether to get a D3x now or wait til this summer for a D4. Now it's a different issue. It may be 2 years before a D4.
>D3x production was curtailed due to slow sales...
I'm not sure that's accurate. The D3X has always been a niche product with limited appeal, and Nikon must have realised that. I'd be very surprised if the camera had not met sales targets over its lifespan.