Conspiracy Theory: D3X on sale
So I have been thinking about getting a D4 but intrigued by the rumors that the D4X is coming out this year. On a lark, I looked at the pricing for the D3x and it is on sale everywhere you go, meaning Nikon is discounting it, not each retailer. (Down almost $1400.00) Is this an effort to clear out stock ahead of the introduction of the D4X??? Any thoughts about whether this would match previous trends??? Sorry if this is old news and has been discussed elsewhere.
#1. "RE: Conspiracy Theory: D3X on sale" | In response to Reply # 0Ned_L Charter MemberMon 21-Jan-13 04:31 PM
John, the D3X has a 24.5-megapixel FX-format sensor and sells for about $6,699.00 today. The D800 has a 36.3-megapixel FX-format sensor and sells for $2,796.95. That's a heck of a difference. While there are differences in the two DSLR's feature sets, some significant, they are competing with each other. Of the pros I know, who are seeking a high pixel count FX sensor based camera, for portrait and other work, for example, no one is thinking D3X. It's all D800. Personally I don't understand why Nikon didn't stop producing the D3X a while back.
I would suspect that Nikon is trying to reduce D3X stock and may finally be halting production, but I don't think that signals the D4X is coming soon. I think it's more that the D3X sales have been victimized by the D800.
According to Nikon Rumors, the D4X isn't coming out anytime soon. I'd add, if at all. I don't know anyone outside of Nikon management you believes they have a clear picture of Nikon's future strategy. I know I don't understand where they're headed at this time.
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#2. "RE: Conspiracy Theory: D3X on sale" | In response to Reply # 1teamwiess Registered since 28th Dec 2012Mon 21-Jan-13 06:47 PM
Thanks Ned. As noted by the title, I was just putting it out there. I had seen the Nikon Rumors post about the D4X but had seen a few other posts suggesting it may come out in May. Was just wondering if the sale price on the D3x could be attributed to a potential announcement a few months away but think you are probably right that the D800 specs may be the reason for the price drop. Still leaning toward the D4 but will take a bit to make up my mind.
#3. "RE: Conspiracy Theory: D3X on sale" | In response to Reply # 1Ferguson Nikonian since 19th Aug 2004Mon 21-Jan-13 06:55 PM
>The D800 has a 36.3-megapixel
>FX-format sensor and sells for $2,796.95. That's a heck of a
>difference. While there are differences in the two DSLR's
>feature sets, some significant, they are competing with each
>other. Of the pros I know, who are seeking a high pixel count
>FX sensor based camera, for portrait and other work, for
>example, no one is thinking D3X. It's all D800. Personally I
>don't understand why Nikon didn't stop producing the D3X a
And don't forget the D3X topped out at ISO 1600 (+ HI modes), and in FX mode at 3.5fps, so it also didn't live up to the then FX expectations of great high ISO performance or frame rate; the D800 is a MUCH better low light camera, and about the same frame rate.
I'd be very curious to hear of anyone actually buying a D3X lately (new) and why?
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#4. "RE: Conspiracy Theory: D3X on sale" | In response to Reply # 0
I've been contemplating a D3x - but I won't pay over about $3k for it, new or used. Why? The existence of the D800e, mostly, but I prefer the larger format body. And I'd prefer to share control systems and especially accessories such as chargers, batteries, brackets, plates and the like with my D3.
It's hard to imagine how most folks looking for an increase in sensor density would fail to spring for a new D800e at half the price of a D3x. I'm willing to consider a D3x because I already have a significant investment in D3-era accessories, and because I know that I really don't need even 24mp all that much, let alone 36mp. (The point is to have an upgrade for my second body, which is a D2x; it is stuck at ISO 800 and also lacks many D3-level features.)
Since Nikon build the pro machines in batches, I'd guess that the D3x stock that you're seeing has been in the retail channel for many months. Since there are not many folks like me that would consider such an old and obsolete camera with such low resolution, I think that the price has to be driven down substantially or nobody will get their money out of the existing stock.
Although I suppose that there probably is a D4x or equivalent in the wings, I seriously doubt that the pricing actions associated with the D3x are related.
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#5. "RE: Conspiracy Theory: D3X on sale" | In response to Reply # 4ZoneV Nikonian since 07th Jan 2005Mon 21-Jan-13 10:28 PM | edited Mon 21-Jan-13 10:33 PM by ZoneV
Agreed. I'd be interested in a D3x as well--after the price on the used market becomes affordable, I'd like a D3s/D3x combo, speaking as a D1H/D1x/D200 user. Then again, a D700/D600 combo will probably be more affordable at any given time.
Looking at sample images, the D3x is maybe 1 stop behind the D600 in raw for noise at ISO 6400. Not bad. Still pretty good. But it doesn't have 12,800. I'm usually in need of the higher end of the ISO range, but my current crop of bodies tops out at 1600, several stops too slow at times. 12,800 would be perfect for low-light PJ. D1H/D200 are great up to ISO 800. So that would be a 4-stop gain.
Btw, the D3s, D600, and D4 were virtually identical at high ISO for a given image size when I compared them.
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#6. "RE: Conspiracy Theory: D3X on sale" | In response to Reply # 0
Nikon had an amazing 2012 between the D4, D800's and now the D600. IMHO I don't think we will see a release of another pro body in the near future. The sale is possibly getting rid of old D3X's as the 800's have taken over the FF megapixel game. not to mention 1080HD video. Go for a D4 it's amazing. But if you want the megapixels without 10fps go for the D800. Just an opinion....