If you are considering buying a new D300S, you may need to do it soon. Many of you may know this already, but I am saying it here for those who do not. The D300S is now in limited supply.
All Nikon UK dealers are now subject to very limited stocks. This also applies to many of the other countries in the EU. The supply in the US would appear to be intermittent. One trade dealer friend I know in France told me today that Nikon has stopped production in Thailand, but did not know if this is a permanent halt, or temporary to thin out the units in stock around the globe.
Bearing in mind the excellent specification of the new D7100, the falling price of the possible upscale model D600, and the age of the D300 with its relatively fading specification compared to the newer models now appearing, it is not inconceivable that the D300S is about to go end-of-life.
Does anyone know anything further about this situation?
...By the way, can we keep the D400 issue out of this thread please - there are enough recent threads in this forum already covering that. Thanks.
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I would be more surprised if it has been in production for the last 6 months, for which to stop production. Any manufacturer of complex system weighs the value gained in keeping model in production vs the value generated by using that same production line instead producing new models that are selling well or to build up inventories prior to lease of a major product. Nikon, like most manufacturers are production constrained more than sales constrained. If you are a a bakery and have two ovens what are you going to use them on, next week's holiday cake or the liked but very slow selling cakes for the holiday just passed? You could do both only if you had many ovens, some sitting idle much of the time. Nikons are relatively cheap partly because managers manage their resources well.
Nikon has a number of models in their catalog which probably have not been made for a long time, but for which there are still units in the warehouse. Stan St Petersburg Russia
Fot those interested in buying a D300s and unable to find one, there is the used market. I found KEH to be a good source for quality used equipment at decent pricing; they will tell you the number of shutter "clicks" upon request. I'd like to buy a D300s, but I still like and use my D200: 20,000 shutter "clicks" after five years and going strong. Time for a CLA.
It is safe to assume the order of D300s' is very limited because of its age. Thus at some point it has to be discontinued irregardless of whether this is an update or not. I am not surprised if it is stopped already in production. I love it's feel in the hand. Is there any other newer DX body can match or better it?
It's an obsolete camera for anything but bright daylight subjects that don't require much cropping. That isn't to say that it wasn't state of the art in it's day, but so was a 1978 Corvette. The D300s does very few things that the D7100 doesn't,...and there are a lot of things the D7100 can do that the D300s can't.
Discontinuing this camera is a predictable development if the D7100 is to be the flagship DX camera. I'd say the chances that the D300s will be replaced with an upgraded "pro" DX body, which were already less than 50%, just went down by another half.
That said, if you want one, buying used makes much more sense at this point, even if you could get a new one.