Fri 22-Feb-13 12:25 AM | edited Fri 22-Feb-13 12:28 AM by ZoneV
Although the D90 is now no longer actually in physical production as far as we can tell, it is still a current model.
I remember back in Sept 2010 when the D7000 was announced, Nikon made it very clear that the D7000 was not being treated as a direct successor to the D90, and the D90 would stay in the lineup for quite some time. Most people called BS on this and said it was just a marketing line to help encourage D90 sales and rid Nikon of existing stock. Everyone really thought that the D90 stock was lmited to 6 months or less.
Well, contrary to the rumors, the D90 did not disappear so quickly. In fact, it's still available new today at B&H, despite production of parts officially ending in Spring of 2011. I remember reading (don't remember where) that what likely happened was that Nikon had stockpiled parts to build lots of new D90 bodies and had continued doing so for a bit longer than usual.
But all-in-all, I do believe Nikon was telling the truth when they stated that the D90 would continue to be available for a good while, despite the D7000 coming out. The D90 may indeed even outlast the D7000 and be available for another 6 months or so. We will have to wait and see...
>Hi Al. > >Just to chime in, when I bought my D90 new in the fall >of 2009, I had a choice of five or six to choose from.
I bought a D90 in Spring of 2010, took 3,000 shots with it, including a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity--a relative's wedding--I was their photographer--and then sold it that fall in like-new condition at a $120 loss in value. It was a pretty nice SLR, but I didn't really need the image quality at high ISO for most of what I was/am doing...and the camera body was a bit too consumer (couldn't meter with manual focus lenses).
When a camera or any product goes out of production, it is not started again because setting up jigs and assembly line tooling for an older model is less productive than using the same valuable production capacitor for newer hotter selling units with more margin. The D90 will be be remembered as one of the most successful cameras ever, with few is any design flaws, great balance of features and price and all the other good descriptions used for the D90. But it never went back into production and what is selling now is back stock. Same with the D7000, which is out of production but there is a lot of stock left. Nikon does not remove something from their catalog until it is gone from the distribution channel.
I lost my beloved D90...last week, my GF gave it to her adult son without telling me. Her excuse was "you have a camera, no one needs more than one camera". I was nearing 100,000 shots with it although had not taken a frame for months. I had fonder memories captured with that camera than either my D7000 or D800. Stan St Petersburg Russia
I got one D90 in September 2012. Yes 2012. Replacing the not that old D5000. It is more and less. But I am happy. it already clocked 4000 sc. I am in demand among relatives for events. (as a back-up for their expensive pro's) as i can shared pictures just in a few hours after the event and free Thinking to get a f2.8 lens. But the price is to much for me at the moment. Now that Nikon will release D7100 next month, maybe next fall i'll get the D7000. or just fast lens.
What do you all think? i have a kit lens 18-105mm 3.5 i have a 50mm 1.8
With the new D7100 announced and being released this month, I suspect that the D7000 will still remain around for some time - the same scenario as was/is for the D7000/D90 - and the current pricing reflects this. I think the 7100 looks a bargain and the specs look very good.
Its kinda like the Apple iPhone upgrades - the iPhone 5 is the latest and greatest, but you can still buy a 4 and 4S quite readily.
I have long been toying with the idea of upgrading my D90 as I am now butting up against its limitations - though admittedly a very fine camera. Not withstanding my own limitations, I do action photography a lot (pet sports) and the fps of 4.5 is quite limiting, plus other factors such as focus speed, dynamic range (black and white dogs are soooo difficult to get right when in action), plkus the 51 point AF on 7100
Then again, you gotta wonder if Nikon will actually release a D400 later in the year or whether the 7100 is this itself.
Or should I go full-frame and get a 600/800 - but the fps is not on a par. I only have 1 Dx lens that would not work too well on the Fx camera body (18-200)
Either way my D90 will be off to a new home later this year and either be replaced by the 7100 or 400 (if it gets released) or 600 or 800 (800 prob beyond my budget). The D4 is just dreamland to my small wallet.
So, to go back to your point, I think the 7000 WAS the new D90, (with new naming convention of Dxxx) and that they just kept the D90 going as a lower level price point like the iPhone 5/4 scenario. Perhaps the sales strategy is to keep current model + old model in tandem for a while.
Mohd, if all you do is take pictures of relatives upgrading to D700 or even D7100 will not give you much benefit, IMHO. If you are looking to spend some money and get an upgrade, here are some options - get 35 1.8G ($200): it will be more usefull in close quarters than 50mm. It is also considered one of the best Nikon lenses for its cost. - get a used 35-70 2.8D ($350-$450): this is a trade off of aperture for zoom range. - go wide with Tokina 12-24 or 11-16. These work great in low light hand-held because they are wide angle lenses.
Hmmm...this is interesting to hear. Just yesterday when talking with a Nikon customer service rep about a brand new D7000 problem, I mentioned also having a D90. Since I am looking for a second camera (hence the D7000) but am not happy with its looser than normal sub command button (my post about that is in the D7000 subforum), the Nikon rep said they still make and sell the D90.
ALL reps of all companies say that anything still in the warehouse is still a current model, that is, until excess inventory is exhausted. After they are gone, the product is quietly removed from the catalog. Right now Nikon has a number of cameras which stopped production some time ago but the stocks are not completely exhauste 3000, 3100, 5000, 90, 7000 300s, 700 and 3x Stan St Petersburg Russia
I bought my D90 two years ago and did not know it was discontinued at the time. I was holding a rain check from a big box store for a consumer grade Nikon DSLR and a sale came up on Newegg of all places and the difference in price seemed very close. I am so glad I made the jump up. I have been buying up great AF film period lenses. Just recently I recommended the D90 to a guy who is just now looking to go digital for the first time and he has an inventory of lenses from his N80. Also on a pension budget. Made sense to me. JB
I decided to keep my D90 when I got D7100. How many times have you been in the situation where you wanted to change a lens on the camera only to change it back in a few minutes? D90 is a great second camera to have to avoid lens changing. And if you keep 18-200 lens, I don't think you will see any differences in the image quality from that lens on D90 vs D7100.
Bought this camera long time ago, still happy with it and see no reason to change it for any DX camera, even D300s. Once I will get new camera, it will be FX body, not just a new body with slight upgrade in it...