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So who's waiting for the D800?

RDW


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RDW Registered since 20th Sep 2002
Tue 01-Jul-08 06:12 PM

A semi-serious question

The D700 is here, and at last we have a true 'digital F100', a light professional camera with the same image quality as the flagship (at least until the 'D3x' arrives!), and no known major compromises in AF, framerate, build, or viewfinder. You'll probably still want to keep the D300 around to maximise the pixel count in those cropped telephoto shots, but otherwise this looks like a state of the art general purpose camera that reduces the size and weight of the D3 to more manageable proportions.

But...

The price! The $3000 USD I saw quoted initially sounded fairly reasonable, but here in the UK it's closer to $3400 + sales tax = $4000 USD. If the D300 is anything to go by, we can probably expect a significant reduction in the street price in the first 6-9 months, but it's still likely to be a pretty substantial investment. Is anyone else (especially fellow Europeans!) planning on holding out until this technology becomes truly 'affordable'? We can perhaps hope for some serious downward pressure on FX pricing if Canon introduces the rumoured pair of 5D successors (supposedly including an aggressively-priced base lower-end model), or if Sony decides to go after this market. I suspect my next camera will indeed be an FX Nikon, but maybe not the D700 (unless at an end of line price). Am I alone here?

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