I noticed before the Tsunami that the price of the D700 was hovering aroung $2100. Since the Tsunami, the price is closer to $2650. I saw where the Nikon plant in Japan was back up and running 3 weeks after the Tsunami, but the prices still remain $2650 or higher. I can honestly say that I would buy a D700 at $2100, but I will not at the current price. I just feel the price should be closer to what it was before. Just my thoughts.
Camera prices fluctuate quite a bit, tsunami or no tsunami. I bought my D700 at $2900 after it came out. Last year it was around $2350. The price you saw at $2100 was probably not for long. If I had to guess, I'd say that Nikon already stopped production of the D700 and will be selling remaining stock at the current price or slightly below, until it runs out. The D800 will then likely be much higher.
Tue 18-Oct-11 04:19 AM | edited Tue 18-Oct-11 04:21 AM by robsb
I tend to agree with Tom. I bought mine 3 years ago for $2429 and the price has varied around this number by about+/- $300. Whatever replaces it we know will cost much more and if you believe our poll the majority of current owners have no plans to sell theirs.So if you want one you should get it while you can as they are only going to become rarer.
Thanks for everyones input. I didn't realize that Nikon was gearing up for a new camera. It is exciting. Now if they get the price of the new one around $2700, I'll be first in line to buy one, but it sounds as if it will be much higher. I did have to pick the most expensive hobby out there, lol.
Keep in mind that the D700 was introduced at $2999.95 US. Also there has been a price increase on every generation of new bodies. Since the Yen has been very strong compared to other currencies the price of a new body will likely be even higher. As for when the D800 will be introduced; only Nikon knows for sure. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
I bought a new D700 two weeks ago at an advertised price of $2249 - supposedly including shipping. By the time a mandatory charge for handling and insurance was added the delivered price was up to $2471. Even with that, it was the lowest price from a US dealer that I found at the time so I went with it. Since then I have seen eBay buy-it-now prices slightly lower including shipping. Regardless of a few dollars one way or the other, I am very pleased with my new D700 and do not plan to sell it later just to have the latest model.
In the UK the current best price is equivilent to $2756. I bought mine in May 2009 for about $100 cheaper. The lowest it's ever been is about $2571 and it did go to $2843 earlier this year and probably for the same reasons, the Japanese tragedy. Now it has reduced back to last years prices. Supply never seemed to be a real issue and it has been available all the time, or at worst back in stock within days. I guess supply is a bigger issue in the US as the demand is higher.
Consider this though. I find that after the initial new camera hyped up prices, where for example the D7000 dropped from $1712 at launch to $1214 now in the UK, the prices stay quite stable and supply is never normally a problem. That said after loosing $500 in 12 months on the D7000 I find it a hard pill to swallow. Whereas to replace my D700 now if it failed, costs more now than 2.5 years ago!
I would look for an used one at www.GraysofWestminster.com Bought several lenses there online and at the shop as well. Very professional team, with warrany as well. Maybe is the best Nikon store around the world, and i say maybe...
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