I am really having a difficult time waiting to purchase the D700. Being new to Nikon, do they typically offer a holiday rebate? Is it significant? Do you thing when the Canon 5D2 comes out the price will drop?
I am not new to Nikon, but, like you, was struggling about purchasing this camera for a while. While the competition may not put a dent on the demand for this camera, I believe merchants will choose to lower prices somewhat (it's their prerogative) in order to lure buyers.
Just sit down and wait. You'll see the prices come down.
I just jumped-ship from Canon (well ... not really ... I have a 5DMkII on order) but I purchased a D700 last Saturday from Canoga Camera here in LA for $2,375.00. It is the lowest legitimate price for a non grey market that I could find. Who knows if it will go lower (in the short term) but I'm happy!
Normally, I get upset when there's a (significant) price drop on any piece of equipment that I've just purchased. With the D700 (and the superb 24-70mm f/2.8), I'm so glad I was able to shoot ~1000 images with it during my trip through Eastern Europe (Danube River cruise), that I don't care one bit! Simply a great camera...not perfect, perhaps, but what is (maybe the D3X? )?
f/8 and be there?...but I'm moving as fast as I can...I'm up to f/4 already!
I bought my D700 about six weeks ago for $ 2999. The pictures I took since then are worth much more to me than the 10-15% I might have saved by waiting. To really "save money" one probably would have to wait till a replacement model for the D700 becomes available...
>I bought my D700 about six weeks ago for $ 2999. The >pictures I took since then are worth much more to me than the >10-15% I might have saved by waiting. To really "save >money" one probably would have to wait till a replacement >model for the D700 becomes available... OK now, your not helping!!!!!
Don't know if this helps but US1photo has the D700 for $2565 w/free shipping for the US model. I know there was a thread a whle back on here about this merchant and I believe that the comments were mostly positive. Just my 0.02. Good luch with your decision.
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>Don't know if this helps but US1photo has the D700 for $2565 >w/free shipping for the US model. I know there was a thread a >whle back on here about this merchant and I believe that the >comments were mostly positive.
. . . and you'll discover a lot of semi-satisfied customers. The reason? It's mainly because the company is selling a lot of grey-market/offshore cameras (a fact which the phone sales staff don't always disclose prior to purchase) at the usual discount rate. However, if you want any kind of warranty coverage in the U.S. you have to purchase a third-party warranty. That obviously increases the total price but only gets you a fraction of the coverage normally provided by Nikon U.S. on all U.S. market products sold throughout the 50 states via authorized Nikon dealers.
Seriously though, part of my reason for jumping now is a recent drastic decline in currency (Canadian $), and I worried about a possible increase in price. In my case, I have an event at the end of November, so I really couldn't wait all that long. I seriously considered getting the 200mm f2 instead and forsaking the D700, but after reviewing my keeper-shot focal lengths, the 200mm would not have the same broad benefit that the D700 will to my low-light photography. Anyhow, like the OP implies, it was a very difficult decision!
One other thing, my retailer indicated that Nikon has told them of a price increase on lenses beginning December 1st. She didn't mention camera bodies and I didn't think to quiz her, since I have mine now
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>One other thing, my retailer indicated that Nikon has told >them of a price increase on lenses beginning December 1st. >She didn't mention camera bodies and I didn't think to quiz >her, since I have mine now
There's no scheduled price increase. She was trying to pressure you into buying the 200mm f/2. There will be some rebate campaigns though - which amount to a price decrease.
I can't remember the last time Nikon increased the list price of a lens. Retailers increase prices on hot items, but Nikon and all the other camera/lens makers set SRPs and that's the basis on which retailers do their quarterly and annual budgets and sales projections. No manufacturer in this situation will arbitrarily raise the retail price of a (non-commoditized) product.
The D700 has a crazy deal on Amazon now. Crutchfield on there has it for $2499! So it dropped $500 since its release... I would say it will be a while longer for it to drop anymore.
You will kill yourself if you try to keep up with the latest and greatest in anything. If you buy right off the press then you could have bugs that will need to get ironed out. If you wait for the bugs to subside then you will be questioning the next release and so on and so on...
This holds true for any situation. I had a buddy just get a macbook pro a week before the big keynote announcing the latest and greatest MBP... He freaked out.
If the need is there then go for it. The D800 (when) it comes out will have a bigger sensor and will have video most likely.
A D2X will take amazing photos, it isn't like all old cameras stop working when a new one is released...
In the film days a body would last you years upon years. In the digital age, a dslr will last you years and years. Maybe throw a new shutter in there or something way down the road but none the less, it will last...
>I am really having a difficult time waiting to purchase the >D700. Being new to Nikon, do they typically offer a holiday >rebate? Is it significant? Do you thing when the Canon 5D2 >comes out the price will drop?
If you are a professional photographer and need it for your business, buy it now. What are you waiting for?
If you are not a professional photographer, just wait. Christmas season starts in about 2 weeks, and the Canon 5D2 will be out in Nov/Dec time, prices will drop further from this point (you can find a USA model for about $2560 now with free shipping). I'm pretty sure you will get a much better deal in December time frame... be it some kind of bundle deal, rebate or price drop.
You can shop around and get it for around $2500-2700 no sweat. Just check resellerratings.com and make sure it is a legit copy because if you see something that is too good to be true, like a $1500 D700, then it probably is and there are a lot of bait and switch issues around.
You buy cheap, they call and tell you them that you need like $4000 of over priced accessories and cancel the order if you don't give in.
It is a camera body, in 3 years you will be able to get the D700 for like $800.
Assumer, I don't know if you're new to digital or not, but yours-truly, being totally new in this racket, took a slightly different route: the installment plan.
Last weekend, I placed a few orders and some of them began coming today: I bought three CF cards, one is a 4 GB and the other two are 8 GB.
Later, a card reader, UDMA, with firewire connection.
Today, I just ordered the MB-D10 from Cameta. It was priced about $ 80 below street price ($153), and comes with two EN-EL3e batteries, a screen protector, lens cleaner, one-year subscription to some photo magazine, and prints from Clark color labs.
I don't know when the prints offer expires... Let's hope it'll be valid for a while!
As for now, I'm done. I can wait for a while before ordering the camera.
I just bought my D700 today - the wait was killing me! The quality in the upgrade is well worth the few extra pennies you would lose in the lull. Again, for any significant reduction in price you're looking at the launch of a new model...want to wait that long?