Cheapest UK price at present is £1880 at Amazon and that's a drop of £500 (approx US$750) in 3.5 months! It's at about what the D700 retailed over it's last 3 years. So, not much latitude I wouldn't have thought. The comment about a D800s was made lightly, but who knows
On December 15th, Nikon admits that the D800/e really won't focus correctly and rather than fixing them will drop the price by $200. On December 16th the D801, featuring better focusing, an integrated rocket blower and an oil squeegee attached to the shutter as the only new features, is announced replacing the D800/e. As a way to make up for other customer service related issues, the rocket blower and squeegee will be offered as retrofit items for all older Nikon DSLRs and only as user installable items. Nikon service centers will not touch them. To further address customer complaints about parts and service, Nikon will announce that is is outsourcing its repair center work to Canon
Sun 02-Dec-12 07:10 AM | edited Sun 02-Dec-12 07:12 AM by richardd300
Yep and I was one of them. 10 months later and as expected it is 25% cheaper. It's now, also as I expected, come down to almost the D700 price a year ago If I do decide to buy the missing D400, I shall apply the same logic.
It all depends on budget and how much one really wants one and of course whether it's for amateur or professional use.
Circling back to Howard's OP, Thom has posted a clarification on his advice to wait to purchase a D800/E. He's also posted his end-of-year, just for Nikon predictions of new cameras and lenses, as Richard well knows (sorry for the duplication, Richard).
Al posted Thom's predictions as soon as they came out here for discussion
Sun 02-Dec-12 05:06 PM | edited Sun 02-Dec-12 05:07 PM by richardd300
<<I'm only in the market for lenses.>>
Me too David. It seems a long time now since I first read on the forums about a new 300mm f4 with VR or a 80-400mm with AF-S. What do we get, a 70-200mm f4 with no tripod mount and a few other exotics. It's enough to make one look elsewhere as I did with my Sigma 50-500mm OS I also think Sigma are capitalizing on the lack of improvements in existing Nikon lens technologies. All power to them if it makes Nikon look again at their current aging range!