I don't think you can compare the D800/D800E price differential to earlier models. That is because except for one performance difference, they are the same model released at close to the same time. So as time goes on and prices drop the price differential ratio may stay the same. That assumes that both models stay current. In the case of prior models you were comparing a current model with one that was being replaced. So the replaced model would drop faster than the current model. An example would be the D3 vs the D3S. You really can't compare them.
Another scenario would be if Nikon announced they would discontinue the D800E but not the D800. In that case the D800E might actually increase in price for a time and the price differential would increase.
Look around as the price differential vary, many stores sell for less than the MSRP. . At one store locally it is $270, but the d800e comes with an extra battery as part f the price so really the difference is $170.
Jason, In the US and I expect in Canada as well, Nikon holds their authorized dealers to a minimum price for most premium products like the D800/E and expensive lenses. If they sell below that number they will loose their Nikon dealership. I suspect that the dealers that sell below that price point are selling gray market and are not authorized Nikon retailers. In order to increase their sales the authorized dealers will throw in 3rd party batteries or memory cards for free. The price will still meet the minimum selling price. But the price differential between the two bodies still stays the same regardless of what the dealer throws in free.
Tue 07-May-13 12:58 AM | edited Tue 07-May-13 12:59 AM by JPJ
That is not accurate in Canada unless the minimum price being insisted on is much lower than the MSRP.
The D800's MSRP on Nikon Canada's web site is $3149.00, yet most Nikon authorized dealers in Toronto are selling it for $2995-2999.99. Further, a few authorized dealers are selling at that price and throwing in Mack extended warranties.
Further the MSRP on the D800e is $3499.99, yet almost every dealer in Toronto are selling it for $3250.00-$3300.00. Further, at least one authorized dealer in town is selling at that price with an 3 year extended Mack warranty and a free extra battery (official Nikon) - I know I bought mine there and buy all my equipment from them. They most certainly do not sell grey market equipment, my model is Canadian and registered with Nikon Canada.
Maybe Nikon Canada has less stringent rules about this or the price differential between the D800 and D800e is just much lower here.
I just checked and in the U.S. the price difference is only $500 currently due to a instant savings on the D800 that expires in June. Normally it is $300 which appears to be the same in Canada (if you don't include the add-ins here which Nikon perhaps does not factor in or give directions about to dealers).
Don't forget that the D800e comes with Capture NX2, which over here is around £130 retail. Typically in the UK, the D800e has a price premium of around £300, so after taking of NX2, the premium is about £170.