Did Nikon screw up?

Started May 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
jtan163
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Re: Did Nikon screw up?
In reply to SubPrime, May 24, 2013

SubPrime wrote:

jtan163 wrote:

I know  couple of people who have D700s as backups to their D3's.
If there were no D700's they'd almost certainly have bought a second D3.

Maybe.  I know a few that bought D300s or D7000s.

But we'll never know for sure, because they did release both models.
Not all D700 sales would have cannibalised D3 sales, but I reckon a decent number did.

Like you said, there is no way to know.  If they did, it was rectified by the D3s, which not only reignited sales of pro bodies, but it also staved off the challenge from the Canon 1D4.

They've released a D700 replacement.
It's the D600.

Nope.  It they released a D700 replacement, I would have bought it.  The D700 had a pro AF, a weather sealed body, accepted the higher voltage batter and was not limited to 1/4000 second shutter speed.

Get the  D700 replacement option, the D800

Pro AF? Yup.
Weather sealed? Yup.
Shutter speed exceeds 1/4000.? Yup 
Perfectly adequate batter to power it? Yup.
Ticks all your stated boxes.

No problem.
Or get yourself that 5D.

What is it that the D800 doesn't do that the D700 replacement would need to do to be a D700 replacement in your eyes?

In other words the line is more specialised.

Not really.  They had a D3X before if you recall.  That was more of a specialized body than the D800 is.

The D700 fulfilled both roles.

The D700 was an all round workhorse.  They no longer have one - apart from the D4 of course.

What features does the D800 lack which would make it less suitable as an all round workhorse than the D700?
Does the fact the meter and AF is improved higer DR, and high ISO performance

It's replacement's don't. 
Nikon's moved on.

Sadly, so has much of it's user base

Nope.

According to thisĀ http://www.nikon.com/about/ir/ir_library/result/pdf/2013/13_f_d_e.pdf Nikon just sold 2.7 million intercahngeable lens cameras and 3.93 million lenses this year up until May.

Where as for the same period last year 1.9 million caemras and 2.95 million lenses.
http://www.nikon.com/about/ir/ir_library/result/pdf/2012/12_f_d_e.pdf

See table 6 in both documents.

That's another approach.
Knock yourself out.
Or get yourself a Sony.

All money that could have ended up in Nikon's hands.

Well according to the stats it did end up in Nikon's hands.

Dumb.

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